MEN’S BASKETBALL
MORRIS, Minn. – The UMN Morris men’s basketball team (2-6, 0-1 UMAC) was outscored by 14 points in the second-half as the Northland LumberJacks (2-5, 1-1 UMAC) left the Cougar Sports Center with a 76-71 victory. Junior James Pendleton paced the Cougars as he tied a career-best 26-point outing.

The two teams traded baskets throughout the first half as the neither team held a double-digit lead. The Cougars closed out the first half with an 18-4 run over the final 7:15 of action.

UMN Morris held a 38-29 lead over the LumberJacks heading into halftime. Northland opened up the second half with a 7-0 run in just 50 seconds to bring the deficit to 38-26.
With 13:58 to go in regulation, Devyn Frye scored on a layup to give the LumberJacks their first lead of the second-half at 47-46.

The LumberJacks then extended their lead to 54-46 with 10:16 to play in regulation.
The Cougars were able to bring the deceit to a single point down the stretch but they weren’t able to take the lead.

Pendleton was 14-for-19 from the free throw line and had three steals, Ian Carlin had 12 points and eight rebounds, Nick Peterson chipped in 10 points. Dillon Haider led the Cougars with six assists.

UP NEXT
The Cougars are on the road at Crown on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The two teams will meet at 5:30 p.m. in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota.


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MORRIS, Minn. – The UMN Morris women’s basketball team (4-4, 1-0 UMAC) opened UMAC play with an 80-68 victory over Northland (2-5, 0-2 UMAC) Saturday afternoon inside the Cougar Sports Center. Mia Wassink led the Cougars with a 20-point outing.

The Cougars opened up the game outscoring the LumberJills by a margin of 6-1 over the first 4:14 of play. With the first quarter in the books, the Cougars led the LumberJills, 18-13.

Northland responded to the Cougars with a 6-0 run to open the second quarter to take a 19-18 lead. The second quarter saw UMN Morris use a18-2 run to take a 36-21 lead with 3:21 to go in the first half.

After 20 minutes of play, the Cougars led the LumberJills, 40-28. During the third quarter, Northland outscored UMN Morris 21-18 to cut the deficit to nine points at 58-49 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the LumberJills were able to bring the game within seven points but the Cougars built their lead to 19 points with 2:33 to play at 80-61.

Lexus Eagle Chasing scored 15 points, tallied eight assists, seven steals, and six rebounds.
Maddie Fenske scored a career-best 14 points. Along with her 14 points she had nine rebounds. Haley Wollschlager chipped in 10 points on the afternoon. The Cougars were 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the second half. UMN Morris outscored Northland by a margin of 48-22 in the paint.

UP NEXT
The Cougars head to Crown on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The two teams will meet at 7:15 p.m. in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota.


TRACK & FIELD
MANKATO, Minn. – The UMN Morris women’s track & field team opened up the 2019-20 indoor season on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Chuck Peterson Open, hosted by Minnesota State, Mankato. The Cougars recorded a pair of top-10 performances in school history.

Jessica Bliese finished fifth in the shot put with her mark of 42-1.25, which is the No. 2 performance in school history, and took sixth in the weight throw with her distance of 46-0.50.

Hailey Gill finished eighth in the shot put with her mark of 39-4.50, which is the No. 5 mark in school history. Jasmine Terry ran a time of 8.77 to place 24th in the 60-meter dash and ran a time of 29.29 to place 31st in the 200-meter dash. Sierra Walker cleared a height of 4-5 to place seventh in the high jump.

Trent Merkins opened up his senior season by breaking the school record in the shot put. Merkins tallied a mark of 48-10.75, which broke the previous record of 48-3.5 set by Chris Hill in 1986.

Merkins set the school record in the shot put with his mark of 48-10.75 to place third.
Justin Robinson placed third in the weight throw with his mark of 46-9.50, which ranks fifth in school history. Ryan Anderson finished first in the mile with his time of 4:43.46.
In the 60-meter dash, Abraham Mendez-Robles placed 13th (7.61).

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