Cougars snap 3-game losing streak at home
The University of Minnesota, Morris women's basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak, defeating North Central at home. With the win, the Cougars move to 3-3 on the season.
Visiting Jamestown proved to be too much for the Cougars, Tuesday, Nov. 23, as they fell 75-69.
The Cougars trailed 41-33 at the half, and went down by 10 after the Jimmies scored the first points of the second. But after overcoming the deficit, the Cougars battled all the way back to tie it up at 46-46 with 13:55 left to play.
With the shot clock running down, a slow runner in the lane from Abby Fragodt gave the Cougars their first tie at 46-46, and capped a 13-5 run to start the half. Fragodt would go on to finish with a career-high 10 points, along with six rebounds.
UMM shot 45 percent in the second half, compared to just 38 percent for Jamestown. The shooting was a reversal from the first half when the Cougars struggled from the floor at 30 percent, while the Jimmies were red hot at 57 percent.
As they did in the first half, the Jimmies answered the Cougar run with a big bucket, running off five straight points, before running their lead back to double digits with 9:59 left to play.
Jenni Noordmans had eight quick points in the first half, but was then held off the board until just 2:28 remained the game. Ending her drought, she nailed a three to get the Cougars back within single digits at 68-60. The Cougars' momentum was quickly silenced as Jamestown answered and hit a lay-in at the other end to go back up by 10 at 70-60.
A fast start by Jamestown had the Jimmies out to a 14-point lead midway through the half. The Cougars answered, though, and had the score within three late, after an 8-0 run that ground over five minutes off the clock.
The Cougars turned up the heat and held the Jimmies off the board for the five minutes, forcing four missed shots and three turnovers. Meanwhile, the Cougars lived at the line, hitting six free throws as part of the run.
The Cougars finished a perfect 11-of-11 at the line in the first half, and hit their first 15 before finishing at 16-of-17 on the night. Noordmans and Diane Blommel each led the way at 5-of-5.
Noordmans finished with 13 on the night, while Steph Roggenbuck led the Cougars with 14, as well as a game-high seven rebounds.
The Jimmies were paced by Bridget Schuneman who went 7-of-10 from the floor on her way to a game-high 20.
The Cougars lost their third straight on Tuesday, Nov. 30, dropping a 78-68 decision on the road at Mayville State.
UMM trailed by four at the break at 31-27, but was outscored 47-41 in the second half for the final 10-point spread.
Host Mayville State earned their first win of the season, capitalizing 26 Cougar turnovers and a 37-27 advantage on the boards.
With 27 rebounds, it marks the lowest output of the season for the Cougars, and the 10-rebound difference is the biggest disparity allowed by UMM this season.
The Comets pulled down 17 offensive rebounds, leading to 69 total Mayville State field goals, while the Cougars were held to 57 shots.
The Cougar defense held strong, limiting the Comets to a shooting percentage of .391 (27-of-69), but what they could not answer was their .941 (16-of-17) mark at the line. Mayville State went to the line 12 times in the second half, hitting 11 of them as they pulled away for the win.
The Cougars finished with a .474 (27-of-57) mark from the floor on the night, which included a .556 (15-of-27) mark in the second half. However, UMM was held to just a .500 (7-of-14) night at the charity stripe, their lowest output of the season.
Roggenbuck led the way for the Cougars with 17 points, her third straight game in double figures and second highest mark of the season.
Tara Thielke hit double figures for the second time on the season with 14, while Alyssa Silva added 12, going over 10 for the first time since the season opener. Finally, Fragodt chipped in 10 for the second straight game, along with a team-high seven rebounds.
North Central 51
The Cougars cruised Thursday, claiming a 77-51 win over visiting North Central on Jim Gremmels Court.
The highlight of the night came early for the Cougars, as senior forward Steph Roggenbuck scored the 1,000th point of her college career with her first bucket of the night. Just 2:10 into the game, a lay-in from the left side of the net put her at the millennium mark, after a year of junior college and three stellar seasons at UMM.
Roggenbuck would go on to score 16 total points and lead the Cougars as they had four players finish in double figures.
Emily Mehr (13), Thielke (11), and Noordmans (10) all hit double digits. The 77 points scored are the second best this season, while the 26-point margin of victory is a season high.
The Cougars ran off the first 14 points of the game, taking a 14-0 lead before the Rams even got on the board. After a pair of free throws made it 14-2, the Rams finally had their first field goal at the 14:57 mark, making the score 16-4.
The Cougars opened by making better than 55 percent of their shots in the first half - one of their best halves of the season - before finishing with a .411 (23-of-56) mark for the game. Conversely, they held the Rams to just 16 field goals on the night, and a 35 percent mark from the floor.
Leading the hot-shooting charge was Roggenbuck, who did her damage on a 6-of-8 night. She hit the only three-pointer she tried, and made three of her four free throws. The Cougars went to the line 29 times, making good on 25 attempts.
Minnesota, Morris ran its lead out to as much as 23 in the first half, before taking a 47-27 lead into the locker rooms at intermission. They led by as much as 29 in the second half, and led by 20 or more for the last 19:31.
The overmatched Rams were dominated on the boards, as the Cougars limited them to just eight in the first half while pulling down 20 of their own. The Cougars finished with 37 rebounds, their second best mark of the season, as well as held a 37-26 advantage over the Rams in the category, also the second best tally of the year.