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Cougar women regain lead with win over Crown

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Cougar women regain lead with win over Crown
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The University of Minnesota, Morris women's basketball team cruised to a 92-38 win over visiting Crown Friday, taking back first place in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) standings.

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Morris' win, coupled with a Martin Luther loss, leaves the Cougars and Knights with identical 9-2 league records, making for an exciting finish with just two games left in the regular season.

The Cougars got production from across the line up, led by 23 points each from Emily Mehr and Kendra Wycoff. For Wycoff, it's her third game with over 20 points in her freshman season, with the bulk of her damage done from behind the arc, as she hit five three pointers.

And for Mehr, she tops the 20-point mark for the seventh time on the season. She also set a new single-season career high, sitting with 378, bettering her 361 from last season.

Abby Fragodt also added 10 points, finishing a perfect 5-of-5 from the field.

The Cougars jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game and held the Storm to just 16 points in the first half.

Crown shot just 22 percent in the first half - making only five field goals (5-of-23) - shooting just 26 percent (12-of-46) for the game, as they lost for the 14th straight game. They were led in scoring by Judy Mundt with 13, but she was held below her 17.4 points-per-game average, after entering the game as the second leading scorer in the conference.

The Cougars led by as much as 27 in the first half when Wycoff hit her first three to give the Cougars a 41-14 lead with 2:10 left to go. The went into the locker rooms up 41-16.

In the second half, they extended their lead to as much as 56 in the final two minutes before finishing with the final 54-point victory.

Nine different players finished with at least four points, with the Cougar bench contributing 39.

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