CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The University of Minnesota Morris swimming & diving program closed out the Liberal Arts Championships with a fourth-place finish. The Cougars finished the meet with 344 points, two points ahead of fifth-place Nebraska Wesleyan University.

“I am very proud of this group,” head coach Dave Molesworth said. “At the beginning of the meet we talked about how important every point was and to see this team fight for every point and take 4th place by just two points. It was a fantastic way to end a great season.”

Montana Lawrence finished 11th in the 1650-yard freestyle with her time of 20:05.42.

Freshman Olivia Salzwedel placed seventh in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 56.90. Along with Salzwedel, Sierra Walker finished 10th (57.35) and Liz Melssen placed 11th (57.96), respectively.

Caitlin Papke recorded a time of 2:14.62 in the 200-yard backstroke to finish sixth overall.

The Cougars picked up 15 points in the 200-yard butterfly as Carolyn Curtis placed ninth (2:34.75) and Tatiana Walker-Rozo took 11th (2:44.62), respectively.

In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Papke, Walker, Malia Stone and Salzwedel combined for a time of 3:47.02 to finish sixth.

1. Coe College 606.5
2. Loras College 430
3. Illinois Institute of Tech 415.5
4. University of Minnesota Morris 344
5. Nebraska Wesleyan University 342
6. Morningside College 331
7. College of Saint Mary 321
8. Luther College 298
9. Simpson College 204
10. Mills College Cyclones 158
11. Principia College 76

MORRIS – The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Game of the Week lived up to the hype as the Minnesota Morris men’s basketball team outlasted the North Central LumberJacks, 70-68, Saturday at Jim Gremmels Court. With the win, the Cougars now advance to the UMAC Tournament as the No. 5 seed and will play at fourth-seeded Crown on Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.

“I’m extremely excited about our effort tonight and making the UMAC tournament,” head coach Paul Grove said. “It was a fun night at the Cougar Den and a great way for our seniors to leave Jim Gremmels Court.”

It was only fitting that senior Noah Grove’s free throws with seven seconds left in regulation gave the Cougars (10-15, 7-9 UMAC) the 70-68 lead on Senior Day. Following Grove’s free throws, Northland’s Ben Arqueros Jr.’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was no good giving the Cougars the victory.

It was Minnesota Morris that recorded the first points of the afternoon on a layup from James Pendleton 34 seconds into the game, but it was Northland (9-16, 7-9 UMAC) that built a 17-6 lead with 12:17 to go in the first half.

Minnesota Morris responded though as Nick Peterson’s layup with 7:02 remaining in the first half capped off a 15-0 run to give the Cougars a 21-17 lead.

The Cougars took a two-point lead over LumberJacks into halftime with the score at 28-26.

The second half saw the Lumberjacks start out strong, as they scored the first six points to take a 34-28 lead with 17:18 to play. Northland built its lead to as much as 10 points with 9:16 to play (57-47), but the Cougars started making their comeback.

With 5:20 to play in regulation, Pendleton connected on a 3-pointer to give the Cougars their first lead of the second half at 62-61.

Grove, playing in his final game at Jim Gremmels Court, scored the final six points for the Cougars down the stretch.

On his second of two free throws, Grove tied the contest at 65-65 with 2:50 to play. Two possessions later, Grove made a layup and the free throw for the old-fashioned three-point play to put the Cougars in front 68-65.

The LumberJacks then responded with a 3-pointer from Arqueros Jr. to tie things up at 68-68 with 1:45 to play.

Northland had a chance to take the lead late in the game, but turned the ball with 26 seconds left in regulation. The Cougars brought the ball down the court and Grove was fouled driving to the basket.

Grove then made both free throws to finish the night with 17 points and help lead the Cougars to the victory and a berth in the UMAC Tournament.

MORRIS – The University of Minnesota Morris women’s basketball team picked up an 89-59 win over Northland in its regular season finale Saturday at Jim Gremmels Court. Seniors Kendra Raths and Elli Stevenson scored 19 points and 18 points, respectively.

“So happy to see our three seniors end their careers at home with a great game,” head coach Tim Grove said. “They all played well and it was great to be able to pull them each out to get the recognition they so deserve. We now look forward to the opportunity we have Wednesday night in Mankato.”

With the win, Minnesota Morris is 16-9 overall and 12-4 in conference play, while Northland falls to 5-17 overall and in 2-14 conference action.

The Cougars closed out the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) regular season as the No. 3 seed and will travel to Mankato, Minnesota, to take on Bethany Lutheran on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 5:30 p.m.

Minnesota Morris jumped out to an 8-2 lead as Raths scored five points early in the game. With the first quarter in the books, the Cougars led the LumberJills, 18-13.

The second quarter saw Minnesota outscore Northland by 12. Midway through the second quarter, the Cougars hit back-to-back 3-pointers from Zoe Loucks and Raths to extend their lead to 13 at 33-20. At halftime, Minnesota Morris led Northland, 44-27.

During the third quarter, the Cougars outscored the LumberJills, 25-12, to take a 69-39 lead. In the third quarter, Lexus Eagle Chasing hit back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the Cougar to 21 points with 7:41 to play.

The Cougars and LumberJills both scored 20 points over the final 10 minutes of regulation to give Minnesota Morris the 89-59 victory.


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