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Early Lead Not Enough as Yellowjackets Defeat Golden Eagles 93-81
November 29, 2008

Contact: Mitch Bakken- Sports Information Director (218) 281-8414


(Bismarck, N.D.)- The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) Women’s Basketball team opened the 2008 University of Mary Classic on Friday, November 28 against Montana State University- Billings (MSU-Billings). The Golden Eagles led early but the Yellow Jackets rallied back for the 93-81 victory.

Minnesota, Crookston led by as many as five points through six minutes of play. At the 14:05 mark of the first half, Alira Carpenter hit a jumper to give the Yellowjackets the lead which they held for the rest of the game. Both teams shot well from the floor. UMC shot 45% while MSU-Billings shot 51% from the field. The teams hit eight 3-pointers each in the contest with the only substantial statistical difference being bench points in which UMC led 28-17.

The Golden Eagles were led by Jamie Zelinsky (G, 5-11, SO, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) who ended the game with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor. Bri Zabel (F, 6-0, SO, Northfield, Minn.) had 14 points and eight rebounds while Megan Eul (F, 5-11, FR, Rosemount, Minn.) scored 10 points off the bench. Diana Taddy (G, 5-8, SO, Two Rivers, Wis.) added a season high seven assists in the game. Taddy’s career high of nine assists was recorded last year against MSU-Billings (11/24/07).

MSU- Billings was led by Alira Carpenter who finished with 30 points, two steals, three 3-pointers and was 11-of-18 from the floor.  Kayla Ryan scored 14 points with Jen Smith putting in 11 points. Shantell Marquis had a solid game with 13 points, nine assists and three steals while hitting 7-of-8 from the line.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston is 2-2 on the season while Montana State- Billings improves to 3-1 overall. The Golden Eagles open NSIC play on December 5 and 6 when they host Minnesota Duluth and Bemidji State. Game times are set for 6 p.m. both nights. The F-M Acro team will be performing at halftime of the men’s game on December 6. Bring the entire family out for an exciting night.

For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at: www.goldeneaglesports.com.  

The University of Minnesota, Crookston is a NCAA Division II Institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Golden Eagle Hockey is a member of the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA). The Golden Eagle Equestrian team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).