The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point men’s basketball team continues to stay hot as the team added to its winning streak of six games over the past week. UWSP defeated top-ranked UW-Whitewater 72-69 at home on Feb. 11. Forward Jordan Lutz led the way with 22 points, while guards Joe Ritchay and Austin Ryf each added 15 points.
On Valentine’s Day, the Pointers rolled through UW-Stout, 85-44, on Senior Night as six players scored in the double digits for UWSP. Guard Stephen Pelkofer led the team with 15 points. Lutz tallied 14, while Ritchay scored 11 and forward Alex Richard added 10. In first place of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, with a record of 14-1 and 20-4 overall, the Pointers travel to UW-Superior for their final regular season game on Feb. 21.
Despite another week of going 1-1, the women’s basketball team clinched a spot in the WIAC tournament for a 15th consecutive year. On Feb. 11, UWSP fell to UW-Whitewater 64-52 after being outscored 34-21 in the second half. They shot 29 percent. UWSP went on the road to UW-Stout on Valentine’s Day where the team defeated the Blue Devils 68-64, solidifying its bid in the WIAC tournament. Forwards Joann Wolfenberg and Lauren Anklam led the team in scoring as Wolfenberg scored 18 points, and Anklam added 14. At 12-12 and a 7-8 WIAC record, UWSP faces UW-Superior on Feb. 21, Senior Day, to finalize a winning season.
Men’s hockey split a two-game series against UW-Eau Claire with both games ending in a final score of 5-2. Despite outshooting the Blugolds 47-33 in the first game, UWSP lost after UW-Eau Claire scored four goals in the second period. Forward Kyle Sharkey and defenseman Kyle Brodie scored two goals for UWSP. In the second game, UWSP came back from a 2-1 deficit scoring four unanswered goals to win.
The Pointers remain in first place of the WIAC. Sharkey and Brodie once again added to the scoreboard, while forwards Andrew Kolb and Jacob Barber each made goals of their own. Goaltender Brandon Jaeger made 32 saves for his 17th win of the year. UWSP wraps up its regular season with a game at UW-River Falls on Feb. 20 and Senior Night against UW-Superior on Feb. 21, at Willett Arena.
On the women’s side of the ice, the Pointers split a two-game series with UW-Superior but obtained home ice advantage in the WIAC semifinals. On Feb. 13, the Pointers fell 2-1 to the Yellowjackets after giving up two unanswered goals. On Senior Day, the Pointers came out on top with a 4-3 win. Forward Emily Lester scored the game-winning goal late in the third period; this being her third game winner of the year. UWSP also made goals from defenseman Betsy Anderson and forward Hannah Smith, while goaltender Janna Beilke-Skoug made 21 saves. UWSP faces UW-Superior again on Feb. 27-28, at Ice Hawks Arena in the WIAC semifinals.
On the mat, the UWSP wrestling team placed third at the WIAC Wrestling Championship. Anthony Friese (157 pounds) and Bo Seibel (285 pounds) finished as runners-up in their weight classes. Ben Vosters, Joe Cook, Logan Hermsen and Dylan Diebitz all finished in third place in their weight classes. The team scored 109.5 points, making it the 23rd consecutive season that UWSP finished third or better at the tournament. The team finished dual meet action for the season on Feb. 20, hosting No.5 Augsburg College, who had four wrestlers ranked in the top 10.