Cougar women lead UMAC at 4-0
The University of Minnesota, Morris women's basketball team is 4-0 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference after defeating Northland College 82-62 Friday night and St. Scholastica 67-48 on Saturday afternoon.
Friday night the Cougars and LumberJills, both 2-0 entering the game, faced off at the P.E. Center. Tynell Kocer, one of the Cougars' top scorers, went down with a knee injury in the first two minutes, but the remaining players picked up the slack shooting at 48.4 percent in the first half and at 59.4 percent in the second.
The LumberJills were hitting 36.2 percent overall.
Northland fell behind 7-2 early, but scored nine of the next 11 points to grab an 11-9 lead with 15 minutes to play in the first half. The Jills held their largest lead, 27-23, with 6:37 to play in the half. The Cougars then outscored the Jills 7-0 to grab a six-point halftime lead at 38-32.
Northland scored the first two baskets in the second half, but gave up eight in a row to fall down by ten points. In the final 16 minutes, the Jills could not get the lead inside of double digits as the Cougars were red-hot from the field. They went 8 of 10 from the field to expand the lead to 14, and later made five consecutive shots.
Cougar post Steph Roggenbuck recorded a double-double going 10-of-11 from the field for a career-high 25 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Coresa Leighty added a season-high 23 points and dished out five assists.
Nikki Washek chipped in 14 points.
Also scoring were Jamie Rainey and Joy Heysee with five apiece, Diane Blommel and Jenni Noordmans with four each, and Kara Norris with two.
Rainey led the Cougars with eight assists.
St Scholastica 48
The Cougars used a 16-0 run at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half to break open a close game and defeat the St. Scholastica women's basketball team 67-48 Saturday afternoon.
Both teams got off to a slow start with just two field goals in the first five minutes. The score was 15-15 with less than six minutes to play when the Cougars ended the half on an 11-0 run to take a 26-15 lead at the break.
The Saints shot just 24.1 percent in the first 20 minutes, while the Cougars shot 34.4 percent from the field.
The Cougars scored the first five points of the second half to increase their lead to 31-15. The Saints only got as close as 14 the rest of the way as the Cougars cruised to a 67-48 victory.
In the second half the Saints were held to 31.4 percent shooting, while the Cougars hit 14 of 26 (53.8 percent).
At the line the Cougars made good on 12 of 15. They also had a 26-16 scoring advantage in the paint.
Washek paced the Cougars with 17 points, while Blommel scored 16.
Also scoring were Norris with nine, Leighty and Heysee with eight apiece, Roggenbuck with six, Rainey with two, and Lacey Albers with one.
Rainey dished out seven assists and recorded five steals to lead the Cougars in both columns.
Leighty led the Cougars with seven rebounds, while Rainey and Roggenbuck each grabbed six.