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Cougar women split on the road

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The University of Minnesota, Morris split in the action this past weekend, falling to Northwestern Friday night and overcoming North Central on Saturday. The women fall to 7-9 overall and tied with Northwestern, St. Scholastica, and Martin Luther at 4-1 in the UMAC standings.

Northwestern 81, UM-Morris 74

Minnesota Morris could not overcome 17 point free throw difference, falling 81-74 to Northwestern on Friday, Jan. 24. Kendra Wycoff tied a season high with 23 points thanks to seven three point baskets. Emily Auch had 15 points and eight rebounds.

The story of the first half was Minnesota Morris ability to knock down the three. Wycoff finished the first half 6-7 from three and Brooke Decker added a pair of threes on back to back possessions. The Cougars continued to hold the lead, but Northwestern closed to within four at the halftime break.

Out of the half, the game remained tight until the Eagles got some breathing room going up 64-59 with just over seven minutes left in the game. That breathing room did not last long and Auch hit back to back three's drawing the Cougars to within one. The Eagles pushed the lead back to five and the Cougars kept hitting shots, cutting the lead to one possession on a couple occasions. Northwestern iced the game with a three pointer in the corner with just over thirty seconds left, taking a 79-72 lead.

Kayla Kraemer had 11 points and Decker finished with ten off the bench in the 81-74 loss to Northwestern.

UM-Morris 80, North Central 51

An early 16-0 run sparked the Cougars on Saturday, Jan. 25, responding with a decisive win after their first conference loss in over a year on Friday night. Minnesota Morris would go on to beat North Central 80-51. Auch had a game high 20 points.

Although North Central scored the first three points of the first half, Morris took control of the game early, scoring the next 16 points, six each by Auch and Kraemer and four by Tori Holt. The Cougars maintained a double digit lead for a majority of the first half and went in to the break leading 40-25.

In the first half, Minnesota Morris was led by Auch, who had 14 points. Holt added eight, Kraemer had six and Decker had seven in the first 20 minutes. Abby Fragodt and Holt led the Cougars on the boards, each with six rebounds.

The lead grew as large as 21 early in the second half thanks to six straight points from Auch. The Cougars remained in cruise control for the next 15 minutes of play, never letting the Rams get closer than 20. Jessica Love hit a free throw with just over four minutes left in the game to give the Cougars a 30 point lead, their largest of the game up to that point as they went on to win 80-51.

Holt just missed a double-double, finishing with 14 points and nine rebounds. Off the bench, Decker added eight and Jordan Zickermann had seven. Every Cougar player that got into the game on Saturday scored.  Morris finished with 59 rebounds, including 26 offensive rebounds. The defense forced 22 turnovers, which resulted in 31 points for the offense.

The Cougars will be back home next weekend hosting Martin Luther and Bethany Lutheran on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

Brooke Kern

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