Minnesota Crookston drops to 10-14 (5-13 NSIC).
CROOKSTON, Minn. – Concordia University-St. Paul utilized a big fourth quarter to defeat the University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team 67-59 Sat., Feb. 9 at Lysaker Gymnasium. The Golden Eagles led 43-41 going into the final stanza, however the Golden Bears were able to out-score Minnesota Crookston 26-16 in the fourth quarter.
The Golden Eagles played a strong game and were able to hold their own on the boards as they were just narrowly out-rebounded by Concordia-St. Paul 43-42. Minnesota Crookston was ignited by their strong play in the post as Isieoma Odor (R-Sr., F/C, Bloomington, Minn.) and Bren Fox (Fr., F/C, Norwood Young America, Minn.) each nabbed double-doubles on the afternoon. Odor notched 22 points and 12 rebounds, including going an unblemished 10-of-10 from the charity stripe. Fox put together one of her best performances of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds on 5-of-9 from the field.
Minnesota Crookston drops to 10-14 (5-13 NSIC) with Saturday’s loss. The Golden Eagles have lost their last six games. Minnesota Crookston led by as many nine points and maintained the lead until 5:38 remaining in the fourth quarter. Concordia-St. Paul improves to 17-6 (13-5 NSIC) with Saturday’s win. The Golden Bears are currently in first place in the NSIC South.
Odor’s 22 points on Saturday moved her closer to fourth all-time on the all-time Minnesota Crookston scoring charts. She needs just 20 points to surpass her former teammate Alexa Thielman in the record books. Kylie Post (Fr., G, Corcoran, Minn.) chipped in nine points on 3-of-8 from the field, in addition to Odor and Fox. Paige Cornale (Fr., G, Oak Creek, Wis.) added six points.
The Golden Eagles shot 21-of-60 from the field for 35.0 percent. Minnesota Crookston struggled from beyond the arc, where they were 2-of-13 for 15.4 percent. The Golden Eagles shot 15-of-22 for 68.2 percent from the foul line.
Concordia-St. Paul was led by a big night from Anna Schmitt, who had 28 points on 9-of-15 from the field. Dorr led the Golden Bears in the post with a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. Lexi Lee added nine points.
Concordia-St. Paul shot just 23-of-68 from the field for 33.8 percent. The Golden Bears were just 5-of-23 for 21.7 percent from behind the three-point line. Concordia-St. Paul made up for shooting woes at the charity stripe, where they were 16-of-17 for 94.1 percent.
Minnesota Crookston looked to get off to a quick start on Saturday, something they struggled with in Friday’s game with Minnesota State.
The Golden Eagles were able to jet out to a 9-2 lead guided by eight points from Odor. A Sidney Wentland triple pulled the Golden Bears within 9-5. Minnesota Crookston responded with a 5-0 run as a Paige Weakley (Jr., G/F, Kearney, Mo.) three-pointer put the Golden Eagles up 14-5 with 3:57 left in the first quarter.
Concordia-St. Paul ended the first quarter on a 5-0 run as a Dorr free throw pulled the Golden Bears within 14-10 going into the break.
A Dorr bucket to open the second quarter cut the deficit for Concordia-St. Paul to 14-12. Minnesota Crookston countered with a 7-0 run guided by a Post three-pointer to push the lead out to 21-12.
The Golden Bears responded with a 10-0 run as a Schmitt jumper gave them a 22-21 advantage. The Concordia-St. Paul lead did not last for long, as Fox hit back-to-back jumpers to give Minnesota Crookston a 25-22 lead. Meghan Dubois sank a triple to knot the game back up at 25-25 with 2:51 left in the second quarter.
A Schmitt fast-break bucket moved the Concordia-St. Paul advantage to 27-25. Minnesota Crookston closed the second quarter on a 4-0 run as Cornale found Amber Schoenicke (Jr., F/C, Marshall, Wis.) for two, and Odor hit a basket. The Golden Eagles went into the locker room with a 29-27 advantage.
Minnesota Crookston opened the third quarter on a 4-0 run using buckets from Fox and Cornale. The Golden Bears countered with a 6-0 run as a Schmitt bucket tied the game up at 33-33. The Golden Eagles came up in a big way as they utilized a 7-0 run to widen the gap to 40-33. Minnesota Crookston was ignited by an old-fashioned three-point play by Post.
Concordia-St. Paul came back with a quick 4-0 run to pull within 40-37 after a Dorr bucket. The Golden Eagles went into the quarter break with a 43-41 lead after Concordia-St. Paul’s Schmitt hit a jumper.
Minnesota Crookston pushed the lead out to four at 45-41 on a Post bucket. The Golden Eagles moved their advantage to 47-43 on an Odor bucket. Concordia-St. Paul countered with an 11-0 run as a Dorr old-fashioned three-point play put the Golden Bears up 54-47 with 4:28 remaining in the tilt.
Four quick points from Odor cut the deficit to 54-51 with 2:47 left in the game. The Golden Eagles pulled to within 54-52 on a Michaelis free throw with 1:57 remaining. However, Concordia-St. Paul halted the comeback hopes for Minnesota Crookston as they closed the game on a 13-7 run to come away with a 67-59 win.
The Golden Eagles continue a four-game home stand as they host Minot State University Fri., Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m.