The game will tip off at 7 p.m. from the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks, N.D.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team is set to open their 2018-19 exhibition slate Tues., Oct. 30 as they make the short trek down U.S. Highway 2 to face Division I foe University of North Dakota. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. from the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks, N.D.

Minnesota Crookston at North Dakota
Tues., Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, Grand Forks, N.D.
    The Golden Eagles are coming off an 8-19 (8-14 NSIC) mark on the 2017-18 season. Minnesota Crookston is looking to improve on the mark and make it back to the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. for the fourth time in five years. The Golden Eagles enter their 13th season under Head Coach Mike Roysland. Roysland is the winningest coach for Minnesota Crookston in any sport during the NCAA Division II era.

    Minnesota Crookston will be paced by Isieoma Odor (R-Sr., F/C, Bloomington, Minn.), who looks poised to be a force in the post for the Golden Eagles during the 2018-19 campaign. Odor notched 14.7 points and 7.4 boards per game during her redshirt junior season. She shot 45.5 percent from the field last season. In addition, Odor’s co-captain on the squad, Caitlin Michaelis (Sr., G, Marshfield, Wis.) returns as a starter. Michaelis tallied 10.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest, while shooting 40.7 percent from beyond the arc. In addition, look for Abby Guidinger (So., G/F, Waukesha, Wis.) to be a key cog in the line-up for the Golden Eagles. Guidinger started out the season last year with an injury, but returned and ended the season notching 12.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in the final 14 games. Guidinger’s best game came with 22 points on 9-of-18 from the field against University of Mary.

    In addition, Minnesota Crookston returns Stephanie McWilliams (Jr., G, Grand Forks, N.D.), who started 17 games last season. Paige Weakley (Jr., G/F, Kearney, Mo.) was also a key reserve for Minnesota Crookston in 2017-18. Ashley Freund (So., G/F, Jordan, Minn.), Amber Schoenicke (Jr., F/C, Marshall, Wis.) and Maria Delgado (Sr., G, London, England) also saw the floor last season.

    The Golden Eagles also added a talented group of freshman to the fray. Look for several of the newcomers to see the floor in 2018-19. The freshman class includes: Kylie Post (Fr., G, Corcoran, Minn.), Kylea Praska (Fr., G, Thief River Falls, Minn.), Mary Burke (Fr., F, Virginia, Minn.), Bren Fox (Fr., F/C, Norwood Young America, Minn.), Paige Cornale (Fr., G, Oak Creek, Wis.), Kayla Sirjord (Fr., G, Ulen, Minn.), Julia Peplinski (Fr., F, Hustiford, Wis.) and Alethea Kluge (Fr., F, Chisago City, Minn.).

    Minnesota Crookston averaged 63.8 points per game last season and allowed 69.5 to their opponents. The Golden Eagles shot 39.1 percent from the field, 30.2 percent from beyond the arc, and 78.4 percent from the charity stripe.

North Dakota Preview

    The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are entering their second exhibition game. The Fighting Hawks beat Bemidji State University 88-39 in their first exhibition contest of the 2018-19 season.

    UND was led by senior post Lexi Klabo, who tallied 17 points and 15 rebounds on the game. Jill Morton added 10 points, while freshman Jacyln Jarnot notched 12 points and six boards. Julia Fleecs chipped in eight points and nine boards.

    The Fighting Hawks went 12-18 on the 2017-18 slate. They are coached by Travis Brewster, who is in his seventh season leading the North Dakota program. Klabo is the leading returnee for the Fighting Hawks, after averaging 19.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Morton also returns as a starter after notching 10.3 points per game and shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the guard. At point guard, UND returns Melissa Dailey, who tallied 8.6 points and 2.4 assists per game. Dailey also shot at a 35.2 percent clip from beyond the arc. Bailey Strand and Mikayla Reinke also started games for the Fighting Hawks last season, as did post player Faith Dooley.