Women's Basketball Survives Against Chicago in Final Seconds

STEVENS POINT, Wis. - The No. 19 UW-Stevens Point women's basketball team got a stop on the final possession and claimed a 67-64 non-conference win over the University of Chicago on Saturday night at Berg Gym.

Box Score

The Pointers (6-2) led 67-64 after a pair of Alyssa Olp (Brillion, WI/Brillion) free throws with nine seconds remaining and Claire Devaney's desperation three-pointer was off the mark for the Maroons (4-4) at the buzzer. UW-Stevens Point was led by Jenna Pitt (Amherst, WI/Amherst)'s 16 points, while Myranda Tyler (Grafton, WI/Grafton) recorded a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. Olp finished with 10 points and five assists.

UWSP held its joint-biggest lead of the game at 61-53 with 6:04 remaining after five quick points from Lauren Anklam (Ringle, WI/D.C. Everest). However, Chicago responded with a 9-2 run to get within one with 58 seconds remaining. A layup from Tyler quickly got the lead back to three but a layup by Britta Nordstrom brought the Maroons back within a point, setting up the final seconds.

The Pointers also led by eight early in the first half at 12-4 following four straight field goals made by four different players. Chicago then went on a 20-8 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 24-20. UWSP took a five-point lead into the advantage into the break after scoring the last four points of the half.

UW-Stevens Point outscored Chicago 24-14 in the paint in the opening half and 10-2 in points off turnovers. The Pointers forced 15 Chicago turnovers in the first half and 19 in the game. Those numbers reversed in the second half, as the Maroons held advantages of 18-6 in the paint and 11-2 off turnovers.

The Pointers shot 41.7 percent from the field in the game, while the Maroons connected at a 48.1 percent clip. Three-point shooting was key down the stretch, as UWSP went 5-for-12 (41.7 percent) from behind the arc after halftime compared to just 1-for-11 (9.1 percent) for Chicago.

The Maroons were led by Julie Muguira's game-high 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting and the guard scored 16 of her 21 before the interval. Chicago shot 56.5 percent in the first half but was hampered by the 15 turnovers.

UWSP held a slight 36-33 advantage on the glass and hauled down 11 offensive rebounds, led by Tyler's third double figure rebounding game of the season. Both teams struggled at the free throw line, as the Maroons shot 56.3 percent (9-for-16) and the Pointers shot 58.8 percent (10-for-17).

UW-Stevens Point travels to Atlanta over the break to face York and Rust. The Pointers take on York on Sunday, December 29 at 5:00 p.m. and Rust on Monday, December 30 at 12:00 p.m.

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