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Titans Overwhelm Lions From The Start

Leah Porath scored 10 points and grabbed two rebounds in 12 minutes of action against the Lions.
Leah Porath scored 10 points and grabbed two rebounds in 12 minutes of action against the Lions.

Leah Porath led 14 Titan scorers with 10 points as the nationally ranked UW-Oshkosh women's basketball team defeated Finlandia University (Mich.), 70-27, on Tuesday (Dec. 4) in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Oshkosh (6-0) never trailed Finlandia University (0-9) and held a double-digit lead for all but the first 9:26 of the contest.

The Titans, who have started 6-0 for the fourth consecutive year, held the Lions to their lowest scoring performance in the span of 157 games since tallying 21 points on Nov. 20, 2012.

UW-Oshkosh, ranked 25th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, held their fifth straight opponent under 45 points. The Titans have trailed just once this season for a total of 15 seconds.

All 20 Titans received playing time against the Lions, including 12 who recorded assists and 11 who collected rebounds. UW-Oshkosh reserves accounted for 37 points, 15 rebounds, 12 assists and 12 steals.

Melanie Schneider posted nine points and Abby Kaiser eight points and three steals for the Titans.

UW-Oshkosh's Brooklyn Bull and Chloe Pustina had six points apiece while Olivia Campbell had a team-leading three assists and three steals. Bull also tied teammate Nikki Arneson with a team-high four rebounds on the night.

Other Titan contributions came from reserves Erin Vande Zande with four points and two steals, Jessie Rabas with two rebounds and a pair of assists, and Katie Ludwig with three points and one rebound.

UW-Oshkosh owned advantages in rebounds (27-23), assists (19-4), turnovers (8-26) and steals (17-4). The Titans' eight turnovers are a season low while the 17 steals are their most this year.

The Titans had a season-best performance from the field goal, going 50 percent on 27 of 54 shooting. UW-Oshkosh also shot 40 percent (10-25) from beyond the 3-point arc and 66.7 percent (6-9) at the free throw line. UW-Oshkosh went into the game ranked ninth in the country with a .783 free throw percentage, 14th by allowing 46 points per game, 15th with a +25.0 average scoring margin and 16th with a 1.18 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Finlandia University shot 33.3 percent (11-33) from the floor, 11.8 percent (2-17) from the 3-point arc and 50.0 percent (3-6) at the foul line.

After opening the contest with a 3-pointer from Schneider, the Titans went on to take a 11-2 lead with 5:28 left in the first quarter. The teams then went scoreless until Finlandia University's Taylor Pertile scored a layup with 1:35 left in the first period. UW-Oshkosh responded with another 3-pointer from Bull and exchanged a pair of buckets to close the quarter with a 16-6 advantage.

The Titans went on a 15-2 scoring run early in the second quarter to increase their lead to 33-10 with 4:20 left before intermission, but the Lions responded with eight of the last 12 points of the second period to pull within 37-18 at halftime.

Finlandia University's Katie Loman claimed the first points of the second half before the Titans responded with back-to-back 3-pointers from Pustina and Arneson. The Titans held the Lions to a season-low four points in the quarter while posting 16 of their own to claim a 53-22 lead entering the final quarter of play.

UW-Oshkosh owned its largest lead of 45 points at 70-25 following a steal and a layup from Kaiser with 48 seconds left in the contest.

Katie Lundeen led the Lions in scoring with 10 points.

UW-Oshkosh has won all four of its contests against Finlandia University, including last year's 93-46 decision in Hancock, Mich.

The Titans travel to Illinois on Saturday (Dec. 8) to play Wheaton College.

Written by Ally Gwidt, UW-Oshkosh Sports Information

Photo courtesy of Steve Frommell, D3Photography.com