Eagle Women Win Share of UMAC Title

by Megan Ronayne

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BELOW: Jackie Smith (left) and Jackie Foster(right) cheer on their tee mates from the sidelines.

The University of Northwestern Women’s Basketball season is coming to an end with the conference games ahead. The girls have played a tough season and have overcame so many hardships that they’ve come across.

At the beginning of the season the team lost one of their starters, Amy Berglund, due to a knee injury. This forced the entire team to reevaluate and adjust the way they played. Additionally, this required other girls to step up and be challenged. Spending the early season practices with specific starters and then abruptly having to change that mid-season was a struggle for the girls but, they quickly overcame that and began to mesh well as a team.

Last weekend, the Eagles took on the University of Minnesota Morris Cougars in the most important game of the season. If Morris had won, they would clinch the UMAC title, whereas if UNW were victorious they’d also have to win Saturday to take home the conference title. In a defensively focused game, the Eagles came out on top, winning 64-58. The starting posts for the Eagles, Jacki Smith and Reagan Cooper, were extremely effective, combining for 24 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks.

After a quick turnaround, they played Crown College the next day, with a conference title on the line. Trailing by two points at halftime, the Eagles made adjustments and outscored Crown 43-26 in the second half. They were led by senior guard Chanel Madson, who scored 24 points and hit five three-pointers. Another UNW senior, Smith, recorded yet another double-double this season, on 11 points and 13 rebounds.

The team is getting ready for the UMAC conference tournament that takes place this week through the weekend. Tiffany Stubbs, a UNW sophomore, said what they are looking forward to for the games ahead. “We just want to go in focused and ready to play.”

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