December 15, 2012

Titans' Hot Shooting Spells Defeat For Pioneers

UW-Oshkosh made seven straight shots to come back for a 71-57 win over UW-Platteville on Saturday (Dec. 15). This was the first women's basketball contest in Albee Hall since February of 2001.

The Titans (6-2, 2-1 WIAC) overcame a four-point halftime deficit by hitting their first four shots of the second period. Holding a 46-40 cushion, UW-Oshkosh didn't miss from the field for seven minutes. The lead expanded to 64-45 with 6:49 remaining.

Katie Kitzke (Sr. • South Milwaukee) scored a career-high 25 points while adding four rebounds and three assists. The Titans also got 15 points and five assists from Megan Wenig (Sr. • Oshkosh) and six points, nine rebounds and three assists from Heather Conroy (So. • Wisconsin Dells).

UW-Platteville (4-7, 1-3 WIAC) trailed 12-9 in the early going. Elizabeth Lawinger then drained two long-range jumpers as part of a Pioneer 16-2 scoring run. After Kim Wellnitz connected on a three-point shot and a short jumper, UW-Platteville held a 25-14 lead midway through the half.

The Titans responded with a 9-2 spurt of their own that featured a three-pointer by Wenig. Kitzke swished a runner just before intermission to pull her team within 34-30.

After the break, UW-Oshkosh made 13 of its first 15 shots from the field. Wenig buried a long three-pointer as the shot clock expired to put the Titans in front, 42-40. UW-Oshkosh then made three straight three-point shots, with Ashley Neustifter's (Fr. • Oshkosh) hoop making it 55-42 with 11 minutes left.

The margin remained in the teens for the last nine minutes. UW-Platteville cut its deficit to 64-51 on a pair of free throws by Alyssa Krajco.

Both teams secured 31 rebounds, but the Titans took the turnover column, 10-16.

UW-Oshkosh finished the game shooting 50 percent from the field (24-48) and behind the three-point arc (6-12). Kitzke made 7-of-10 free throws as the Titans shot 74 percent (17-23) at the charity stripe.

Lawinger totaled 17 points and four assists, to go with 15 points and six rebounds from Wellnitz. The Pioneers shot 41 percent (22-54) from the field, 33 percent (6-18) behind the three-point arc and 70 percent (7-10) from the free throw line.

UW-Oshkosh travels to Fond du Lac on Monday (Dec. 17) for a meeting with Marian University.