UW-River Falls tops UW-Stevens Point
T. Gregorich scores 17 points to lead the Falcons to the win
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- No. 13 Wisconsin-River Falls used a strong second half to beat No. 8 Wiscons-Stevens Point 67-63 on Wednesday night at the Karges Center.
|No. 4 Calvin 81, Kalamazoo 29|
|No. 5 William Paterson 62, Montclair State 61|
|No. 13 UW-River Falls 67, No. 8 UW-Stevens Point 63|
|No. 11 Muhlenberg 87, Dickinson 38|
|No. 12 Hope 66, Olivet 52|
|No. 13 Mount Union 88, Marietta 60|
|No. 15 Mary Washington 70, Salisbury 37|
|No. 18 Franklin 67, Transylvania 57|
|No. 20 Babson 79, Coast Guard 34|
|No. 21 Piedmont 78, Agnes Scott 62|
|No. 22 Greensboro 71, Peace 56|
|No. 23 Kean 73, Rowan 68|
Wisconsin-River Falls trailed by three 29-26 at the half, but outscored the Pointers, 41-34 in the second half to get the win and improved to 12-1 overall and stay undefeated at 4-0 in WIAC play.
"Stevens Point is a very good team and this is a great home win for us," said Falcon Coach Cindy Holbrook after the game. "We had a solid second half that helped us to the win. I thought we got some good minutes from Tess Lueders, Lauren Pellowski and Jessie Van Wyhe; not a lot of minutes in some cases, but minutes that gave our starters some needed rest."
Lueders finished with six points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes of playing time. Van Whye played nine minutes and scored three points and Pellowski played 14 minutes and scored three points.
Wisconsin-Stevens Point, now 11-2 overall and 3-1 in WIAC play, held a 29-26 lead at the half led by Sam Barber's 10 points. Ashley Averkamp scored eight. The Falcons had eight turnovers in the first 20 minutes compared to just four for the Pointers. Wisconsin-River Falls had only two leads in the first half and both came early. Alise Holst hit a jumper about 1:30 into the game to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead. With 16:23 to play Tiffany Gregorich scored on a layup in the paint, was fouled, and hit the free throw to give her team a 5-4 lead.
Wisconsin-Stevens Point opened a nine point (18-9) lead with 8:58 to play when Barber scored a four-point play. She hit a three, was fouled, and made the free throw. After that the Falcons tied the game, 26-26, with just 1:44 to go in the half when Jamie Kenealy hit a jumper. Twenty seconds later Barber hit a layup, was fouled, and connected on the free throw to make it a 29-26 game.
With 13:26 to play in the game, the contest was tied, 35-35. But the Falcons took the lead after that and never trailed again. Holst scored on a layup to give Wisconsin-River Falls a 37-35 lead with 13:11 to go. Leading 42-40 with 10:04 to go, the Falcons went on a 8-0 run to take control. Four players scored during the run that gave the Falcons a 50-40 lead with 8:23 to play.
Wisconsin-River Falls' biggest lead was 11, 58-47, with 4:03 to play. Wisconsin-Stevens Point hung in and cut the lead to six, 58-52, with 3:22 to play. Wisconsin-Stevens Point got to within two, 65-63, with just five seconds to play when Cassie Bandow hit a three. But Lueders hit two free throws with :02 to play to seal the win. Wisconsin-River Falls forced Wisconsin-Stevens Point into 12 second half turovers and they had 16 for the game.
Tiffany Gregorich led Wisconsin-River Falls with 17 points. She also led the Falcons with five assists and she had three steals. Holst added 15 points and six rebounds to the cause. Brittany Gregorich scored 12 points, had seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals in a well-rounded game.
Wisconsin-Stevens Point was led by Barber who scored 19 points. She had five rebounds and four steals. Brooke Allen added 12 points and five rebounds. Bandow scored eight points and led all players with six assists.