The first half was more about defense than offense as both teams struggled from the field. UMC shot 31.3% and MSU Moorhead missed their first eight shots on the way to a 26.7% shooting performance through the first 20 minutes of play. The Golden Eagles did manage an impressive 50% (4-8) from three-point land for the first half. For the second half, the Dragons drastically improved their shooting to a 43.8% average. UMC also improved from the field to 34.5%, but it wasn't enough as the Dragons outscored the Golden Eagles 42-30 in the second half. UMC led the entire game until 6:24 left in the second half when the Dragon's Marisa Yernatich hit two free-throws to tie the game. The lead changed twice and then MSU Moorhead took the lead for good with 4:00 minutes left and never led by more than four points in the contest.
The Golden Eagles were led by Jamie Zelinsky (G, 5-11, Sr, Brooklyn Park, Minn.), who had a game- high 22 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Bri Zabel (F, 6-0, Sr, Northfield, Minn.) pitched in with 13 points and Brittani Wiese (G, 5-7, So, Albertville, Minn.) had a team-high four assists to go along with nine points. Laurie Tyson (C, 6-1, So., Rosemount, Minn.) played strong down low blocking a game-high three shots and grabbing four rebounds before getting into foul trouble.
MSU Moorhead's leading scorer was Angie Jetvig, who had 21 points and tied for a team-high eight rebounds. Megan Strese also had eight rebounds and 13 points and Marisa Yernatich was second on the team with 14 points.
Minnesota, Crookston moves to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in NSIC play. The Dragons advance to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play. The Golden Eagles return to Lysaker Gymnasium next weekend to host Augustana and Wayne State in an NSIC double-header. Games are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.
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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).
Photo: Jamie Zelinsky