MADISON, Wis.-- The UW-Stevens Point women's basketball team opened the 2013-14 campaign on Thursday evening on a NCAA Division I stage, taking on the Badgers of UW-Madison in an exhibition contest at the Kohl Center.
The Pointers controlled the tempo early and built a seven-point lead, 12-5, before the Badgers closed the half on a 27-10 run to go in front for good, building a 41-29 advantage at the break.
"I thought for the most part we really battled hard for the first 11 minutes," said head coach Shirley Egner, who begins her 25th season at the helm of the Pointers program. "We just gave up too many uncontested layups. But we regrouped at halftime and I thought our kids battled hard."
In the second half, Myranda Tyler (Grafton, WI/Grafton) scored seven of her nine points but nine turnovers by the Pointers and a 30-12 edge on points in the paint helped UW pull away for the 80-51 victory.
"We knew we were out-matched size-wise but we just needed to come in here and compete and I think for the most part we did that," said Egner.
"This was a great experience and opportunity for all of us," said senior guard Alyssa Olp (Brillion, WI/Brillion). "[The Badgers] made us better. They showed us our strengths and our weaknesses and it made us a better team."
Kaitlyn Jacobs (New Franken, WI/Green Bay Preble) led the Pointers with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the floor and collected three rebounds. Tyler finished nine points, while Autumn Hennes (Kaukauna, WI/Kaukauna) tallied seven and Lauren Anklam collected six off the bench.
The Pointers officially kick-off the season on Friday, Nov. 15 hosting Lake Forest College at Berg Gym. Action gets underway at 8 p.m.
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