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Cougars fall to Jimmies 80-60

A large front court and a stiff defense were too much for the University of Minnesota, Morris women's basketball team to overcome Tuesday in an 80-60 loss to visiting Jamestown College.

Morris struggled from the field early, and finished under 40 percent for the night, which included a 31 percent mark in the first half. The Cougars were held to eight field goals in the first 20 minutes, while the Jimmies poured in 17 in heading out to a 49-27 lead at the break.

One of the top teams in the NAIA, the Jimmies entered the game off their first loss of the season, after ripping off seven straight wins to open the season.

Jamestown, meanwhile, was paced by their two post players, who combined for 23 points and just three total missed shots. The Jimmies dominated the Cougars in the paint to the tune of a 40-18 margin, led by 12 points from Bridget Schuerman and 11 from Amber Ramio.

Alyssa Silva led the Cougars with 11 points, scoring in double figures for the second straight game. She was joined by Kendra Wycoff with 10, as the two were the only players to score in double digits. However, all 12 players saw time on the floor in the game, with all scoring at least once.

In the second half the Cougars were able to change the pace of play even with the Jimmies, outscoring them 33-31 in the period, while outshooting them 46 to 43 percent.

Much of the game was close, outside of the shooting percentages. The Cougars committed just two more turnovers, shot nearly identical at the free-throw line, and rebounds were close much of the way through before the Jimmies finished with a 40-30 edge.

The Cougars will now take the Thanksgiving holiday to regroup, before returning to action on Nov. 29 on the road at Mayville State. They will not be back on Jim Gremmels Court until they host Mayville State in a rematch on Dec. 9.