Titans Pounce On Sabres Right Away

Megan Wenig marked season bests of 20 points and seven rebounds
Megan Wenig marked season bests of 20 points and seven rebounds

Megan Wenig (Sr. • Oshkosh) tallied season-bests of 20 points and seven rebounds in UW-Oshkosh's 74-48 women's basketball win over Marian University on Monday (Dec. 17) in Fond du Lac.

UW-Oshkosh (7-2) jumped out to a 19-3 lead in the first 10 minutes of play and never looked back. The Titans made 20-of-25 free throws (80 percent) while holding the Sabres to just 29-percent shooting from the field (12-42).

Marian University (3-6) went in front, 3-2, on a deep jumper by Amelia Mirsberger. The Sabres then went scoreless for the next seven minutes as UW-Oshkosh counted 17 points. Wenig drained two three-pointers and a pair of free throws during that span, while Sarah Stecker's (Jr. • Menasha) lay-up put UW-Oshkosh ahead, 19-3.

The Sabres tried to claw back, using Rissa Cerveny's jumper to pull within 21-12. Wenig sank a long-distance shot before halftime to make it 30-19.

Katie Kitzke (Sr. • South Milwaukee) sank four free throws and Wenig added another triple to extend the Titans' advantage to 41-27. UW-Oshkosh then scored nine straight points, using lay-ins from Katelyn Kuehl (So. • Fond du Lac), Brittany Mirsberger (So. • Chilton) and Ashley Neustifter (Fr. • Oshkosh) to go on top, 54-29, with nine minutes remaining.

After four consecutive points by Kuehl, Alicia Tollefson (So. • Crystal Falls, Mich.) scored six in a row to make it 71-36.

Kitzke added 11 points and five rebounds for the Titans, while Tollefson contributed nine points and four rebounds and Stecker six points and five rebounds. Neustifter led UW-Oshkosh with five assists.

Ashley Backes topped the Sabres with 10 points. Cerveny scored seven points and collected four rebounds.

UW-Oshkosh, which was playing Marian University for the first time since the 1996-97 season, shot 49 percent (24-49) from the field and grabbed 48 of the 65 rebounds. The Titans made six of their 15 three-pointers (40 percent).

Marian University shot just 20 percent (3-15) behind the arc and 55 percent (11-20) from the free throw stripe.

UW-Oshkosh travels to Las Vegas (Nev.) for a game against North Central College (Ill.) on Thursday (Dec. 20).