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Cougar women can't come back from 1st-half cold stretch

A cold stretch in the first half hurt the University of Minnesota, Morris women's basketball team on Friday as the Valley City State Vikings won 65-39.

The Cougars had 13 points from Kayla Kramer and seven from Kendra Wycoff to lead the offense. The defense was led by Abby Fragodt who had four defensive rebounds and a pair of blocks and steals.

It was a back-and-forth battle in the opening 10 minutes of action as the game was tied at 13 with 9:48 left in the opening half. There were four ties and six lead changes in that 10-minute span.

The tie was broken on just one of two three-point baskets for the Vikings in the first half. VCSU built the lead up to 27-13 before Fragodt broke the scoreless streak with four minutes left in the half.

Valley City State took the 34-16 lead into halftime as they held the Cougars without a basket for the final nine minutes of the first half.

Wycoff broke the drought immediately in the second half hitting a three pointer to cut the deficit to 34-19. Minnesota Morris cut the lead to 13 with 10 minutes left in the game as Conner Lewis connected on a free throw. Unfortunately, the Vikings responded with an 8-0 run to put the game away, going up 51-30 with over eight minutes left in the game.

The Vikings shot 42.4 percent, hitting 25-of-49 from the field as they held the Cougars to 24 percent shooting. Morris did hit six three pointers and forced 19 turnovers. 

The Cougars are back in action on Tuesday as they host Crown at 5:30 p.m. in the UMAC opener