Cougar Swimming & Diving Compete At Dragon Invite 15 Jan 18

MEN’S BASKETBALL
MORRIS, Minn. – The Cougars earned their seventh win in eight tries as they topped Northland, 86-70, Saturday afternoon in UMAC men’s basketball action at Jim Gremmels Court.

The victory moved the Cougars into a first place tie with Bethany Lutheran atop the UMAC standings with a 6-1 conference mark.

After a tight first ten minutes of the contest, the Cougars began pulling away and built a double-digit advantage. Leading 20-18, Noah Grove scored six unanswered to start a 16-2 UMM spurt that gave them a 36-20 lead with 3:38 remaining in the half. Grove scored four more points in the run with CD Douglas adding four points as well. The teams exchanged baskets in the final minutes as the Cougars took a 44-30 lead going into the break.

The Cougars were not threatened in the second half as they maintained their double-digit lead throughout and would build their lead to as high as 23 points.

Grove led all scorers with 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the floor. Douglas had his fourth straight 20-point effort with 21. Jeffrey Halverson had a great all-around effort with nine points, 11 rebounds, six assists, and three steals. Minnesota Morris (7-8, 6-1 in UMAC) travels to St. Paul to face Northwestern Wednesday night.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MORRIS, Minn. – Minnesota Morris built a double-digit first quarter and did not look back in defeated Northland, 76-52, Saturday afternoon in UMAC women’s basketball action at Jim Gremmels Court.

Becca Holland and Elli Stevenson sparked an 11-2 run to get the Cougars out of an early hole. A Holland 3 put the Cougars up 1. Holland drained another 3 as Stevenson scored the other five points in the spurt that gave UMM a 17-8 advantage. Later a 9-0 Cougar run gave them a 26-11 lead. Stevenson connected from long range and Abby Van Kempen added a pair of baskets. The Cougars took a 26-14 lead into the second quarter.

The Cougars led by as many 26 points in the fourth quarter and they maintained a double figures lead throughout the final three stanzas.

In their last game, the Cougars held Martin Luther to 11 percent shooting in the second half. Their defense was stifling again against the Lumberjills. They held Northland to 24 percent shooting from the floor (7-for-29) in the second 20 minutes.

Stevenson led all scorers with 22 points and dished out seven assists. Bailey Miller had 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Mauren Thiesen added 13 and Van Kempen pulled down 11 rebounds. Minnesota Morris (5-10, 5-2 in UMAC) next plays Northwestern Wednesday in St. Paul.

SWIMMING & DIVING
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Competing against four NCAA Division II institutions and Concordia-Moorhead, the Minnesota Morris swim/dive team placed fifth at the two-day Dragon Invite.

MSU-Moorhead won the team competition with University of Mary placing second, Northern State finishing in third and Augustana placing fourth. The Cougars finished with 562 points with Concordia compiling 293.

The top Cougars in individual events included:
1-meter diving – McKenna Vininski - 172.80 (5th place)
200-yard backstroke – Caitlin Papke - 2:16.31 (9th)
200-yard breaststroke – Liz Melssen – 2:47.51 (15th)
1650-yard freestyle – Montana Lawrence – 19:29.43 (11th)
100-yard butterfly – Amanda Donley – 1:02.34 (11th)
3-meter diving – Taryn Longshore – 156.90 (5th)
400-yard IM – Donley – 4:59.27 (10th)
200-yard freestyle – Melssen – 2:08.52 (19th)
100-yard backstroke – Papke – 1:03.50 (6th)
100-yard breaststroke – Kelsey Wattenhofer – 1:22.35 (17th)
200-yard butterfly – Donley – 2:22.53 (9th)
100-yard freestyle – Lawrence – 11:42.96 (12th)
50-yard freestyle – Melssen – 26.99 (17th)
200-yard IM – Papke – 2:22.68 (12th)
500-yard freestyle – Lawrence – 5:42.71 (17th)
50-yard backstroke – Papke – 30.44 (10th)
50-yard breaststroke – Wattenhofer – 37.31 (18th)
50-yard butterfly – Donley – 28.57 (11th)
1-meter diving – Longshore – 316.35 (5th)
100-yard freestyle – Melssen – 59.50 (14th)
100-yard IM – Papke – 106.70 (13th)
3-meter diving – Longshore – 246.65 (6th)

The Cougars return to the home pool Saturday for senior day when they entertain Concordia-Moorhead.