The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s men’s basketball team is on a three-game winning streak with two wins on the road. UWSP defeated UW-Lacrosse 63-44 on Jan. 28, which included a 27-0 run to give the Pointers a 31-9 lead in the first half. Senior forward Alex Richard scored a game-high 15 points with eight rebounds. Along with Richard, guards Austin Ryf and Sean McGann each added 11 points. Against UW-Eau Claire, Richard again led the way with 11 points to help the Pointers grind out a 49-40 win. UWSP improved its record to 15-4 and to 9-1 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
On the ice, the men’s hockey team continues to dominate the competition as the Pointers defeated Bethel 9-4 during Put a Check to Cancer Night Jan. 31. Junior forward Joe Kalisz led UWSP in scoring with three points, including two goals and one assist. The depth of the UWSP roster showed itself as 15 Pointers tallied at least one point. Forwards Alex Kromm and Evan Dixon each scored a short-handed goal, while forward Logan Lemirande earned playmaker title with three assists. Goaltender Brandon Jaeger won his twelfth game, during which he recorded 11 saves. UWSP rose to third in the rankings this week as the team prepares to play a home series against UW-Stout.
Along with the men’s team, the ninth ranked women’s hockey team defeated UW-Eau Claire 4-1. Junior forward Shauna Bollinger continues to stay hot with her second game of two points in four games, with a goal and an assist leading UWSP to victory. Defenseman Megan Menotti, forwards Meredith Ingbretson and Ali Biagini each added a goal. In net, goaltender Janna Beilke-Skoug had a stellar performance with 29 saves, improving her record to 12-6-2. The team travels to UW-Eau Claire and Adrian College for its next games.
The up and down season continues for UWSP women’s basketball as the team went 1-1 last week. The Pointers suffered a 51-41 loss to UW-Lacrosse as UWSP was held to a season low of 23.2 percent scoring average. UWSP rebounded the following game with a 56-43 win over UW-Eau Claire as the Pointers held Eau Claire to 24.1 percent scoring. Sophomore guard Lauren Anklam continued her hot streak as she scored a career-high 24 points, including five three-pointers, leading all players. With a 10-10 record and 5-6 in WIAC, the Pointers face UW-River Falls and UW-Platteville in their next two games.
On the mat, the UWSP wrestling team finished 14 out of 32 teams at the Pete Willson Wheaton Invitational, courtesy of the freshman class. Ben Vosters finished in fifth place, at 125 pounds, to lead the Pointers with a 6-2 record at the event. Cody Nielsen finished seventh, at the 184 pound level, with a 4-3 record while Dan Squires posted a 2-2 record at 165 pounds.
Both track teams were in action with indoor competitions. The men’s team finished fourth out of nine teams in Whitewater, while the women placed third. The men’s team was led by junior Matt Gerber, who finished first in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22. 41. UWSP also had a first place finish in the 800 meter run by sophomore Michael Evans posting a time of 1:56.29. The women’s team was led by sophomore Sarah Vils, who finished first in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:00.63. Lauren Dilley won the 5000 meter run with a time 18:14.93. The Pointers also had second place winners Ana Breit in the mile run, the 4×400 meter relay team, and pole vaulters Shannon Burke and Audra Weis.