Northwestern Earns A Sweep Of Cougar Basketball Teams In St. Paul 18 Jan 18

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MEN’S BASKETBALL
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Morris brought a three-game win streak into St. Paul for a date with Northwestern Wednesday night, but the Eagles would put an end to the streak prevailing on their home court, 80-70, in UMAC men’s basketball action.

The Cougars fell into a quick hole as the Eagles scored the game’s first six points and led 14-6 four minutes in. That deficit would not last long for the Cougars as a Noah Grove 3 started a 20-4 UMM run that would see the Cougars take a 26-18 edge. A CD Douglas jumper and free throw gave the Cougars their first lead. A Nick Peterson 3 and two more Douglas jumpers ended the spurt. Douglas scored 17 first half points on 8-for-10 shooting in the first half.

Northwestern answered the Cougars’ run with a 12-2 of their own to take a 35-33 lead. The Eagles continued to outscore the Cougars throughout the remainder of the first and took a 44-39 lead into the locker room.

Northwestern continued their hot shooting and took a double-digit four minutes into the second half. The Cougars pulled within seven on two occasions as that was the closest they would get.

Douglas led all scorers with 28 points. Grove added 17.

Minnesota Morris (7-9, 6-2 in UMAC) returns home to face UW-Superior Saturday at 3 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
ST. PAUL, Minn. – In a matchup of teams tied for second place in conference play, Minnesota Morris dropped a 79-59 decision Wednesday night at Northwestern in UMAC women’s basketball action.

The game started well for the Cougars. After spotting the Eagles two points, UMM rattled off six straight. Baskets from Bailey Miller, Mauren Thiesen, and Kendra Raths the Cougars the early edge. Northwestern countered with eight straight, but the Cougars came right back with four in a row to regain the edge. Thiesen drained the first of her six 3s to put UMM up 11-10. UNW outscored the Cougars 10-4 down the stretch to take a 20-15 lead into the second quarter.

The Eagles outscored the Cougars 22-11 in the second to take a 42-26 lead at halftime.

Northwestern built a 22-point early in the third quarter. A Cougar 9-0 run helped cut the deficit to 10 at the end of the quarter, but the deficit would get no closer throughout the remainder of the contest.

Thiesen led all scorers with 25 points. Miller added 13.

Minnesota Morris (5-11, 5-3 in UMAC) next faces conference-leading UW-Superior Saturday at 5 p.m. at Jim Gremmels Court.