Titans Top 16th-Ranked Pointers On Kitzke's Jumper

Katie Kitzke's 26th three-pointer of the season won the game for the Titans (Photo by Steve Frommell)
Katie Kitzke's 26th three-pointer of the season won the game for the Titans (Photo by Steve Frommell)

Katie Kitzke's (Sr. • South Milwaukee) three-pointer with three seconds left gave the UW-Oshkosh women's basketball team a stunning 56-53 victory over nationally ranked UW-Stevens Point on Wednesday (Feb. 6) in Kolf Sports Center.

The two-time defending WIAC champion Pointers entered the contest ranked 16th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com.

UW-Oshkosh (18-4/10-3 WIAC) took a 51-49 lead on a free throw by Ashley Neustifter (Fr. • Oshkosh) with 1:37 left. Following two foul shots by UW-Stevens Point's Sam Barber with 1:17 remaining, UW-Oshkosh regained the lead on a short jumper by Sarah Stecker (Jr. • Menasha) with 49 seconds to go.

UW-Stevens Point (18-5/10-4 WIAC), which hadn't lost to UW-Oshkosh since the 2007-08 season, worked through its offensive set and tied the score at 53 on a layup by Myranda Tyler with 0:26 on the clock. The Titans then ran off 23 seconds for Kitzke, who swished her game-winning triple from about 27 feet.

Video of Kitzke's game-winning shot (Courtesy of Titan Television)

UW-Oshkosh overcame a 31-22 halftime deficit with a 12-2 scoring run to open the second period. The Titans eventually built a 42-38 lead with 11:21 remaining, but UW-Stevens Point tallied six of the next seven points to take a 44-43 advantage with 9:15 left. UW-Stevens Point tied the score at 47 on a free throw by Liz Althoff, but UW-Oshkosh's Katelyn Kuehl (So. • Fond du Lac) broke the deadlock on a three-point play with 4:45 remaining.

Kitzke gave UW-Oshkosh a 4-0 lead with a pair jumpers in the first 74 seconds of action. UW-Stevens Point then scored the next nine points to take a 9-4 lead with 14:45 on the clock. UW-Oshkosh pulled to within 17-16, but the Pointers ended the first half with a 14-6 scoring run.

Kitzke scored 14 points to lead UW-Oshkosh. The Titans also received 10 points, five rebounds and three steals from Heather Conroy (So. • Wisconsin Dells), eight points and six rebounds from Brittany Mirsberger (So. • Chilton) and seven points, seven rebounds and three steals from Stecker.

Barber totaled 24 points, 14 rebounds and five steals to lead UW-Stevens Point. Tyler contributed 10 points, six rebounds and five blocks, while Alyssa Olp added eight points, four steals and two rebounds.

UW-Oshkosh shot 40 percent (24-60) from the field and 56 percent (5-9) from the free throw line. The Titans made 3-of-11 three-pointers (27 percent) while collecting 35 rebounds. UW-Oshkosh had 19 turnovers.

UW-Stevens Point converted 22-of-52 shots (42 percent) from the field and 6-of-8 tosses (75 percent) from the free throw stripe. The Pointers made 3-of-9 tries from long range (33 percent) while grabbing 34 rebounds and committing 21 turnovers.

UW-Oshkosh welcomes UW-River Falls to Kolf Sports Center on Saturday (Feb. 9).