Minnesota Crookston falls to 9-7 (4-6 NSIC) with Saturday’s loss.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – No. 23 Minnesota State University Moorhead out-scored the University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team 22-9 in the fourth quarter as the Dragons upended the Golden Eagles 78-65. Minnesota Crookston went into the final quarter knotted up with MSU Moorhead 56-56. Jacky Volkert paced the Dragons with eight points in the fourth stanza as they went on to the win.
Minnesota Crookston falls to 9-7 (4-6 NSIC) with Saturday’s loss. MSU Moorhead moves to 14-2 (10-0 NSIC), as they remain unblemished in conference play. The Dragons earned their 12-straight victory, and picked up the season sweep of the Golden Eagles. Minnesota Crookston is in sixth place in the NSIC North after the weekend. They remain within one game of Northern State University in fifth place.
The Golden Eagles were led by Isieoma Odor (R-Sr., F/C, Bloomington, Minn.) with 20 points and eight boards. Odor needs just nine rebounds to surpass Laurie Tyson for second all-time in Minnesota Crookston history for rebounds. In addition, she is in need of just 11 boards to move past Katrina Nordick for the all-time rebounding mark. Odor is 174 points shy of surpassing her former teammate Alexa Thielman for No. 4 all-time on the career scoring charts.
Kylie Post (Fr., G, Corcoran, Minn.) added 10 points on 2-of-4 from the field, 1-of-1 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 5-of-5 from the foul line. Paige Cornale (Fr., G, Oak Creek, Wis.) continued her strong play of late with eight points on 3-of-7 from the field. Cornale is notching 6.6 points per game in the last five tilts for the Golden Eagles. Abby Guidinger (So., G/F, Waukesha, Wis.) finished with eight points on 3-of-6 from the field, and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc. Stephanie McWilliams (Jr., G, Grand Forks, N.D.) finished with six points.
Minnesota Crookston shot 25-of-54 from the field for 46.3 percent. The Golden Eagles were 4-of-14 for 28.6 percent from beyond the arc, and 11-of-14 for 78.6 percent from the foul line. MSU Moorhead out-rebounded Minnesota Crookston 36-29. The Golden Eagles finished with 10 assists to 12 turnovers on the game. Minnesota Crookston had a strong bench presence as 29 of their 65 points came from the non-starters.
The Dragons had four players tally double-figure scoring. Jacky Volkert and Madi Green guided MSU Moorhead with 15 points apiece. Green completed a double-double with 12 rebounds. Green was 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. Lauren Fech added 14 points, while Peyton Boom came off the bench for 13 points.
MSU Moorhead had a strong night shooting, as they were 30-of-61 from the field for 49.2 percent. The Dragons finished 7-of-16 for 43.8 percent from behind the three-point line. They did struggle from the line, where they were just 11-of-17 for 64.7 percent. MSU Moorhead had 15 assists to 11 turnovers on the game.
The Dragons got out to a 6-1 advantage early on propelled by a Green three-pointer, and a Megan Hintz old-fashioned three-point play. Minnesota Crookston closed to within 8-5 with an Odor jumper with 6:32 remaining in the first quarter. MSU Moorhead moved their lead to 10-5 on a Boom basket.
Minnesota Crookston fought back as they utilized an 8-0 run to overtake the lead 13-10 on a Guidinger bucket. MSU Moorhead responded and closed the quarter out on a 13-5 run as they went into the quarter break with a 23-18 lead.
The Dragons extended their lead out to 27-18 early in the second quarter with baskets from Volkert and Nicole Brown. Minnesota Crookston came back with a 4-0 run to cut the deficit to 27-22 on a Cornale jumper. The Dragons widened the gap back out to eight at 30-22 when Brooklyn Liegel connected on a three-pointer.
Minnesota Crookston would be able to take a chunk out of the lead over a segment of the second quarter as they closed to within 39-34 after back-to-bask baskets from McWilliams and Amber Schoenicke (Jr., F/C, Marshall, Wis.). The Golden Eagles would go into the locker room with strong momentum as they cut the deficit to 41-37 following a Post old-fashioned three-point play.
MSU Moorhead opened the third quarter with a 3-0 run as Volkert would be fouled on a three-point attempt, and connected on all of her attempts, extending the Dragon lead out to 44-37. Minnesota Crookston was able to trim the MSU Moorhead lead to 44-41 on an Odor jumper. Fech countered for the Dragons with a three-pointer to move their lead out to 47-41.
The Golden Eagles would utilize a 15-6 run over a seven-minute span to overtake the Dragons for the lead as Kylea Praska (Fr., G, Thief River Falls, Minn.) hit a triple to put Minnesota Crookston ahead 56-53. The Dragons used a Boom three-pointer at the close of the quarter to knot the tilt up 56-56.
MSU Moorhead used Boom’s shot to end the quarter to spring board their efforts in the fourth quarter, as they extended a 7-0 run on a Green bucket to take a 60-56 advantage. The Dragons built their lead out to 64-57 on a Hintz basket.
The Golden Eagles would be able to cut the deficit to five at 64-59 with an Odor jumper. However, MSU Moorhead came right back with a 9-0 run as they extended their advantage out to 73-59 with a pair of Volkert free throws.
Minnesota Crookston would be able to get the lead down to 13 at 78-65 with a Post trey in the final minute, but it would not be enough as the Dragons were victorious 78-65.
The Golden Eagles return home Fri., Jan. 18 to host Winona State University at 5:30 p.m. The weekend will be Minnesota Crookston “It’s A Slam Dunk, Don’t Drive Drunk” weekend.