EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – The 10th-ranked UW-Stevens Point women's basketball team tallied its sixth Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championship, sharing the title with UW-Eau Claire after the Blugolds defeated the Pointers 66-55 on Saturday afternoon at Zorn Arena.
After UWEC gained two six-point advantages over UWSP in the opening minutes of the first half, junior Brooke Allen (Barneveld, WI/Barneveld) tied the game at 14-14 with a three-pointer at the 10:17 mark.
The Pointers continued to play with the lead, gaining a 10-point edge on two occasions thanks to a Sam Barber (Schofield, WI/D.C. Everest/Winona St.)three and an Allen jumper.
Callie Halama cut the UWSP lead to eight with a layup as the Pointers went into halftime with an eight-point advantage, 29-21.
The Blugolds came out of the break firing on all cylinders, opening the half on a 10-0 run to gain a two-point lead with 16:31 remaining.
At the 12:50 mark, sophomore Myranda Tyler (Grafton, WI/Grafton) gave the Pointers a five-point lead, 36-31, before the Blugolds went on a 9-4 run to even the game at 40 apiece.
The two squads continued to battle back-and-forth and with just over five minutes to play the score was tied for the seventh time, 52-52.
It was all Blugolds the rest of the way out as they finished the game on a 14-3 run as Halama and Ellen Plendl accounted for 11 points during the stretch.
Tyler led the Pointes with 12 points and five rebounds off the bench while Barber and Allen tallied 11 points each. Barber also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
For UWEC, Halama connected on 10-of-18 field goals, including 7-of-7 from the free-throw line, tallying a career-high 27 points and career-high 13 rebounds. Plendl also recorded a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
In the contest, the Pointers shot 42.9 percent from the field compared to 35.5 for the Blugolds, however, UWEC connected on 20-of-24 free throws to UWSP who converted 2-of-6.
The WIAC title marks the sixth time in program history the Pointers have tied or outright won the title and have done so in two straight seasons.
UW-Stevens Point (21-4, 13-3 WIAC) returns to action on to take part in the WIAC Tournament next week. The Pointers will be the first seed and receive a bye in Tuesday's first round then host the lowest remaining seed of UW-La Crosse, UW-River Falls or UW-Superior on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information