March 7, 2009

Courtesy Maryville Athletics

STEVENS POINT, Wis.-- The Maryville University women's basketball team (22-6 overall) fell to the No. 4 ranked University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 77-62 Friday night in the First Round of the NCAA tournament.

The Saints were paced by senior Sara Wemlinger's (Bloomington, Ill.) 17 points and made a team-high three 3-point field goals.

Fellow senior Megan McCabe (Columbia, Mo.) was the other Maryville player in double digits as she had 12 points and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe.

UW-Stevens Point was led Britta Petersen, the No. 16 field goal percentage leader in the country, with 22 points. Janell Van Gomple and Jessi Sporle were the final two Pointers in double figures with 16 and 10 points, respectively.

UW-SP was ahead 41-34 at halftime, but the Saints started strong in the second have and compiled an 8-0 run and pulled within 10 points.

Maryville was within eight points with 6:56 left on the game clock with a layup from sophomore Abby Brunnert (Westphalia, Mo.) but it wasn't enough as the Pointers went on a 13-6 run to seal the win.

With the victory, UW-Stevens Point advances to the Second Round of the NCAA tournament and will face Concordia-Wisconsin at 7 p.m. Saturday in Berg Gym.

The Saints end the season with a 22-6 record and qualified for the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in program history and sixth consecutive year.