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Whitewater slips past Point

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Tim Wester
February 14, 2009
— UW-Stevens Point women’s basketball coach Shirley Egner had seen enough.

Egner slammed her hand on the scorer’s table in frustration as she watched her team’s sloppy play down the stretch against conference rival UW-Whitewater.


With Whitewater clinging to a one point lead with 1:15 to play, Stevens Point failed to score on its final three possessions, helping the Warhawks sneak by with a 61-59 victory here Saturday evening.


Kelsey Hendrickson paced the Warhawks with 13 points, while Tiffany Morton and Heidi Sonntag chipped in 10 apiece to help second-place Whitewater (20-3, 11-3) creep within a game of the first-place Pointers (20-3, 12-2) in the WIAC.


“To be 20-3 and 11-3 in this conference, I couldn’t be any happier,” Warhawk coach Keri Carollo said. “We have definitely come a long way.”


Meanwhile, Egner was a little less optimistic about her team’s performance.


“I guarantee we will watch that film and we will learn from those critical plays of turnovers, not knowing who we’re guarding, and not being able to execute under 30 seconds,” Egner said.


Egner’s frustration spilled over with her team down 60-59 with 11 seconds to play when senior guard Janell Van Gomple drove baseline and dribbled the basketball off her foot out of bounds.


Point then immediately fouled Meghan Schmidt, who sank one free throw to put Whitewater up 61-59 with 10 seconds to play.


With the Pointers poised for one more shot, senior Cassie Bandow missed a 17-foot jumper and Van Gomple missed a contested putback as the buzzer sounded.


“We didn’t want to foul. We wanted to contain and keep the ball in front of us, and most importantly, not give them a second look,” said Carollo, regarding her defensive instructions on the final possession. “A lot of times you give a team a second opportunity and look what happens.”


Stevens Point took advantage of its opportunities early in the first half. Britta Petersen’s eight points pushed the Pointers ahead, 19-10, with 8:22 left in the first.


Petersen led the Pointers with 14 points. Andrea Flease and Jessi Sporle each had 10.


Kelsey Hendrickson scored eight points during a 19-7 Whitewater run to help the Warhawks gain a 29-26 lead with 57 seconds left. Whitewater led, 31-28, at halftime.


The game remained in doubt the rest of the way.


WHITEWATER 61, STEVENS POINT 59


Stevens Point (59)—Van Gomple, 3-10 2-2 9; Webber, 1-3 0-0 2; Sporle, 5-11 0-0 10; Petersen, 7-11 0-0 14; Baker, 1-5 2-2 4; Bandow, 1-4 0-0 2; Flease, 4-6 0-0 10; Coles, 1-2 2-2 4; Hodgson, 1-1 2-2 4; Totals: 24-53 8-8 59.


UW-Whitewater (61)—Hendrickson, 5-8 2-2 13; Woolever, 2-4 0-1 5; Morton, 5-10 0-0 10; Sonntag, 2-7 5-6 10; Schmidt, 4-12 1-2 9; Moran, 1-1 0-0 2; Theune, 0-0 0-0 0; Bundy, 0-2 0-0 0; Thompson, 2-4 0-0 4; Burg, 3-8 2-2 8; Totals: 24-56 10-13 61.


UW-Stevens Point 28 31 —59


UW-Whitewater 31 30 —61


Three-point goals—Stevens Point 3-8 (Van Gomple 1-4, Webber 0-1, Flease 2-2, Coles 0-1); Whitewater 3-12 (Hendrickson 1-3, Woolever 1-3, Sonntag 1-3, Bundy 0-2, Burg 0-1). Rebounds—Stevens Point 31 (Sporle 7, Petersen 7), Whitewater 32 (Morton 9). Assists—Stevens Point 15 (Van Gomple 5), Whitewater 14 (Hendrickson 5). Total fouls—Stevens Point 12, Whitewater 15.



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