Alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point came to watch the women’s basketball team triumph over UW-Superior, 74-55. Shortly after that, the men’s team followed suit with an 85-47 defeat of Superior in front of the Parents’ Day crowd.
Women’s head coach Shirley Egner navigated her team through a close first half with the Yellowjackets. Superior was never more than seven points down to the Pointers and went into halftime with a two-point deficit.
Junior guard Liz Althoff paved the way for Point in the second half. The Yellowjackets connected on a layup to tie the game in the start of the third, and at one point got out to a three-point lead. But Althoff got hot after a steal and fast break layup, followed by a three-pointer.
Senior guard Cassie Bandow sank a three pointer after Superior got within one point, sparking a 12-0 run. The Lady Pointers would continue to add to the lead throughout the second half, building a 19-point lead as time expired.
The Lady Pointers struggled in the first half, shooting just 23 percent from the field, but they came out stronger in the second half, shooting 53 percent. Superior shot poorly as well in the first half, converting on only 25 percent. They didn’t fare much better in the second half, hitting on just 38 percent.
Bandow and junior guard Sam Barber led the Pointers in rebounds with five apiece. Sophomore guard Alyssa Olp had a game high four steals, equivalent to Superior’s team total. Point shot well from the free throw line, converting 23-of-25.
A blemish on the girl’s stat sheet was three-point percentage. The Pointer’s were just 3-for-11 from behind the arc.
The men’s team, honoring Parents Day, came out strong in the first half. After Superior sank the first jumper of the game, Point sophomore guard Trevor Hass sank a three, which gave UWSP a one-point lead. Once the Pointers had the lead, they never lost it.
The men’s basketball team shot well throughout the whole game, converting 55 percent of their attempts while Superior shot just 38 percent from the field. The men’s team also gathered 35 rebounds, 15 more than Superior. Hass led the Pointers with nine.
Point shot 45 percent from the three-point line, hitting 9-of-20 from outside, while the defense held Superior to under 27 percent.
Hass recorded six of Point’s 18 assists on the night. Senior guard Dan Tillema led Point in scoring with 21, with Hass contributing 20.
The Pointer men’s team held a 20-point lead at halftime en route to their 38-point victory. The 85-47 win brought the Pointers to 5-1 on the year, their only loss coming to St. John’s University in November