STEVENS POINT, Wis. – For the fifth consecutive season, the UW-Stevens Point women's basketball team captured the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Tournament championship as it defeated UW-Whitewater 80-61 on Saturday afternoon at Berg Gym.
The Warhawks jumped out of the gates early as they began the game on a 10-5 run just over three minutes into the contest.
Junior Brooke Allen (Barneveld, WI/Barneveld) brought UWSP back in the game as she tallied seven consecutive points to put the Pointers up 12-10.
After UWSP built a seven-point lead, Courtney Kumerow put UWW up one, 20-19, with 10:25 left in the first half.
On the Pointers next possession, senior Cassie Bandow (Plover, WI/Pacelli) knocked down a three-pointer to give UWSP a two-point edge. The basket also tallied the 1,000 career-point for Bandow as she stands at 18th place on the Pointers all-time scoring list.
Both teams battled back-and-forth the rest of the period as it featured 10 lead changes and seven ties. UWSP went on a 6-0 run to close out the half and took at 42-36 advantage into halftime.
The Pointers increased their lead to 10 points at the 12:55 mark on an Ashley Averkamp (New Berlin, WI/West) layup and the Warhawks were only able to cut the deficit under 10 on one occasion.
Allen the put the game out of reach with three minutes left as she connected on 4-of-4 free throws after two UWW technical fouls. After two more Allen free throws, the Pointers lead stood at 21 points, the largest of the game, as the Pointers went on to earn the 80-61 victory.
The WIAC Tournament Championship is the fifth consecutive and sixth overall in program history.
Sam Barber (Schofield, WI/D.C. Everest/Winona St.) led all scorers with 20 points, 15 in the second half, as she connected on 7-of-13 from the field and 4-of-6 from three. The junior also pulled down eight rebounds. Bandow also scored in double figures with 19 and Allen tallied 15. Both Bandow and Allen were 6-for-6 from the line. Sophomore Myranda Tyler (Grafton, WI/Grafton) led both squads with nine rebounds.
UWW was led by Kumerow with 16 points and seven rebounds.
For the game, the Pointers held the Warhawks to 33.9 percent shooting from the field while shooting 41.7 percent. UWSP connected on 20-of-26 free throws compared to 13-of-16 for UWW.
With the victory, UW-Stevens Point (23-4) receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Date and location will be available on Monday afternoon.
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information