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Fast-Break Bends Blazers on Home Court

The CMU women’s basketball team fell to fourth-place in the MCAC standings this weekend after they fell on home court to the College Wesmen and the Providence Freemen took back-to-back wins against the Assiniboine Cougars to improve their record to 5-5.

In a game that was featured by the MCAC as The Match of the Month, the surging Blazers hoped to steal a win away from the conference’s top team from the University of Winnipeg. Winners of their last home game, an overtime victory over Red River, the Blazers carried confidence and self-belief onto their home court in front of a full-house on Saturday.

The first half saw the College Wesmen out-rebound and out-score CMU in what was 20-minutes of full-throttle fast-break basketball. The speed of the half saw the Wesmen jump ahead 49-31, and CMU’s leading scorer, Carrera Lamoureux amass four fouls. It was Laura Tait who filled the basket scoring 9 of her 12 points in the first-half to help keep the Blazers in the game. Fourth-year guard Mallory Shack was also a major offensive factor, adding a dozen points in the game on 5-of-14 shooting.

Fourth-year forward Nina Schroeder was a noteworthy absence in the first-half for CMU. The team’s leading rebounder entered in the third-quarter to grab 7 second-half rebounds, block 2 shots and breathe life into the Blazer defense. Hannah Prowse led CMU with 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting to bring the home team within 10-points of the Wesmen to start the final quarter.

After Lamoureux collected her fifth-foul early in the quarter, Roberta Schoenfeld and the College Wesmen closed the door. The second-year guard finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds helping her first-place team to a 79-60 win and a firm grip on top-spot in the conference at 9-1.

The next home action for CMU is Friday night when they host Dakota College at Bottineau of the US Junior College Conference in exhibition play at 6 pm.

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