STEVENS POINT, Wis. — The UW-Stevens Point women’s basketball team saw its school-record 20-game winning streak snapped by George Fox University 71-63 on Friday night at the Berg Gymnasium in the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship sectional round.
The Bruins’ 56.3-percent shooting was a key difference in a game in which the Pointers never had a lead.
In the game’s opening half the Pointers fell down by eight early as the Bruins started the game with a 14-6 lead with 12:50 to play in the opening half.
The Pointers would chip away at the lead as they cut it to two points with 6:01 to go in the half at 24-22.
George Fox went back up by nine with 3:39 to go, but the Pointers had another answer as they went on a 11-2 run to tie things up at 36-36 with 1:05 left in the half.
The Bruins then scored the final four points of the half to take a 40-36 edge into the break.
Senior Britta Petersen scored 14 of her team-high 19 points in the game’s first 20 minutes.
The second half was much of the same as the Bruins built their lead to as many as nine points a couple of different times and the Pointers kept chipping away at the lead.
The Pointers would bring the lead down to four points with 1:34 left at 67-63, but that would be the last of the Pointers scoring the rest of the way as the Bruins hit four free throws to escape with the victory.
The Bruins were led by Keisha Gordon and Hannah Munger. Gordon had a game-high 22 points, while Munger finished with a double-double, scoring 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
Cassie Bandow and Christin Coles each finished in double figures for the Pointers with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Pointers finished with a 27-3 record, including the school-record winning streak. The Pointers also became just the sixth team to go 16-0 in the WIAC and won their fourth consecutive WIAC Championship.
The game wrapped up impressive careers for the three Pointer seniors, as Andrea Flease, Coles, and Petersen played their final games. The class won four WIAC tournaments and racked up 101 wins in four years compared to just 19 losses.
The seniors also made four trips to the NCAA Tournament, with three trips to the Sweet 16 and one trip to the Elite Eight.