Cougar Women Play Lockdown Defense, Men Light Up Scoreboard In New Ulm 11 Jan 18

NEW ULM, Minn. – Minnesota Morris held Martin Luther to just 12 second half points in earning a 65-49 win Wednesday night in UMAC women’s basketball action in New Ulm.

The Cougars trailed by 2 at the half, 37-35, as Martin Luther connected on 41 percent of their shots. In the second half, UMM held the Knights to just 11 percent shooting. They were 4-for-36 from the floor and 1-for-11 from 3-point range.

Using their defense as a catalyst, the Cougars outscored the Knights, 17-5, in the third quarter. Layups from Mauren Thiesen and Abby Van Kempen gave the Cougars the lead to start the frame. Back-to-back lay-ins from Elli Stevenson gave UMM a 47-40 lead. A Bailey Miller lay-in helped give the Cougars a 52-42 edge going into the fourth.

UMM kept up the pressure in the fourth quarter and maintained a healthy lead throughout on their way to the 16-point win.

Kendra Raths recorded her second double-double in the last three games with a 16-point, 12-rebound effort. Stevenson added 13 points and eight rebounds. Miller and Thiesen scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Minnesota Morris (4-10, 4-2 in UMAC) next hosts Northland Saturday at 5 p.m. at Jim Gremmels Court.

NEW ULM, Minn. – Minnesota Morris topped the century mark for the second straight game as they defeated Martin Luther, 103-79, Wednesday night in UMAC men’s basketball action in New Ulm.

The Cougars tied a program high in the UMAC era with 120 points in their last outing against North Central. They appeared to be set on reaching that mark again as they raced out to a 24-12 lead just seven minutes into the contest. 18 of those 24 points came via the 3. Noah Grove drained three 3s in the stretch with CD Douglas, Jeffrey Halverson, and Jeremy Halverson each connecting from long range.

Martin Luther scored ten straight to pull within 2 after the impressive Cougar start, but UMM countered with 5 straight to go back up by 7. Jeremy Halverson hit twice from 3-point range to help get the Cougar lead back into double-digits. The advantage got as high as 15 as the Cougars would take a 51-39 lead going into halftime.

UMM started the second half on an 18-6 run to get the lead over 20 for the first time. Douglas’ 3 put the Cougars up 69-45 seven minutes into the half. The Cougars would not be threatened again as they gained the 24-point victory.

The Cougars shot over 50 percent from the floor for the second straight game as they connected on 56 percent of their shots (37-for-66) and 52 percent of their 3-point shots (12-for-23).

Douglas led the way offensively with 33 points on 12-for-16 shooting from the floor. Grove had a near triple-double with 26 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists. Jeffrey Halverson and Jeremy Halverson went for 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Minnesota Morris (6-8, 5-1 in UMAC) returns home to face Northland Saturday at 3 p.m. at Jim Gremmels Court.