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Cougar women tied for first in UMAC

Despite splitting weekend games, the University of Minnesota, Morris women's basketball team remains in a tie for first place in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

UM-Morris 81

Martin Luther 69

The Cougars defeated conference rival Martin Luther 81-69 Friday, Feb. 13 at the P.E. Center in Morris.

The Cougars used 45.9 percent shooting from the field to take a four-point (41-37) lead at halftime. Despite falling to 37 percent in the second half, the Cougars outscored Martin Luther by eight points hitting 16 of 18 free throws in the second half. The Cougars were 6-of-8 at the line in the first half.

The Knights were shooting at 33.8 percent overall.

At the free-throw line, the Knights were 17-of-23.

Four Cougars were in double figures on the scoring column.

Coressa Leighty and Nikki Washek led the team with 21 and 20 points, respectively. Diane Blommel added 11 and Steph Roggenbuck had 10.

Also scoring were Jamie Rainey with eight, Joy Heysse with seven, and Jenni Noordmans and Kara Norris with two apiece.

Norris led the Cougars at the boards with nine. Leighty grabbed seven rebounds.

Leighty also had a team-high three blocks and three steals.

Rainey led the Cougars with six assists. Blommel dished out five.

The Cougars fell behind by 10 after the first half of play against Bethany Saturday and lost their second conference game of the season 91-78.

For the Cougars, 45.7 percent shooting in the second half wasn't enough to come back from the 47-37 halftime deficit.

The Cougars were shooting at 38.5 percent in the first half, but the Vikings were using 54.8 percent shooting to take an early lead.

In the second half, the Vikings fell to 40.7 percent from the field.

At the free-throw line, the Cougars were 16-of-18 in the first half, but only went to the line seven times in the second half (4-7).

The Vikings were 9-of-13 in the first half and hit 19-of-28 in the second half.

For the second game in a row, four Cougars were in double digits.

Roggenbuck and Blommel led the team with 18 and 17 points, respectively.

Leighty had 13 points and Washek scored 11.

Noordmans added seven and Heysse chipped in three.

The Cougars were outrebounded 47-28 with Noordmans leading the team with six. Roggenbuck grabbed five.

Rainey dished out five assists to lead the Cougars. Leighty and Blommel each recorded three.

Leighty also recorded four blocks.