Friday, December 17, 2010

No. 16 Vikings use balanced attack to roll past Minnesota, Crookston

CROOKSTON, Minn. - Double-figure scoring efforts from five different players keyed an 84-58 Augustana victory over Minnesota, Crookston in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference basketball Friday night in Crookston, Minn.

Augustana improves to 11-1 (4-1 NSIC), while UMC crops to 4-4 (1-3 NSIC).

The Vikings' starting five proved to be too much for the Golden Eagles. Alex Feeney finished with 19 points and nine rebounds. Megan Doyle added 18 points, Molly Hayes had 13 and Kristi Board and Tessa Wilka each netted 10.

Hayes was just two assists short of a double-double, handing out eight in the win.

Augustana shot a season-high 50 percent from behind the arc, drilling 11 of 22 3-pointers.

Megan Eul had 19 points to lead UMC, which finished just 29.6 percent from the floor. Eul hit 12 free throws.

The Vikings trailed just once in the contest---after the Golden Eagles hit the game's first basket. Dave Krauth's crew also turned all of UMC's turnovers into at least one point, accumulating 17 points on the Golden Eagles' 17 turnovers.

Augustana quickly built itself a 17-point lead just nine minutes into the game. Behind five 3-pointers, the Viking owned a 23-6 at the 11:30 mark.

The Golden Eagles weren't able to get the difference down to single digits until the last minute of the half, using a 3-pointer by Eul with 41 seconds remaining to cut the Viking lead to seven points.

Doyle added a bucket with 12 seconds left to give the Vikings a 40-31 lead at the half.

The Vikings were 7 of 11 (63.6 percent) from behind the arc in the first half. Three of those 3-pointers came from Doyle, who had 11 first-half points.

It was a 13-1 run early in the second half that served as the knock-out punch for the Vikings. The spurt was sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers from Wilka. Augustana found itself leading 59-41 with 12 minutes left in the contest.

The Viking tacked on a 12-2 run six minutes later to take a 25-point lead with four minutes remaining.

From there, the Golden Eagles were held to just one field goal for the remainder of the game.

Augustana stretches its win streak to four games.

Doyle's double-figure effort extends her streak of double-figure games to 12 games.

The Vikings wrap up play before the holiday break tomorrow at MSU Moorhead at 6 p.m.

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