The University of Minnesota, Morris wrapped up the first half of Upper Midwest Athletic Conference play with a pair of home victories. The Cougars are now 7-0 in conference action - and 12-6 overall - and have won 20 straight UMAC regular season games.
UMM will look to continue their winning streak in the second half of conference play and are looking to get back into the NCAA tournament after earning their school's first NCAA DIII post-season berth last season.
The Cougars defeated Northland College 57-47, continuing their win streak to seven straight on Friday, Jan. 28.
Steph Roggenbuck and Tara Thielke led the team with 15 points apiece. Roggenbuck went 7-of-13 from the field, and has now scored in double figures in 16 out of 17 games this season with the only exception a nine-point effort.
Jenni Noordmans also got into the mix by scoring 10 points.
Defense was the story of the game, as the Cougars held the Jills to only 47 total points.
"It was pretty rough down low," Roggenbuck said. "It was more of a defensive game than an offensive game I thought. But that's just the way it is with Northland, they're a defensive team."
The 47 points given up is the second lowest this season. The Cougars had a tough task of stopping Northland's two highest scorers, Ashley Runge and Maria Mackey. Coming into the game Runge was averaging 12 points a game and Mackey was averaging 14 points a game, but tonight the pair was held to only four points.
Even though UMM only scored 57 points, which is the lowest total scored in a victory, it controlled the tempo during the majority of the game. The Jills had their biggest lead of the game, which was six, with 15:13 left of the first half. The Cougars outscored the Jills 14-5 over a 5:07 run to take the 20-17 lead with 10:06 left in the first half. That was a lead that they would not relinquish during the rest of the game.
UMM dominated the points in the paint, outscoring Northland 26-16. They also out-rebounded the Jills 16-13.
The Cougars played smart basketball in the first half and only had two turnovers. They forced nine turnovers on the defensive end. The Cougars also took advantage of the limited free throws, they shot 6-of-7 off of the free-throw line.
St. Scholastica 56
The Cougars defeated St. Scholastica at home Saturday, Jan. 29 66-56.
The Cougars took a hot start to begin the game, outscoring the Saints 23-3 in the first 6:38. Then the Saints went on a run of their own to chip away at the large Cougar lead. The Saints ended the first half on a 26-17 run to cut the deficit to 11 going into halftime.
The Saints continued in the second where they left off in the first, bringing the score within five after a lay-up from Kelly Cinquegrani. UMM would not give up though, as they extended their lead to 11 points on a three pointer from Diane Blommel. Then CSS responded again, with a Cinquegrani lay-up with 1:27 left in the game to bring the score to 56-61.
Down the stretch, UMM was too tough, capitalizing on their free-throw shooting. In the last minute of the game, the Cougars made 5-of-6 free throws to close out the win.
Roggenbuck scored 17 points in the first half. However, she cooled down and only scored four more in the second. She is now only four points shy of the 1,000-point milestone. Roggenbuck had seven rebounds and two assists to go with her 21 points.
Mehr had 12 points to go with two rebounds, two steals and one assist. Tara Thielke has now scored in double digits in the past three games and five of the past six games, after her 10 points, two rebounds and four assists. Kaila Lindsay added six points and four rebounds.
Defense has been the story for the Cougars this season they have held their past seven opponents to less than 60 points.