Cougar Women Drop A Pair At St. Joe’s Tip-Off, Men Fall In Home Opener 20 Nov 17

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
ST. JOSEPH, Minn. – The Minnesota Morris women’s basketball team was tied with Saint Benedict after one quarter, but the Blazers put together a strong second quarter and would down the Cougars, 68-46, at the Quinlivan and Hughes Tip-Off Tournament Friday night.

Junior forward Kendra Raths got the Cougars off to a good start as she scored seven of UMM’s first eight points to put them up 8-5. Saint Ben’s scored five unanswered to take a two-point edge, but an Elli Stevenson lay-in tied the contest at 10 after one quarter.

The Blazers put it all together in the second quarter and went on a 22-0 run to take command. They took a 35-14 lead going into the break. The Cougars outscored the Blazers 20-16 in the third quarter.

Raths and Bailey Miller led UMM with 10 points. Abby Van Kempen pulled down 12 rebounds.

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. – The Minnesota Morris women’s basketball team returned to the College of Saint Benedict Saturday for the second day of the Quinlivan & Hughes Tip-Off Tournament. Playing against their third MIAC foe in as many games, the Cougars dropped an 81-57 decision to Saint Mary’s.

Saint Mary’s jumped out to an early nine-point lead. Back-to-back baskets from Elli Stevenson and Abby Van Kempen trimmed the deficit to 4 at 17-13 before an SMU jumper made it 19-13 after one.

The Cardinals used a 7-0 run to early in the second quarter to gain their first double-digit lead. Mauren Thiesen and Van Kempen each made 3s to get the deficit back down to single-digits on two occasion, but the Cardinals would take a 39-23 lead going into halftime.

The lead would to extend to 20 early in the third quarter and they would hold at least a 20-point advantage the remainder of the game. Thiesen led three Cougars in double figures with 14 points. Stevenson scored 11 and Van Kempen added a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Minnesota Morris (0-3) remains on the road for their next game, Tuesday at Mayville State.

MEN’S BASKETBALL
MORRIS, Minn. – The Minnesota Morris men’s basketball team fought their way back from a double-digit deficit, but their comeback effort came up a bit short as they fell, 81-76, to Augsburg in the home opener Saturday afternoon at Jim Gremmels Court.

The Auggies scored 13 of the game’s first 15 points to claim an early double-digit advantage. The Cougars started to claw their way into it midway through the first half. James Pendleton and Jeremy Halverson drained back-to-back 3s to pull UMM within 30-24. Another Pendleton jumper cut the deficit to 4 at 41-37, but Augsburg scored the half’s final six points to take a 47-37 lead going into the break.

Augsburg extended to a 15-point lead early in the second half before the Cougars began chipping away at their next double-digit deficit. A CD Douglas steal and Noah Grove dunk pulled UMM within 55-47. A Grove lay-in and Douglas jumper ended a Cougar 8-0 run to pull the Cougars within 4 at 55-51. Later, a Trent Jerome 3 cut the AU lead to 3 at 57-54.

The Auggies built their lead back up to 9 at 74-65 with 4:37 remaining. Another Grove lay-in pulled UMM within 2 at 75-73 with under a minute, but the Cougars would not get any closer and dropped the five-point decision.

Douglas had another 20-point effort as he led the Cougars with 21 points. Grove was right behind with 19. Pendleton reached double figures with 10.

Minnesota Morris (0-2) heads back on the road for a date at Mayville State Tuesday.