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Golden Eagles Get Back to Winning Ways with 60-54 Victory over Peacocks
January 23, 2009

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

(Fayette, Iowa.)- The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) Women’s Basketball team made the long trip to Upper Iowa University (UIU) worthwhile tonight as UMC returned to the win column. The Golden Eagles defeated the Peacocks 60-54 in front of 300 UIU fans.
The long bus ride didn’t affect the Golden Eagles as the team came out and took an early 7-2 lead. The Peacocks found their stride and took a 10-9 lead five minutes into the action. A big 7-0 UMC run that took three minutes off the game clock put some distance between the teams and took the wind out of the Peacock’s sails. Four of Minnesota, Crookston's final six points of the first half came at the charity stripe. The Golden Eagles were 8-8 at the free throw line, while the Peacocks struggled with their free opportunities going just 3-13 at the line. The Golden Eagle pressure defense forced 10 turnovers that the team translated into 16 points. That difference helped UMC to a 32-21 halftime lead. Minnesota, Crookston extended the lead to 12 points at the 11:38 mark of the second half. The Peacocks outscored the Golden Eagles in the second half 33-28 but it wasn’t enough as UMC took the 60-54 NSIC victory.
The University of Minnesota, Crookston was led by Jamie Zelinsky (G, 5-11, SO, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) who scored a season high 23 points to tie a game-high in scoring. She shot 8-18 from the field and 5-6 from the free-throw line. Defensively, she recorded a career high three blocks to tie for the game lead with Gina Jaroszewski (F, 5-11, SO, Moorhead, Minn.). Jenna Dolence (G, 5-8, SO, Moorhead, Minn.) led the Golden Eagles with seven rebounds while adding seven points in the win.
Upper Iowa was led by Lyndsay Westgaard who scored 23 points to tie a game-high. She added 10 rebounds in the game for the only double-double of the contest. Britney Iredale tallied 17 rebounds to lead all players on the night.
The University of Minnesota, Crookston moves to 8-9 overall and 4-6 in the NSIC. Upper Iowa falls to 5-13 overall and 1-10 in the NSIC. The Golden Eagles return to the court tomorrow night at Winona State University. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.
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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).