The University of Minnesota, Morris women's basketball team lost a tough battle with Valley City State 60-53 on Tuesday.
The Cougars held the No. 19 ranked NAIA team to just 33.9 percent shooting and just 7.1 percent from behind the three-point arc.
Kayla Kramer led the way with a career-high 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field.
The Cougars jumped out to a 7-0 lead thanks to five points from Kramer as the defense held the Vikings scoreless in the opening 3:33. The Vikings responded by going on a run of their own scoring the next eight points to take an 8-7 lead. Connor Lewis gave the lead back to the Cougars a minute later, but VCSU responded quickly taking the 11-9 lead and extending that lead to 18-11 with 8:44 left in the first half.
The Cougars cut the lead to two with 7:04 left, but could not get any closer and went into the halftime break trailing 31-25.
Out of the halftime break the Vikings extended their lead to 39-29 and maintained control of the game through the first 12 minutes of the second half. With the Cougars trailing 50-36 with eight minutes left in the game, they began to come back. UMM went on a 13-2 run over the next four minutes to cut the lead to 52-49 after a pair of free throws from Kelsey Erickson. Kramer had four points during the run and Erickson added five. It would be as close as the Cougars would get as the Vikings pulled away late.
Erickson finished with 10 points along with four rebounds. Emily Auch got the start and picked up nine points and five rebounds. Abby Fragodt filled up the stat sheet with 11 rebounds, four points, two assists, three blocks, and three steals