Wednesday, January 11, 2017

UMC Alumni Basketball Weekend Slated for January 27-28

CROOKSTON, Minn. – Were you a Trojan or Golden Eagle Women’s or Men’s basketball player? Were you a coach? No matter the year or the team, the University of Minnesota Crookston wants all alumni and coaches back to celebrate basketball history during Alumni Basketball Weekend on Friday and Saturday, January 27 and 28, 2017.

Warm up for the weekend on Friday evening watching a double header against Minnesota State University- Mankato. The women’s game begins at 6 p.m. and men’s at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, January 28 attend a special pre-game social, sponsored by UMC Teambackers, at the Evergreen Grill, located on the north end of Evergreen Hall, to enjoy food and refreshments and welcome our returning alumni. 

Following the social is a double header against Concordia St. Paul with the women playing at 4 p.m. and the men at 6 p.m. Basketball alumni will be recognized during half time of each of the games.  

To conclude the weekend, a post-game social will be held at I.C Muggs, 1500 University Ave., Crookston, Minn.

Save the date and plan to fill the weekend with memories and cheer on Golden Eagle Basketball. There will be a bookstore discount during the weekend and a commemorative gift for all returning alumni basketball players and coaches.

For more information, contact Derek Martin in the alumni office at 218-281-8436.

Monday, January 9, 2017

UMC's Odor Named NSIC North Player of the Week

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – University of Minnesota Crookston sophomore Isieoma Odor (R-So., F/C, Bloomington, Minn.) was announced as Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) North Division Player of the Week after an outstanding weekend against University of Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State University. Odor is the second UMC women’s basketball player to garner the award this season, joining Alison Hughes (So., G, Janesville, Wis.).

Odor had a big weekend for the Golden Eagles as she averaged 20.5 points and 9.0 rebounds. Odor came off the bench in both games on the weekend and put together two of her best performances of her young career. In a big win against St. Cloud State, Odor had 22 points and nine boards on 10-of-11 from the field. She added two assists and was 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. Odor tallied 19 points and nine rebounds on 7-of-10 from the field against Minnesota Duluth. She tallied three blocks on the weekend and was 7-of-9 for 77.8 percent from the charity stripe. Odor helped Head Coach Mike Roysland to his 100th career win. She was 17-of-21 for 81.0 percent from the field on the weekend.

Odor joined Maggie Schulte of Wayne State College as honorees this week as she received NSIC South Division Player of the Week.

The Golden Eagles will play three games this weekend. They play at Bemidji State University at the Sanford Center Tues., Jan. 10. They will then take on Southwest Minnesota State University Fri., Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. and University of Sioux Falls Sat., Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. 

Gophers' Coffey Picks Up Second Weekly Freshman Award

After helping lead the Gopher men’s basketball team to a pair of victories last week, guard Amir Coffey has been selected the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time this season. Coffey previously won the award on Nov. 21.

Coffey led the team in scoring in both victories at Northwestern on Thursday and at home against Ohio State Sunday night. Against the Wildcats, the Hopkins, Minn., native scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including a career-high three 3-pointers. He added four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in the 70-66 victory in Evanston.

In Sunday’s 78-68 win over the Buckeyes, Coffey poured in 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting, adding five assists and four rebounds in 34 minutes of action.

Coffey is the Gophers’ second leading scorer, averaging 12.8 points per game, while ranking second in steals (20) and third in assists (47) among the 15-2 Gophers. In Minnesota’s four Big Ten games, Coffey is averaging 15.2 points on 51.2 percent field goal shooting, and has scored in double-digits in three of the last four games. Coffey is the Big Ten’s second-leading freshman scorer.

He is the second Gopher to win the Freshman of the Week award twice in one season, as Jordan Murphy did so last year on Dec. 7 and Dec. 22.

Coffey and the Gophers return to action on Wednesday night, traveling to Michigan State for a 6:00 p.m. rematch with the Spartans.