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Golden Eagles Rally in Second Half to Beat Montana State University-Northern 78-73
November 24, 2007

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

Kelsey Van Ackeren
Kelsey Van Ackeren
(Dickinson, N.D.)- The Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball team entered the final game of the Milanovich Classic looking for a weekend split against Montana State University- Northern. Minnesota, Crookston entered the half down by one, 33-32 but unlike yesterday, rallied in the second half to take the victory 78-73 for the team’s fourth victory of the season.


Golden Eagle sophomore, guard, Kelsey Van Ackeren (So, G, St. Cloud, Minn.) had a spectacular game in her first start of the season. She led all scorers with a career high 23 points. Van Ackeren shot 8-10 from the field and a perfect 5-5 from three-point distance and 2-2 from the free-throw line. Defensively, she tied a career high, grabbing seven rebounds (one offensive, six defensive) in the contest. Balanced scoring seems to be the Golden Eagle’s key to success. UMC has had four double-digit point scorers in all four season victories. Jamie Zelinsky (Fr, G, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) added 17 points, five assists and four steals. Diana Taddy (Fr, G, Two Rivers, Wis.) continues to play quietly-sensational basketball scoring 14 points and setting career highs with nine assists and six steals. Gina Jaroszewski (Fr, F, Moorhead, Minn.) rounded out the top Golden Eagle scorers with 11 points and seven rebounds in the contest. MSU-Northern was led Kaylee Shaw’s 20 points and six assists. Defensively, Stacie Barker led all players with 12 rebounds (four offensive, eight defensive).


Tonight’s win moves the Golden Eagles to 4-1 on the season. The team travels to MSU-Mankato on Tuesday, November 27 to take on the Mavericks in non-conference action. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. UMC returns to Lysaker Gymnasium on November 30 and December 1 to open NSIC conference play. The team hosts Wayne State College on Friday evening and SW Minnesota State on Saturday evening. Both games are scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. start.


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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).