Lady Bucs Finish Undefeated; Win Third Straight WCC Title
Continuing their hot streak, the UW-Marinette Buccaneers played host to the Gogebic College Samsons Thursday evening. After winning 66-61 on January 6th at Gogebic, the Lady Bucs showed their potential at home. Marinette used height, stout defense, and easy offensive looks to seal the victory 70-48.
Tori Wangerin carried the load for Marinette with 31 points and 13 rebounds, Laura Raatz pitched in with 15 points, and Christina Jagiello added four points while also pulling down a game-high 16 rebounds.
On a quick turnaround, the Lady Bucs traveled to UW-Waukesha Saturday evening to battle the fourth-place Cougars. Marinette was faced with all they could handle as they feel behind 17-12 after the first quarter. The Lady Bucs outscored the Cougars in the second quarter, but trailed at halftime 29-27. In the second half, Marinette was back to themselves, outscoring their opponents in both quarters. It was not without struggle, however, as Waukesha grabbed a seven-point lead with just over five minutes remaining in the contest. Stingy defense forced tough shots from the Cougars and Marinette took advantage of their height to go on and win, 73-67. The win notched Marinette's third straight WCC title.
Tori Wangerin led the Lady Bucs with 25 points, Christina Jagiello was close behind with 22 points and also pulled in nine rebounds, and Sarah Pettit added 10 points and nine boards.
Monday evening, the Marinette Lady Bucs traveled to UW-Fond du Lac to take on the Falcons in their final regular season contest. With the number one seed and conference championship already locked up, Marinette could have just coasted to the finish. However, the Lady Bucs came out in full force opening the first quarter with a 14-2 lead. By halftime, the lead swelled to 30-13. In the second half, however, Fond du Lac quickly erased the Bucs big lead and brought the score to 39-34. At the end of the third quarter, Marinette held a 42-34 lead. Each team scored 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Lady Bucs held on for the win 66-58 to finish their unbeaten season.
Tori Wangerin again led Marinette with 24 points and eight rebounds, Katie Trowbridge added 15 points on 5 of 7 shooting from behind the arc, and Amanda Simmons added four points while hauling in 13 rebounds.
UW-Marinette will open up playoffs on Saturday February 18th at 2PM at the Max E. Peterson field house against UW-Fox Valley, the winner will head to Wisconsin Dells the following weekend.
Buccaneers End Tough Week with Win
UW-Marinette has entered a difficult stretch, playing four games in seven days including a game to decide playoff seeding on Monday in Manitowoc. The first game in the stretch took place Wednesday evening at the Max E. Peterson field house when the Bucs took on the Gogebic Samsons. Marinette fell behind quickly to the Samsons and could never recover. The 55-27 halftime lead in favor of Gogebic, ended with a final of 100-64.
Bryce Thompson led the way for the Buccaneers with 24 points, Max Muelver and Ryan Raboin added eight and Matt Newman finished with seven points.
Marinette then took to the road Saturday afternoon to take on the WCC's top team, the UW-Waukesha Cougars. The Cougars were red-hot from the field connecting on more than 50% from the field, while their defense held the Bucs to just 35% shooting. Waukesha grabbed a 56-36 lead at the break, before going on to win 104-74.
Buccaneer Tyler Hagemeier led the team with 22 points including six three-pointers, Lucas Rochemont came off the bench and added 14 for Marinette. Late in the contest, starting center Max Muelver suffered a knee injury and was taken to a local hospital.
Monday night, the Buccaneers traveled to UW-Fond du Lac to take on the Falcons. It was an important game for playoff seeding as the winner of the contest would earn a five-seed and traveled to fourth-seed Manitowoc Wednesday, whereas the loser would earn a six-seed and have to travel to UW-Washington and take on the three seed.
Early in the contest it was the combination of Dominic Phfister and Jordan Dreikosen that gave the Bucs fits. A buzzer-beating shot at the end of the first half gave Fond du Lac the lead at halftime, 41-39. In the second half, the overall height of Marinette was too tough for the Falcons. Marinette outrebounded Fondy 61-38 and in the second half shot 9 of 9 from the free throw line to seal the victory. Marinette earned the five-seed with an 83-76 victory.
James Casey paced the Bucs with 28 points while also hauling in 10 rebounds. Matt Newman pitched in with 22 points and eight rebounds, Tyler Hagemeier added 13 points, and Lucas Rochemont notched 10 points and 11 boards. Phfister and Dreikosen combined for 56 of the Falcons' 76 points, but weren't quite enough.
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