Wednesday, December 11, 2002
The Streak is Over
By Brian Curtis
The University of Minnesota, Morris defeated Crown College 56-40 in non-conference college women’s basketball on Tuesday December 10 at St. Bonifacius. The win put an end to an NCAA Division II record-loosing streak of 72. The last win for the Cougar women’s basketball program was a 72-59 win over Presentation on January 17 2000.
After Crown scored the first basket of the game, UMM went on an 11-2 run to take a seven-point lead at 11-4 capped off with a 3-pointer from Danielle Mercurio (Fr. Bay Point, CA).
The Purple Storm closed to with in six at 19-13 but Minnesota, Morris (1-6) closed out the first half by out scoring Crown 14-3 to take a 17-point lead at halftime at 33-16 shooting 39% from the field in the first half.
In the second half Crown battled back and cut the UMM lead to eight at 40-32 with just over 13 minutes to play in the game, but that would be as close as they would get. A basket by Stacy Nordgren (Jr. Buffalo, MN) and a three-point play by Malinda Berglund (Fr. Grand Marais, MN) put the Cougars up by 15 at 47-32.
The two teams traded baskets in the final five to six minutes of the game and the Cougars, despite being outscored 24-23 in the second half claimed the 56-40 victory.
For the Cougars Malinda Berglund led all scorers with 19, Danielle Mercurio had 11.
Carrie Ryan (Jr. Farmington, MN) had a season high 12 rebounds.
The Cougars out rebounded the Purple Storm 41-30.
"It's nice to get one, finally," said first-year coach Jim Hall, who took over the team with the streak at 66. "Even though we didn't talk about it, everyone else was. The girls wanted to get rid of it."
The Cougars will host the Eagles of Northwestern College on Saturday December 14 at 5:30 at the UMM P.E. Center. Minnesota, Morris will then open up NSIC play on the road on Sunday December 29 at 5:30 at Winona State and then they take on Concordia-St. Paul in St. Paul on Monday December 30 also at 5:30.