The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagles women's basketball team opened up their conference schedule with a victory over the rival Bemidji State Beavers, 104-84 Saturday at Lysaker Gymnasium. Sophomore guard Alexa Thielman (Buffalo, Minn.) lead the Golden Eagles with 30 points, nine rebounds. Her six three pointers tied the single-game school record for three pointers.
Junior forward Ebony Livingston (Minneapolis, Minn.) also had a starring role with a 21-point performance. Sophomore forward Katrina Moenkedick (Perham, Minn.) added another 15 points and nine rebounds.
"We had a couple lapses but I was really pleased with the win," said UMC head coach Mike Roysland. "We played two consistent halves.
"Our team consistency was huge," coach Roysland noted. "Katrina had a lot of good looks in the first half she would like to have back. Alexa played outstanding offensively and even better on defensive side. Ebony Livingston played well and Jaya Perkins came off the bench and played well. A lot of people contributed and we did a really good job moving the basketball. We got a lot of good looks when the right opportunities came along."
UMC shot an outstanding 65 percent from beyond the arch with 13 made threes, while holding Bemidji State to 2-of-13. Defensively the Golden Eagles held Morgan Lee, who came into the contest averaging 22.5 points per game, to just eight points.
Leading rebounder Kate Warmack, whose brother Jim recently signed to play men's basketball at UMC, picked up 33 points and 11 rebounds in route to her fourth double-double of the season.
"We scored a lot of points but we gave up a lot of points and we need to shorten that gap," coach Roysland explained. "In the immediate future we need to figure out a way to defend a little bit better. We were picking our poison against Bemidji. We need to keep the ball out of the paint. Our biggest weakness is we need to defend better and keep teams in the 60's. Our goal for next weekend is to keep Duluth and St. Cloud in the 60's and find a way to win."
UMC improves their record to 4-1 (1-0 NSIC). It returns to action next weekend as they host the University of Minnesota Duluth Friday at 6 p.m., and St. Cloud State on Saturday at 4 p.m. Friday night is Faculty-Staff appreciation night, while Saturday's game will be Military Appreciation Night.
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