UWFox Men’s, Women’s Hoop Teams Advance to Championship Games
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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley’s women’s and men’s basketball continued their Wisconsin Collegiate Conference championship runs when both teams won their tournament semi-final games on Saturday, February 26.
Both teams now advance to the W.C.C. championship game, to be played on Sunday, February 28 at tournament site UW-Waukesha.
According to Cyclones men’s coach Lee Rabas, “The UWFox men's basketball team defeated UW-Rock 91-55 in a … tournament semi-final game [held] at UW-Waukesha. The Cyclones men jumped out to an early double digit lead at 16-4, and maintained it through much of the first half. UWFox would push the lead to 16 and 18 on a couple of occasions, but the Rattlers responded to all of those runs, including a 4-0 run in the last 30 seconds, that cut the Cyclones lead to 45-33 at intermission.
“UWFox slowly pulled away in the second half by tightening up its defense and shooting 55% from the floor. A Lucas Schultz basket with just under 10 minutes remaining gave the Cyclones a 63-42 lead. A 17-9 run over the next five minutes would push the lead to 80-51. Travis Puyleart scored 10 points during the decisive run.
“The Cyclones had six players finish in double figures, and were led by Puyleart and Jake Coenen with 14 points. Korey Jagiello chipped in with 13 points, Phil Landua had 11, and Lucas Schultz 10. Joe Dachelet recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.”
Rabas summarized the Cyclones win, saying, “With the win the UWFox men’s team ran its [season] record to 25-1. The Cyclones men will play … UW-Waukesha, a 65-60 winner over UW-Marathon, in the men ‘s W.C.C. tournament championship game tomorrow [Sunday] at 2:00 p.m.”
The UWFox women's basketball team defeated the [tournament host] UW-Waukesha Cougars 71-66 to advance to the women’s championship game of the W.C.C.state tournament. “It's the first time ever that the Cyclones have reached the championship game,” according to women’s coach Tracy Natz.
Natz reviewed the semi-final game, saying, “UW-Waukesha came out strong and grabbed an early 18-9 lead, but the Cyclones were able to fight back and take a 35-33 lead into halftime. At the start of the second half the Cyclones came out firing and grabbed a seven point lead only to find it dwindle down as the Cougars started full court pressing.
“The Cougars then led most of the second half and had the Cyclones down by seven with about three minutes to go in the game. [Cyclones teammates] Bre DeCoursin and Courtney Schmeling each hit a three pointer to help tie the game. At the end of the game DeCoursin went four for four from the free throw line to seal the victory.
“DeCoursin led the team with 21 points, going six for six from the free-throw line and five for eight from behind the three point line. Courtney Schmeling added 20 points (three for four from beyond the three-point arc), while Devany Boydston contributed 13 points.
“Tori Thern led the team with 10 assists, while Brittany Blob led the team with nine rebounds, and Rachael Pethke grabbed eight rebounds. The Cyclones shot 52.9% from three point land and 76.2% from the free-throw line. The game was exciting from tip-off to the final buzzer and had three ties and seven lead changes,” Natz said.
The lady Cyclones will play Sunday, February 27th at noon against UW-Fond Du Lac in the championship game.