Wenig’s Free Throw Lifts Titans Past Eagles

Megan Wenig (Sr. • Oshkosh) sank a foul shot with four seconds left to give UW-Oshkosh a 47-46 victory over Judson University (Ill.) on Saturday (Nov. 24) in Elgin, Ill.

The Titans (3-0) held a 42-38 lead after Ashley Neustifter's (Fr. • Oshkosh) two free throws with 6:42 remaining. The teams then went scoreless until Heather Conroy (So. • Wisconsin Dells) converted another two free throws with 1:40 left.

Following a three-pointer by Bethany Zuleger and a jumper by Daisy Jara, Hailey Cnota knocked down a triple with 14 seconds left to tie the game at 46. Wenig then got fouled and converted the first of two free throws to provide the Titans' margin of victory.

Judson University (3-6) turned the ball over with one second left - one of 21 giveaways for the Eagles.

For the third straight game, UW-Oshkosh played strong defense in the opening half. The Titans bolted to a 13-4 lead during the first eight minutes. Wenig scored five early points and Katelyn Kuehl (So. • Fond du Lac) tallied four to give UW-Oshkosh its nine-point margin.

Cnota hit a jumper and two free throws to pull the Eagles within 20-15. UW-Oshkosh then scored eight straight points to close the period, using four Katie Kitzke (Sr. • South Milwaukee) free throws to go ahead 28-15 at halftime.

The Eagles got on their own streak in the second half as they tallied 13 unanswered points. Jara started the run with a three-point play and a mid-range basket. After Siobhan Cerney's jumper with 14 minutes on the clock, UW-Oshkosh's cushion was 32-30.

Sarah Stecker (Jr. • Menasha) hit two free throws to snap the Titans' scoring drought of six minutes. Conroy then got inside for two lay-ups to give UW-Oshkosh a 40-34 lead with 9:25 remaining.

UW-Oshkosh's balanced scoring featured 10 points apiece from Conroy, Stecker and Wenig. Conroy snatched six rebounds, while Kuehl topped all players with 10 boards. The Titans finished the game with 14 steals, including four by Neustifter and three by Kuehl.

The Titans shot 28 percent (15-53) from the field and made one of their 10 three-point attempts (10 percent). UW-Oshkosh drained 16 of its 20 free throws (80 percent).

Emily Ragsdale paced Judson University with 11 points, to go with nine points and nine rebounds from Cnota. The Eagles shot 41 percent (19-46) from the field, 30 percent (3-10) from three-point range and 63 percent (5-8) at the foul line.

The Titans visit Lakeland College on Monday (Nov. 26).