Four of five starters were in double figures Saturday afternoon to help the University of Minnesota, Morris defeat North Central 75-59.
Emily Mehr had 23 points and six rebounds to lead the offense. Kendra Wycoff added 16, Abby Fragodt had a career-high 15 points, and Kayla Kramer had 11 points. Minnesota Morris shot 49.1 percent and held NCU to 38.3-percent shooting.
UMM started off the game on a 7-0 run thanks to four points from Kramer and three from Emily Mehr. North Central responded with a run of their own and tied the game up at nine with 14:40 left in the first half.
Wycoff quickly gave the Cougars the lead, hitting three pointers on back-to-back possessions. Once again NCU responded and tied it up before taking a two-point lead.
The Rams took their largest lead of the game at the 8:38 mark of the first half, leading 20-17. The Cougars tied the game at 22 and got the lead back as Kramer hit a three moments later.
The Cougars finished the first half on a 12-2 run to take a 31-24 lead into the locker room. Morris did not let the Rams make a shot from the field from the 7:30 mark until they hit a shot as the first-half buzzer sounded.
Minnesota Morris kept the pressure on as the second half started as the Cougars increased their lead to 12 at 37-25. NCU closed the gap to nine, but Morris responded by going on a 15-5 run to take a 58-39 lead with 10:10 left in the game. It was the largest lead of the game for the Cougars as the Rams never responded. The closest the Rams would get would be at 66-55 with 4:42 left, but it was a little too late as the Cougars picked up the 75-59 win.
Morris will be back at home Tuesday as they host Trinity Bible at 5:30 p.m