UW-Rock men advance, women eliminated
UW-Rock County battled in the second half to turn back UW-Marathon, 72-68, in the second round of the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference tournament Wednesday in Wausau.
The victory advanced the Rattlers (19-7) into the Wisconsin Junior College Athletic Association final four on Saturday and Sunday at UW-Waukesha. The Rattlers’ first oppenent will be determined today.
UW-Rock led 50-37 at the half, but was held to nine points in the first 11 minutes of the second half and trailed by six.
With three minutes remaining, Gabe Mitchell hit a three-point basket to put the Rattlers ahead by four. The game see-sawed until Mitchell sank a pair of free throws with 30 seconds remaining for the final outcome.
Mitchell scored 20 of his game-high 34 points in the second half. Keifer Carey added 11 points, while Lance Hulbert and Fred Stewart chipped in 10 points apiece. Stewart grabbed 20 rebounds.
UW-ROCK 72, MARATHON 68
UW-Rock (72)—Mitchell, 14-5-34; Carey, 4-3-11; L. Hulbert, 4-0-10; C. Hulbert, 3-0-7; Stewart, 5-0-10. Totals: 27-8-72.
UW-Marathon (68)—Aumann, 1-0-2; Mertens, 2-0-5; Ruf, 1-0-2; Zondlo, 4-3-12; Reierson, 2-0-5; Brevik, 2-0-4; Weis, 6-5-17; Engman, 8-5-21. 26-8-68.
UW-Rock County 50 22—72
UW-Marathon 37 31—68
Three-point goals—UW-Rock 4 (Mitchell, L. Hulbert 2, C. Hulbert) Marathon (Mertins, Zondlo, Reierson), Free throws missed—UW-Rock 7, Marathon 9. Total fouls—UW-Rock 22, Marathon 17. Fouled out—L. Hulbert, C. Hulbert, Stewart.
UW-Rock women eliminated
UW-Rock County went down swinging, losing 62-59 to UW-Richland in overtime in a Wisconsin Collegiate Conference women’s basketball tournament opener Wednesday at Richland Center.
The Rattlers erased a 32-18 first-half deficit with a 36-22 second-half rally. Kelsey Truttman scored all nine of her points on three three-point baskets, while Tiffany Draeving and Ashley Oldenburg scored 10 points each.
Draeving sank a free throw with eight seconds remaining to put the game into overtime.
Richland gained an 8-5 advantage in the OT for the victory. The Rattlers (6-18) had a three-point attempt that would have put the game in a second overtime fall off the rim.
Draeving, from Orfordville Parkview, finished with a game-high 18 points. Oldenburg, also from Parkview, scored 15 points. Nicole Skillman, from Janesville Craig, added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Each player fouled out.
RICHLAND 62, UW-ROCK 59 (OT)
UW-Rock (59)—Skillman, 5-1-11; Oldenburg, 5-2-15; Truttman, 3-0-9; M. Lueck, 1-0-2; Benash, 1-2-4; Draeving, 6-2-18; Totals: 21-6-59.
Richland (62)—Erdmann, 7-1-17; Pitzer, 3-0-6; Bloedow, 6-1-13; Lisney, 4-0-8; Checks 4-2-10; Bielefeldt, 4-0-8. Totals: 28-4-62.
UW-Rock County 18 36 5—59
UW-Richland 32 22 8—62
Three-point goals—UW-Rock 11 (Draeving 4, Truttman 3, Oldenburg 3, Skillman), Richland 2 (Erdmann). Free throws missed—UW-Rock 5, UW-Richland 9. Total fouls—UW Rock 18, UW-Richland 18. Fouled out—Skillman, Oldenburg.