Cougars Claim UMAC Women's Basketball Regular Season Championship
Posted by Stephen Batcher, Sports Information Director on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
MANKATO, Minnesota (February 21, 2014)The University of Minnesota, Morris (15-9, 12-1 UMAC) earned the outright UMAC Championship on Friday night thanks to a 67-52 win over Bethany Lutheran (8-16, 5-8 UMAC). It is the Cougars' fifth straight conference championship under Head Coach Tim Grove.
Morris started the game on an 11-0 run, seven by Kendra Wycoff 15, Montrose. The Vikings did not recover quickly, and the Cougars lead grew to 19 in the first half. Bethany Lutheran was able to cut the lead to 11 prior to the halftime break.
The Vikings were able to cut the lead to single digits just eight seconds into the second half. Morris doubled that lead six minutes later on a Tori Holt 17, Rapid City, South Dakota, layup. Bethany never fully recovered from the Morris rally and never got closer than within nine points.
The Cougars had a trio of offensive stars on the night: Wycoff, Holt, and Emily Auch 16, Benson, all of whom had double-digit scoring nights. Auch led Morris players with 16 points on the night. Wycoff had 15 points, and Holt had 12. Holt also added seven rebounds. Abby Fragodt 14, Benson, had 14 rebounds on the night, leading the team in that category. She is now 12 rebounds shy of 900 career rebounds.
On February 27, the women's basketball team hosted the UMAC Semifinals and won 66-56 over Martin Luther College. They will host the UMAC Championship on March 1.
This is the first home UMAC Championship game since the 2010-11 season. The Cougars are the number-one seed. For more information, see UMAC Championships.