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Cougar women have best shooting night in win over Presentation

MORRIS - The University of Minnesota, Morris women's basketball team had their best shooting night of the season, and cruised to an 83-46 win over visiting Presentation Tuesday, Jan. 31 on Jim Gremmels Court.

In starting the stretch run in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) play, the Cougars got just the jump they needed, blazing their way to a 44-23 halftime lead, shooting better than 61 percent (19-of-31) in the first half to get there.

Morris finished with a 54 percent (36-of-67) mark from the field, and had four players in double figures with every player in uniform finding the basket at least once. It was their best shooting night from the field, topping the 50 percent mark for the season's first time.

At one point in the first half, the Cougars made 9-of-10 from the field, while running their first-half lead to as much as 24 when Kelsey Erickson hit a jumper to make it 40-16 with just over four minutes left. Erickson finished the game with a well rounded night, scoring six points, to go along with five assists and nine rebounds.

Presentation actually opened the scoring, running out to a 5-0 advantage and led for nearly the first five minutes. But when Morris took over with a basket from Erickson at the 15:12 mark, the Cougars would never trail again, and the Saints would struggle to continue to find their rhythm.

The Saints shot under 30 percent in each half, finishing with just a 29-percent (18-of-62) mark for the game.

Emily Mehr had 15 at the break before finishing with 16 as the reigning UMAC Player of the Week.

Kendra Wycoff led all players with 17, hitting just one trey while making seven field goals, the second best mark of her career.

Abby Fragodt continued her prowess on the boards, tying a career high with 12.