Sunday, December 15, 2002
Eagles shut down Cougars in second half
By Brian Curtis
The Eagles of Northwestern College held the University of Minnesota, Morris to six second half field goals (6-29) and out scored the Cougars 47-25 in the final 20 minutes in a 88-61 non conference win in college women’s basketball at the UMM P.E. Center on Saturday night.
Northwestern (7-5) started strong in taking a 13-point lead at 16-3 with just over 13 minutes to play in the first half. That came after the Cougars had taken their only lead of the game at 3-2 after a three pointer by Stacy Nordgren (Jr. Buffalo, MN).
Minnesota, Morris (1-7) whittled away at the Eagle lead and cut the lead to four at 28-24 on a Kay Saager (Fr. Poynette, WI) 3-pointer with 4:19 to go before half time.
Northwestern was able to build a double digit lead again at 36-26, but UMM would close the half with a 10-5 run and closed to with in five at the half at 41-36.
That would be as close as the Cougars would get.
The Eagles used a 25-2 spurt in the first 6:30 of the second half and took a 66-38 lead and never looked back.
The Eagles used their size to out rebound Minnesota, Morris 48-31 and shot 50% from the field for the game.
Northwestern out scored the Cougars 18-10 in the paint and 25-16 on second chance points.
Malinda Berglund (Fr. Grand Marais, MN) led the Cougars with 17, Danielle Mercurio (Fr. Bay Point, CA) added 11 and a season high six assists. Kay Saager finished with 10.
The Cougars were perfect from the free throw line going 14-14 for 100% for the game.
Aubree Levinski led four Eagles in double figures with 20.
The Cougars are off now until they hit the road Sunday and Monday December 29 & 30 when they travel to Winona State and Concordia-St. Paul at 5:30 each night.