The Golden Eagles fell 74-58 to the Fighting Hawks at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks, N.D.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Basketball season is back in the air. The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team traveled 25 miles down U.S. Highway 2 to take on the University of North Dakota in their first exhibition tilt of the 2018-19 season. The Golden Eagles fell 74-58 to the Fighting Hawks at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks, N.D. North Dakota was lifted by a first quarter in which they outscored Minnesota Crookston 27-11.
In addition, the Fighting Hawks controlled the boards on Tuesday as they outrebounded the Golden Eagles 49-32, including 20 offensive boards.
Minnesota Crookston rebounded after a tough start to the game as they tied North Dakota 47-47 in the final 25 minutes of Tuesday’s exhibition contest.
The game was the first exhibition for Minnesota Crookston and the second for UND as they upended Bemidji State University 88-39 Sunday.
Abby Guidinger (So., G/F, Waukesha, Wis.) showcased her all-around game, which included knocking down three triples. Guidinger went 6-of-13 from the field and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc as she notched 15 points. Isieoma Odor (R-Sr., F/C, Bloomington, Minn.) chipped in 11 points and 10 boards. Paige Weakley (Jr., G/F, Kearney, Mo.) was a major threat from deep as she finished with nine points, including going 3-of-4 from three-point range. Freshman Kylie Post also had a positive impact on the game as he utilized her quickness to help create for others. Post finished with 10 points, four boards and two assists.
Minnesota Crookston went 19-of-53 from the field for 35.8 percent. The Golden Eagles found success from beyond the arc as they were 7-of-19 for 36.8 percent. Turnovers plagued Minnesota Crookston on the night as they had just 10 assists to 20 turnovers.
North Dakota had five players score in double-figures Tuesday. Faith Dooley, a former volleyball great for the Fighting Hawks, paced UND with 13 points and five boards. Melissa Dailey added 11 points. Bailey Strand added 10 points, while Lexi Klabo had 10 points and eight boards. Despite scoring 10 points, the Golden Eagles held Klabo, UND’s leading scorer, to just 3-of-9 from the field. Jill Morton also tallied 10 points.
UND was 28-of-72 from the field for 38.9 percent. The Fighting Hawks finished 8-of-24 from beyond the arc for 33.3 percent.
The Fighting Hawks, transitioning to the Summit League after spending multiple years in the Big Sky Conference, got out to a 9-0 run before Post got the Golden Eagles on the board with a lefty floater off the glass.
The Fighting Hawks would continue to show their might as they would stretch their lead to 14-2 before Weakley knocked down a three from the left corner to make it a nine point Fighting Hawk lead.
UND would go into the first quarter break with a 27-11 lead.
The Golden Eagles would settle in offensively in the second quarter as Guidinger and Mary Burke (Fr. F, Virginia, Minn.) hit back-to-back threes early on in the second quarter.
The Golden Eagles would get as close as 11 after a bucket from Odor.
All of the Golden Eagles starting five scored in the first half. Guidinger and Odor led the way with seven points, as Post scored four points in that first half.
Minnesota Crookston would head into the second half trailing by 13 at 40-27.
Minnesota Crookston would shoot 3-of-9 from behind the arc and 9-of-24 from the field.
The Golden Eagles converted on 6-of-7 from the free throw line in the first half.
The Golden Eagles pulled within 10 early in the second half as Weakley knocked down a three-pointer off a Caitlin Michaelis (Sr., G, Marshfield, Wis.) assist.
UND used a 5-0 run ignited by a Strand three-pointer to push the lead back out to 15 with 5:44 left in the third quarter.
Minnesota Crookston pulled back within 10 as Guidinger put in another triple, and Amber Schoenicke (Jr., F/C, Marshall, Wis.) had a layup.
The Fighting Hawks used a 7-0 run later in the quarter to push back out to an 18-point lead guided by a Claire Orth three-pointer.
A Michaelis old-fashioned three-point play pulled the Golden Eagles back within 15 going into the final quarter of Tuesday’s tilt.
The Golden Eagles would be able to cut the deficit down to 13 with 6:33 left in the fourth quarter paced by a Weakley three-pointer. Baskets from Klabo and Orth would hold off Minnesota Crookston as the Fighting Hawks went back up by 17 at 69-52.
Minnesota Crookston would get only as close as 16, which would be the final tally as the Golden Eagles fell 74-58.
The Golden Eagles will look to continue to grow as a team as they head into their second exhibition game Sat., Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. against University of Northwestern.