Minnesota Crookston moved to 10-12 (5-11 NSIC) with the loss.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team failed to score in the first four minutes of the game as they fell 80-47 to University of Sioux Falls Sat., Feb. 2 at the Stewart Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Golden Eagles closed the deficit to nine points in the first quarter, but they were unable to come away with the victory.

    Sioux Falls improves to 15-7 (10-6 NSIC) with Saturday’s win. Minnesota Crookston moved to 10-12 (5-11 NSIC) with the loss. The Golden Eagles sit in a three-team tie for fifth place in the NSIC North with Northern State University and Minot State University.

    Minnesota Crookston was paced by Kylie Post (Fr., G, Corcoran, Minn.), who put up her best scoring outing since Nov. 10. Post notched 18 points on 7-of-10 from the field. Post’s best performance of the season came with 21 points against Northwest Missouri State University.

    Isieoma Odor (R-Sr., F/C, Bloomington, Minn.) tallied 15 points on 6-of-14 from the field. Odor needs 57 points to surpass her former teammate Alexa Thielman for fourth all-time on the Minnesota Crookston all-time scoring list.

    The Golden Eagles struggled to maintain possession of the ball as they had 28 turnovers to just five boards. In addition, Minnesota Crookston was out-rebounded by the Cougars 36-31.

    Minnesota Crookston was 18-of-49 from the field for 36.7 percent. The Golden Eagles shot just 1-of-10 from beyond the arc for 10.0 percent. Minnesota Crookston was 10-of-18 from the charity stripe for 55.6 percent.

    Sioux Falls was propelled by 17 points from Kaely Hummel on 7-of-9 from the field. Jessie Geer added 15 points and five rebounds. Lauren Sanders and Mariah Szymanski each added 11 points. Krystal Carlson chipped in eight points and six rebounds.

    The Cougars had a strong shooting night as they were 32-of-62 for 51.6 percent from the field. Sioux Falls shot 9-of-22 from distance for 40.9 percent. Sioux Falls shot 7-of-10 for 70.0 percent from the foul line.

    The Cougars raced out to a 14-0 advantage guided by five points from Hummel. The Golden Eagles finally stopped their scoreless streak with six minutes to go as Post hit a bucket. Sioux Falls moved their advantage out to 18-2 on an Augusta Thramer hoop.

    The Golden Eagles used a 9-2 run to close the gap to 20-11 on a Kylea Praska (Fr., G, Thief River Falls, Minn.) bucket. Sioux Falls moved their advantage back out to 24-11 following a pair of Szymanski free throws. Minnesota Crookston cut the deficit to 24-14 on a Michaelis three-pointer going into the break.

    Sioux Falls took back control of the game as they out-scored the Golden Eagles 19-6 to push the lead out to 43-20 at the intermission.

    USF opened the third quarter on a 9-0 run to extend their lead to 52-20. Sioux Falls would out-score Minnesota Crookston 25-11 in the third quarter as they went into the quarter break with a 66-31 lead.

    The Golden Eagles played a strong fourth quarter as they bested the Cougars 16-12, however it would not be enough to overcome the deficit as they fell 80-47.

    Minnesota Crookston returns home for a four-game stint Fri., Feb. 8 as they take on Minnesota State University in their “We Hate Winter” game.