Minnesota Crookston moves to 6-2 (1-1 NSIC) on the season.
Timely shooting from Minnesota State University Moorhead along with 12 turnovers by the Golden Eagles helped Minnesota State University of Moorhead outlast the University of Minnesota Crookston by a score of 76-60. Minnesota Crookston saw a big night from Isieoma Odor (R-Sr., F/C, Bloomington, Minn.) with 20 points and nine rebounds. The Golden Eagles attempted to make a second-half charge against the Dragons but every time they would come within striking distance MSU Moorhead would hit a crucial shot. The Dragons also controlled the glass where they out-rebounded the Golden Eagles 49-30 and secured 21 second-chance points.
Minnesota Crookston moves to 6-2 (1-1 NSIC) on the season, they continue to be off to their best start since the 2004-05 season. MSU Moorhead improved to 6-2 (2-0 NSIC) with Friday night’s win.
Caitlin Michaelis (Sr., G. Marshfield, Wis.) also had a strong performance scoring 15 points, Michaelis was lights out from behind the arc shooting 3-of-7 in front of her fifth grade students at Highland Elementary School, where she is their student teacher. Abby Guidinger (So., G/F, Waukesha, Wis.) added six points and five rebounds.
The Golden Eagles shot 18-of-51 from the field to shoot 35.3 percent. Minnesota Crookston was 8-of-20 from the three-point line for 40 percent. The Golden Eagles shot well from the free throw line going 16-of-19 for 84.2 percent.
The Dragons had four players that were in double-digits. MSU Moorhead was guided by their post play. Megan Hintz led the way with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, Hintz also grabbed 17 rebounds on the night. Madi Green tallied 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting and had seven rebounds.
In addition to Hintz and Green, Kiley Borowicz notched 16 points and seven rebounds as well. Jacky Volkert added 12 points along with three rebounds and two assists.
MSU Moorhead was 30-of-73 for 41.1 percent shooting from the field. The Dragons were 7-of-21 from beyond the arc shooting 33.3 percent on the night. MSU Moorhead was also 9-of-12 for 75 percent from the free throw line.
The first points of the game were scored by Odor on a contested layup. Hintz answered back with a three-pointer giving Moorhead a 3-2 lead early on. After a MSU Moorhead timeout with 4:44 left in the first quarter MSU Moorhead led Minnesota Crookston 10-6. MSU Moorhead was able to force four turnovers which slowed the Golden Eagles down tremendously. Guidinger provided a spark for the Golden Eagles offense with the old-fashioned three-point play. Guidinger made a heavily contested layup with contact using a nice post move to make the score 13-9 MSU Moorhead. Michaeliscame back and drained a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 15-12. At the end of the first quarter the Dragons led Minnesota Crookston 17-12. Even with six turnovers Minnesota Crookston was still right behind MSU Moorhead.
Borowicz scored the first points of the second quarter for the Dragons on a three-pointer. Stephanie McWilliams (Jr., G, Grand Forks, N.D.) got to the free throw line and made both free throws to slow down the 8-0 run the Dragons jumped out to. Paige Weakley (Jr., G/F, Kearney, Mo.) made a three-pointer but MSU Moorhead answered with one of their own to make the score 30-17 Dragons. The Golden Eagles continued to battle backing cutting the deficit to just nine points thanks to a Kylea Praska (Fr., G, Thief River Falls, Minn.) three-pointer. With 3:40 left in the second quarter MSU Moorhead led 34-25. The Golden Eagles made a run but at the end of the first half Moorhead led Minnesota Crookston 41-30.
Michaelis continued to provide a spark for the Golden Eagles by scoring the first points of the half for either side. After a media timeout, MSU Moorhead led Minnesota Crookston 48-37 with 4:32 to go in the third quarter. MSU Moorhead jumped out to 54-41 lead two minutes later. Every time Minnesota Crookston would cut into the deficit the Dragons would respond with a three-pointer. At the end of the third quarter Moorhead led Minnesota Crookston 60-48.
Odor went to the free throw line and made both free throws to cut the deficit to 60-50. The fourth quarter started out slow for both sides, after four minutes the score was 64-52 MSU Moorhead. Just like that two three-pointers from Michaelis brought the deficit to 10 making the score 68-58. With time running down the Golden Eagles made every attempt to come back but the timely shooting of MSU Moorhead lifted them over the Golden Eagles. The Dragons won tonight’s matchup by a score of 76-60.
The Golden Eagles continue their home stand Sat., Dec. 8 at 3:30 p.m. against Northern State University.