Women’s basketball advances to the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship

Titan center Isabella Samuels led all scorers with 22 points as the nationally ranked UW Oshkosh women’s basketball team defeated Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (Calif.) 72-46 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championship on Friday at Kolf Sports Center.

UWO, ranked 14th in the nation by d3hoops.com, outscored the Sagehens in every quarter but the first and held Pomona-Pitzer Colleges to a season-low scoring performance of four points in the second quarter.

UWO held a mere five-point lead, 28-23, heading into the third quarter before posting 44 points in the second half to Pomona-Pitzer College’s 23.

Samuels recorded double-digits 6:09 into the first as she owned 10 of UWO’s first 15 points of the game en route to the second-highest scoring performance of her career.

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In 20 minutes of action, Samuels missed just one field goal on 12 attempts while gathering four rebounds and an assist.

Senior forward Melanie Schneider posted her 20th double-digit scoring effort of the season with 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Sophomore guard Leah Porath captained the Titan bench, which totaled for 24 points and 16 rebounds, with 10 points and five rebounds while junior guard Olivia Campbell rallied a team-leading six rebounds and five assists.

UWO held Pomona-Pitzer Colleges to just one double-digit performance in freshman guard Carly Leong. Leong had 15 points on four-of-16 from the floor and three-of-11 from the beyond the 3-point arc.

The Titans will face off against DePauw University (Ind.) in the second round of the NCAA D-III tournament on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Kolf Sports Center.