DUNBAR - Down but not out, the UW-Marinette Lady Bucs regrouped at halftime for a benchmark 50-47 win over Northland International University Monday night.

"It was one of the greatest wins I've ever been associated with," Lady Bucs coach Jeff Sunstrom said. "It didn't look like we had a chance in heck."

UW-Marinette trailed 30-14 at halftime against the Pioneers, a four-year college with a solid basketball program.

"It was definitely the worst half of basketball we've played all year," Sunstrom said. "We were flat, we didn't play with any energy. And the girls knew it. I didn't have to tell them."

At halftime, UW-Marinette switched from a man-to-man defense to a 2-1-2 zone. Offensively, the Lady Bucs moved post player Chyanne Schaut out to the perimeter. That cleared out the lane and allowed them to run cuts and ball penetration. Guard Shannen Ganter was able to drive the lane successfully.

Schaut hit back-to-back 3-pointers, Amanda Lesandrini hit 3 of 6 3-pointers, including two down the stretch to put her team in front. The Lady Bucs fed Lindsey Krajewski inside for high-percentage shots.

Leading by one in the final minute, the Lady Bucs set a screen for Lesandrini, who was fouled and made both ends of a bonus free throw. 3-point lead.

Both teams split a pair of free throws, and the Lady Bucs stopped NIU's final possession.

Krajewski led the Lady Bucs (7-7) with 15 points, Lesandrini scored 13 and Ganter added 11.

Kate Matthai led NIU with 21 points.
UW-MARINETTE (50) - Ganter 11, Schaut 6, Lesandrini 13, Belland 2, Krajewski 15, Connor 0, Vincent 3. FGs: 19-57; FTs: 4-11
NIU (47) - Matthai 21, St. Amand 2, Abts 10, Morgan 2, Humburg 12, Maholic 0, Patz 0. FGs: 17-63; FTs: 9-12 Halftime score: NIU 30, UW-Marinette 14
DUNBAR - One step forward, two steps backwards for the UW-Marinette men's basketball team.

The Buccaneers have been playing better ball since the semester break, but they broke down in an 85-63 loss to Northland International University on Monday night.

"We just didn't play well," UW-Marinette coach George Hayes said. "Didn't play as a team."

On the strength of 55.6 percent shooting from the field, the Pioneers built a 46-23 halftime lead. NIU hit eight of 21 3-point attempts.

"We had a lot of breakdowns defensively," Hayes said. "Everybody trying to do their own thing. You get off to a bad start like we did tonight, and things just snowballed out of control."

Jonte Wells led the Bucs (6-12) with 15 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Anthony Dunbar added 13 points and three blocks. Casey Wilson had 10 points, seven boards and three blocks. Ron Beal also pulled down seven rebounds.

The Bucs committed 21 turnovers while NIU had 15 turnovers.

Marinette native Maxx Katzbeck had five rebounds and two assists for the Pioneers.

UW-MARINETTE (63) - Thomas 6, Wells 15, Wilson 10, Beal 2, Fleming 9, Dunbar 13, Pollard 0, Coe 5, Conine 3, Heise 0. FGs: 20-61; FTs: 14-21
NORTHLAND INTERNATIONAL (85) - Conover 11, Baines 9, Hinnant 13, Egan 17, Lewis 8, Steiner 0, Valenzuela 1, Mee 1, Potratz 0, Katzbeck 0, Quilling 2, Oshiro 2, Harrison 9, Horner 12. FGs: 33-72; FTs: 11-16

Halftime score: NIU 46, UW-Marinette 23