Tyriver Awarded All-Region Honors
UW-Oshkosh's Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) has been named to the 2008 D3hoops.com NCAA Division III All-Central Region women's basketball team. Players were selected by a vote of the region's Sports Information Directors.
Tyriver was one of five players picked to the first team. She started all 26 games for the Titans this past year and averaged team-leading marks of 14.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. Tyriver ranked fourth in the WIAC in both scoring and rebounding, while listing seventh in steals with an average of 1.92 per game.
Tyriver tallied double-figure scoring in 21 of UW-Oshkosh’s 26 games. She shot 45.6 percent (141-309) from the field, 34.9 percent (29-83) behind the three-point arc and 78.7 percent (70-89) from the free-throw line.
Tyriver recorded a pair of double-doubles this past season, including a 21-point, 11-rebound performance in UW-Oshkosh's 64-60 loss to Loras College (Iowa) on Nov. 16. She also tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Titans’ 69-55 victory over Ripon College on Nov. 20. In her final home game in Kolf Sports Center on Feb. 23, Tyriver totaled 24 points, nine rebounds and eight steals to lead UW-Oshkosh to a 55-39 win over UW-Superior.
In 2007, Tyriver received NCAA Division III All-Central Region third team honors by D3hoops.com after starting all 24 games and averaging 15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. She scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Titans' 70-48 win over UW-Superior.
In 2006, Tyriver started all 27 games and averaged 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest. She scored 16 points and collected five rebounds in the Titans' 83-54 win over UW-Platteville. In 2005, Tyriver started 10 of the 28 games that she played in and averaged 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per outing.
Tyriver played in 105 games during her UW-Oshkosh career, including 87 as a starter. She counted 1,047 career points for the 16th-highest total in school history. Tyriver's career also featured 489 rebounds, 215 assists and 157 steals while shooting 82 percent (255-311) from the free throw line.
Other members of the first team were Crystal Hoewisch of Carroll College, Lindsay Ippel of Millikin University (Ill.), Megan Scheele of Edgewood College and Tamika Curtis of Benedictine University (Ill.).
The second team consisted of five WIAC representatives, Lisa Wubben of UW-Platteville, Haley Houghton of UW-Stevens Point, Julia Hirssig of UW-Stout, Michelle Burns of UW-Eau Claire and Tiffany Morton of UW-Whitewater.
Third team members were Hannah Wolf of Grinnell College (Iowa), Kelsey Hendrickson of UW-Whitewater, Nicole Fisher of Eureka College (Ill.), Angie Butler of Rockford College (Ill.) and Kim Wickert of Carroll College.
Tyriver Receives All-WIAC First Team Honors
Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) has been named as UW-Oshkosh's lone representative on the 2008 All-WIAC women's basketball team. The squad was selected by the league’s nine head coaches.
Tyriver, who received All-WIAC honors for the second straight year, started all 26 games for the Titans this past season and averaged a team-leading 14.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. She ranked fourth in the WIAC in both scoring and rebounding and seventh in steals with an average of 1.92 per game.
Tyriver tallied double-figure scoring in 21 of the Titans' 26 games. She shot 45.6 percent from the field (141-309), 34.9 percent behind the three-point arc and 78.7 percent (70-89) from the free-throw line.
Tyriver recorded a pair of double-doubles this past season, including a 21-point, 11-rebound performance in UW-Oshkosh's 64-60 loss to Loras College (Iowa). She also tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Titans’ 69-55 victory over Ripon College. In her final home game in Kolf Sports Center, Tyriver totaled 24 points, nine rebounds and eight steals to lead UW-Oshkosh to a 55-39 win over UW-Superior.
Last year, Tyriver started all 24 games and averaged 15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest to receive NCAA Division III All-Central Region third team honors by D3hoops.com. She scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Titans' 70-48 win over UW-Superior.
In 2006, Tyriver started all 27 games and averaged 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest. She scored 16 points and collected five rebounds in the Titans' 83-54 win over UW-Platteville. In 2005, Tyriver started 10 of the 28 games that she played in and averaged 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per outing.
Tyriver played in 105 games during her UW-Oshkosh career, including 87 as a starter. She counted 1,047 career points for the 16th-highest total in school history. Tyriver's career also featured 489 rebounds, 215 assists and 157 steals while shooting 82 percent (255-311) from the free-throw line.
Other members of the All-WIAC First Team include Heidi Arciszewski and Michelle Burns of UW-Eau Claire, Kelsey Hendrickson of UW-Whitewater, Julia Hirssig of UW-Stout, Haley Houghton and Laura Neuenfeldt of UW-Stevens Point, Mackenzie Hunter and Lindsay Wahl of UW-La Crosse, Tiffany Morton of UW-Whitewater and Lisa Wubben of UW-Platteville.
Tyriver was also one of five players named to the All-Defensive Team. The remaining members of the team were UW-Stout’s Hirssig, Katie Webber of UW-Stevens Point, UW-Eau Claire’s Heather Witt and Wubben of UW-Platteville.
The WIAC released the names of players who earned All-Sportsmanship Team honors, one of which was UW-Oshkosh’s Tyriver. She was joined on the squad by UW-Stout’s Joanna Bird, UW-River Falls’ Caitlin Hunstock, Brianna Klaas of UW-Platteville, Shannon Moore of UW-Whitewater, Joelle Noeldner of UW-Superior, UW-Stevens Point’s Megan Pehler, Mandy Stevens of UW-La Crosse and Amanda Zenner of UW-Eau Claire.
Pointers Oust Titans In WIAC Tournament Opener
UW-Stevens Point sprung away from a 38-38 tie with a 22-5 scoring run to defeat UW-Oshkosh, 84-62, in the quarterfinal round of the WIAC Women’s Basketball Tournament held Tuesday (Feb. 26) in Stevens Point.
Third-seeded UW-Stevens Point (22-4) advances to meet second-seeded UW-Whitewater (24-2) in the semifinals on Thursday (Feb. 28) in Whitewater. The Warhawks qualified for their contest with UW-Stevens Point by crushing seventh-seeded UW-Platteville (11-15), 93-53, on Tuesday.
Other quarterfinal round games held Tuesday had top-seeded UW-Eau Claire (21-5) defeat eighth-seeded UW-River Falls (8-18), 73-43, and fourth-seeded UW-Stout (17-9) post a 65-63 overtime victory over fifth-seeded UW-La Crosse (14-12).
Janell Van Gomple led UW-Stevens Point's second-half scoring run by counting 11 of her team-high 16 points during a span of 6:10 that saw the Pointers take a 60-43 lead with 10:51 remaining to play.
After UW-Oshkosh's Tiffany Pugh (Fr. • Sturtevant) drained a three-point shot to tie the score at 38 with 17:01 left, Van Gomple and five other Pointers combined to hit 10 of their next 12 shots from the field to take control of the contest.
UW-Oshkosh (10-16) tried to mount a response to the rally by scoring 10 straight points. Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) made three free throws and a three-point shot before Pugh hit a jumper to cut the Titans' deficit to 60-53 with 9:07 left.
UW-Stevens Point, which split its two regular season meetings with UW-Oshkosh, answered once again as it rattled off 15 of the next 17 points to take a 75-55 advantage with 3:44 remaining. The Pointers’ scoring run included 11 points at the free-throw line.
The contest featured a highly competitive first half, with neither team holding more than a four-point advantage until 4:53 left in the period. Michelle Boeder (Fr. • Oshkosh) and Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) totaled the first 11 points for UW-Oshkosh as Tyriver’s jumper put the Titans up 11-10 with 12:46 remaining in the first half.
Boeder’s lay-up with 7:32 left in the first half gave the Titans their final lead of the contest at 18-17. UW-Stevens Point took a 30-26 lead to intermission despite 13 first-half points by UW-Oshkosh's Boeder.
Tyriver scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds for UW-Oshkosh. The Titans also received 17 points from Boeder, 12 points, five rebounds and three assists from Baganz and eight points and nine rebounds from Pugh.
Laura Neuenfeldt contributed 13 points, four rebounds and four assists for UW-Stevens Point, which entered the game ranked 18th in the NCAA Division III by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and 19th by D3hoops.com. The Pointers also received nine points, six rebounds and eight assists from Haley Houghton and nine points and six rebounds from Jessi Sporle.
UW-Oshkosh shot 38.9 percent (21-54) from the field and 23.8 percent (5-21) behind the three-point line. The Titans hit 15-of-18 free throws (83.3 percent) while grabbing 36 rebounds and committing 21 turnovers.
UW-Stevens Point made 41.5 percent (27-65) of its field goal attempts, including 6-of-16 shots (37.5 percent) from three-point range. The Pointers connected on 77.4 percent (24-31) of their free throws to go along with 41 rebounds and 11 turnovers.
Tyriver concluded her UW-Oshkosh career by playing in her 105th game. She totaled 1,047 points, the 16th-highest total in UW-Oshkosh history, 489 rebounds and 157 steals during her four seasons with the Titans.
Titans Open WIAC Tournament At UW-Stevens Point
UW-Oshkosh will play at UW-Stevens Point in the first round of the 2008 WIAC Women's Basketball Tournament on Tuesday (Feb. 26) at 7 p.m. in Berg Gymnasium.
UW-Oshkosh (10-15) is seeded sixth in the tournament after concluding WIAC regular season play with a sixth-place 5-11 record. UW-Stevens Point (21-4) was awarded the third seed for its third-place 12-4 league record.
The teams split their two regular season meetings as UW-Stevens Point won 79-47 at home on Jan. 5 while UW-Oshkosh won 59-42 at home on Jan. 26.
Other quarterfinal round contests on Tuesday have eighth-seeded UW-River Falls (8-17) at top-seeded UW-Eau Claire (20-5), seventh-seeded UW-Platteville (11-14) at second-seeded UW-Whitewater (23-2) and sixth-seeded UW-La Crosse (14-11) at third-seeded UW-Stout (16-9). UW-Stout has won the last three WIAC Tournaments, including a 73-61 victory over UW-Eau Claire a year ago.
Tuesday's winners advance to the semifinals on Thursday (Feb. 28). The championship game is scheduled for Saturday (March 1).
UW-Oshkosh fell to top-seeded UW-Stout, 71-54, in the quarterfinal round of last year’s tournament. The Titans hold an all-time tournament record of 14-8, including a 7-2 mark in quarterfinal round action. UW-Oshkosh captured the tournament title in 1999.
Titans Squash Yellowjackets
Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) scored a season-best 24 points on Senior Day to lead the UW-Oshkosh women’s basketball team to a 55-39 win over UW-Superior on Saturday (Feb. 23) in Kolf Sports Center.
Tyriver also hauled in nine rebounds and recorded eight steals in her final home game as a Titan. She accounted for 14 points in the first half as UW-Oshkosh (10-15/5-11 WIAC) closed out the period with a 24-5 scoring run to pull away.
After trailing 7-5 with 14:44 to play in the first half, the Titans marked 11 straight points to take the lead. Laura Ebbens (Fr. • Appleton) closed out the streak with back-to back jumpers to put UW-Oshkosh up 16-7 with 7:36 remaining in the period.
UW-Oshkosh then finished the half by posting the final seven points. Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon), Ebbens and Tyriver each converted a lay-up and Amanda Aubry (Fr. • De Pere) a free throw to make it a 29-12 UW-Oshkosh advantage at intermission. Ebbens finished the game with 14 points and five steals, while Baganz totaled 10 points, five assists and four rebounds.
UW-Superior (5-20/1-15 WIAC) cut into its deficit by opening the second half with a 9-4 scoring run. Joelle Noeldner’s three-pointer brought the Yellowjackets within 33-21 with 15:15 left in the game.
Anna Petersen made a lay-up to make it 45-34 with 5:05 remaining, but that was as close as UW-Superior would get in the second half. The Titans ran off 10 of the next 12 points to take their largest lead of the contest at 55-36 with 1:38 to go.
The Yellowjackets were led in scoring by Kelsey Thingvold, who amassed 11 points and three steals. Petersen chipped in six points and nine rebounds while Ashley Laidley and Kaleigh Day each scored five.
UW-Oshkosh, which defeated UW-Superior for the 48th consecutive time, shot 35 percent (21-60) from the field, including 3-of-20 from behind the three-point arc (15 percent). The Titans hit 10-of-14 free throws for a mark of 71.4 percent.
UW-Superior hit 33.3 percent (14-42) of its field goal attempts and 30 percent (3-10) of its three-point tries. The Yellowjackets shot 66.7 percent (8-12) at the charity stripe.
The Titans recorded 19 steals on their way to winning the turnover battle, 13-30. UW-Superior took the rebounding category by a tally of 37-31.
Fourth-Ranked Warhawks Claw Titans
Tiffany Morton and Lindsay Buechner both recorded double-doubles as the UW-Whitewater women's basketball team remained tied for the WIAC lead with an 86-78 win over UW-Oshkosh on Wednesday (Feb. 20) in Kolf Sports Center.
Morton topped all players with 20 points and 13 rebounds while hitting 8-of-13 shots from the field. Buechner scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with three assists and two steals.
Kelsey Hendrickson added 13 points as the only other UW-Whitewater (22-2/13-2 WIAC) player in double-figure scoring. Hendrickson's three-point basket with 14:35 left in the first half gave the Warhawks an 11-8 lead and the advantage for good.
The contest remained tight until UW-Whitewater rattled off nine straight points to take a 26-14 lead with 7:05 remaining in the opening period. The Warhawks opened up a 39-23 lead before Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) began a UW-Oshkosh rally with back-to-back three-point buckets to make it 40-29 with 1:15 to play in the first half. Michelle Boeder’s (Fr. • Oshkosh) two free throws sliced the Titans' deficit to 40-31 with 39 seconds to play before intermission. The Titans trailed 43-31 at the break.
UW-Whitewater ran off seven unanswered points early in the second period. Heidi Sonntag accounted for six of those points during the streak that put the Warhawks ahead 55-35 with 15:19 left on the clock. Sonntag finished with eight points and a game-best five assists.
An Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) lay-up cut the Titans’ deficit to 63-52 with 8:34 to play, but each time UW-Oshkosh came close, the Warhawks answered with a three-point shot. Hendrickson made lone-range bombs on consecutive possessions, with the second giving UW-Whitewater a 69-55 lead with 7:56 left in the game.
UW-Oshkosh scored 13 of the contest’s final 17 points to account for the game’s final margin. Boeder converted two lay-ups after a three-point jumper by Tiffany Pugh (Fr. • Sturtevant) to pull the Titans back within single digits (83-74) with 1:46 left.
Tyriver paced UW-Oshkosh with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Tyriver became the 17th player in UW-Oshkosh history to reach 1,000 career points with her lay-up midway through the second half.
Baganz contributed 15 points, Boeder 14 points and five rebounds and Laura Ebbens (Fr. • Appleton) 13 points and three rebounds.
The Titans shot 52.6 percent (30-57) from the field, including a 66.7 percent (4-6) mark from three-point range. UW-Oshkosh made 14-of-20 free throws (70 percent) while notching its highest scoring output of the season.
UW-Whitewater shot 44.3 percent (31-70) on its field goal attempts and 33.3 percent (6-18) on its three-point tries. The Warhawks hit 18-of-37 free throws for a figure of 48.6 percent.
The Warhawks turned the ball over 12 times to best the Titans’ total of 20. UW-Whitewater nipped UW-Oshkosh in the rebounding category, 41-40, thanks to an 18-8 edge in offensive boards.
UW-Whitewater entered the game ranked fourth in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com.
Titans Unable To Cage Falcons
Sarah Schoeneck scored 15 points, grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and blocked three shots to lead the UW-River Falls women’s basketball team to a 71-55 victory over UW-Oshkosh on Saturday (Feb. 16) in River Falls.
Schoeneck was one of three double-figure scorers for UW-River Falls (8-15/2-12 WIAC), with the others being Caitlin Hunstock with 16 points and Kelli Hilt with 10. Hilt also collected eight rebounds and Hunstock four.
UW-Oshkosh (9-14/4-10 WIAC), which defeated UW-River Falls by a score of 69-63 on Dec. 1, was led by the 17 points and six rebounds of Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) and the 14 points, five rebounds and two steals of Michelle Boeder (Fr. • Oshkosh). The Titans also received nine points, six rebounds and three assists from Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) and one point and seven rebounds from Tiffany Pugh (Fr. • Sturtevant).
UW-River Falls tallied the first 10 points of the game as it held UW-Oshkosh scoreless for the first 4:21 of play. After the Titans cut their deficit to 14-8, Hunstock scored 13 points during a span of 5:04 to stretch the Falcons’ lead to 30-16 with 6:11 to go in the first half.
UW-River Falls extended its advantage to 39-20 before settling for a 42-25 lead at intermission. The 13 points of Hunstock and the 10 points and eight rebounds of Schoeneck led the Falcons in the opening period.
UW-Oshkosh scored the first nine points of the second half as three-point baskets by Baganz, Amanda Aubry (Fr. • De Pere) and Boeder pulled the Titans to within 42-34 with 17:50 remaining.
UW-Oshkosh fell behind 59-46 before slicing its deficit to 59-50 on a pair of free throws by Boeder with 6:44 left. The Titans didn’t get any closer the rest of the way as six straight points by UW-River Falls pushed the Falcons’ lead to 65-50 with 3:06 to go.
UW-Oshkosh shot just 31 percent (18-58) from the field. The Titans made 6 of their 21 three-point shots (28.6 percent) and 13 of their 22 free throws (59.1 percent). UW-Oshkosh snatched 38 rebounds and committed 14 turnovers.
UW-River Falls shot 41.5 percent (27-65) from the field and 77.8 percent (7-9) from the free-throw line. The Falcons made 35.7 percent (10-28) of their three-point shots. UW-River Falls hauled in 48 rebounds and turned the basketball over 20 times.
Eagles Flutter Away From Titans
UW-La Crosse scored 12 of the second half’s first 16 points to pull away and defeat the UW-Oshkosh women’s basketball team, 67-58, on Saturday (Feb. 9) in Kolf Sports Center.
The game was tied 27-27 at intermission before UW-La Crosse (12-10/7-6 WIAC) took a 31-29 lead and the advantage for good on a lay-up by Mandy Stevens with 18:03 left in the contest. The Eagles extended their advantage to 39-31 on a jump shot by Amanda Waldvogel with 15:18 to play.
UW-La Crosse maintained its single-digit lead until Dana Churchill made a lay-up to give the Eagles a 49-39 advantage with 9:12 remaining. The Eagles increased their lead to 15 points on three occasions, with the latest being a 63-48 tally with 3:19 left. UW-Oshkosh (9-13/4-9 WIAC) marked 10 of the final 14 points to pull within single digits at the game’s conclusion.
UW-Oshkosh took a 10-5 lead with 12:23 to go in the first half after six early points by Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh). Tyriver finished the game with 12 points, including 6-of-7 shooting from the free-throw line, and seven rebounds.
After opening the game by missing eight of its first nine shots, UW-La Crosse got baskets by Mackenzie Hunter, Waldvogel and Stevens on successive possessions to take a 12-10 lead with 11:01 remaining in the first half.
UW-Oshkosh answered back and opened a 22-17 advantage following back-to-back three-pointers from Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon). The Eagles then reeled off eight straight points and took a 25-22 lead with 2:02 left in the period. The teams went to intermission tied at 27 as UW-Oshkosh scored five of the first half's last seven points.
UW-Oshkosh had two other double-figure scorers in the contest as Baganz and Laura Ebbens (Fr. • Appleton) compiled 10 points each. Baganz added seven rebounds and Ebbens three assists.
Hunter led UW-La Crosse in scoring with 14 points. The Eagles also received 12 points and two steals from Waldvogel and 11 points and four rebounds from Lindsay Wahl. All of Wahl's points and rebounds came in the second half.
UW-La Crosse posted a 35-29 rebounding advantage. The Eagles' total included six by Anna Halat, five by Churchill and four by Wahl.
UW-Oshkosh shot 42.3 percent (22-62) from the field. The Titans shot 23.5 percent (4-17) from three-point range and 83.3 percent (10-12) from the free-throw line. UW-Oshkosh, which dropped a 60-40 decision to UW-La Crosse on Jan. 19, committed 20 turnovers.
UW-La Crosse made 42.4 percent (25-59) of its field goal attempts and 83.3 percent (15-18) of its free throws. The Eagles, who turned the basketball over 12 times, shot 28.6 percent (2-7) behind the three-point arc.
Titans Encourage Fans To "Think Pink"
The UW-Oshkosh women's basketball team is asking all fans to "Think Pink" when the Titans host UW-La Crosse on Saturday (Feb. 9) in Kolf Sports Center.
The "Think Pink" initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. In 2007, more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped make the inaugural year of the WBCA's "Think Pink" promotion a success. The 2008 initiative has already unified over 600 women's basketball teams for the cause.
In an effort to promote cancer awareness, all fans attending UW-Oshkosh's 1 p.m. game against UW-La Crosse are encouraged to wear pink. The first 100 fans wearing pink or making a donation to the American Cancer Society will receive a free-T-shirt.
The UW-Oshkosh and UW-La Crosse women's basketball teams will wear pink shoelaces and warm up in pink T-shirts. Both coaching staffs will wear a pink article of clothing to support the cause. All breast cancer survivors in attendance will be recognized at halftime.
Cancer effects numerous people in many different ways. The American Cancer Society Web site states that over one million people are diagnosed by some type of cancer each year. Approximately one out of every two American men and one out of every three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Anyone can get cancer, but 77 percent of all cancers are diagnosed in people aged 55 and older.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation Web site, an estimated 200,000 women and 1,700 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Of these, an estimated 41,000 women and 450 men will die from the disease.
The NCAA has also joined the WBCA's "Think Pink" initiative by implementing the "Calling For A Cure" campaign. The promotion includes all NCAA women's basketball officials blowing a pink whistle during games played Feb. 8-17.
Blugolds Knock Down Titans
Rachel Mueggenborg scored a career-high 29 points, including seven three-point baskets, as the UW-Eau Claire women's basketball team defeated UW-Oshkosh, 74-42, on Wednesday (Feb. 6) in Eau Claire.
UW-Eau Claire (17-4/11-1 WIAC) trailed 20-18 before Mueggenborg took over and made four three-point shots and a lay-up during the final 5:26 of the first half to help the Blugolds take a 36-26 lead at intermission. Mueggenborg finished the opening period with 16 points.
UW-Eau Claire led by double digits the entire second half, including an advantage of 30-plus points for the final 6:33 of play. Mueggenborg continued to knock down long range jumpers in the second half, including consecutive three-point attempts that gave the Blugolds a 57-34 lead with 9:13 remaining.
UW-Oshkosh (9-12/4-8 WIAC) built a 14-10 lead when Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) canned a three-point shot with 11:03 left in the first half. UW-Eau Claire responded to its deficit by connecting on 10-of-16 shots from the field to outscore UW-Oshkosh, 26-12, the rest of the period.
After cutting its deficit to 46-32 on a lay-up by Tyriver with 13:26 left in the game, UW-Oshkosh missed 13 of its next 15 field goal attempts to eliminate any chance of a comeback. The Titans also misfired on their last eight field goal attempts of the game.
Tyriver, who was appearing in her 100th career game, totaled 11 points and four rebounds for UW-Oshkosh. Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) added nine points, while Laura Ebbens (Fr. • Appleton) tallied eight. Michelle Boeder (Fr. • Oshkosh) contributed six points and three rebounds and Kelly Ketterhagen (Fr. • Burlington) five points and four rebounds.
UW-Eau Claire had two other double-figure scorers in addition to Mueggenborg as Heidi Arciszewski totaled 12 points and Michelle Burns 11. Arciszewski, Mueggenborg and Amanda Zenner grabbed five rebounds each to lead the Blugolds. Arciszewski and Heather Witt each dished off a team-best four assists.
UW-Oshkosh concluded the game with 31.8 percent (14-44) shooting from the field, including 30 percent (3-10) accuracy behind the three-point line. The Titans shot 78.6 percent (11-14) from the free-throw stripe.
UW-Eau Claire, which entered the game ranked 20th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, shot 51.7 percent (31-60) from the field. The Blugolds shot 50 percent (8-16) behind the three-point arc and made all four of their free throws.
UW-Eau Claire had advantages of 38-23 in rebounds and 18-4 in assists. The Blugolds committed 10 turnovers and the Titans 14.
Blue Devils Spite Titans
Julia Hirssig tallied 27 points to eclipse her career scoring high for the second straight game as the UW-Stout women's basketball team defeated UW-Oshkosh, 79-60, on Saturday (Feb. 2) in Menomonie.
Hirssig, who scored 21 points in UW-Stout's win over UW-Platteville last Saturday (Jan. 26), made 11 of her 16 shots from the field and five of her six free throws against UW-Oshkosh. She also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, dished off two assists and recorded two steals.
UW-Oshkosh (9-11/4-7 WIAC) never led in the contest after falling behind 27-13 with 8:35 left in the first half. The Titans pulled as close as 62-56 on a jump shot by Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) with 5:37 to play. Tyriver topped UW-Oshkosh in scoring with 18 points.
Leading 67-59, UW-Stout (13-6/7-3 WIAC) put the game away by scoring 12 unanswered points in the closing minutes of the game. Danielle Dewitt’s lay-up capped a scoring spree that gave the Blue Devils their largest lead of the game at 79-59 with 25 seconds remaining.
Six different players scored for the Blue Devils as they jumped out to a 14-8 advantage with 14:33 left in the first half. Hirssig accounted for four of those points on her way to scoring 16 in the period.
UW-Oshkosh trailed by as many as 14 points on two occasions in the first half, with the latest being a 39-25 deficit with 46 seconds left before intermission. A pair of free throws by Tyriver with one second remaining cut the Titans' deficit to 39-27 at the break.
Hirssig scored four consecutive points early in the second half to give UW-Stout a 48-31 advantage at the 15:25 mark of the period. The Titans answered with back-to-back three-point baskets by Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) and Michelle Boeder (Fr. • Oshkosh) to make it 50-37 with 13:15 remaining. UW-Oshkosh then scored 19 of the next 31 points to slice its deficit to 62-56.
Boeder totaled 13 points, three rebounds and three steals for UW-Oshkosh, while Baganz chipped in with eight points, four rebounds and two assists. Tyriver and Kelly Ketterhagen (Fr. • Burlington) also collected four rebounds for the Titans.
UW-Stout, which posted its sixth straight victory over UW-Oshkosh, also received 13 points and three rebounds from Charlee Edwards and eight points, three rebounds and three steals from Lindsey Gerber.
UW-Oshkosh shot just 34.5 percent (19-55) from the field. The Titans were 6-of-17 (35.3 percent) shooting behind the three-point line and 16-of-20 (80 percent) shooting from the free-throw line.
UW-Stout made 51.7 percent (31-60) of its shots. The Blue Devils shot 33.3 percent (5-15) behind the three-point line and 60 percent (12-20) from the free-throw stripe.
The Blue Devils out-rebounded the Titans, 39-27. UW-Stout committed 20 turnovers and UW-Oshkosh 25.
Titans Hold Off Pioneers
The UW-Oshkosh women’s basketball team won consecutive conference games for the first time this season with its 71-62 victory over UW-Platteville on Wednesday (Jan 30) in Kolf Sports Center.
UW-Oshkosh, which gained revenge for a 66-63 loss to UW-Platteville on Jan. 9, had four players in double-figure scoring. Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) led the Titans with 21 points, while Michelle Boeder (Fr. • Oshkosh) scored 13 and Tiffany Pugh (Fr. • Sturtevant) and Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) 10 each.
The Titans also benefited from the eight rebounds and three steals of Baganz, six rebounds and two blocked shots of Tyriver and the nine points, three assists and three rebounds of Laura Ebbens (Fr. • Appleton).
UW-Platteville (9-10/3-7 WIAC) was led by Lisa Wubben's double-double. Wubben scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while compiling six assists and four steals. Ashley Callahan came off the bench to contribute 13 points, six rebounds and four assists.
UW-Platteville used back-to-back three-point baskets by Vanessa Nemitz to take a 12-11 lead with 12:06 left in the first half. Pugh answered the Pioneers' assault with a pair of three-pointers of her own to vault the Titans back in front, 17-12. UW-Oshkosh then scored 13 of the next 17 points, including seven by Ebbens and six by Tyriver, to grab a 30-16 advantage with 6:34 to play in the opening period.
Wubben shot her team back into the game by scoring eight points in a two-minute span late in the first half. She converted two lay-ups and a three-point jumper as part of a 14-3 UW-Platteville scoring run that cut the Pioneers' deficit to 33-30 with 3:51 left before the break.
UW-Oshkosh (9-10/4-6 WIAC) went to intermission leading 43-34 as it closed the first half with a 10-4 scoring run. The opening period featured 15 three-point baskets, including eight by the Titans. Nine of the game's first 10 field goals counted three points.
After trailing by at least seven points for the first 11 minutes of the second half, UW-Platteville started its comeback effort. Trailing 58-48, the Pioneers scored six straight points at the free-throw line and pulled to within 58-54 on a charity toss by Wubben with 7:30 to play. The Titans bounced back with a pair of free throws by both Baganz and Boeder to increase their lead to 62-54 with 6:38 left.
UW-Platteville made one last charge and climbed to within 62-58, but three free throws by Tyriver and a three-point basket by Boeder jumped UW-Oshkosh's lead to 68-58 with 2:43 remaining. The Titans held a lead of six-plus points the rest of the way.
UW-Oshkosh, which defeated UW-Platteville for the 51st time in 61 meetings, shot 43.8 percent (21-48) from the field and 69.2 percent (18-26) from the free-throw line. The Titans made 11 of their 25 three-point shots (44 percent), grabbed 33 rebounds and committed 16 turnovers.
UW-Platteville made 32.3 percent (20-62) of its field goals and 77.8 percent (14-18) of its free throws. The Pioneers, who collected 40 rebounds and committed 17 turnovers, made 36.4 percent (8-22) of their three-point shots.
Titans Muzzle 10th-Ranked Pointers
The UW-Oshkosh women's basketball team held UW-Stevens Point to season-low marks in points and field goal percentage as it upset the nationally-ranked Pointers, 59-42, on Saturday (Jan 26) in Kolf Sports Center.
UW-Oshkosh never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 18 points. After the Pointers pulled within 20-15 early in the second half, the Titans went on a 17-4 scoring run to put the game out of reach.
The game started slow as the teams combined to miss 18 of their first 23 shots from the field. UW-Oshkosh tallied the first points of the contest 4:15 into play and built a 16-6 advantage with seven minutes left in the opening period.
UW-Oshkosh (8-10/3-6 WIAC) went to intermission leading 20-13 as it forced 10 turnovers and held UW-Stevens Point (15-3/6-3 WIAC) to just 6-of-24 shooting (25 percent) from the field. The Titans committed 12 turnovers in the opening period and shot 33.3 percent (8-24) from the field.
Back to back three-point baskets got UW-Oshkosh going early in the second period. Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) followed a Michelle Boeder (Fr. • Oshkosh) three-pointer with one of her own to put the Titans up 26-15 with 16:52 remaining to play. Tyriver scored nine points in the contest while grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds and dishing off three assists.
Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) finished off UW-Oshkosh's second-half scoring spree with a three-point basket that gave the Titans a 37-19 lead with 11:46 left. Baganz topped the Titans with 14 points, including 6-of-6 free-throw shooting in the last 83 seconds of the game. She also collected three rebounds and tallied two assists.
Chelsea Kranz scored six consecutive points to bring UW-Stevens Point closer in the middle of the second half. Kranz converted a lay-up and four free throws to cut the Pointers' deficit to 39-27 with 8:53 remaining. Kranz led the Pointers with 10 points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots.
Janell Van Gomple’s three-point basket brought UW-Stevens Point within 44-37 with 3:44 to play, but the seven-point margin would be as close as the Pointers would get to the Titans.
Boeder then made three free throws in four attempts to put UW-Oshkosh up 47-37 with 2:45 left. She totaled 12 points, five rebounds and three assists, while teammate Tiffany Pugh (Fr. • Sturtevant) added 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists. The Titans also received eight points and two rebounds from Laura Ebbens (Fr. • Appleton).
Haley Houghton chipped in eight points, three rebounds and three steals and Katie Webber eight points, two rebounds and two assists for UW-Stevens Point.
UW-Oshkosh shot 37.5 percent (18-48) from the field and 31.6 percent (6-19) from three-point range. The Titans made 17-of-19 free throws for a mark of 89.5 percent.
UW-Stevens Point, which entered the game ranked 10th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, had a poor shooting game all around. The Pointers shot 28.8 percent (17-59) from the field, 15.8 percent (3-19) behind the three-point line and 55.6 percent (5-9) from the free-throw stripe.
The Titans, who snapped a four-game losing streak to the Pointers, were helped in their performance by a 46-26 rebounding advantage. UW-Oshkosh finished the game with 22 turnovers and UW-Stevens Point 14.
Eagles Soar Past Titans
Lindsay Wahl scored 25 points and Anna Halat grabbed 10 rebounds, both career bests, to lead the UW-La Crosse women's basketball team to a 60-40 victory over UW-Oshkosh on Saturday (Jan. 19) in La Crosse.
Wahl, who also collected six rebounds, missed only two shots in the contest as she made 8-of-9 attempts from the field and 9-of-10 tries from the free-throw line.
Mackenzie Hunter added 16 points for UW-La Crosse (8-8/3-4 WIAC) and Halat five. The Eagles also benefited from the two points, six assists and five points of Ashley Wagner.
Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh), who paced UW-Oshkosh in scoring with 13 points, buried a pair of three-point shots to give the Titans a 6-2 lead 2:37 into play. UW-La Crosse then scored 10 straight points, including six from Wahl, to erase UW-Oshkosh's largest advantage of the game. Wahl made two lay-ups and sank two free throws to put the Eagles in front 12-6 with 10:22 remaining in the opening half.
Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) accounted for two baskets in a string of six straight UW-Oshkosh points during the middle of the first half. Jessica Abitz (Jr. • Franksville) closed out the scoring run with a lay-up to give the Titans their last lead of the game at 15-14 with 6:46 left in the first period.
Hunter and Wahl tallied four points each as UW-La Crosse closed the first half with a 16-2 scoring run. Halat counted the last three points during the scoring spree to give the Eagles a 30-17 lead at intermission. UW-Oshkosh (7-10/2-6 WIAC) went the final 5:18 of the first half without a point.
Tiffany Pugh’s (Fr. • Sturtevant) three-point basket got UW-Oshkosh to within 11 points (34-23) with 17:13 left in the game, but the Titans couldn't get any closer the rest of the way. UW-La Crosse sealed the victory by scoring seven straight points to take a 50-30 advantage with 7:23 left in the game.
Baganz scored 12 points for UW-Oshkosh's only other double-figure scorer. She also snatched a team-best seven rebounds and dished off two assists.
UW-Oshkosh shot 34 percent (17-50) from the field and 33.3 percent (5-15) behind the three-point line. The Titans only shot three free throws in the game, making one (33.3 percent). UW-Oshkosh, which has lost three straight games to UW-La Crosse for the first time in nearly two decades, committed 15 of its 18 turnovers in the first half.
UW-La Crosse made 22 of its 55 shots from the field (38.2 percent), including 4-of-7 efforts (57.1 percent) behind the three-point arc. The Eagles shot 93.3 percent (14-15) at the free-throw line for their second-best performance in school history. UW-La Crosse won the rebounding battle, 39-30.
25th-Ranked Blugolds Prevail Over Titans
Michelle Burns scored a season-best 24 points as nationally-ranked UW-Eau Claire remained unbeaten in WIAC play by defeating the UW-Oshkosh women’s basketball team, 62-54, on Wednesday (Jan. 16) in Kolf Sports Center.
Burns, who also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds, made 10 of her 15 shots from the field and four of her five attempts from the free-throw line. Burns entered the contest with a total of 23 points in her previous three games.
UW-Eau Claire (12-3/6-0 WIAC) used six points from Burns to build an 11-4 lead five minutes into the contest. UW-Oshkosh (7-9/2-5 WIAC) answered back with nine straight points to take a 13-11 lead with 12:36 remaining in the first half.
Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) later hit a three-point field goal to stretch the Titans’ advantage to 24-20 with 3:33 left in the first half. She finished the game with 11 points, six rebounds and two steals.
UW-Eau Claire took the momentum away from the Titans by scoring the last eight points of the first half. Burns completed a three-point play and Missy Fremstad drained a three-point shot in the final 89 seconds to give UW-Eau Claire a 28-24 lead at intermission.
The Blugolds ended the first half with an assist on each of their 11 baskets. The Titans also shared the basketball in the first half as their first seven field goals were credited to seven different players.
UW-Eau Claire pulled away in the second half by scoring 18 of the period's first 25 points. The Blugolds took a 46-31 lead on a lay-up by Heidi Arciszewski with 12:39 to play. Arciszewski counted all 16 of her points in the second half and finished the contest with six rebounds and a game-high five assists.
UW-Oshkosh got to within seven points (50-43) on a lay-up by Jessica Abitz (Jr. • Franksville) with 5:51 left, but UW-Eau Claire replied with eight of the next 11 points to take a 58-46 lead with 2:35 to go. The teams combined for 10 points in the final 11 seconds of the game, including four points by both Arciszewski and the Titans' Laura Ebbens (Fr. • Appleton).
Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) contributed 11 points, six rebounds and two steals for UW-Oshkosh. The Titans also received nine points and four rebounds from Tiffany Pugh (Fr. • Sturtevant) and seven points from Michelle Boeder (Fr. • Oshkosh).
Fremstad chipped in eight points, five rebounds and two steals for the Blugolds, who entered the game ranked 25th in the NCAA Division III by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. UW-Eau Claire reeled in 31 rebounds and turned the basketball over 12 times.
UW-Oshkosh shot 41.2 percent (21-51) from the field, 36.4 percent (8-22) from three-point range and 66.7 percent (4-6) from the free-throw line. The Titans collected 31 rebounds and committed 16 turnovers.
The Blugolds made 24-of-53 field goal attempts (45.3 percent), but just 4-of-16 shots (25 percent) behind the three-point line. They had 21 assists on their 24 field goals. UW-Eau Claire converted 83.3 percent (10-12) of its free throws.
Titans Squash Yellowjackets
The UW-Oshkosh women’s basketball team never trailed and buried a season-best 11 three-point shots as it defeated UW-Superior, 67-52, on Saturday (Jan. 12) in Superior.
Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) scored a game-high 20 points, including three three-point baskets, to lead four UW-Oshkosh players in double figures. Tyriver made seven of her 11 shots from the field while pulling in five rebounds and recording two steals.
UW-Oshkosh (7-8/2-4 WIAC) also obtained 15 points and four rebounds from Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon), 14 points, six rebounds and three steals from Tiffany Pugh (Fr. • Sturtevant) and 10 points, six rebounds and three assists from Michelle Boeder (Fr. • Oshkosh). Pugh had four three-point baskets, Baganz three and Boeder one.
UW-Oshkosh scored the first five points of the game before UW-Superior (3-10/0-5 WIAC) fought back to cut its deficit to 10-8 on an Amanda Rounsville lay-up with 10:12 remaining in the first half.
Three consecutive three-point buckets swung the game back into the Titans' favor. Pugh sandwiched a pair of long-range bombs around a Tyriver three-pointer to cap an 11-1 UW-Oshkosh scoring run late in the first half. The second three-point connection by Pugh stretched the Titans' advantage to 21-9 with 6:27 remaining in the first half. Baganz later converted two lay-ups within a 44-second span to give UW-Oshkosh a 32-22 lead at intermission.
Seven consecutive points at the start of the second period sealed the game and increased the Titans’ lead to 20 points. Boeder’s two baskets were followed by another Pugh three-point shot to make it 45-25 with 15:19 to play.
UW-Superior crawled to within 11 points twice, with the latest being a 58-47 deficit with 3:36 remaining. UW-Oshkosh then scored five straight points to secure its 47th consecutive victory over the Yellowjackets.
Rounsville topped UW-Superior with 13 points and five rebounds. The Yellowjackets also received 10 points and three rebounds from Ashley Laidley and eight points, five rebounds and three assists from Tessa Gronli. Carissa Nord dished out a team-high seven assists while adding eight points.
The Titans finished with 40 percent shooting (24-60) from the field and 37.9 percent (11-29) accuracy from behind the three-point line. They converted 8-of-12 free throws for a mark of 66.7 percent.
UW-Superior hit 42.2 percent (19-45) of its shots, including 35.3 percent (6-17) beyond the three-point arc. The Yellowjackets made 8-of-11 attempts (72.7 percent) at the free-throw stripe.
UW-Oshkosh committed 14 turnovers and UW-Superior 20. The Yellowjackets nipped the Titans in the rebounding category, 30-28.
Pioneers Rally To Tip Titans
UW-Platteville scored the last seven points of the game to erase a four-point deficit and defeat the UW-Oshkosh women's basketball team, 66-63, on Wednesday (Jan. 9) in Platteville.
UW-Platteville (9-5/3-2 WIAC) trailed 63-59 with two minutes to play. The Pioneers pulled within 63-61 on a tip-in by Lisa Grantman with 1:36 left and tied the score at 63 on a lay-up by Lisa Wubben with 51 seconds remaining.
Following a missed lay-up by Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh), Wubbens made two free throws with 18 seconds left to give UW-Platteville a 65-63 lead. Vanessa Nemitz then blocked a shot by Michelle Boeder (Fr. • Oshkosh) and made 1-of-2 free throws with eight seconds remaining. Laura Ebbens (Fr. • Appleton) missed a three-point shot that would have tied the game with three seconds to play.
UW-Oshkosh (6-8/1-4 WIAC) led the final 14:58 of the first half and took a 33-25 advantage to intermission. The Titans trailed only twice in the opening period and staged a 12-3 scoring run to take a 33-21 lead with 2:24 left in the half.
The Pioneers started the second half with a 15-8 scoring run to close their deficit to 41-40 with 14:53 remaining in the game. UW-Oshkosh countered with a 13-3 run to take a 54-44 lead with 8:44 to go.
UW-Platteville refused to go away and battled back with 12 straight points to go in front 56-54 with 4:32 left in the game. Tiffany Pugh (Fr. • Sturtevant) regained the advantage for the Titans on a three-pointer and Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) made a lay-up for a 59-56 UW-Oshkosh lead.
After a three-pointer by the Pioneers' Megan Guernsey tied the score at 59 with 3:35 left, UW-Oshkosh jumped ahead 63-59 with two free throws apiece from Pugh and Tyriver.
Baganz led UW-Oshkosh in scoring with 19 points. She also grabbed five rebounds and tallied three steals. Pugh totaled 18 points, including 5-of-9 shooting behind the three-point line, while Tyriver compiled 15 points and seven rebounds. Boeder scored four points and hauled in a team-high eight rebounds.
Nemitz scored a career-high 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished off four assists for UW-Platteville. Wubbens recorded her sixth double-double of the season by totaling 19 points and 11 rebounds. Grantman added 15 points and six rebounds for the Pioneers.
UW-Oshkosh out-shot UW-Platteville from the field, 42.6 percent (23-54) to 32.4 percent (22-68), but the Titans were hampered by 28 turnovers and 19 offensive rebounds by the Pioneers.
The Titans made 10 of their 24 three-point shots (41.7 percent) and seven of their eight free throws (87.5 percent). The Pioneers shot 23.3 percent (7-30) behind the three-point line and 88.2 percent (15-17) from the free-throw stripe.
The Titans finished the contest with 34 rebounds, 17 assists, eight steals and seven blocked shots. UW-Platteville totaled 41 rebounds, 13 assists, 11 steals and two blocked shots to go along with 23 turnovers.
15th-Ranked Pointers Trap Titans
With the help of 21 consecutive points, UW-Stevens Point smothered the UW-Oshkosh women’s basketball team, 79-47, on Saturday (Jan. 5) in Stevens Point.
UW-Stevens Point (11-1/2-1 WIAC) closed out the first period by marking the last 11 points. Haley Houghton scored eight in a row before Christin Coles drained a triple in the final minute to give UW-Stevens Point a 39-18 lead at intermission.
The Pointers then opened second half with a 10-0 run. Houghton converted a four-point play and Kranz hit a pair of buckets to put UW-Stevens Point up 49-18 with 17:32 to play.
The Titans (6-7/1-3 WAIC) couldn’t overcome 0-for-15 shooting from three-point range and never led in the contest.
The hosts wasted no time getting on the board, with Laura Neuenfeldt hitting a three-pointer on their first possession. UW-Stevens Point went on to score eight of its next nine points on the free-throw line. Chelsea Kranz made a pair at the charity stripe to stretch the Pointers’ lead to 11-4 with 14:56 remaining in the first half.
After Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) and Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) connected on jumpers to trim the Titans’ (6-7/1-3 WIAC) deficit to three (11-8), Neuenfeldt started a 15-4 Pointers’ run with a pair of free throws. Seven different UW-Stevens Point players recorded at least two points during the span. Kranz finished the spurt with two successful tries at the free-throw line to increase the advantage to 26-12 with 7:01 left in the opening period.
Tyriver, who had 12 of the Titans’ 18 points in the first half, made a jump shot with 4:21 remaining in the half to make it 28-18. She finished with a team-high 16 points and three steals.
Following the Pointers’ game-snatching streak, Michelle Boeder (Fr. • Oshkosh) scored the Titans’ next eleven points. Her pair of free throws with 15:50 left on the clock pulled UW-Oshkosh as close as it would get the rest of the way at 51-23.
Coles’s three-point basket with 8:52 remaining gave the Pointers their largest margin of 37 points (66-29). Using four points apiece from Tyriver and Boeder, UW-Oshkosh came back with eight of the next ten points to cut the deficit to 68-37 with 4:38 to play in the game.
Baganz topped the Titans with six rebounds while adding four points and two steals. Boeder ended up with 15 points, four rebounds, and three steals. She also connected on all five of her free throws.
The Pointers were led in scoring by Houghton, who had 14 points and made 3-of-5 shots from behind the three-point arc. Kranz was the only other UW-Stevens Point player in double figures with 10 points.
UW-Oshkosh shot 33.3 percent (18-54) from the field and 91.7 percent (11-12) at the free-throw line.
UW-Stevens Point made 53.8 percent (28-52) of their field goal tries, including 7-of-16 from long range (43.8 percent). The Pointers hit 16-of-19 attempts (84.2 percent) at the charity stripe.
The Titans were able to win the rebounding battle, 32-31. UW-Stevens Point took the turnover category by committing 19 compared to UW-Oshkosh’s 27.
Titans Corral Lions
The trio of Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh), Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) and Michelle Boeder (Fr. • Oshkosh) combined for 59 points as the UW-Oshkosh women’s basketball team throttled Finlandia University (Mich.), 75-48, on Wednesday (Jan. 2) in Kolf Sports Center.
Tyriver and Baganz each notched 22 points to help the Titans (6-6) record their highest-scoring game of the season. Tyriver shot 9-of-19 from the field and 2-of-3 from the free-throw line. She also added six rebounds, five assists and three steals.
The 22 points were a career best for Baganz, who hit 3-of-7 three-point shots and 8-of-15 attempts overall. She also pulled in three rebounds and her four steals were integral in UW-Oshkosh’s total of 16 for the game. Boeder posted a career high for points as well, scoring 15. She tallied a team-high four steals and made 3-of-5 three-point shots.
The Lions (2-11) were led in scoring by Linzy Monticello and Jodi Riutta, who amassed 13 points apiece. Monticello also chipped in four assists and two steals. Ally Tincknell grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds while scoring 11 points.
Finlandia University sprinted out to a 12-6 lead with 14:26 remaining in the first half after a pair of three-point baskets by Monticello. UW-Oshkosh responded with 13 straight points, including six by Tyriver, during the next five minutes and 53 seconds to take a 19-12 lead with 10:22 left in the half.
UW-Oshkosh scored the last nine points of the first half to take a 35-23 lead to intermission. The Titans then counted 10 of the first 11 points of the second half to post a 45-24 advantage with 14:35 left to play. Finlandia University was outscored 19-1 during that span as it went 11:56 without a field goal.
Finlandia University, which suffered its 11th straight loss, trailed by 20-plus points the final 14:22 of the contest. The Lions' largest deficit was 75-46 with 2:57 left.
The Titans hit 8-of-25 shots (32 percent) from three-point range and 28-of-66 shots (42.4 percent) overall. They connected on 11-of-15 attempts (73.3 percent) from the charity stripe.
Finlandia University shot 37.3 percent (19-51) from the field and just 16.7 percent (3-18) from beyond the three-point arc. The Lions made 7-of-11 free throws for 63.6 percent accuracy.
UW-Oshkosh used a 15-9 advantage in offensive boards to out-rebound Finlandia University, 39-33. The Titans turned the basketball over 17 times compared to the Lions’ total of 27.
It was the first meeting between the two teams.
Raiders Sink Titans
Mount Union College (Ohio) scored the game’s final eight points and brought down the UW-Oshkosh women’s basketball team, 46-39, on Thursday (Dec. 20) in Miami Shores, Fla.
UW-Oshkosh (5-6) took a 39-38 lead on a free throw from Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) with 4:55 left in the game, but the Titans were held scoreless the rest of the way. Alicia Williams secured the victory for Mount Union College (5-5) by scoring the game's last six points. Williams totaled 18 points and nine rebounds for the Raiders, both game highs.
The contest appeared to be a shootout from the opening tip, with the game’s first four field goals all coming from three-point range. The Raiders responded to Tiffany Pugh’s (Fr. • Sturtevant) trey with two three-point baskets from Katie Crider and one from Tessa Pohovey. Crider’s second three-pointer gave Mount Union College a 9-3 advantage with 13:26 remaining in the opening period.
Four different players made a shot as UW-Oshkosh scored nine straight points to take its first lead. Pugh connected on a three-pointer to take a 10-9 lead, and then drained two more in the next two minutes to stretch the Titans' advantage to 20-15 with 3:45 left in the first half.
The Raiders stormed back with six straight points to close the period. Pohovey buried two jumpers after Lauren Forquer’s successful jump shot to put Mount Union College in front 21-20 at the intermission.
Pohovey and Forquer kept the ball rolling to open the second half, posting the first six points of the period. The Raiders’ cushion reached seven points after Forquer’s jumper made it 27-20 with 16:56 to play in the game.
Tyriver’s four straight points jump-started a UW-Oshkosh streak of nine consecutive points midway through the second half. Michelle Boeder (Fr. • Oshkosh) capped the scoring run with a three-pointer to give UW-Oshkosh its largest margin of the half, a 38-36 advantage with 6:19 left to play.
Pugh paced the Titans in scoring with 14 points, including 12 on 4-of-8 shooting from three-point range. Tyriver added nine points and five rebounds, while Boeder contributed five points and two steals and Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) four points, five rebounds and a team-high five assists.
Mount Union College received nine points from both Crider and Pohovey. Pohovey also contributed seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
UW-Oshkosh hit 14-of-43 shots (32.6 percent) from the field and 6-of-23 shots (26.1 percent) from behind the three-point arc. The Titans converted 5-of-9 attempts at the charity stripe for a mark of 55.6 percent.
The Raiders shot 35.3 percent (18-51) on their field goals and 85.7 percent (6-7) on their free throws. Mount Union College connected on 4-of-19 shots (21.1 percent) from three-point range.
Mount Union College committed 12 turnovers and UW-Oshkosh 16. The Raiders conquered the rebounding battle, 37-27.
The contest was the second between the two teams, with the first being a 66-50 UW-Oshkosh victory in the title game of the 1996 NCAA Division III Championship. That victory in Kolf Sports Center capped a perfect 31-0 season for the Titans.
Titans Reel In Muskies
Using season-high marks for assists and field goal percentage, the UW-Oshkosh women’s basketball team defeated Lakeland College, 69-55, on Tuesday (Dec. 18) in Coral Springs, Fla.
The Titans recorded an assist on 25 of their 28 baskets, leading to 56 percent (28-50) shooting from the field. UW-Oshkosh (5-5) also shot 44.4 percent (8-18) behind the three-point line and 55.6 percent (5-9) from the free-throw stripe.
Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) made 10 of her 15 shots from the field to lead UW-Oshkosh in scoring with 21 points. She also totaled three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Four different UW-Oshkosh players made a basket in the early going to help the Titans soar to a 9-2 advantage just 3:41 into the contest. Michelle Boeder’s (Fr. • Oshkosh) three-pointer was followed by successful jumpers from Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) and Tyriver to make it a seven-point UW-Oshkosh lead.
Lakeland College (4-4) fought back with a 10-2 scoring run, highlighted by the sharp shooting of Peggy Keiper. Keiper found the bottom of the net on three jump shots and posted eight points in the span. Her three-point shot with 12:45 remaining in the opening period gave the Muskies their only lead of the game at 12-11.
Tyriver was the catalyst in the Titans’ charge at the end of the first half. She scored six of the first eight points during an 18-4 spurt that put UW-Oshkosh ahead to stay. Baganz added seven points during the streak, including a three-pointer in the final minute to stretch the Titans' advantage to 33-18 at the intermission.
UW-Oshkosh opened the second half by hitting its first five shots, including three-point bombs from Tyriver, Baganz and Tiffany Pugh (Fr. • Sturtevant). Lakeland College cut its deficit to 48-39 on a lay-up by Terra Hiben, but Tyriver answered the score with a jump shot to put UW-Oshkosh ahead by double digits the rest of the way.
Lakeland College was led in scoring by the 13 points of both Peggy Keiper and K.C. Blahnik. Blahnik also pulled in five rebounds while Brenda Paulson paced the Muskies with six.
Boeder scored 13 points while recording team highs in assists with eight and rebounds with seven. Baganz added 12 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Lakeland College shot 33.3 percent (20-60) from the field and 71.4 percent (10-14) from the free-throw line. The Muskies made just 22.7 percent (5-22) of their three-point shots.
UW-Oshkosh nipped Lakeland College in the rebounding category, 27-26. The Muskies took better care of the basketball, committing just 15 turnovers compared to the Titans’ total of 20.
UW-Oshkosh has won all 10 of its games with Lakeland College.
Green Knights Bounce Titans
St. Norbert College led from start to finish as it defeated UW-Oshkosh, 62-40, in a women’s basketball game held Saturday (Dec. 15) in De Pere.
The Green Knights (6-1) jumped out to a 20-4 advantage just 11:38 into the contest and used another impressive scoring run of 22-4 early in the second half to put the game away.
St. Norbert College went to intermission leading 30-15. The Green Knights had six players score four or more points in the opening period and limited the Titans to just 25 percent (6-24) shooting from the field.
UW-Oshkosh (4-5) scored on its first possession of the second half to cut its deficit to 30-17. The 13-point margin was the closest the Titans would get as the Green Knights responded with a 22-4 scoring run to take a 52-21 lead with 9:55 to play. St. Norbert College's second-half scoring spree was highlighted by the nine points of Morgan Strasser and eight of Denise Heuser.
Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) scored 14 points to lead UW-Oshkosh. She also grabbed six rebounds and dished off two assists. The Titans also received 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals from Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) and seven rebounds and three assists from Tiffany Pugh (Fr. • Sturtevant).
Strasser led St. Norbert College by totaling 15 points, six steals and five rebounds. Linsey Propson added nine points, while Heuser contributed eight points and three rebounds and Cortney Biese eight points and five rebounds.
UW-Oshkosh shot a season-low 32.7 percent (16-49) from the field. The Titans connected on three of their 16 three-point shots (18.8 percent) and five of their seven free throws (71.4 percent).
St. Norbert College shot 40 percent (24-60) from the field and 68.8 percent (11-16) from the free-throw line. The Green Knights made just three of their 13 three-point shots (23.1 percent).
St. Norbert College, which defeated UW-Oshkosh for just the third time in 15 meetings, won the rebounding battle, 37-35. The Green Knights had 15 turnovers, compared to 25 for the Titans.
Blue Devils Conquer Titans
A nine-minute scoring drought in the first half proved costly as the UW-Oshkosh women's basketball team dropped a 64-51 decision to three-time defending WIAC champion UW-Stout on Saturday (Dec. 8) in Kolf Sports Center.
UW-Stout (5-4/2-1 WIAC) overcame a 19-16 deficit with a 12-0 scoring run that spanned nine minutes and nine seconds. The Blue Devils' Lindsey Geissler started the scoring streak with a game-tying three-pointer with 9:28 to play in the first half. The scoring spree ended with a Megan Maslowski lay-up that gave the Blue Devils a 28-19 advantage at the 2:24 mark of the opening period.
Geissler finished the contest with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor. She also dished out four assists and recorded four steals. Julia Hirssig scored 10 of her team-high 16 points in the second half while pulling in eight rebounds and recording three steals.
The Titans (4-4/1-2 WIAC) held their own early in the game, taking an 8-6 lead on Rachel Williquette’s (Fr. • Howard) lay-up with 15:50 to go in the first. Amanda Aubry (Fr. • De Pere) connected on a three-point shot to give UW-Oshkosh its largest lead of the game at 15-11 with 13:19 remaining in the half.
UW-Stout responded with a Joanna Bird three-point shot to retake a 16-15 lead and the advantage for good with 11:46 left in the first period. Bird closed out the game with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.
The Blue Devils’ momentum-snatching scoring run featured another three-point shot from Bird as UW-Stout took a 28-23 lead into intermission. UW-Stout recorded an assist on each of their first nine field goals in the contest.
Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) led the Titans’ charge in the second half. Tyriver found the bottom of the net on a three-point shot with 15:21 to go that made it a 34-30 Blue Devils’ advantage. She paced UW-Oshkosh with 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
The Titans’ Jessica Baehman (Fr. • Oshkosh) made a jumper to cut the margin to two points at 40-38 with 11:32 to play. UW-Stout proceeded to reel off nine consecutive points, including six by Hirssig, to put the game out of reach.
Williquette, Michelle Boeder (Fr. • Oshkosh) and Laura Ebbens (Fr. • Appleton) each posted six points in the game for the Titans. Williquette also notched three steals and four rebounds.
UW-Oshkosh was perfect at the free throw line, converting all eight attempts. The Titans hit 38.5 percent (20-52) of their shots from the field, including 3-of-10 attempts (30 percent) behind the three-point arc.
UW-Stout shot 45.3 percent (24-53) from the field, including 33.3 percent (5-15) from three-point range. The Blue Devils made 11 of their 19 free throws for 57.9 percent accuracy.
Led by the eight rebounds of Dani Boese, UW-Stout won the rebounding battle, 33-30. UW-Oshkosh had 22 turnovers in the game and UW-Stout 19.
Seventh-Ranked Warhawks Overpower Titans
The UW-Whitewater women's basketball team raced out to a 35-point halftime lead and coasted to a 82-43 victory over UW-Oshkosh on Wednesday (Dec. 5) in Whitewater. The Warhawks entered the contest ranked seventh in the NCAA Division III by D3Hoops.com.
UW-Whitewater (6-0/2-0 WIAC) inched out to an 8-2 lead before UW-Oshkosh responded with a 6-2 scoring run to close to within 10-8 at the 14:29 mark. It was all Warhawks from there as they outscored the Titans 40-7 to take a 50-15 advantage at intermission. UW-Oshkosh was held without a point for the last 5:44 of the first period, committing five turnovers and missing four shots from the field and two shots from the charity stripe during the scoring drought.
After trading baskets to start the second half, UW-Whitewater maintained at least a 37-point lead for the remainder of the contest. The Warhawks' largest lead of the final period was 45 points, coming at counts of 66-21 and 75-30. UW-Whitewater had 10 of its 19 players that saw court time score at least four points, including a game-high 16 from Tiffany Morton.
Michelle Boeder (Fr. • Oshkosh) led the Titans with 14 points. She also grabbed five rebounds. Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) had eight points and seven rebounds while Amber Goljenboom (Fr. • Pickett) had six rebounds, but was held scoreless in the game. No other UW-Oshkosh player tallied more than five points.
The Warhawks' Morton also hauled in a game-high nine rebounds. Dana Thompson added 10 points, Heidi Sonntag chipped in eight points and four steals and Sarah Moran passed out four assists and added six points.
UW-Oshkosh ended the contest shooting 34 percent (16-47) from the floor, 21.4 percent (3-14) from beyond the arc and 57.1 percent (8-14) from the charity stripe. UW-Whitewater shot 47 percent (31-66) from the field, 36.8 percent (7-19) behind the three-point circle and 86.7 percent (13-15) from the free-throw line.
UW-Whitewater, which now owns a three-game winning streak over UW-Oshkosh, finished the game with advantages of 19-5 in assists, 5-0 in blocked shots and 12-7 in steals. The Titans grabbed a 36-33 cushion in rebounds, but lost the turnover battle, 24-11.
Titans Ground Falcons In WIAC Opener
The UW-Oshkosh women’s basketball team used a three-point shooting spree at the end of the first half to pull away and defeat UW-River Falls, 69-63, on Saturday (Dec. 1) in Kolf Sports Center. The game was the WIAC opener for both teams.
After starting the game 1-of-10 from behind the arc, the Titans (4-2/1-0 WIAC) connected on 6-of-7 three pointers in the middle of the contest. UW-Oshkosh finished 9-of-24 from downtown overall (38 percent).
Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) hit three of her six long range attempts to lead the Titans with a career-high 17 points. Baganz also posted four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. She shot six-of-six from the free-throw line.
UW-Oshkosh turned the ball over seven times in the game’s opening six minutes before finding its stride. After Laura Ebbens (Fr. • Appleton) notched a steal and two successful free throws, the Titans tied the contest at 19 with 4:31 to play in the first half.
Baganz started UW-Oshkosh’s impressive streak with a trey for a 22-19 advantage. Tiffany Pugh (Fr. • Sturtevant) found the bottom of the net on the Titans’ fifth three-pointer later on to put them up 31-22 with one minute remaining in the half. UW-Oshkosh led 32-24 at the break.
The Falcons’ Krystal Parr answered with multiple three-pointers in the second period. She responded to a Pugh trey with one of her own to cut UW-River Falls’ deficit to 44-35 with 13:24 on the clock. Parr finished with a team-high 22 points, including 7-of-12 shooting from downtown.
Another Titan posting a personal-game best was Michelle Boeder (Fr. • Oshkosh). Boeder used a perfect five-of-five total from the line to record 14 points. She also posted five rebounds and two assists in the contest.
UW-River Falls (2-3/0-1 WIAC) trailed by as many as 12 points in the final period before going on a 13-4 run that shrunk the Titans’ lead to 64-61. Tess Lardie connected on two free throws to make it a three-point difference with 28 seconds to play.
Laura Ebbens blocked two key shots down the stretch as UW-Oshkosh sealed the game at the line. Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) made three free throws in the final 14 seconds and ended up with nine points, nine rebounds, and five assists on the day.
The Titans finished with 41 percent shooting from the field (19-46). UW-River Falls shot 36 percent overall (24-66) and 33 percent from behind the arc (8-24).
UW-Oshkosh overcame 23 turnovers by converting 22-of-31 free throws (71 percent). The Falcons hit 7-of-13 at the line for a mark of 54 percent while committing 14 giveaways. The Titans won the rebounding battle by a margin of 41-37.
Titans Clip Cardinals
The UW-Oshkosh women’s basketball team used a 16-0 run in the first half on its way to a 70-63 victory over North Central College on Saturday (Nov. 24) in Naperville, Ill.
The Titans (3-2) jumped on the Cardinals early in the game by turning a 17-11 advantage into a 33-11 margin with 3:08 left in the period. Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) scored eight of the team’s 16 unanswered points, helping UW-Oshkosh take a 39-16 lead into halftime.
Tyriver scored 12 points in the first half and led the Titans with 17 for the game. She also recorded five rebounds, three assists, and two steals in the contest.
Laura Ebbens (Fr. • Appleton) and Michelle Boeder (Fr. • Oshkosh) were key in the opening minutes as the Titans rattled of 11 straight points to go in front 15-6 with 15:37 remaining in the first. Ebbens tallied four points and Boeder drained a three-pointer during the spurt in which UW-Oshkosh took the lead for good.
Ebbens hit seven of her eight free-throw tries to accumulate 13 points on the night. Using 5-of-9 shooting from the field, Boeder scored 12 points as the third Titan in double figures.
North Central College (2-2) used back to back three-pointers by Jessica Davis to pull within 14 points early in the second. Barb Williams’ jumper closed out a 9-2 Cardinal run that sliced the gap to 45-31. Williams led the Cardinals with 20 points, including 7-of-9 shooting, and eight rebounds.
The Cardinals’ Gia Navarra started an 8-2 run with a jumper in the middle of the second period. Meghan McGuire added two jumpers of her own to cut the North Central College deficit to 54-42 with 7:45 to play. Navarra was second on the Cardinals with 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Titans’ advantage shrunk to just six points at the 1:58 mark of the final half. The Cardinals scored all of their points from the line during an 8-1 stretch that made the score 63-57. North Central College could get no closer than six during the second period.
UW-Oshkosh made good use of their 36 attempts from the charity stripe, connecting on 24 of them (67 percent). The Cardinals converted 15-of-21 free-throw tries for a rate of 71 percent.
Jessica Davis hit 3-of-7 and Gia Navarra made 2-of-6 treys to contribute to the Cardinals' total of 6-for-17 from long range (35 percent). The Titans attempted six three-pointers, with Boeder and Tyriver each making one, for a team mark of 33 percent.
Tiffany Pugh (Fr. • Sturtevant) posted five steals to help UW-Oshkosh win the turnover battle, 17-20. The Cardinals lost despite out-rebounding the Titans by a 38-25 margin.
North Central College outscored the Titans, 47-31, in the second half on its way to shooting 44 percent for the game. UW-Oshkosh made 42 percent of its attempts from the field.
Titans Struck By Thunder
The UW-Oshkosh women's basketball team couldn’t overcome a 13-2 run by Wheaton College (Ill.) in the second half as the Titans dropped a 63-53 decision to the Thunder on Friday (Nov. 23) in Wheaton Ill.
Thunder (3-0) guard Kathleen Fidelia scored eight of her team-high 14 points during the streak that earned Wheaton College the victory. Fidelia also posted five rebounds, seven assists, and four steals in the contest.
UW-Oshkosh’s Tiffany Pugh (Fr. • Sturtevant) hit a lay-up that cut the Thunder’s lead to 39-37 with 13:31 to go in the game. Wheaton College fought back by scoring 13 of the contest’s next 15 points en route to a 52-39 advantage with 6:37 remaining. The Titans (2-2) could get no closer than eight for the rest of the way.
Pugh led UW-Oshkosh with 16 points in the game, to go along with five rebounds and three assists. Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh) was next in line for the Titans, posting 10 points and five assists. Both Tyriver and Pugh made 2-of-5 three-point attempts in the game.
Tyriver made her first trey early on to give UW-Oshkosh a 3-2 lead. The Thunder’s Lynnea Kvam answered with a three of her own that started a 13-2 spurt for Wheaton College. The Thunder held their largest lead of the first half with a 15-5 margin at the 11:26 mark.
Kvam finished the game with all three of the Thunder’s three-point baskets in recording nine points and five assists. Center Whitney Edgecombe shot 7-of-13 from the field to lead Wheaton College with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Titans’ Michelle Boeder (Fr. • Oshkosh) ran off six points during the closing stretch of the first half. UW-Oshkosh turned a 19-9 deficit into a brief 26-24 lead after Rachel Williquette (Fr. • Howard) drained a three-pointer with 2:29 to play. The Titans trailed 29-27 at the break.
It appeared as though UW-Oshkosh was coming back during the opening minutes of the second half. Tyriver connected on a three-pointer and Pugh followed with two long-range field goals of her own to pull the Titans within two at 39-37 with 13:31 remaining. The two-point margin was as close as they could get in the final period.
UW-Oshkosh shot 43 percent from the field for the game, which was slightly better than the Thunder’s mark of 41 percent. Wheaton College made up for the discrepancy by taking 16 more shots (63-47) than the Titans.
The Thunder's Jamie Jones made five of her six free-throw tries, contributing to Wheaton’s total of 8-for-11 (73 percent). UW-Oshkosh hit 50 percent of its attempts at the line (7-14).
The Titans lost the turnover battle by giving the ball away 23 times, compared to Wheaton College’s total of 17. The Thunder took the rebounding category as well by a 38-33 margin. UW-Oshkosh's Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) led all rebounders with 10.
Only one player made a three-pointer for Wheaton College as it shot 3-of-13 from downtown (23 percent). UW-Oshkosh made six of its 17 treys on the night for a mark of 35 percent.
Titans Rout Red Hawks
Tiffany Pugh (Fr. • Sturtevant) scored 20 points and grabbed four rebounds in 23 minutes of action as the UW-Oshkosh women’s basketball team defeated Ripon College, 69-55, on Tuesday (Nov. 20) in Ripon.
Ripon College (1-2) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead thanks to a pair of free throws from Carissa Zuercher. The Titans responded with six straight points, including the tying jumper by Laura Ebbens (Fr. • Appleton).
Whitney Tyriver (Sr • Oshkosh) and Pugh hit three-point shots on back-to-back possessions to give UW-Oshkosh a 12-8 lead with 14:37 to play in the first half. Tyriver posted 15 points, 10 rebounds and five steals in the contest.
Jessica DeHamer led the Red Hawks’ charge in the middle of the first. Her lay-up with 9:19 remaining gave Ripon College its final lead of the game at 23-22. DeHamer topped the Red Hawks in scoring with 24 points.
The Titans fought back with an 11-2 run that flipped the contest’s momentum back to UW-Oshkosh (2-1). Pugh connected on three-point shots on consecutive possessions and Amber Goljenboom (Fr. • Pickett) converted a lay-up to put the Titans up 33-25 at the 2:40 mark of the opening period. UW-Oshkosh used three steals, including two by Tyriver, to take a 33-30 advantage into the intermission.
Ripon College cut the deficit to one early in the second half after Jeni Yaeger turned two steals into baskets. The Red Hawks pulled as close as 37-36 when Jessica DeHamer made a lay-up with 15:25 remaining. Yaeger was second in scoring on the Ripon College squad with 13 points.
Using seven points from Pugh, UW-Oshkosh rattled off 15 straight to put the game away in the middle of the second half. Tyriver recorded three steals and four points during the Titans’ offensive streak. Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) finished the spurt with a lay-up that gave UW-Oshkosh a 52-36 advantage with 10:32 to play.
Laura Ebbens (Fr. • Appleton) found the bottom of the net on four free throws in the closing minutes to contribute to the Titans’ cause. She made all four of her field goal attempts in the contest on her way to 13 points. Ebbens also led UW-Oshkosh with five assists.
Pugh was the key to a UW-Oshkosh bench that outscored the Red Hawks’ bench, 40-12. The Titans were equal to Ripon College in the turnover department, with each team committing 19 miscues.
Tyriver’s 6-of-9 field goal shooting and Pugh’s 7-of-11 accuracy paced the team, which shot 52.4 percent (25-48) for the game. UW-Oshkosh connected on five of their 13 three-point tries (38.5 percent), compared to just 1-of-8 for Ripon College (12.5 percent).
The Titans shot 60.9 percent (14-23) from the free throw line.
Ripon College shot 32.1 percent (21-55) from the field and 63.2 percent (12-19) from the free-throw line.
Titans Oust Flying Dutch
UW-Oshkosh scored 22 of the last 26 points to pull away and defeat Central College (Iowa), 63-36, in a women's basketball game held Saturday (Nov. 17) in Rockford, Ill.
The Titans had six players score points during their game-ending offensive spree, including Jessica Abitz (Jr. • Franksville), who tallied seven, along with Amber Goljenboom (Fr. • Pickett) and Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh), who counted four each.
UW-Oshkosh (1-1) trailed 5-0 in the early going before rattling off 17 of the game’s next 19 points to take a 10-point advantage. Michelle Boeder (Fr. • Oshkosh) hit a three-pointer to give the Titans a lead that they would never relinquish.
Whitney Tyriver was named to the all-tournament team after posting 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and six steals in the game. Boeder and Abitz also scored 11 points each as the Titans snapped a school-record nine-game losing streak.
Central College’s Erin Benson made a jumper to cut the UW-Oshkosh lead to 29-23 with 16:27 to go in the second half. The Titans would not allow them to get any closer as UW-Oshkosh responded with a 10-2 spurt to stretch its advantage to 39-25.
The Titans put any doubts about the game’s outcome to rest with a key three-shot possession in the middle of the second period. Michelle Boeder found Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) for a three-pointer after UW-Oshkosh claimed two offensive rebounds. Baganz’s trey put the Titans up by 12 points with 8:38 remaining.
Tyriver continued to find the bottom of the net on her jumpers as UW-Oshkosh put Central College away with a 16-2 run. The Titans led 57-34 after a pair of successful free throws by Beth Hebl (So. • Brookfield).
Using 9-of-10 free throw shooting in the second half, UW-Oshkosh finished with 16 attempts at the line compared to Central College’s total of four. Michelle Boeder made all four of her charity stripe tries and pulled in six rebounds in the contest.
Central College also struggled from long range, connecting on just 2-of-13 three-pointers. Andrea Clark was the only player in double figures with 10 points, while also providing a team-high nine boards.
Amber Goljenboom led the Titans with five assists and three blocked shots and also contributed eight points. UW-Oshkosh shot 50 percent (14-28) from the field in the second half and hit 46.2 percent (24-52) of its attempts for the game.
Two other Titans who chipped in for the victory were Erin Baganz and Tiffany Pugh (Fr. • Sturtevant). Each scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting. Baganz reeled in six rebounds, recorded a steal, and hit one of UW-Oshkosh’s three three-pointers.
Duhawks Oust Titans In Season Opener
The UW-Oshkosh women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome the three-point shooting of Loras College (Iowa) and dropped a 64-60 decision to the Duhawks on Friday (Nov. 16) in Rockford, Ill. It was the season opener for both teams, with UW-Oshkosh losing its season debut for just the seventh time in 34 years.
UW-Oshkosh (0-1) trailed 35-25 and took its first lead of the contest at 47-45 with 7:27 to play. The Titans held a 54-52 advantage with 2:44 left, but Natalie Pucci hit one of her five three-point baskets to give Loras College a 55-54 lead. Pucci drained another three-point shot on the Duhawks' next possession and Loras College (1-0) held onto the lead the rest of way.
Loras College led the entire first half and took a 25-20 advantage to intermission. The Duhawks' largest lead of the opening period was a 16-7 value with 7:25 left before the break. Loras College built its halftime lead thanks to a 28-16 rebounding advantage.
Loras College opened the second half with a 10-5 scoring run to take a 35-25 lead with 16:52 to play. The Duhawks held a 45-36 advantage before the Titans scored 11 unanswered points to grab their 47-45 lead. UW-Oshkosh's scoring spree featured six points by Erin Baganz (Fr. • Ashwaubenon) and four by Whitney Tyriver (Sr. • Oshkosh).
Tyriver scored 21 points and collected 11 rebounds to lead UW-Oshkosh in both categories. The Titans also received 13 points and six rebounds from Baganz, seven points and six rebounds from Tiffany Pugh (Fr. • Sturtevant) and seven points, four assists, three rebounds and three blocked shots from Amber Goljenboom (Fr. • Pickett).
Lisa Morrissey scored 18 points, including 10-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line, to lead Loras College. Morrissey also grabbed six rebounds, dished off four assists and recorded two steals. Other double-figure scorers for the Duhawks were Pucci with 17 points and Lindsay Bava with 13. Bava also grabbed a team-best nine rebounds.
UW-Oshkosh, which started the contest with one senior and four freshmen, shot 40.7 percent (22-54) from the field and 66.7 percent (14-21) from the free-throw line. The Titans made just two of their 14 three-point shots (14.3 percent).
Loras College, a first-time opponent of UW-Oshkosh, shot 33.3 percent (20-60) from the field and 85 percent (17-20) from the free-throw stripe. The Duhawks converted seven of their 15 three-point shots (46.7 percent).
Loras College won the rebounding battle, 44-34. The Duhawks committed 17 turnovers and the Titans 16.
Titans' 2007-08 Season Preview
With just one senior returning for the second consecutive season, head coach Terri Schumacher faces her biggest challenge yet as UW-Oshkosh looks to get better on a game-by-game basis during the 2007-08 women’s basketball season.
Schumacher, who was a NCAA Division III All-American as a member of the Titans’ 1985 WIAC championship team, will try to improve on her 27-24 coaching record in her third season at the helm. UW-Oshkosh posted an 8-16 record (4-12 WIAC) last year after going 19-8 and claiming a share of the conference title in 2006.
All-WIAC first team guard Becky Knapp departs after being the Titans’ second-leading scorer last season. She averaged 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in her senior year. Knapp started 57 games while scoring 839 points and reeling in 422 rebounds over the past four years.
In senior guard Whitney Tyriver (Oshkosh) and junior forward Jessica Abitz (Franksville), UW-Oshkosh returns two players with starting experience from last season.
Tyriver is the lone senior on the squad and earned All-WIAC first team honors last season after averaging 15.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest. She started all 24 games last year and shot 87 percent from the free-throw line while recording team highs with 74 assists and 43 steals. In 2006, Tyriver started all 27 contests and averaged 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. In 2005, Tyriver started 10 games and averaged 3.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. She enters the 2008 season with 666 career points.
Abitz started six of the 24 games that she played in last season and averaged 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest. In 2006, Abitz played in 10 games and averaged 1.6 points per contest.
Sophomore guard Beth Hebl (Brookfield) returns after playing in 23 games last season. She averaged 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per contest.
The team gladly welcomes back sophomore center Beth Garman (Lake Mills), who missed the 2007 season due to an injury. In 2006, Garman played in 27 games and averaged 2.2 points and 1.5 rebounds per outing.
This year's roster also includes freshmen forwards Jessica Baehman (Oshkosh), Lydia Falk (Lodi) and Amber Goljenboom (Pickett). Goljenboom joins the Titans as a transfer from UW-Whitewater.
The rest of the team is made up of freshmen guards Amanda Aubry (De Pere), Erin Baganz (Ashwaubenon), Kayla Bird (Boyceville), Michelle Boeder (Oshkosh), Laura Ebbens (Appleton), Teresa Green (Waupaca), Tiffany Pugh (Sturtevant) and Rachel Williquette (Howard).
UW-Oshkosh lost six letter winners from last season and has to replace 61 percent of its points and 70 percent of its rebounds from a year ago. These figures point to a year in which the Titans will be looking to develop as a team after a long stretch of conference dominance. In the previous 14 seasons, UW-Oshkosh has compiled a record of 313-76, with a minimum of 19 victories in 13 of those years.
UW-Oshkosh has claimed at least a share of the 10 WIAC titles in the past 17 seasons. The Titans have also made 10 appearances in the NCAA Division III Championship, with visits in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000. The Titans captured the NCAA Division III title in 1996.