starting the season 5-3, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point women’s
basketball team seems to have found their stride by winning 12 of their last 13
kind of fell into a slump, which a lot of teams do,” said junior guard Josi
Schultz. “After the slump, we refocused and remembered the goals we have in place.”
Pointers now stand at 18-4, with a conference record of 10-3. They are only a
half-game behind the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for the top spot in the
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC).
has been the biggest challenge for the Pointers this season, defeating them in
both regular season matchups.
Pointers know they can beat the Warhawks if they play their best game. “We beat
ourselves in those games,” said senior guard, Sam Barber.
them down at their place, and we let them back in,” Schultz said. “We became
complacent and didn't hit crucial free throws when we needed to. If and when we
play them again, we will be ready.”
Pointers still want that sixth straight WIAC regular season championship, and
they will need a little help to win the regular season title. “We are hoping
that Whitewater stubs their toe and that we can continue to get the wins,”
a team that has only lost once in the past month and half, some things can
still be fine-tuned to make the team better.
haven't been the best defensively this year, but we are working on it,” Schultz
said. “Limiting second chance opportunities for our opponent is key.”
need to improve on overall just playing well together,” Barber said. “We proved
a couple times this year that if we play to our individual strengths, but as a
team, then we can be unstoppable.”
stressed the message of playing together, saying that if they all try
individually to beat a team it won’t work, but if they all work together, they
can accomplish anything.
has to do with playing as a team,” Barber said.
beating the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse this weekend, and playing the
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh this Wednesday, the Pointers will only have two
games left until the WIAC tournament, starting on February 20th.
the Pointers preach team play, Barber certainly has earned the right for some
individual recognition for her play this season.
by d3hoops.com as a preseason All-American in Division III, Barber has played
up to her billing.
averages 18.7 points per game, which isn’t only the top scoring mark on the
team but the 32nd highest in all of Division III women’s basketball.
Pointers senior has also shown that she is one of the best scorers from beyond
the arc in the country, with the 12th highest three-point percentage
in Division III, hitting on almost 43% of her three-point attempts.
also leads the team with 7.2 rebounds per game and 37 steals on the season, and
see is second on the team with 23 blocks.
the team playing so well so late in the season, it isn’t implausible to believe
that they could have a nice run in the National Collegiate Athlete Association
have all the tools we need, but we just need to put them together and keep them
together for the rest of the time being,” Barber said.
made a good point when she said that the team can’t worry about that. They need
to focus on the conference title. “One game at a time,” Schultz said.