Pointers snap Yellowjackets' win streak
The University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team had its six-game winning streak snapped with a 76-60 loss to UW-Stevens Point Saturday afternoon at Mertz Mortorelli Gym.
The Pointers also stopped Sally Linzmeier’s string of four straight double-doubles as they limited the junior to 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Meanwhile, Myranda Tyler’s double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds helped the Pointes improve to 10-3 overall and 3-1 in the WIAC.
The Pointers also got 19 points from Jamie Destache, 17 points from Allie Miceli and 13 more from Jenna Pitt.
UWS (8-4, 2-2) had a pair of five-point leads early as baskets by Grace Kennedy and Hadley Skalmoski gave the Yellowjackets leads of 9-4 and 11-6, respectively.
An 11-0 run gave Point a 17-11 lead with 9:13 left in the first half; a 9-4 UWSP run made it a 26-15 game and the Pointers eventually led 33-19 at the intermission.
UWS shot just 20 percent in the first half on 7-of-34 shooting, including 0-for-5 on 3-point attempts. UWSP was much better, shooting 46 percent on 13-of-28 shooting, including three 3-pointers.
The Yellowjackets erased Point’s 14-point lead in the first four minutes of the second half with a 13-1 run. Vanessa Lebens had four points during the run, Deandra Vavra nailed a 3-pointer and Britnee Blake, Skalmoski and Linzmeier made a basket each.
Miceli’s basket and free throw stopped Superior’s momentum and started a 13-4 run that gave the Pointers a 47-37 lead with 12 minutes remaining.
Destache’s 3-pointer with seven minutes left gave Point its largest lead of the game, 62-44.
UWS shot 50 percent in the second half, making 15-of-30 attempts.
“We just dug too big of a hole for us to climb out of,” UWS coach Don Mulhern said. “I thought we did a good job of getting out of it early in the second half, but they are a very good team and you can’t fall behind like we did.”
The Yellowjackets host UW-Eau Claire at 7 p.m. Wednesday and UW-Whitewater at 3 p.m. Saturday.
“We played well and played hard,” Mulhern said. “This will be a good learning moment for us as we look to take that next step. This team is resilient, gets after it and loves playing the game. I know they’ll be ready to play Eau Claire.”