On Saturday the UWS women’s basketball team was taking on a team they had only beaten three times before, Stevens Point. This time the Stevens Point Pointers were ranked third in the nation, so why would this be any different than any other time these two met? Sally Linzmeier is the reason.
The Lady Jackets were up three points at halftime, if they ended up losing it would have been a moral victory as they were playing the third ranked team in the entire nation but coach Donald Mulhern must have said it wasn’t good enough and Linzmeier responded with vengeance as did the rest of the team.
With ten minutes left in the game the Pointers took a six point lead and seemed to be playing like the third ranked team in the nation. UWS then took a timeout and they had the look of determination in their eyes.
Over the next three minutes UWS managed to put together a lead thanks to some free throws by Connie Urmanski and a layup by Linzmeier to take the lead 55–53 with seven minutes left. The two team continued to battle back and forth, trading basket for basket. Then with 3:10 left in the game, with UWS down 61–63, it turned into Linzmeier time.
Linzmeier went on to score seven straight points for the Lady Jackets, making a layup to tie the game at 63 and then hitting a three point shot and converting a missed layup by the Pointers into a layup of her own to give UWS the lead with a minute left.
The Pointers were able to score a bucket with 40 seconds left making it a 68–65 contest. Urmanski grabbed a missed Pointers shot and was fouled. Urmanski then hit both free throw to seal the deal for the Lady Jackets and upset the third ranked Pointers. Notching just their fourth ever win against them.
With her performance in this game and of a game earlier in the week Linzmeier was named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player of the week. Linzmeier has tallied 46 points on 20–30 shooting this past week and has helped the Lady Jackets to a 4–1 season start.
The Lady Jackets are in action again, on the road though, Wednesday against UW-Stout at 7p.m.