Cougar Women Give UWS All They Can Handle In Loss 20 Jan 18

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MORRIS, Minn. – Minnesota Morris gave UMAC-leading Wisconsin-Superior all they could handle in a 77-72 loss to the Yellowjackets Saturday afternoon in UMAC women’s basketball action at Jim Gremmels Court.

The Cougars trailed by 6 early, but a 9-0 run gave them a lead toward the end of the opening stanza. Elli Stevenson scored seven in the spurt that ended with a 3. UMM took a 14-10 lead into the second quarter.

The Yellowjackets took control in the second quarter, outscoring the Cougars 26-13 to take a 36-27 lead into halftime.

Minnesota Morris would not back down though. Mauren Thiesen and Abby Van Kempen started the third quarter with back-to-back 3s to trim the deficit to 3. UWS built their lead back up to 7 at 44-37, but another 9-0 Cougar run gave them a 2-point lead. Zoe Loucks and Stevenson drained big 3s in the run. It was back-and-forth the rest of the quarter with the Yellowjackets taking a slight 50-49 lead into the final quarter.

UWS went up by 10 midway through the fourth, but again, the Cougars would not go away. Back-to-back layups from Van Kempen cut the deficit to 3 at 70-67 with 1:14 left. Later, another Van Kempen lay-in made it 73-72 UWS with 15 seconds remaining. The Yellowjackets closed with a lay-in and free throws to claim the hard-fought 5-point win.

Stevenson led all scorers with 22 points. Thiesen made four 3s en route to 14 points. Van Kempen tallied 13 and Bailey Miller added 11.

Minnesota Morris (5-12, 5-4 in UMAC) heads out of conference for a road game Tuesday at Trinity Bible College.

MEN’S BASKETBALL
MORRIS, Minn. – On a day where CD Douglas was honored pregame, the senior guard would pour in 30 points to help the Minnesota Morris top Wisconsin-Superior, 75-63, Saturday afternoon in UMAC men’s basketball action at Jim Gremmels Court.

Douglas received a commemorative game ball before the game as earlier this season, he became the second Cougar in program history to surpass 1,500 career points. He proved to the home crowd Saturday that he is indeed an elite scorer as he reached 30 points for the third time this season and has scored at least 20 in six straight contests.

The Cougars raced out to a quick 10-2 lead as Jeremy Halverson both started and ended a 10-0 spurt with 3s. Douglas gave the Cougars their first double-digit edge at 23-12 with a jumper with 11:22 left in the first. Jeffrey Halverson gave the Cougars their biggest edge in the first half when he nailed a 3 that made it 32-17 with 7:16 left. The Yellowjackets were able to pull within single digits by half’s end as the Cougars lead 39-32 going into the locker room.

Two plays into the second half, the Cougars were back up by double digits as back-to-back lay-ins from Trey Heinsuis gave UMM a 43-32 lead. UWS pulled within 6 at 57-51 with 6:50 remaining, but a Cougar 9-0 spurt regained their comfortable edge. Douglas scored seven of the nine points in the run as he missed just four shots from the floor for the game (12-for-16).

Three other Cougars scored in double figures. Jeffrey Halverson recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jeremy Halverson tallied 13 points and Heinsuis added 12.

Minnesota Morris (8-9, 7-2 in UMAC) now sits in a three-way tie for first place in the conference. They head out of conference for their next game, Tuesday at Trinity Bible College.