Douglas Breaks UMM Scoring Mark, Cougars Wrap Up Regular Season 17 Feb 18

ASHLAND, Wis. – Senior CD Douglas was 13 points shy of becoming the all-time scoring leading in Minnesota Morris program history going into Saturday’s regular season men’s basketball finale at Northland. He achieved the feat on two made free throws five minutes into the second half. Douglas broke the previous mark of 1,904 career points set by Todd Hanson from 1993-97. Douglas’ career total now stands at 1,915.

He will have at least one more game to add to that total as the Cougars (11-14, 9-7 in UMAC) have earned the No. 5 seed in the UMAC Tournament and will play at No. 4 Crown Monday at 7:30 p.m. Minnesota Morris lost to Northland, 81-74, Saturday afternoon.

Douglas had eight points by halftime. He added three more on a 3-point play off a driving lay-up and free throw 1:47 into the second half. Nearly three and a half minutes later, Douglas drew a foul and calmly hit two free throws to set the new scoring standard at Minnesota Morris.

The Cougars trailed Northland by 9 at halftime. Douglas’ free throws cut the deficit to 2 at 43-41. Northland built their lead back up to 9 at 58-49. UMM followed with a seven-point spurt to pull within 2 again after a Noah Grove 3. That deficit would get to 1 following another Grove 3 that made it 72-71 with 3:06 remaining. The Lumberjacks closed the game on a 9-3 run to claim the 7-point victory.

Douglas finished with 23 points Saturday. Grove added 20 points.

ASHLAND, Wis. – Minnesota Morris won their eighth straight game Saturday with an 82-54 win in the regular season finale at Northland in UMAC women’s basketball action. They take an eight-game winning streak into postseason play.

Minnesota Morris (13-12, 12-4 in UMAC) is the No. 3 seed in the UMAC Tournament and will play at No. 2 Bethany Lutheran Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in a semifinal contest.

The Cougars shot 53 percent from the floor Saturday, a team season-high in conference games this season. They used that hot shooting to take a 10-point lead after one quarter at 22-12. Back-to-back baskets from Bailey Miller and Abby Van Kempen in the final minute gave the Cougars their double-digit edge by quarter’s end.

The lead got to as high as 17 in the second quarter following a Mauren Thiesen 3 and a Zoe Loucks jumper more than midway through the quarter. The Cougars would take a 35-21 into the halftime locker room.

UMM shot 57 percent in the second half and scored 30 points in the final stanza en route to their 28-point win.

Miller only missed one shot (8-for-9) on her way to 17 points. Thiesen scored 13 and Kendra Raths and Elli Stevenson each added 12.

DECORAH, Iowa – Minnesota Morris remains in eighth place after the third day of the Liberal Arts Championships at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Caitlin Papke put together another top eight finish as she had an eighth place of 4:56.99 in the 400-yard IM. Montana Lawrence also had an eighth place swim in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:02.65.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Lawrence, Sierra Walker, Amanda Donley, and Liz Melssen combined for a sixth place time of 1:57.63.

Also picking up points for the Cougars Friday were:
Tatiana Walker-Rozo – 400 IM – 5:13.63 – 14th place
Katie Beauto – 400 IM – 5:19.32 – 15th
Donley – 100 fly – 1:02.05 – 9th
Beauto – 100 fly – 1:04.20 – 12th
Melssen – 200 free – 2:04.96 – 12th

Competition wraps up Sunday at the Liberal Arts Championships.