The 2016-17 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) basketball team is off to a 13-7 start this season. Team members are, back row from left: Autumn Hennes, Bre Richter, Payton Mix, Taylor Barrett, Olivia Pawlak, Sarah Gamillo and Katy Heine. Front row: Mickey Roland, Carly Cerrato, Lexi Roland, Lauren Anklam, Caitlin Broberg and Taylor Douglas. (UWSP Athletics photo)
The 2016-17 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) basketball team is off to a 13-7 start this season. Team members are, back row from left: Autumn Hennes, Bre Richter, Payton Mix, Taylor Barrett, Olivia Pawlak, Sarah Gamillo and Katy Heine. Front row: Mickey Roland, Carly Cerrato, Lexi Roland, Lauren Anklam, Caitlin Broberg and Taylor Douglas. (UWSP Athletics photo)

With the return of an experienced group, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) women’s basketball team is in position to contend for an NCAA Division III Tournament berth this season.

The Pointers brought back six of their eight top scorers from last season’s team that finished 21-8 and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the seventh time in nine years.

UWSP (13-7, 5-4) will host UW-Eau Claire (11-9, 5-4) at the Berg Gym at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, for Alumni Day and its Play4Kay Pink Game, and then will play at 19th-ranked UW-Whitewater (18-2, 8-1) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8.

“It’s been a great season to date,” said 28th-year UWSP women’s basketball head coach Shirley Egner. “We just have to stay locked in, continue to trust one another and play off of each others’ energy.

“And then I think good things will happen for us,” she said.

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