December 8, 2012
Big Second-Half Propel Pioneers Past Blue Devils, 70-65
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville women's basketball earned its first conference win of the season, beating UW-Stout, 70-65, Saturday night on Bo Ryan Court in Williams Fieldhouse.
The Pioneer's (3-6, 1-2 WIAC) Elizabeth Lawinger recorded her first double-double of the year with a game-high 22 points and 12 assists and added four steals. Rookie Kaitlyn Pleau scored a career-high 14 points and grabbed five rebounds, while senior Claire Poad added nine points with four boards and two assists.
The Blue Devils' (5-4, 1-2 WIAC) Sami Schoeder led the team with 20 points, followed by Brea Boomer and Katelynne Folkers who each netted 11 points.
Both teams struggled to score in the first-half as Stout shot just over 22 percent (6-27) and the Pioneers shot 38.5 percent (10-26). The difference was free throws, the Blue Devils converted 13 of 22 attempts to take a 26-23 lead into halftime, and while UW-Platteville were 1-7 from the charity stripe.
In the second-half the Pioneers got into a rhythm and took their first lead of the game, 34-33, with 15:47 left to play. UW-Platteville finally took control of the game when they scored eight unanswered points to take its largest lead of the game, 57-49, with just under five minutes left.
The Blue Devils managed to make it a one-possession game, 68-65, with three seconds left, but Lawinger nailed a pair of three throws to seal the Pioneer 70-65 victory. The Pioneers shot 65 percent and were 20-26 (76.9) from the free throw line in the second-half.
UW-Platteville takes a break from conference play when they host Augustana on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Bo Ryan Court.