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Cougars clinch share of UMAC

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The University of Minnesota, Morris women (14-9, 11-1 UMAC) clinched a share of the UMAC womens basketball championship with a 70-60 win over St. Scholastica (14-9, 9-3 UMAC) in the UMAC Game of the Week. During the victory, Kendra Wycoff reached 1,000 career points, she finished with a team high 17 points. It was the eighth straight win for UMM.

The Cougars will need one win next weekend to clinch the UMAC Championship outright and be the number one seed in the UMAC Tournament. They are on the road at Bethany Lutheran and Martin Luther next Friday and Saturday.

Emily Auch had the first seven points for the Cougars as they opened the game on a 7-4 run, forcing a CSS timeout. The Saints would stay with the Cougars, not letting them get too far ahead but Morris held a 16-10 lead with 11:30 left in the half. Minnesota Morris pushed the lead to ten on a couple occasions in the first half and took an eight point lead into the locker room.

Out of the half Morris was able to hold off the Saints for the first ten minutes, but St. Scholastica closed to within two with 10:58 left in the game. Still leading by just two with eight minutes left in the game UMM went on an 8-0 run, including back to back three’s from Kendra Wycoff, the school’s all-time leader in made three pointers. The first three gave Wycoff her 1,000th career point; she would finish the game with 1,004 career points.

Morris led 62-54 with over four minutes left in the game; they remained in the lead despite not scoring until Kayla Kraemer hit a free throw with 1:24 left because the defense held CSS scoreless during the same stretch. The Saints never recovered and Minnesota Morris clinched at least a share of the UMAC Championship. It is their fifth straight UMAC Conference Championship.

Auch finished with another double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Cori Becker added 15 points, she hit two big three pointers during the game, after entering the game with just three made three pointers on the season. Abby Fragodt had 18 rebounds, six offensive and four blocks. The team would finish with 17 offensive rebounds and outrebounded the Saints 47-37.

Last two regular season games for the Cougars are this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22 when they travel to Bethany Lutheran and Martin Luther, respectively.

Brooke Kern

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