Minnesota Crookston went 25-of-56 from the field shooting 44.6 percent.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team shot 44.6 percent from the field as they outplayed the University of Northwestern (Minn.) 74-49. The Golden Eagles played their second and final exhibition game of the 2018-19 season, this time it was at home in Lysaker Gymnasium after playing on the road at University of North Dakota Tuesday.

    Minnesota Crookston went 25-of-56 from the field shooting 44.6 percent. The Golden Eagles struggled from long range only shooting 4-of-18 for 22.2 percent from the three-point line. Minnesota Crookston shot 20-of-24 for 83.3 percent at the free throw line. Minnesota Crookston also played stingy defense s they had 13 steals.

    Isieoma Odor (R-Sr. F/C, Bloomington Minn.) had a huge night leading all scoring with 24 points. Odor was 5-of-7 from the field and a perfect 14-of-14 at the free throw line. She also added six rebounds and two assists.

    Abby Guidinger  (So., G/F, Waukesha, Wis.) contributed 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting along with four rebounds. Paige Weakley (Jr., G/F, Kearney, MO.) also chipped in 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting with three triples and four steals on defense. Freshman Kylea Praska (Fr., G, Thief River Falls, Minn.) impacted the game playing shut down defense as she notched four steals.

    Brooklyn DeKam provided a spark of the bench leading scoring for Northwestern-St. Paul with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Rio Landers added 10 points shooting 4-of-9 from the field and adding two free throws. Amy Berglund added eight points on 3-of-8 shooting along with nine rebounds.

    Northwestern shot 20-of-64 for 31.3 percent from the field. The Eagles shot 3-of-14 for 21.4 percent from behind the three point line. Northwestern was perfect from the free throw line going 6-of-6. Northwestern was able to out-rebound Minnesota Crookston 41-34.

    Odor got the scoring started for the Golden Eagles in the first minute of the game. The Golden Eagles were firing on all cylinders to start the game off. While the offense seemed to be scoring at will the highlight of the first quarter was the stellar defensive play. Defensively the Golden Eagles had four steals and held Northwestern-St. Paul to just 12 points.

    The Golden Eagles continued their strong play in the second quarter. Minnesota Crookston continued to play shut down defense and shoot well inside the paint. To close out the second quarter Minnesota Crookston went on a big run going up by 18 points. At the half, the Golden Eagles led Northwestern-St. Paul 41-23.

    Offensively, Minnesota Crookston was led by Guidinger and Weakley with 13 points apiece. Odor also added 10 points. In the first half Minnesota Crookston shot 16-of-34 for 47.1 percent. Northwestern shot 11-of-29 for 37.9 percent.

    Amy Berglund from Northwestern scored the first points of the second half. Caitlin Michaelis (Sr., G, Marshfield, Wis.) put Minnesota Crookston on the board after a slow starting second half. After the initial first points were scored both teams struggled to put the ball in the basket. After the first five minutes of the third quarter Minnesota Crookston found their rhythm and expanded their lead to 51-25. At the end of the third quarter the Golden Eagles led Northwestern 59-33.

    Michaelis got the Golden Eagles kick-started with four quick points to start the fourth quarter. Free throws and strong shooting in the paint got the Golden Eagles out to a 70-40 lead over Northwestern with 3:30 left in the fourth quarter. The final score of Saturday’s exhibition was 74-49 Golden Eagles.

    The Golden Eagles move into the regular season on Fri, Nov. 9, against University of Nebraska-Kearney and Sat, Nov. 10, against Northwest Missouri State University. These games will be played on a neutral court in Wayne, Neb.