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Buchholz fourth-quarter burst lifts Pioneers

Buchholz fourth-quarter burst lifts Pioneers

Sophomore guard Kassie Buchholz scored eight straight points in the fourth quarter to key a game-changing 10–2 run in UW–Platteville’s 67–63 win at UW–Stevens Point last Wednesday night.

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POSTED January 26, 2017 10:19 a.m.

STEVENS POINT — Sophomore Kassie Buchholz scored eight straight Pioneer points early in the fourth quarter to key UW–Platteville’s tide-turning 10–2 run.

Buchholz finished with a career-high 14 points, two rebounds and two assists to lead the Pioneers to a gritty 67–63 victory at UW–Stevens Point Wednesday night.

Senior guard Morgan Hartman and sophomore point guard Morgan Horstman also scored 14 points each as the Pioneers defeated coach Megan Wilson’s alma mater for the fifth time in the past seven regular season meetings between the two schools.

Hartman also had five rebounds and three assist, while Horstman grabbed a team-high eight boards and four assists. Sophomore center Allison Prestegaard added five points, four rebounds and a game-high six blocks. Sophomore guard Cassie Hamer chipped in seven points, two assists and two steals off the bench.

Lauren Anklam had 16 points and six steals to lead UW–Stevens Point. Taylor Douglas had a double–double of 14 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Wilson’s Pioneers improved to 6–10 on the year and 2–3 in the WIAC, while her former coach Shirley Egner’s Pointers fell to 11–5, 3–2.

UWSP took its biggest lead of the game at 45–40 midway through the third quarter on a free throw by Katy Heine and led until Abby Luedtke’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer to close out the quarter tied the game at 49–49.

The Pointers scored the first basket of the fourth quarter, but Hartman tied the game with a layup 20 seconds later. A Buchholz layup gave the Pioneers a two-point lead, then the sophomore guard buried a 3-pointer a minute later to make it 56–51. After a pair of Point free throws, Buchholz struck again from downtown and immediately came up with a steal. Horstman sank a jump shot on an assist from sophomore forward Lexis Macomber with 6:11 left to give the Pioneers their largest lead of the game at 61–53.

Hamer made 1 of 2 from the line with 44 seconds left to make it a six-point game at 66–60, then after a UWSP 3-pointers, Hartman made it a two-possession game with a free throw with 35 seconds left.

The Pioneers fell to 6–11 on the season and 2–4 in the WIAC with a 71–56 loss at UW–La Crosse on Saturday. They will return home to face UW–Eau Claire (9–8, 3–3) Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

UW–Platteville 67, UW–Stevens Point 63
(from Wednesday, Jan. 18 @ Stevens Point)
UW–Platteville          22    10    17    18    —  67
UW–Stevens Point    20    14    15    14     —  63
UW–Platteville (6–10, 2–3) — Allison Prestegaard 5, Morgan Hartman 14, Morgan Horstman 14, Kassie Buchholz 14, Kassie Hansen 6, Cassie Hamer 7, Lexis Macomber 1, Abby Luedtke 6. Totals — 25-57 9-15 67.
UW–Stevens Point (11–5, 3–2) — Lauren Anklam 16, Autumn Hennes 14, Taylor Douglas 8, Mickey Roland 4, Taylor Berrett 6, Sarah Gamillo 2, Bre Richter 2, Katy Heine 1, Lexi Roland 10. Totals — 22-75 11-14 63.
3-point goals — P: 8 (Hartman 1, Horstman 2, Buchholz 2, Hame 2, Luedtke 1); SP: 8 (Anklam 4, Douglas 2, L. Roland 2). Team fouls — P: 13, SP: 13. Fouled out — none.

UW–La Crosse 71, UW–Platteville 56
(from Saturday, Jan. 21 @ La Crosse)
UW–Platteville    20    6    14    16    —  56
UW–La Crosse    16    19    17    19     —  71
UW–Platteville (6–11, 2–4) — Allison Prestegaard 4, Morgan Hartman 11, Morgan Horstman 16, Kassie Hansen 9, Blaire Lutes 7, Cassie Hamer 1, Lexis Macomber 7, Abby Luedtke 1. Totals — 20-61 11-25 56.
UW–La Crosse (10–7, 4–2) — Alyssa Clemment 14, Sydney Kannel 2, Elise DeNoyer 14, Makenzie Miller 16, Annie Schumacher 1, Taylor Nelson 8, Kylee Marks 2, Rachel Atchinson 2, Delaney Schoenenberger 12. Totals — 24-67 15-18 71.
3-point goals — P: 5 (Hartman 2, Horstman 2, Lutes 1); L: 8 (Clemment 4, DeNoyer 1, Nelson 2, Schoenenberger 1). Team fouls — P: 17, L: 18. Fouled out — none.

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