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From Stevens Point Journal

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DE PERE, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point women's basketball team outlasted NCAA Division III tournament first-round opponent University of Minnesota, Morris 86-64 with an impressive second-half performance at the Schuldes Sports Center on the campus of St. Norbert College on Friday night.

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The Pointers (22-6) led by only three points, 42-39, at halftime, but UWSP outscored the Cougars 44-25 over the final 20 minutes. UWSP advanced to face the host school, St. Norbert, for a berth in the Sweet 16 Saturday at 5 p.m.

UMM's Steph Roggenbuck led the team with 11 points and Jenni Noordmans scored 10.

With an almost perfect shooting performance, Britta Petersen led the Pointers charge with a game-high 23 points. She was 10 of 11 from the field and also made all three of her free throw attempts.

Three more Pointers scored in double-digits: Cassie Bandow with 14 points, Josi Schultz with 13 and Ashley Averkamp with 11.

"You have got to credit Minnesota, Morris, they gave us everything we could handle in that first half," UWSP coach Shirley Egner said.

UM-MORRIS (19-8): Nikki Washek 5-7 2-2 16; Steph Roggenbuck 5-11 1-1 11; Jenni Noordmans 3-6 4-4 10; Tara Thielke 1-4 5-6 8; Diane Blommel 1-2 2-6 5; Emily Mehr 1-8 0-0 3; Abby McDaniel 1-2 1-1 3; Brandi Cresap 1-3 0-0 2; Joy Heysse 1-1 0-0 2; Kaila Lindsay 1-1 0-0 2; Kara Norris 1-1 0-0 2; Jessica Benson 0-0 0-0 0; Kelsey Erickson 0-2 0-1 0. Totals 21-48 15-21 64.

UW-STEVENS POINT (22-6): Britta Petersen 10-11 3-3 23; Cassie Bandow 4-7 4-4 14; Josi Schultz 5-8 3-5 13; Ashley Averkamp 4-6 2-2 11; Liz Althoff 1-1 4-4 6; Andrea Flease 2-9 1-1 5; Christin Coles 1-3 1-2 4; Whitney Verdegan 1-2 2-3 4; Brooke Allen 1-5 2-2 4; Ashley Windt 0-1 2-2 2; Claire Glodowski 0-0 0-0 0; Jessica O'Connor 0-1 0-0 0; Kristin Verhagen 0-0 0-0 0; Kim Maedke 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-54 24-28 86.

UM-Morris..................... 39 25 -- 64

UW-Stevens Point..............42 44 -- 86

3-point goals -- UM-Morris 7-18 (Nikki Washek 4-4; Tara Thielke 1-2; Emily Mehr 1-4; Diane Blommel 1-1; Kelsey Erickson 0-1; Abby McDaniel 0-1; Jenni Noordmans 0-2; Steph Roggenbuck 0-3), UW-Stevens Point 4-9 (Cassie Bandow 2-2; Ashley Averkamp 1-2; Christin Coles 1-1; Andrea Flease 0-2; Brooke Allen 0-2). Fouled out -- UM-Morris-None, UW-Stevens Point-None. Rebounds -- UM-Morris 21 (Jenni Noordmans 3; Emily Mehr 3; Tara Thielke 3; Steph Roggenbuck 3), UW-Stevens Point 38 (Brooke Allen 8). Assists -- UM-Morris 14 (Diane Blommel 4), UW-Stevens Point 11 (Liz Althoff 2; Cassie Bandow 2; Whitney Verdegan 2). Total fouls -- UM-Morris 21, UW-Stevens Point 19. Technical fouls -- UM-Morris-None, UW-Stevens Point-None. A-343.

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