DE PERE (PRESS RELEASE) - Britta Petersen (Luck) scored 23 points and helped the UW-Stevens Point women's basketball team use a second half surge to advance to the second round of the NCAA Division III women's basketball tournament with a 86-64 victory over University of Minnesota Morris on Friday evening.
The Pointers started off the game with a 15-6 run before the Cougars could get their offense going. Nikki Washek was able to get the Cougars back in the game with three three-point baskets giving them and 22-21 edge with 11:02 left in the first.
Both teams battled back and forth and neither team was able to gain more than a five point advantage through the rest of the half. The Pointers were able to use an 11-3 run to take a 42-39 lead into halftime.
The 23rd ranked Pointers came out and shut the Cougars down never giving them a chance in the second half. They were able to outscore Minnesota Morris 44-25 in the second half resulting in the final of 86-64.
The Pointers were able to pressure the Cougars into 17 turnovers in the half resulting in 18 points. Point forced Minnesota Morris into 26 turnovers in the game while the Pointers turned it over 24 times.
UW-Stevens Point was red hot in the second half shooting 60 percent and finished at 53.7 percent for the game. They were also able to hit 24-28 of their free-throws with 13 coming in the second half.
Helping Peterson in the scoring column was Cassie Bandow (Plover) with 14, Josi Schultz (Eau Claire) with 13 and Ashley Averkamp (New Berlin)with 11. Brooke Allen (Barneveld) grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and helped the Pointers win the battle on the boards 38-21.
Washek led the Cougars with 16 points while Steph Roggenbuck added 11 and Jenni Noordmans chipped in with 10.
UW-Stevens Point (22-6) will now face the winner of St. Norbert and Calvin game tomorrow evening back in De Pere. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.