Women’s basketball remains undefeated

The Titans have won their first six games by an average of 28 points during the streak


Lydia Sanchez

UWO’s Abby Kaiser breaks free for a fastbreak layup late in the fourth quarter.

UW Oshkosh women’s basketball continues to prove their chemistry while preserving their undefeated season after back-to-back victories over Finlandia University on Tuesday and Saint Mary’s University on Nov. 29.
The Titans, who ranked 25th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, defeated Finlandia University (Mich.) 70-25 Tuesday.

The Titans never trailed Finlandia, holding a double-digit lead for all but the first 9:26 of the contest. The Lions shot under 30 percent from the floor and under 15 percent behind the 3-point arc.

Twenty Titans received playing time and 14 contributed points. Sophomore Leah Porath, who led the team with 10 points, said their win was due to the Titans’ scouting efforts prior to the contest.

“I think it was a lot of communication,” Porath said. “ We scouted them and we knew who their shooters were and then we just communicated and talked to each other on defense. We made sure we knew who was the shooter and made sure we got out on them.”

The Titans defeated Saint Mary’s University 61-36 on Nov. 29.
Freshmen Brooklyn Bull and Brooke Freitag lead the team with eight points during Friday’s contest.

Bull said the Titan’s depth is really what makes their team so lethal.
“All around on our team we have talent, from the starters to the bench,” Bull said. “We work well together and when everyone is incorporating their skills we are unstoppable.”

Freitag agreed with Bull and said the chemistry within UWO basketball is like family.

“I think our team’s biggest strength on the court would be our intensity,” Freitag said. “We really like to push the ball and take control of the game. Off the court, we really focus on each other, making our bonds stronger and making being part of the team really enjoyable and feel like a family. Which really makes our game better.”

Coach Brad Fischer said being able to trust 13 plus players gives them a big advantage over other organizations.

The Titans have scored at least 29 bench points per game this season.
Porath said the end game has always been and always will be a championship title for the women’s program.

“If we keep working hard and keep just pushing each other to be better, there’s no ceiling for us,” Porath said. “We don’t know how far we can go but I mean the championship is always the goal. So that’s what we’re pushing to do.”

The Titans plan to bring their chemistry and intensity to Illinois as they face off against Wheaton College on Saturday.

“Wheaton is our biggest stretch thus far,” Fischer said. “Offensively they have a size advantage, so we have to stop them from scoring around the basket.”

Fischer said that the Titan’s matchup with Wheaton will require the girls to use their new-found confidence, and mental toughness will be a factor as they prepare for the next game.