Dec 18th, 2013 @ 4:23 pm | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
What: VCSU WBB/MBB at Minnesota-Morris
When: Friday, Dec. 20 - 5:30/7:30 p.m.
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After a break to study for Finals Week, the Valley City State men's and women's basketball teams will play one more game before Christmas.

Both the Viking men and women will play Friday, Dec. 20 at Minnesota-Morris. The Cougars will then return the favor and make the trip to Valley City for a doubleheader on Jan. 4. Minnesota-Morris is a member of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference in NCAA Division III.

Valley City State's women are 3-5 so far this season, coming off a 70-57 loss to Dickinson State last week after 15 days off. Head coach Cathy Hanek said she saw signs of improvement from her team, which had lost at home to Dickinson on Nov. 19. A 16-0 run by Dickinson last week proved to be the difference in the latest meeting.

Of concern for the Vikings is their outside shooting. VCSU is making just 26 percent of 3-point attempts (40-for-155). In the three previous seasons, that number has been 30 percent or better. VCSU is scoring 65 points a game while allowing 70 points per game.

The Minnesota-Morris women are 2-6 this season with two losses to Mayville State and a win against Presentation College. The Cougar women are scoring just 54 points a game while allowing 67 points.

The Viking men enter Friday's game looking to jump start their season. VCSU is off to a 2-7 start this season as head coach Jeff Kaminsky acclimates a host of new faces into the program.

Last time out, the Vikings were solid in a 95-54 win at Oglala Lakota College. Following the Minnesota-Morris game, VCSU will head to Winnipeg for the Wesmen Classic Dec. 28-30. The Vikings are scoring 71 points per game and are allowing 72.

The Cougar men have had a good start to the season so far, racking up a 6-2 overall record, which includes two wins over Mayville State and a win against Presentation College. The Cougars are scoring 69 points a game while allowing 67.

Friday's game can be watched online at Cougar Sports Network