Men’s Basketball Earns Senior Day Win Over UW-Eau Claire
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point men’s basketball team had four players who posted double figures in the 74-63 win on Senior Day over Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponent UW-Eau Claire.
Seniors Sean McGann and Stephen Pelkofer were two of the four Pointers to post double figures in the WIAC win. McGann posted a game-high 17 points, while Pelkofer had 14 points. A pair of underclassmen, freshman Ethan Bublitz and sophomore Zack Goedeke, rounded up the Pointers double figure scoring efforts with Bublitz contributing 16 points and Goedeke who added 11 points.
This was the last regular season home game for seniors Bill Patterson, McGann and Pelkofer. As a trio, they have helped UWSP attain a 90-23 record in their last four seasons.
On Feb. 10, the Pointers recorded a 65-61 win on the road against UW-Stout.
Pelkofer led the team with 24 points—his sixth 20-point game this season. Sophomore Luke Zuiker also chipped in 15 points. Freshman Brett Tauber and Bublitz each added seven points.
The men’s basketball team (13-10, 6-6 WIAC) will finish up their regular season with a pair of WIAC matchups on the road.
UW-Platteville will play host to the Pointers at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17. At 7 p.m. on Feb. 20, UWSP will travel to UW-La Crosse for their last regular season game before the first round of the WIAC Tournament.
Women’s Basketball Outscored in Fourth Quarter Against the Blugolds
The No. 17 UWSP women’s basketball team was overpowered by the Blugolds in fourth quarter play and counted their sixth loss of the season, 59-57.
In the third quarter, the Pointers outscored UW-Eau Claire 21 points to their eight and took the lead going into the final quarter. The Blugolds battled back, this time outscoring the away team 21-10 in the last 10 minutes of play.
Junior Lauren Anklam had a team-high 16 points. Sophomore Lexi Roland netted 12 points, while her twin sister Mickey Roland contributed 10 points in the game and senior Allie Miceli added seven points.
On Feb. 10, the Pointers hosted the team’s Play4Kay game and won 63-51 after going on a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter against UW-Stout.
Junior Taylor Douglas and Miceli recorded double figures with 14 points and 16 points, respectively. Freshman Katy Heine chipped in nine points and Mickey Roland had eight points.
The women’s basketball team (17-6, 8-4 WIAC) will return to play, hosting a pair of WIAC opponents at the Berg Gym.
At 7 p.m. on Feb. 17, UWSP will take on UW-Platteville. The Pointers will square off against UW- La Crosse on Senior Day at 3 p.m. on Feb. 20 before heading into the first round of the WIAC Tournament.
Cornellier Records Second Hat Trick of Season with Win Over UW-Stout
The No. 3/4 men’s hockey team earned a WIAC win, 5-2, against UW-Stout with the help of junior Lawrence Cornellier’s second hat trick of the season on Friday evening at the K.B Willett Arena.
Cornellier knocked in the Pointers’ first three goals of the night—two in the first period and his third in the second period. Juniors Jacob Barber and Eliot Grauer each added a goal of their own to help the Pointers earn their 19th win of the season.
Sophomore goaltender made 23 saves against the Blue Devils.
The following night, junior Jono Davis scored UWSP’s lone goal of the night in a 2-1 loss against No. 8/10 UW-Eau Claire.
The Pointer goal was knocked in at the 1:20 mark in the third period, and from there, UWSP struggled in the attempt to obtain another goal to tie the game despite the fact that they outshot the Blugolds 47-16.
The Pointers (19-5-1, 5-3 WIAC) will head into the WIAC Championships as No. 3 and will face the second-seeded and WIAC co-champion Blugolds on Feb. 26 and 27 at the Hobbs Ice Center in Eau Claire.
Women’s Hockey Records Win and Tie Against UW-Superior
On Friday night, the women’s hockey team earned home-ice advantage in the semifinals of the WIAC Championships with 6-1 over the Yellowjackets.
Freshman Lauren Smith got UWSP on the scoreboard in the first period with a 1-0 lead. Yellowjacket Emily Heid scored UW-Superior’s lone goal of to tie the game 1-1.
At the 4:00 mark in the second period, senior Shauna Bollinger scored a goal of her own to put the Pointers up 2-1. Senior Rachel Reynard, sophomore Maddie Schlossmacher and freshman Cara Lemirande each added goals of their own in the remainder of the second period. Senior Emily Lester netted an assurance goal in the third period to help earn the win for UWSP.
On Saturday, Lester scored her only goal of the night to tie the game 2-2 with UW-Superior. Sophomore Ali Biagini began the team’s scoring efforts with a goal in the first period.
The third-seeded Yellowjackets will travel to the center of the state to take on the second-seeded Pointers (14-7-3, 6-3-3 WIAC) in the WIAC Championships in a pair of games on Feb. 26 and 27 at the Ice Hawks Arena in Stevens Point.
Men’s Track and Field Finish Third at Pointer Quad
The No. 11 men’s track and field team had four event champions and finished in third with 146 points among four WIAC teams at the Pointer Quad.
Sophomore Darin Ward matched his school record of 8.27 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles and placed first. Freshman Cole Fitzgerald claimed the 800-meter run title for the second straight meet with a time of 1:54.81. Junior Benjamin Jurenec crossed the finish line of the 3,000-meter run in 8:50.07 to place first.
The final event champion for UWSP was sophomore Tanner Akers in the triple jump. He won the title with a jump of 7.05 meters.
The Pointers currently have 21 top-10 rankings in various events on the WIAC Indoor Performance List, including four jumpers in both the long and triple jump.
UWSP will host their third consecutive home invitational with the Big Dawg Invite on Feb. 20 at the Multi-Activity Center.
Women’s Track and Field Runner-Up at Home Invitational
The women’s track and field team finished in second place with 110 points at their home invitational against three WIAC teams.
The women’s team also had four individual event champions at the meet.
Sophomore Leah Trempe was champion in the 400-meter run in 58.93 seconds. Junior Kathy Derks crossed the 800-meter run finish line with a time of 2:17.42 to claim that title. Senior Holly Winberg won the one-mile run with a time of 5:20.56 and senior Shannon Burke won the pole vault after clearing 3.40 meters.
UWSP currently has 20 top-10 rankings in various events on the WIAC Indoor Performance List, including the three runners in the 400-meter run.
The women’s track and field team will be back in action hosting the Big Dawg Invite on Feb. 20 at the Multi-Activity Center.
Wrestling Places Third at WIAC Championships
Sophomore Ben Vosters won the 125-pound title to help the No. 23 team take third place at the 2015 WIAC Championships on Valentine’s Day at the Quandt Fieldhouse in Stevens Point.
The Pointers placed third with 119.5 points behind runner-up UW-La Crosse who had 156.0 points. UW-Whitewater won its fifth consecutive WIAC title with 161.5 points.
Vosters became the first Pointer since 2007 to earn the 125-pound title and only the second wrestler since 1999 to do so.
In the 165-pound bracket, junior Logan Hermsen earned a second place finish and sophomore Dan Squires also finished runner-up in the 174-pound bracket and was named to the WIAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
Senior Jared Kust, sophomore Joe Crook and sophomore Cody Nielsen all finished in third place in their respective weight brackets. Kust also eared the Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete.
The Pointers will travel to Minneapolis to take on No. 7 ranked Augsburg at 7 p.m. on Feb. 19.