MORRIS, Minn. – With the score tied late and a trip to the UMAC championship game at stake, Minnesota Morris hit three straight 3s to gain control down the stretch and downed Northwestern 71-62 in a UMAC women’s semifinal game Wednesday night at Jim Gremmels Court.
Minnesota Morris outscored Northwestern 22-6 in the third quarter to take a 49-37 lead into the game’s final 10 minutes. A Becca Holland jumper made it 51-39 early in the fourth. The Eagles followed with eight straight to make it 51-47. The Cougars countered with five in a row to push the lead back up to nine at 56-47. A Tiffany Stubbs jumper for Northwestern put the finishing touches on a 10-1 run that tied the game at 57. On the ensuing possession, Bailey Miller connected on a huge 3 from the right wing to regain the lead for the Cougars. After a defensive stop, Elli Stevenson drained a 3 from the corner to put the Cougars up six. After another hold, Miller hit again from deep to put the Cougars up 66-57 with 1:23 remaining.
The Cougars trailed 31-27 at halftime. They held the Eagles scoreless for nearly five minutes to start the second half while scoring the first seven points themselves to take a 34-31 lead. Miller started a 10-0 run in the final 3:30 of the quarter with her first big 3 of the game and she added a pair of two-point baskets in the spurt.
Miller scored 17 points off the bench for the Cougars on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor. Stevenson led all scorers with 26 points while collecting seven rebounds and dishing out five assists. Tori Holt grabbed 10 rebounds as the Cougars held a 51-27 edge on the boards.
Minnesota Morris (20-6) moves on the UMAC championship game Saturday at Wisconsin-Superior at 3 p.m.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – After a road win Monday at Northland in a UMAC opening round game, the Minnesota Morris men’s basketball team was back on the road Wednesday for a UMAC semifinal matchup at No. 1 Northwestern. The Eagles proved why they are the top seed and downed the Cougars, 76-60.
Tyler Ukkelberg and John Haseman got the Cougars off the right foot as they both drained 3s to give UMM an early 2-point advantage. Northwestern would go on a mammoth 23-4 run to take 27-10 lead with nine minutes left in the first half. With under two minutes remaining, the Cougars cut the deficit back down to single digits at 33-24 following back-to-back 3s from Dylan Erickson and Ukkelberg. Northwestern’s lead would stay at nine, 38-29, at halftime.
The Cougars quickly cut it six out of the locker room as Ukkelberg nailed a 3 to make it 38-32. Like in the first half, Northwestern used another big run to take a double-digit edge. A 16-4 UNW spurt put the Eagles up 54-38 five minutes into the half. Northwestern’s lead would stay in double-digits the rest of the way.
Ukkelberg led the Cougars with 15 points. CD Douglas added 12 and Anthony Fisher scored 10.
Minnesota Morris finishes their season with a 15-12 overall record.