Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Golden Eagles Use Outstanding Team Performance in 94-64 Victory Over Dickinson State

(Crookston, Minn.)- The University of Minnesota, Crookston Women’s Basketball team honored the UMC faculty and staff and UMC Teambackers tonight with an impressive 94-64 victory over visiting Dickinson State University.

The Blue Hawks grabbed an early five point lead but the Golden Eagles used a 25-7 run in the first half to go into halftime with a 44 – 25 lead.  The second half was more of the same from UMC as they lead by 40 at one point and finished the game with the 30 point victory. The Golden Eagles continued their strong offensive play as they scored 50 or more points in a half for the fourth time this season and shot over 50% from the field for the fourth time this season. UMC found comfort from long range as they knocked down a school record tying 14 three-pointers coming from eight different players. The team showed its cohesiveness tying a season-high with 22 team assists and 50 total rebounds. UMC set a season-high in offensive boards with 16 and five players came off the bench to tally 35 points.
The U of M, Crookston defense was stout in the first half as they held the Blue Hawks to 23.5% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles themselves shot 44.4% from the field and an impressive 54.5% from beyond the arc. Jamie Zelinsky (G, 5-11 Sr, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) led the Golden Eagles in scoring with 11 points and Laurie Tyson (C, 6-1, So, Rosemount, Minn.) led the team with 10 rebounds through the first 20 minutes of play.  Zelinsky and Brittani Wiese (G, 5-7, So, Albertville, Minn.) each had three assists to lead the team going into half.  Mandy Mullock lead the Blue Hawks with 10 points and Terri Washington had a team high five rebounds in the first half.
UMC used a 19 – 7 run to start the second half and had a nine point run in the middle of the half to increase the lead to 40 with 9:10 remaining in the game.  Dickinson State University had a better half from the field shooting 40.6% but UMC also improved their shooting to a blazing 58.8%.  Gracie Bruzek (G, 5-3, Fr, Alexandria, Minn.) led the way for the Golden Eagles in the second half scoring 11 points on three three-pointers and one field goal just inside the arc. Amber Adams led the Blue Hawks in points for the second half with eight.
On the night, Jamie Zelinsky finished with a game-high 17 points, leading the Golden Eagles in scoring for the fourth time this season. She was 6-9 from the field and 4-5 from the free-throw line. Bri Zabel (F, 6-0 Sr, Northfield, Minn.) was second on the team with 15 points going 6-10 from the field and 3-6 from long range. Laurie Tyson grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and scored 10 points for her third double-double of the season. Tori Joransen (F, 6-0, Fr, Minnetonka, Minn.) was close behind with a career-high 10 rebounds and career-high nine points.  Brittani Wiese finished the contest dishing a season-high tying five assists while knocking down 12 points.
Kylee Bittner and Amber Adams led the Blue Hawks in points with 12 and 10 respectively. Bittner was 4-13 from the field and 3-4 from the free-throw line. Terri Washington and Adams each finished with seven rebounds to lead the team.
Minnesota, Crookston advances to 4-2 overall while Dickinson State falls to 4-7 on the season. The Golden Eagles host conference foe MSU Moorhead on Saturday, December 11. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Lysaker Gymnasium. It is “White Out” day at the Golden Eagle Women’s and Men’s games on Saturday. UMC fans are asked to wear white apparel to “White Out” Lysaker Gymnasium.
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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).

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