Bench lifts Pointer women’s basketball team to 2-0 after win over Martin Luther
STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The No. 23 UW-Stevens Point women’s basketball team got 46 points from its bench in a 81-48 non-conference win over visiting Martin Luther on Saturday afternoon at Berg Gym in the Pointer Tip-Off Classic.
Jamie Destache (Sussex, WI/Sussex-Hamilton), Lauren Anklam (Ringle, WI/D.C. Everest) and Joann Wolfenburg each scored 13 off the bench for UW-Stevens Point (2-0). The trio shot 14-for-19 from the field and Destache and Anklam were a combined 5-for-8 from behind the arc. Kaitlyn Jacobs (New Franken, WI/Green Bay Preble) chipped in with 11 points, while Myranda Tyler (Grafton, WI/Grafton) posted a solid all-around game with seven points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Tyler was named the tournament’s MVP and Chaiman of the Boards, after averaging nine points and 12 rebounds in two games. She was joined on the all-tournament team by Jacobs, who averaged 11.5 points per game in the tournament.
After a tight opening five minutes, the Pointers seized control with a 22-2 run over a span of eight minutes. Jacobs started the run with a three-point play and Destache added five points in the space of 25 seconds early in the spurt.
At the end of the half, the Knights cut the deficit to 12 with a 9-2 run of their own. The Pointers took a 35-23 lead into the halftime break after using its size advantage to outscore Martin Luther 24-4 in the paint in the opening 20 minutes.
The UWSP lead remained between 10 and 20 for the first ten-plus minutes of the second half. Leading by 16, the Pointers blew the game wide open with a 24-4 run over a stretch of 6:21 to lead by as many as 36 in the closing minutes. Wolfenburg scored seven points and Anklam hit a pair of threes during the run. UW-Stevens Point held a 12-0 advantage in second-chance points in the second half.
For the game, UW-Stevens Point shot 47.6 percent from the floor, including 60.0 percent after halftime. Defensively, UWSP held Martin Luther to 26.7 percent shooting from the field and forced 18 turnovers. The Pointers outrebounded the Knights 48-35 and grabbed 17 offensive rebounds in the game.
The win was the 600th in the career of head coach Shirley Egner, who is in her 25th season with UW-Stevens Point. The Pointers host No. 5 St. Thomas on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Berg Gym. The Tommies defeated the Pointers 73-70 last season in St. Paul.