Moenkedick double-double leads UMC women over Concordia-St. Paul
CROOKSTON, Minn. - The University of Minnesota Crookston women's basketball team played host to Concordia University, St Paul Friday night in Lysaker Gymnasium. The (UMC) Golden Eagles upset the Golden Bears 59-58 with help from a last second Thielman jumper. The Golden Eagles played great defense throughout the game holding the Golden Bears to thirty-five percent shooting and just twenty-one percent from behind the three point line. It was a close game all the way with seven lead changes and five tied scores.
The Golden Eagles improve to 10-13 (7-12 NSIC), reaching 10 wins for the first time since the 2010-11 season when they went 13-14. This is the second win for UMC over a top-three team in either the NSIC North or South in the last two games as they upended Minot State University last Saturday. Concordia-St. Paul drops to 19-7 (14-5 NSIC) with Friday's loss.
Minnesota Crookston continued their strong play inside the friendly confines of Lysaker Gymnasium, moving to 9-5 overall on the year on the Lysaker home court.
It was a close game throughout the first half Friday night with neither team being able to take control. The largest lead was 10 points, held by Concordia with 8:57 left in the first. At the end of the half the Golden Eagles led the Golden Bears 34-33. The Golden Eagles were led by Katrina Moenkedick (So., F, Perham, Minn./Early Childhood Education)) in the first half with 10 points (4-of-8 FG, 2-of-2 FT); she also had six rebounds and one block to add. Cienna Walker (So., G, Ajax, Ontario/Marketing) also had eight first half points (3-of-6 FG, 2-of-3 FT) for the Golden Eagles. The Golden Bears were led by Kionda Nicks (5-of-7 FG) and Ameshia Kearney (4-of-5 FG, 2-of-2 3FG) both with 10 first half points. Nicks also had seven rebounds and one block while Kearney had one rebound and one assist in the half.
It continued to be an evenly fought game throughout the second half. Neither team could manage to pull away from the other. It came down to a nail bitter finish when the Golden Bears led 58-57 with 15 seconds left in the game. However, the Golden Eagles had the ball and Alexa Thielman (So., G, Buffalo, Minn./Health Science) hit the jumper off a great in-bounds pass from Ebony Livingston (Jr., G, Minneapolis, Minn./Sports and Rec Management) to give them the lead with 13 seconds left in the game; after a Golden Bear timeout they retained possession with five seconds left in the game where they were unable to get a shot off thanks to terrific defense by the Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles won the game with a final score of 59-58.
Moenkedick (5-of-14 FG, 2-of-4 FT) and Walker (4-of-9 FG, 4-of-5 FT) led the way in points for the Golden Eagles with 12. Moenkedick had a double-double with 13 rebounds in the game as well as one block. The double-double was the sixth of the season for UMC. In addition, Moenkedick has now scored in double-figures in all but one game this season. Walker contributed nicely including five rebounds and one steal. In addition to Moenkedick and Walker, Thielman finished with eight points, all in the second half, while Erika McRoberts (So., F, Byron, Minn./Health Science) added nine points and six boards.
Three players reached double digit points for the Golden Bears. Nicks (7-of-12 FG) had 13, Whiting (3-of-14 FG, 5-of-6 FT) had 12 and Kearney (4-of-10 FG, 2-of-2 FT) had 12 as well. Nicks had a great game with a double-double including 11 rebounds, five blocks and two steals.
While Whiting did finish with 12 on the game, UMC did make things difficult on her, as she went just 3-of-14 from the field for just 21.4 points. She was held to two points and two boards in the first half, with most of her production coming in the second half with 10 points and five boards.
The Golden Eagles will look to continue their run down the home stretch as they host No. 21 Minnesota State University, Mankato in the final home game of the season. The game will serve as senior day for Jacy Christenson (G, Shoreview, Minn./Natural Resources) and student manager Ashleigh Erdmann.
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The University of Minnesota Crookston is an NCAA Division II Institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). The Golden Eagle Equestrian team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).