Women’s Basketball Looks to Future after Challenging Season

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point women’s basketball team ended their season on Feb. 27 in a 68-44 loss to UW-Oshkosh in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament semifinals.

The team finished the season with a record of 17-10, 9-7 in conference. Even with a winning record, the team fell short of its season goals according to head coach Shirley Egner.provided by www.actionpointphoto.com

“We finished third, but our goal is to win a championship,” Egner said. “First time in a long time that we have double digit losses. That’s something we will have to improve on for next year.”

Coach Egner says the team has four goals going into every season: to win conference in the regular season, to win the conference tournament, to make the NCAA tournament and to win a championship.

“We just didn’t get it done. Bottom line,” Egner said. “17-10 aren’t our expectations, and we will have to do some work in the offseason and preseason.”

This year, the team was led by senior Myranda Tyler who was named to the All-WIAC first team, the All-Defensive team and honored as the WIAC Co-Scholar athlete of the year.

Fellow seniors, Alyssa Olp and Jenna Pitt, were named honorable mention, while Claire Glodowski was named to the All-Sportsmanship team.

“It’s really a great feeling,” Tyler said. “I had many great players before me, but I pride myself as a team player and leader.”

Coach Egner says these honors rewarded the group of seniors for their efforts over four years.

“Myranda had a great year getting it done on and off the court,” Egner said.

This season, the team struggled to play consistent basketball but thought they found their stride after a quarterfinal win over UW-Platteville.

“We fought for our identity all year trying to find who we were,” Egner said. “That first half against Platteville was our best basketball since Christmas.”

“We went to Oshkosh thinking we were going to win. It just didn’t happen. I thought we could keep it going,” Tyler said.

This is the first time in seven years the Pointers will not be in the NCAA tournament. The team prides itself as a winning program, so this was a tough season to take.

“If this feeling comes around every seven years that’s fine but those aren’t our expectations,” Egner said. “As a program we underperformed, and we didn’t meet our goals. As coaches it’s our job to get a better product on the court.”

A disappointed Tyler felt the season was not a failure but a learning experience.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a failure. It was a growth for a lot of the girls personally and as a group,” Tyler said. “This was a learning year. The younger girls know there needs to be stepping up, a sense of urgency, a sense of passion, and need to feel it on the court.”

Coach Egner agrees that this season gave younger players valuable experience for next season. “Young players gained a ton of experience they can build off for the future,” Egner said.

Marty Kauffman

mkauf036@uwsp.edu

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