March 7, 2009

Courtesy of UW-Stevens Point Athletics

STEVENS POINT - The UW-Stevens Point women's basketball team punched their ticket to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Saturday evening as they knocked off the Falcons of Concordia University 78-58 Saturday evening at Berg Gym.

The Falcons came sprinting out of the gates to grab the early lead. They opened up a seven point cushion at 13-6 with 14:56 showing on the clock.

The Pointers went on a furious 27-8 over the next nine minutes to open up a 33-19 lead. The big run was led by Andrea Flease (New London) who scored 15 of her 22 points during the rally.

The Falcons tried to slow down the Pointers attack, but found themselves trailing 43-28 at the break. UWSP came out of the locker room struggling, and the Falcons cut the lead down to 52-42 with 14:00 to go following a jumper by Melanie Kulibert.

But the Pointers went on another big streak offensively to extend the lead to 74-49 with 3:55 to go thanks in part to great team defense.

UWSP cruised from there and won by a final score of 78-58 in front of a near capacity crowd. For the game, the Pointers shot an impressive 54 percent from the field.

Fleece's game-high 22 points came on 8-9 shooting from the floor. The Pointers also got big games from Jessi Sporle (Mineral Point) who chipped in 17 points and Britta Petersen (Luck) who scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds. Janell Van Gomple (DeForest) dished out a game high seven assists and eight rebounds.

Concordia was led by Krista Mayyou who had 20 points and six rebounds. Jenna Ferron added seven points and eight rebounds in the loss.

The Pointers will take on Illinois Wesleyan at a site to be announced in a Sweet 16 matchup next Friday. Details on the time and place of the game will be released on Monday.