***FROM UW-STEVENS POINT ATHLETICS***
Second-half runs lead men's basketball past UW-La Crosse
A trio of runs in the second half helped the No. 1 UW-Stevens Point men's basketball team pull away from visiting UW-La Crosse in the second half of a 74-61 win in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Bennett Court at Quandt Fieldhouse.
UW-Stevens Point (12-0, 3-0 WIAC) led 42-41 with 14:48 remaining in the game before the first of the runs gave the Pointers an eight-point lead over the Eagles (9-4, 3-1 WIAC). During the run, UWSP's defense held UW-La Crosse to three-straight missed field goals and two turnovers. Jordan Lutz three, the Pointers' first of the game, at the 13:13 mark was the first made three-pointer for UW-Stevens Point in the game.
The Eagles responded with five consecutive points of their own to get back within three, but the Pointers then scored the next seven to build a ten-point advantage. Baskets from Stephen Pelkofer and Trevor Hass started the run and Austin Ryf capped it with a three to give UWSP a 56-46 lead with 8:56 remaining.
UW-La Crosse cut the UWSP lead down to four with 7:26 to go but UW-Stevens Point quickly regained a double-digit lead with three made field goals in a row and a pair of free throws by Tyler Tillema. The final run was 9-0 for the Pointers, who led by as many as 16 in the final minute.
Tillema led UW-Stevens Point with a game-high 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting and also dished out a game-high five assists. Hass added 16 points on a 5-for-11 afternoon from the field. Alex Richard scored all 10 of his points in 12 minutes of action in the first half. Ryf also scored 10.
UW-La Crosse hit 12 threes on 25 attempts (48.0 percent) in the game, including a 7-for-12 first half from behind the arc that helped the Eagles build a 33-32 halftime lead. The Eagles led by as many as seven early in the first half.
Braden Tice led UW-La Crosse with 16 points and six rebounds. Calahan Skogman scored 13, while Clint Rihn and Luke Tweed added 11 and 10, respectively.
UWSP shot 56.0 percent from the field in the game and outscored the Eagles 40-16 in the paint. The Pointers also held advantages in points off turnovers, 17-7, and bench points, 15-4, in the game. A 15-3 advantage in scoring from the free-throw line helped offset UW-La Crosse's three-point shooting.
UW-Stevens Point heads to Menomonie on Wednesday for a conference match-up with UW-Stout at 7:00 p.m.
Women's hoops stifles UW-La Crosse in 30-point win
The No. 22 UW-Stevens Point women's basketball team held UW-La Crosse to a season-low 34 points on 21.3 percent shooting in a 64-34 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) win on Saturday afternoon at Mitchell Hall.
The Pointers (9-3, 2-1 WIAC) led 23-13 at the 3:37 mark of the first half before closing the half on a 9-1 run to take a 32-14 lead into the break. The Eagles (7-6, 1-3 WIAC) never got closer than 16 points in the second half and UWSP led by as many as 32 in the final two minutes.
In the 9-1 run, UW-Stevens Point scored five points from the free-throw line and Jenna Pitt added back-to-back layups. The UWSP bench was big in the first half, outscoring UW-La Crosse's 14-1 in the first 20 minutes, while the Pointers also held a 16-6 advantage in the paint before the break.
UW-Stevens Point's defense held UW-La Crosse to 10 field goals in the game and just four in the first half. The Pointers forced 25 turnovers and the UWSP bench outscored the Eagles' 34-13, as all 12 UW-Stevens Point players to see action scored in the game. The Pointers never trailed in the contest.
Lauren Anklam was the only player on either team to score in double figures, scoring all 10 of her points in the second half on 3-for-5 from the field, including 2-for-3 from behind the arc. Pitt and Allie Micelli each scored eight for the Pointers, who shot 36.7 percent from the field. Micelli's eight points are a career-high, while Taylor Douglas also set a career-high with seven points, all form teh free-throw line.
UW-Stevens Point overcame its second-worst shooting game of the season by making 25 free throws and recording a season-high 48 rebounds. Myranda Tyler led the Pointers with eight rebounds, while Kaitlyn Jacobs and Joann Wolfenberg each hauled in seven.
The win was the fourth straight in the series between the two schools for UW-Stevens Point, who has won 25 of the last 28 meetings.
The Pointers host UW-Stout on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Berg Gym.
Kalisz nets game-winner to complete comeback
Joe Kalisz scored the game-winning goal in the third period as the third-ranked UW-Stevens Point men's hockey team came back from a pair of two-goal deficits to defeat host Lake Forest on Saturday night at Alumni Memorial Arena.
Kalisz scored his eighth goal of the season at the 7:21 mark of the third period off assists from Alex Brooks and Garrett Ladd. The goal also marked the third straight game in which Kalisz has scored for the Pointers (11-1-0, 1-0-1 WIAC), who were playing their first game in over three weeks.
The Foresters (5-7-0, 4-4-0 NCHA) led 2-0 and 3-1 both in the second period but suffered its fifth loss in a row. Lake Forest's three goals were just the fourth time a UWSP opponent has scored at least three times this season.
UW-Stevens Point trailed 3-1 after Mark Essahki scored at the 13:58 mark of the second period. However, the Pointers got a pair of quick goals from Scott Henegar and Ladd 61 seconds apart to knot the score at 3-3 entering the third period, setting up Kalisz's game-winner. Ladd's goal was his team-leading 13th of the season, while Henegar's was his seventh.
Earlier, goals from Zach Mudge and Mike Violette gave Lake Forest a 2-0 lead early in the second period. Evan Dixon got UWSP within a goal at 2-1 just over four minutes after Violette's goal with a four-on-four goal.
Two Pointers had multi-point games, as Brooks recorded two assists in addition to Ladd's goal and an assist. UW-Stevens Point outshot Lake Forest 45-35 in the game but was outshot 10-9 in the third period.
Both teams only had one opportunity on the power play in the game and neither team was able to capitalize on the man advantage.
UW-Stevens Point looks for its third straight win when it hosts Lawrence on Friday, January 10 at K.B. Willett Arena at 7 p.m.
Six-game winning streak snapped with 3-1 setback to St. Norbert
The UW-Stevens Point women's hockey team saw its six-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 loss against the Green Knights of St. Norbert College at Ice Hawks Arena.
Trailing 1-0 midway through the first, Josie Johnson evened the score at 1-1 with her second goal of the season.
In the second, the Green Knights went in front for good, when Rachel Koppang scored to give St. Norbert the 2-1 lead. A late third period goal by the Knights made the final 3-1.
Janna Beilke-Skoug tallied 27 saves in net, suffering just her second setback of the season.
UW-Stevens Point (12-2-1) next plays host to No. 9 Gustavus Adolphus Jan. 10-11. Game time Friday is set for 7 p.m. from Ice Hawks Arena.