Golden Eagles basketball players honored for January performances.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston athletic department named men’s basketball guard Harrison Cleary and women’s basketball forward Isieoma Odor as UMC Teambackers Student-Athletes of the Month.

    Cleary and Odor were chosen for the month of January for their outstanding performances for their respective teams.

    Cleary, a 6-foot-1 freshman from Oak Creek, Wis., is a three-time winner of the monthly award. He ranks second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in scoring with 22.2 points-per-game over nine games in January.

    Throughout the month, Cleary shot 48.4 percent from the field, 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 82.6 percent from the free-throw line. His biggest game of the season came on Jan. 27 against Minnesota State University-Mankato, where he shot a personal-high 42 points, marking the best of any player in the NSIC this season. Cleary’s performance also broke a 14-year-old school record for most points scored in a single game, which was set by former Golden Eagle Joe Hasz in 2003.

    Odor, a 6-foot redshirt sophomore from Bloomington, Minn., is a first-time winner of the Teambackers Student-Athlete of the Month award. Throughout January, she averaged 15.7 points- and 6.6 rebounds-per-game in nine contests.

    Odor shot 62.6 percent from the field and 79.4 percent from the charity stripe throughout the first month of 2017. She began the month by tallying 22 points and nine rebounds against St. Cloud State University and 19 points and nine rebounds against the University of Minnesota Duluth.

    As a result of her success, Odor was honored with the title of NSIC North Player of the Week on Jan. 7.

UMC Teambackers Student Athletes of the Month
    September – Maggie Perrel (volleyball) and Adam Connette (football)
    October – Monika Frame (hunt seat equestrian) and Will Cross (football)
    November – Alison Hughes (women’s basketball) and Harrison Cleary (men’s basketball)
    December – Alison Hughes (women’s basketball) and Harrison Cleary (men’s basketball)
    January – Isieoma Odor (women’s basketball) and Harrison Cleary (men’s basketball)