Over break the men’s basketball team played with a 7-2 record and no losses at home. Ranked number 15 in the nation, the Pointers won big games over a seven game winning streak, including two road wins during a trip to California. UWSP defeated Pomona Pitzer 57-49 and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 71-65. In Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play, UWSP posted a 5-1 record, with the only loss from the defending national champions UW-Whitewater in a 59-44 defeat.
It was the fourth loss for UWSP in its last 40 WIAC games. Despite the loss, the Pointers rolled through the competition with wins over UW-Platteville, UW-Lacrosse, UW-River Falls and two wins over UW-Oshkosh. The second win over UW-Oshkosh was a thrilling 69-66 overtime victory, courtesy of a half-court buzzer beater by senior forward Alex Richard. Richard leads UWSP in scoring with an average of 13.3 points per game, while junior guard Stephen Pelkofer averages 12.4 and seniors Joe Ritchay and Austin Ryf average 11.3 and 10.8 points. The Pointers currently have a 14-4 record and an 8-1 conference record.
On the women’s side of basketball, the Pointers had a record of 3-4 over break with tough losses, including a 60-58 loss to top ranked FDU-Florham in the D3hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas. UWSP had a 12-2 run that fell short on a missed three pointer at the buzzer. Leading UWSP in scoring and rebounds this season is the duo of senior Kaityn Jacobs and junior Allie Miceli. Jacobs averages 10.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, while Miceli averages 9.6 points and 7 rebounds per game. UWSP won two conference games with a 54-47 win over then eleventh ranked UW-Oshkosh, as sophomores Sarah Gamillo and Lauren Anklam each scored a team high 14 points. The second conference win was a 67-48 defeat over UW-Whitewater as Anklam scored a career high 19 points to lead UWSP to a win. The women’s basketball team has a record of 9-9 and 4-5 in the WIAC.
UWSP women’s hockey is having another solid season. The team’s record being 12-6-2 with a 3-3-2 WIAC record. Over the last month the Pointers are 4-3-1, and going 3-1-1 in home games continuing their winning ways at home. UWSP split a home and home series with St. Norbert to kick off the New Year with a 5-2 win at home, and 5-2 loss at St. Norbert. The following week, UWSP swept St. Thomas with a 3-1 win, and 3-2 comeback win in overtime courtesy of junior forward Shauna Bollinger. In the final regular season series with conference rival UW-River Falls, the Pointers lost 3-2 and tied 2-2. This season UWSP is led in points by junior forwards Emily Lester and Kat Nejedlo. Lester leads the team with 21 points scoring 12 goals and 9 assists, while Nejedlo has 19 points with 6 goals and 13 assists. In net, senior goaltender Janna Beilke-Skoug has 11-6-2 record and a .928 save percentage.
MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING
In the pool, the men’s swimming and diving team won the Point Invite on Jan. 24 over UW-Eau Claire, while the women’s team finished second to Northern Michigan University by 1.5 points. Leading the men’s team was Hans Peters who won three individual events in the 200-yard individual medley, free and butterfly. Other winners included Justin Fernandez in the 400im, Ethan Bott in the 200 backstroke and Matthew Parks winning the 1650 and 500 free events. The women’s team was led by senior Amanda Walker who won the 200 free, 500 free and 1650 free. Along with her three event wins, the relay 4×400 relay of Walker, Emily Nienhaus, Katelyn Homeyer and Cassie Matthys won with a time 4:05.61.