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Pointer Women Advance

UW-Stevens Point Pointers sports logo (properly sized)
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STEVENS, POINT WI (WSAU-UWSP)The third-seeded UW-Stevens Point women's basketball team raced out to a 12-0 lead and held off a second-half run by sixth-seeded UW-Platteville, defeating the Pioneers 77-61 in the first round of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Tournament on Wednesday evening at Berg Gym. Five players scored in double figures for UW-Stevens Point (17-9) and the Pointers outscored UW-Platteville (13-13) 44-20 in the paint in the game. The win was the 11th consecutive home victory in the WIAC Tournament for UWSP, dating back to 2008. The win means UW-Stevens Point travels to Oshkosh to face the second-seeded Titans on Thursday, February 27 at 7 p.m. Fifth-seeded UW-Superior topped fourth-seeded UW-Stout in the other first-round match-up and will face top-seeded UW-Whitewater in the other semifinal. After losing to UW-Platteville twice in the regular season, UW-Stevens Point jumped out to an early 12-0 lead in the opening three-plus minutes of the game and never trailed in the game. The Pointers made their first five shots of the game, converting three layups and two three-pointers by Autumn Hennes (Kaukauna, WI/Kaukauna). Meanwhile, the Pioneers missed their first three shots of the game and committed a pair of turnovers. UWSP stretched its lead to 21, 30-9, with 8:15 remaining in the first half and eventually took a 21-point lead into the halftime break. UW-Stevens Point used its height advantage to outscore UW-Platteville 26-6 in the paint and to record a 24-7 rebounding edge in the opening half. Myranda Tyler (Grafton, WI/Grafton) had 10 points in the first half, while Alyssa Olp (Brillion, WI/Brillion) added 11 points before the break. UW-Stevens Point further extended the lead to 26, its largest of the game, early in the second half before UW-Platteville began to cut away at the deficit. Trailing 48-26 with 15:08 to play, the Pioneers went on a 16-2 run to get within eight with 10 minutes left. UW-Platteville made four three-pointers during the run and held the Pointers to 1-for-9 from the field. With their lead trimmed to single digits, the Pointers responded with an 8-0 run of their own to push the lead back to 16. Lauren Anklam (Ringle, WI/D.C. Everest) scored four of her 10 points to cap the 8-0 spurt and UW-Stevens Point led by at least 12 the rest of the way. In the final seven minutes, the Pioneers got within a dozen five times but the Pointers responded with points on the next possession each time. UW-Stevens Point shot 13-for-15 from the free-throw line over a five-minute stretch to maintain the double-digit lead. Olp led UW-Stevens Point with 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting and also added eight rebounds and five assists. Tyler narrowly missed out on a double-double, finishing with 16 points and nine rebounds. Four of the five UWSP starters were in double figures, as Hennes added 13 in addition to Anklam's 10 points. Jamie Destache (Sussex, WI/Sussex-Hamilton) made all seven of her free throws and finished with 12. The Pointers shot 49.1 percent from the field in the game and held the Pioneers to 33.9 percent. Both teams shot well in the second half but UW-Stevens Point shot 53.3 percent in the first half, compared to 21.2 percent for UW-Platteville. UWSP also held a commanding 49-24 rebounding advantage. Kaitlyn Jacobs (New Franken, WI/Green Bay Preble) led the way on the boards by tying her career-high with 11 boards. UW-Platteville forced 24 turnovers and turned them into a 24-13 edge in points off turnovers. Stacy Clark led the Pioneers with a game-high 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting. Alyssa Krajco was the second UW-Platteville player in double figures, scoring 16 points on 6-for-16 from the floor.