by Nick Swore 

‘It’s an intentional, loving, community you feel like you’ve known forever.’ -Alex Peterson

The women’s basketball team at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul began their season in November. There were a lot of ups and downs throughout the season but overall it was a success. Although they didn’t win the conference championship, they still had a winning season. The Eagles faced off against Hamline University for the first game of the year. The game was particularly special for senior Alex Peterson. She originally went to Hamline before transferring to Northwestern. “One of my favorite games from this season was definitely playing and beating Hamline,” said Peterson. Another big early season game for UNW was playing Snelling Avenue neighbor, Bethel University. Whenever Northwestern plays Bethel in any sport it is a big game. The game took place on campus in the Ericksen Center, and Northwestern came out victorious by a score of 55-48.

On Dec. 13, in a game against Crown College, Amy Berglund reached a milestone that many players aspire for but never reach. Berglund scored 27 points in the Eagles win which put her over 1,000 points for her career. She enjoyed a year full of success and accomplished many things during the season. She shot 50 percent on the year and averaged nearly 16 points a game. In addition, she averaged six rebounds, three assists and three steals per game.

Once the conference tournament came around the Eagles were set to play against St. Scholastica at home in the semi-finals match. Northwestern came out on top against the Saints to advance to the championship game in the UMAC tournament. Northwestern traveled to Superior, Wisconsin where they took on the UW-Superior Yellow Jackets. Northwestern fell to the Yellow Jackets in the final game for the Northwestern women’s basketball team this year. Although the season was over, two players went home with some awards. Berglund and Taryn Tumbleson both received All-Conference recognition. Berglund earned a spot on the first team and Tumbleson was chosen for honorable mention. Berglund also earned herself a spot on the UMAC’s All-Defensive Team. The Northwestern team as a whole was awarded the Team Sportsmanship award with Jessica Brown being name Northwestern’s individual recipient.

When ask what her favorite part about the season was Peterson said, “My favorite part about the season was the team. I know it sounds cliché, but we had some truly exceptional players and very unique personnel. Coach does such a good job of bringing us together so it’s an intentional, loving community you feel like you’ve known forever.”

The women's basketball team displayed teamwork and unity during their season (photo courtesy of unweagles.com).

The women’s basketball team displayed teamwork and unity during their season (photo courtesy of unweagles.com).

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