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Cougar women open UMAC play 2-0

The University of Minnesota, Morris woman's basketball team opened Upper Midwest Athletic Conference action last weekend with wins over Bethany Lutheran and Martin Luther.

UM-Morris 82

Bethany 64

The Cougars opened UMAC play Friday in Mankato with a convincing 82-64 win over Bethany Lutheran.

Junior Nikki Washek had a career night for the Cougar women to lead them to their second win of the season.

The Cougars took a 43-33 lead at the break. The Cougars pushed the lead to as many as 21 in the second half as they cruised to victory.

Washek was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field in the first half, including 5-of-5 from three-point range for 17 first-half points.

Washek finished the evening with a career-high 30 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the floor overall and going 7-for-9 beyond the three-point line. She also had four rebounds

Coresa Leighty added 19 points and five rebounds, while sophomore Steph Roggenbuck had 10 points.

Jaimie Rainey had a career-high 11 assists for the Cougars, along with three blocks, five rebounds, and three points.

Also scoring were Tynell Kocer with seven, Jenni Noordmans, Kara Norris, and Joy Heysse with four apiece, and Diane Blommel with one. Heysse grabbed five rebounds.

Leighty and Noordmans each had four steals.

UMM was 28-of-61 from the floor in the game.

UM-Morris 77

Martin Luther 72

In New Ulm Saturday, the Cougars wrapped up a five-game road trip with a 77-72 win over Martin Luther College.

The Cougars led 33-25 at halftime on the way to the five-point win.

Roggenbuck led the way with her first double-double in a Cougar uniform with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Washek had 21 points for the Cougars to give her 51 in the two games over the weekend.

Kocer added 11 for the Cougars. Also scoring were Noordmans with nine, Leighty with eight, Heysse with five, Blommel with three, and Norris with two.

Rainey led the Cougars with five assists.