Minnesota Crookston falls to 10-13 (5-12 NSIC) with Friday night's loss.
CROOKSTON, Minn.— A slow start along with turnovers and lack of rebounds proved to be too much to overcome as Minnesota Crookston falls 84-71 to Minnesota State Unversity Fri., Feb. 8, at Lysaker gymnasium.
Minnesota State improves to 10-11 (7-10 NSIC) with Friday night’s win. Minnesota Crookston falls to 10-13 (5-12 NSIC) with Friday night’s loss.
Minnesota Crookston was led offensively by Paige Weakley (Jr., G/F, Kearney, Mo.), who had 23 points and set a new career high. Weakley was 7-of-14 from the field and 5-of-11 from downtown. Weakley was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line on the night as well.
Isieoma Odor (R-Sr., F/C, Bloomington, Minn.), tallied 15 points on the night and grabbed seven rebounds. Odor also added five assist and was a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line.
Caitlin Michaelis (Sr., G, Marshfield, Wis.) added 14 points along with four assist. Michaelis was 6-of-12 from the field. Paige Cornale (Fr., G, Oak Creek, Wis.) had 10 points on the night on 3-of-7 shooting.
Minnesota Crookston shot 21-out-of-52 for 40.4 percent on the night. The Golden Eagles were 9-out-of-21 for 42.9 percent from deep. They were also 20-out-of-25 for 80 percent at the free throw line.
Minnesota State was led offensively by Taylor Drost who had 32 points on 12-0f-20 shooting from the field. Kristen Kitzke chimed in with 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 shooting from the free throw line. Monica Muth tallied 11 points on the night on 4-of-9 shooting.
Minnesota State shot 30-out-of-67 for 44.8 percent from the field. The Mavericks were 6-out-of-18 from beyond the arch for 33.3 percent. Minnesota State was also 18-out-of-23 for 78.3 percent from the charity stripe.
The Golden Eagles won the tip-off but it was Rachel Shumski who broke the seal and put the Mavericks up 2-0. The Golden Eagles started off slow after three straight turnovers to open up the game. After a Minnesota Crookston timeout with seven minutes and 40 seconds left in the first quarter Minnesota State led 7-0. Paige Cornale put the Golden Eagles on the board with a contested lay up to make the score 9-2 Mavericks. After Minnesota State went on a 19-2 run the Golden Eagles called another timeout to regroup.
The Golden Eagles came out of the timeout and scored on a layup from Isieoma Odor to make the score 19-4 Mankato. Paige Weakley went to the line and made two free throws to make the score 30-6 Minnesota State with a little over a minute left. Eight turnovers along with poor shooting from the Golden Eagles held Minnesota Crookston to a seven point first quarter. At the end of the first quarter Minnesota State led Minnesota Crookston 30-7.
Isieoma Odor was fouled to start the second quarter and drained both free throws to put the Golden Eagles on the board first. The Golden Eagles offense started to pick up and the defense settled in. With just under seven minutes played the Golden Eagles scored 12 points to almost cut the deficit in half.
Minnesota Crookston looked for help from everyone on the floor in the second quarter as the scoring was spread out pretty evenly for the Golden Eagles. Minnesota Crookston outscored Minnesota State 22-15 in the second quarter. A three pointer from Kylie Post (Fr., G, Cocaran, Minn.), and two three pointers from Paige Weakley made the score 45-29 going into half time.
The Golden Eagles had possession coming out of halftime, after a Mavericks two pointer Paige Weakley answered with one of her own. Isieoma Odor made two free throws to make the score 51-35 Minnesota State. After a media timeout the Mavericks led the Golden Eagles 56-39.
A pair of three pointers from Caitlin Michaelis and Paige Weakley made the score 62-53 Mavericks. With five seconds left Kylie Post managed to get to the line where she hit one of two free throws to cut the Minnesota Crookston deficit to just eight points. The Mavericks led the Golden Eagles 64-56 heading into the fourth quarter.
Paige Weakley continued to shoot well from deep as she nailed a three pointer to start the fourth quarter. A lay up from Isieoma Odor gave Minnesota Crookston 64 but they were still down by nine points with just under five minutes left in the game. The Mavericks started to pull away by taking a 78-64 lead late in the fourth quarter.
With just over a minute left the Golden Eagles made a push with an old fashioned three point play from Isieoma Odor to make the score 81-69 Minnesota State. Minnesota Crookston fought hard and almost overcame a big first quarter deficit but ultimately fall to Minnesota State by a score of 84-71.
Catch the Golden Eagles in action again tomorrow at Lysaker gymnasium as they take on Concordia-St. Paul Sat. Feb. 9, at 3:30 p.m.