Despite some early season
setbacks, the Pointers women’s
basketball team has finished their
non-conference season with a 4-1
“This season has been sort of
a rollercoaster with injuries and
illnesses, but overall I think our team
has done a good job of approaching
every game with the right mindset,”
said senior guard Jenna Pitt.
Starters Alyssa Olp and Autumn
Hennes suffered early season injuries
and have been without the pair for
the majority of the season up to this
“We are missing a few players
due to injury and that’s been very
challenging,” said Head Coach
Shirley Egner. “Our reserves and the
rest of the team have rallied around
each other and have competed.”
Senior post Myranda Tyler cites
the team’s depth as a reason for
the Pointers continuing to compete
“Our strength this year really lies
in the depth of our team,” Tyler said.
“We have girls who aren’t afraid to
step up and face a difficult challenge.”
Egner even explained how
the injuries could help them in the
long run. “Other kids are getting
an opportunity to play when they
wouldn’t have. That’s going to help
us in the long run,” Egner said.
One of those players has been
junior guard Jaime Destache.
Normally a role player, Destache wasinserted into the lineup after Hennes’
injury and hasn’t looked back. “She’s
done a great job on the offensive and
defensive end,” Egner said.
The Pointers defense has proven
to be a strength as well. They average
less than 55 points allowed and are
averaging 43 rebounds per game.
“Our defense is solid and we are
doing a great job of rebounding,”
Egner and Pitt both cite the
offensive production of the team as
lacking, at least right now.
“We need to improve on the
offensive end with our motion on
offense, creating shots for each other
and improving our assist to turnover
ratio,” Pitt said.
“I wish we would have a little
bit more of an offensive flow,” Egner
said. “We aren’t shooting the ball well
right now, but that will come with
It’s understandable that the
Pointers are struggling with offense
after losing three of their top four
scorers from last season; Sam Barber,
Liz Althoff and Brooke Allen.
“All three of them contributed
with different parts of the offense,”
Egner said. “We are still trying to fill
Tyler explained that the team
isn’t trying to replace Barber, Althoff
“We’re working to develop our
own unique way of getting the job
done by utilizing all the new, special
talents we have to showcase this
year,” Tyler said.
Pitt agreed with Tyler’s statement.
“We have a different team and
that is all we focus on, not what
happened last year,” Pitt said.
Another big part of this season
may not even involve the team, with
Stevens Point hosting the Women’s
Basketball Division III Final Four.
“It’s really exciting,” Egner said.
“It’s all about the student athlete
experience and I just think that central
Wisconsin is going to come out and
really embrace this tournament,”
Pitt also recognized the honor
of hosting the tournament on their
“It’s just great for our community
and our school to be able to experience
this opportunity,” Pitt said.
While there is a possibility for the
Pointers to make it all the way and
play the Final Four on their home
court, it isn’t a possibility they want
to discuss just yet.
“That is neither my, nor my
team’s focus right now,” Tyler said.
“Our heads are concentrated on the
very next game in front of us. I can
re-answer this question when we
make it there.”
Egner really stressed the
importance of not looking too far
ahead. “We want to take one game at
a time,” Egner said.
“I know it’s coach speak and
cliché, but honestly it’s where we
have to go,” Egner said. “The last
three years we’ve been saying that the
game at hand is the most important
game of the season, regardless of who
we play. It’s worked for us. It’s kept
us in the moment.”