Huskies sweep UMC; Coach Fish gets 200th win

Katrina Theis tries to tack on some more points for the Huskies. Photo courtesy of Kelsey Whaley

The Huskies Women’s Basketball team has been on a winning streak lately. Ever since sweeping Bemidji State, the team has found ways to upset even the toughest of teams.

Coming into the weekend the Huskies, sat 2nd in the NSIC conference with a 4-2 record, and sat 7-3 overall. The Golden Eagles of the University of Minnesota Crookston have been having a rough season. Coming in at last place in the NSIC conference, Crookston claims a 3-7 record, 3-9 overall. This was set to be a fairly easy match-up for SCSU.

Friday Night

Tip-off for Friday night was at 6 p.m. in Halenbeck Hall. The Huskies started off fairly usual, making six field goals and a three in the first ten minutes. SCSU wasn’t playing their best, but they were able to focus on shutting down UMC’s offense. Crookston struggled in the first half, only scoring single digits in the first and second quarter. The Golden Eagles only scored a mere six shots from the field and one three. St. Cloud’s State’s defense was on fire, and because of this, they would lead at the half 25-15.

History tends to repeat itself, and this season the Huskies have struggled in the third quarter. Crookston would try and take advantage of this inconsistent ten minutes, to outscore the Huskies 19-13. That wouldn’t be enough points for UMC to take the lead though, as SCSU bounced back in the fourth. The last ten minutes was easily the best part of the game shooting-wise for the Huskies, completing 46% from the field, three of four three’s, and six of six free throws. This strength would clinch the win for the Huskies 59-49.

St. Cloud capitalized in this game with eight fast break points and 12 points off turnovers, which is a weakness for UMC. Brehna Evans was the top scorer for the Huskies with 18 points. Nikki Kilboten got a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, along with three blocks. For UMC: Emma Carpenter had 14 points, while Bren Fox had 10.

Saturday Night

Tip-off again was at Halenbeck Hall, this time with the game at 4 p.m.. The Huskies would look to sweep UMC and to get Coach Fish to her 200th career win with the Huskies.

This game was a bit different. UMC came out prepared to take on the solid Husky defense. The Golden Eagles were much more consistent, shooting around 44% in the first and second quarter, and sinking four three’s. St. Cloud was shooting just behind them, around 36% from the field, but their three’s weren’t going so well (4-13). With a close first twenty minutes, Crookston would come out on top by two points, 32-30.

After the halftime break, SCSU’s offense came out with some electricity. The second half of the game was much better for the Huskies, shooting about 57% from the field, and just under 50% for three’s. UMC tried to fight back, but ultimately were exhausted by the fourth. The last ten minutes the Golden Eagles only scored two points, and five free-throws. Scoring only seven points wouldn’t be enough to compete with the strength St. Cloud has. With a horrendous last quarter for UMC; SCSU would win game two by a score of 72-55.

With the sweep completed, Head Coach Lori Fish achieved her 200th win with the Huskies.

Leading the Huskies this night was Tori Wortz scoring 17 points. Nikki Kilboten lead in rebounds with seven and also added 16 points of her own. Caitlyn Peterson had a game high of five assists, while Brehna Evans also tacked on 14 points. Kylie Post lead scoring for the Golden Eagles with 16 points.

Looking Forward

With the sweep completed, the Huskies will move to 9-3 overall, and 6-2 in the NSIC. The will remain in 2nd place in the conference. Crookston will stay in last place, with a 3-11 overall record.

It looks like the Huskies are almost guaranteed a spot for the NSIC tournament at the end of the month. Only the top four teams will qualify, but they’re sitting at second, which is a great place to be. Coming up next for the Huskies is their last regular season game, against none other than the #1 undefeated UMD Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs have had a hot season so far, so it’ll be a tough series for SCSU. The games will take place in Duluth. Tip-time is set for 6 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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Sydney Wolf

Sydney is a Mass Communications major with a focus in Creative Media Production and a minor in Writing & Rhetoric Studies and will be graduating in Spring of 2021. Sydney is UTVS News Director and the music director at KVSC. She is also a nationally qualified speaker on the speech and debate team. In her free time she loves to play music, watch SCSU hockey games, and play dorky video games with her friends. Connect with her on social media @sydneyisawolf.

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