MENOMONIE (PRESS RELEASE) – Three players scored in double figures and the Pointers forced 28 turnovers as the UW-Stevens Point Women's Basketball team cruised to an 86-50 victory over UW-Stout on Wednesday evening at Johnson Fieldhouse.
Reigning Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Athlete of the Week Britta Petersen and Ashley Averkamp each scored 13 and Liz Althoff added 12 off the bench to lead the Pointers to their 19th victory of the season and helped the team stay perfect in league play at 12-0.
The cold weather outside carried over into the Pointers first half shooting effort, as they mustered just 35.9 percent from the floor in the game's opening half.
Despite the shooting percentage, the Pointers, ranked sixth in this week's D3hoops.com and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, took over the lead for good on an Althoff three-point basket with seven minutes remaining and took a 10 point edge, 39-29, into halftime.
The Pointers opened the second half on a 14-3 run and took a 21 point advantage just 2:43 into the second frame. The Pointer lead continued to grow, reaching a crescendo with 4:24 to play when the Pointers held a 40 point edge, 82-42.
From there, the Pointers coasted to the 36 point victory.
Petersen added two steals and two rebounds to her 13 point performance while Averkamp added a block and two rebounds to her 13 point effort. Josi Schultz led the way with eight rebounds and Andrea Flease tallied eight assists and just one turnover on the evening.
Tricia VanVreede led the way for UW-Stout, scoring 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the floor.
No. 6 UW-Stevens Point (19-2, 12-0 WIAC) will take the weekend off thanks to a bye in league action and will return to the hardwood on Wednesday, Feb. 9 when they host UW-Eau Claire. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Berg Gym and will also be the team's annual PinkZone night.