Track and Field
On Saturday, Feb. 21, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point track and field teams competed at the Big Dawg Invitational held at the Multi-Activity Center. The women’s team finished in second place at the meet with 173.5 points, second only to UW-Eau-Claire’s 218 total points. Men’s track and field took first place on its side of the invitational. The team earned 145.5 points, which was enough to finish 15 points ahead of second place UW-Eau Claire.Neil Pedersen finished in first of the 3000 meter run and Alexander Gonzales won the 5000 meter run by a time of 15:31.77.
On Feb. 20, the UWSP men’s hockey team defeated the UW-River Falls Falcons 5-3. In the third period, the Pointers were able to punch in three crucial goals needed to win. The win allowed UWSP to obtain No. 1 seed and gives the team home-ice advantage for the 2015 WIAC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship.
This is the first time since the 1999-2000 season the team has held a No. 1 seed in the WIAC. It is also the tenth regular-season title in UWSP men’s hockey history. The game tied at 2-2 going into the final period when three goals by UWSP took control of the game. The Pointers benefited from goals by Andrew Kolb, Garrett Ladd, Scott Henegar, Lawrence Cornellier and Kevin Gibson.
The following night, UWSP defeated the UW-Superior Yellow Jackets 7-0. With the win, the Pointers improved their record to 20-5-0 and were able to wrap up the WIAC regular season championship. The game was played on senior night which made the victory even more rewarding. The team earned its first back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since the 1992-93 season, which resulted in a national championship. The Pointers were held scoreless for the first 12 minutes of the game, but four straight goals by UWSP broke open the scoring and ignited the team. Jaeger made 26 stops to secure his fifth shutout of the season. Jaeger also earned his 20th win of the season which gives him back-to-back 20 win seasons.
UWSP men’s basketball team defeated the UW-Superior Yellow Jackets 70-60 at Superior on Feb. 21. The Pointers improved their record to 21-4, while the Yellow Jackets dropped to 9-16. Trailing by six at the half the Pointers returned with a strong offensive performance in the second half , giving UWSP control of the game. The Pointers outscored UW-Superior 43-27 in the second half and were able to shoot an 61.1 percent from the field in the half. UWSP shot 55.3 percent from the field for the game and eight of 14 shots were also from the three-point line. UWSP hit key free throws down the stretch and shot 17 of 20 overall from the line. The UW-Superior Yellow Jackets shot just 41.5 percent from the floor and were limited by a clamping Pointer defense to only seven field goals in the second half. The win allows UWSP to clinch a share of the WIAC regular season title. This marks the 29th conference championship in UWSP men’s basketball team history. This is the Pointers third regular-season championship in a row and the team’s fourth in the last five seasons. UWSP is currently tied for the title with UW-Whitewater. The top seed in the WIAC Tournament was determined by a coin flip that Whitewater won. The Pointers will have a first-round bye in the WIAC Tournament. UWSP will begin the tournament at home on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.
The Pointers women’s basketball team defeated the UW-Superior Yellow Jackets 58-56 on senior night at Berg Gymnasium on Feb. 21. senior Jamie Destache connected on a right-wing jumper with 0.2 seconds left to secure the victory. A critical Yellow Jacket turnover with eight seconds remaining allowed Destache to hit the shot and send the crowd and team into complete jubilation. Afterwards, the Yellow Jackets could not successfully score before the final buzzer. The win improves the Pointers record to 13-12 and gives UWSP its 15th consecutive winning season. Both teams began play with secured berths in the 2015 WIAC tournament. The first round of the WIAC Tournament begins on Wednesday, Feb. 25.