STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The 12th-ranked UW-Stevens Point women's basketball team extended its win streak to six Saturday afternoon, defeating UW-La Crosse 79-69 in Berg Gym.
The game went back and forth most of the first half with four lead changes while the score was tied seven times. Senior Cassie Bandow (Plover, WI/Pacelli) led the Pointers, scoring 12 points in the first half.
With just under two minutes left in the half, Ashley Averkamp (New Berlin, WI/West) sparked a 6-0 run to give the Pointers a 35-29 advantage heading into the locker room.
After a Brooke Allen (Barneveld, WI/Barneveld) three-pointer to start the second half, the Eagles rallied and went on a 7-0 run to knot the score at 38.
UWSP reclaimed the lead with a Sam Barber (Schofield, WI/D.C. Everest/Winona St.) jumper at the 17:04 mark and never looked back. The Pointers took control and held a lead as much as 15. A late UW-L run cut the Pointers' lead to eight with 1:24 remaining, but Bandow's late free throws sealed the Pointer victory, 79-69.
Barber led the Pointers with a career-high 34 points, scoring 23 in the second half. Bandow added 21 points and dished out a game-high seven assists while fellow senior Averkamp chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds.
As a team, the Pointers shot an impressive 52 percent from the field (26-for-50) and 69.2 percent (9-for-13) from behind the arc.
UW-L's Kassie Robinson led all scorers with 36 points while Rachael Salata added 10.
UWSP (19-3, 11-2 WIAC) returns to the court Wednesday as it hosts UW-Oshkosh in Berg Gym at 7 p.m.
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information