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Roggenbuck reaches 1,000 in Cougars' 9th straight win

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A pair of milestones punctuated the Cougars' latest win, an 87-74 victory at Presentation.

Entering the night needing just four points to reach 1,000 for her Cougar career, Steph Roggenbuck cruised into double figures logging 11 in the first half and 15 for the game. In just three seasons, Roggenbuck has amassed 1,011 points and has scored in double figures in 33 of the past 34 games.

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Not to be outdone, teammate Emily Mehr had a career night, scoring a career-high 27 on 11-of-18 shooting, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc. Mehr scored 20 in the first half as the Cougars took a 49-26 lead into the locker rooms.

In the first half, UMM shot nearly 57 percent from the field, and held Presentation to just 32 percent, and nine total field goals. Things evened out in the second half with each team making around 45 percent of their shots as the Saints were able to shrink the final margin of victory.

Roggenbuck and Mehr each came within a rebound of a double-double, in leading the Cougars to a season-high 42 for the game. UMM pulled down 18 boards on the offensive end, and was able to score 27 second-chance points.

The Cougars also dished out 20 assists, led once again by Brandi Cresap who finished with six, and for the sixth time in the last seven games finished without a turnover.

The Saints were able to keep within striking distance for much of the first half, staying within single digits until there were under six minutes to go. But after the Cougars extended their lead, Roggenbuck and Mehr combined to score the Cougars' final 12 points to take a 23-point lead into the break.

The Cougars were able to empty the bench in the second half, as they won their ninth straight, as well as their 21st in UMAC play. At 13-6 overall and 8-0 in the conference, the Cougars will play their final home games of the season this weekend when they host Martin Luther on Friday and Bethany Lutheran on Saturday.

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