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Cougar women close out 2012 with loss to Lady Ts

The University of Minnesota, Morris women's basketball team fell 66-49 to the Dakota State Lady T's Friday. Dakota State shot 48.6 percent from the field in the second half, outscoring UMM 39-27, to pull away.

The Cougars struggled, shooting 17-of-61 from the field and just 3-of-17 from behind the arc. Kendra Wycoff led the offense with 11 points. Abby Fragodt had 12 rebounds along with six points, five assists, four steals and two blocks. Kelsey Erickson had five assists and five rebounds.

  Dakota State was led by Alyson Drooger, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Kylie Westover had 17 points and Courtney Hamblin added 13.

  In the first half the Cougars took a 16-8 lead with 7:52 left, thanks to a 13-4 run capped off by two free throws from Kramer. Kramer had six points during the run and Wycoff added five. Emily Auch had five points during the opening 10 minutes for the Cougars. The Lady T's came back and outscored the Cougars 17-5 over the last seven minutes of the half to take a 27-22 lead into the halftime break.

DSU came alive in the second half and extended their lead to 14 at 43-29 with just under eight minutes left. Wycoff hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to seven at 43-36 with 6:30 left, but the Lady T's responded with a  17-7 run to take a 60-43 lead with two minutes left in the game.

Morris was outscored 38-16 in the paint and 34-14 on the fast break as Dakota State was able to leave town with the victory.

The Cougars will be off until Jan. 4 when they take on Valley City State.