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Pointer women close strong in final minute against UW-Superior


The UW-Stevens Point women's basketball team held UW-Superior to 31.4 percent shooting and never trailed in a 65-58 win in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Berg Gym.

Myranda Tyler recorded her sixth double-double of the season, finishing with a team-high 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for the Pointers (15-5, 8-3 WIAC). Lauren Anklam came off the bench to add 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting, as UW-Stevens Point's bench outscored UW-Superior's 31-20 in the game.

Sally Linzmeier's double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds on 7-for-17 led UW-Superior (12-7, 5-5 WIAC). Both teams struggled from behind the arc, shooting a combined 5-for-31, but the Pointers held a 36-20 advantage in points in the paint to earn the win.

After the game's first tie of 33-33 early in the second half, the Pointers led by between four and nine points from the 12:27 mark of the second half until Britnee Blake's three-pointer cut the UWSP lead to two, 58-56, with 1:22 remaining. Anklam answered with a layup for UW-Stevens Point to give the Pointers a two-possession lead.

UW-Stevens Point's defense then got three consecutive stops and the Pointers went 5-for-6 at the free-throw line in the final minute to win their third conference game in a row. UWSP shot 11-for-13 (84.6 percent) from the charity stripe in the second half and scored 10 more points from the free-throw line than UW-Superior in the game.

UW-Stevens Point led for the entire first half of the game and held a double-digit lead, 21-10, with 8:11 left in the opening half. UW-Superior made just one of its first 15 shots from the field and shot 27.3 percent before the break.

However, the Yellowjackets responded to the double-digit deficit by scoring six of the next seven points of the game to get within six with under five minutes remaining in the first half. Linzmeier led all scorers with 10 points in the first half but 17 bench points helped the Pointers establish a 29-24 lead at the break.

UW-Stevens Point hosts No. 12 UW-Whitewater on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The ninth-ranked Warhawks topped the 19th-ranked Pointers 80-69 at Kachel Gym on Dec. 11.

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