Head Coach Shirley Egner Head Coach
One of the winningest coaches in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference history, Shirley Egner begins her 23rd season as head coach of the Pointers in 2011-12. Egner has compiled a 409-173 overall record in her 22 seasons, ranking second on the alltime WIAC wins list. Over the last 10 seasons, Coach Egner has guided the Pointers to an average of 23 wins per season and her alltime coaching record, including high school, is 550-228.
CAREER HIGHLIGHS -22 seasons -409-173 record at UWSP -550-228 all-time record -2010 WBCA Hall of Fame -2002 National Champions -Four-time WIAC Coach of the Year -Two-time WBCA Coach of the Year -Five NCAA Sweet 16 Appearances -Three NCAA Elite Eight Appearances -Seven NCAA Tournament Appearances -Four WIAC Championships -Five WIAC Tournament Championships
Egner is a four-time WIAC Coach of the Year honoree, earning the award in 200304, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2010-2011. In 2010 Egner was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Egner has also been named the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division III Women’s Coach of the Year the past two years. Last season the Pointer rattled off a schoolrecord 20-game win streak and became just the sixth team in WIAC history to post a perfect 16-0 conference record. In addition, they recorded the nation’s 18th-best GPA among NCAA Division III teams. As a team, UWSP women’s basketball student-athletes compiled a 3.459 team GPA. Coach Egner led the Pointers to the 2001-02 NCAA Division III championship with a 67-65 win over St. Lawrence (N.Y.). She then took the Pointers back to the final four again two years later in 2003-04, where they placed fourth. The Pointers have achieved their best success in recent seasons with a 260-59 record over the past eleven seasons, which is the best winning percentage of any league team over that span. UW-Stevens Point’s best record was 30-3 during its championship season in 200102, becoming just the eighth team in Division III history to win 30 games in a season. Along the way to the championship, Egner also guided the Pointers to a 66-60 victory over four-time defending Division III champion Washington (Mo.), snapping the Bears’ 70game home winning streak.
UW-Stevens Point won back-to-back WIAC titles in 2003-04 and 2004-05. In 2003-04, the Pointers also captured their first-ever WIAC tournament crown, as Egner was named the league’s Coach of the Year. In 2007-08, the Pointers finished third in the WIAC regular season standings, but became the first non-No. 1 seed ever to win the WIAC tournament crown with wins at Whitewater and at Eau Claire, as Egner was again named Coach of the Year. Pointers are a league-best 137-39 in the WIAC over the past 11 seasons. Egner came to UW-Stevens Point from Nicholls State University in Thibodeaux, La., where she served as a graduate assistant. A native of McFarland, Wis., and a 1980 graduate of UW-La Crosse, she began her coaching career as head girls’ basketball coach at Shiocton (Wis.) High School. After a one-year stint as the girls’ freshman coach at Monona Grove (Wis.) High School, she became head girls’ coach at Waunakee (Wis.) High School, where she led the Warriors to a five-year record of 115-40, including conference titles in 1985, 1986 and 1987 and state tournament appearances in 1986 and 1987. Following the 1986-87 season, she was named the WBCA District Five Coach of the Year and was chosen to coach the Class B South Team in the WBCA All-Star Game in Madison. Egner, who was the chair of the NCAA Division III women’s basketball committee from 2006-08 overseeing the national selection committee, is also the senior women’s administrator for UWSP Athletics.
20 sports, 500 student-athletes, 1 Point
Asst. Coach Diane Hawkins Diane Hawkins begins her third season as the top assistant coach for the Pointers in 2011-12. Hawkins also serves as the team’s recruiting coordinator. Diane was a four year letter winner for the Pointers from 2001-05 and was a member of the 2002 National Championship team. Coach Hawkins joined the Pointers staff after spending two seasons as the Graduate Assistant Coach at Edgewood College in Madison. While at Edgewood Coach Hawkins worked primarily with guard development and served as recruiting coordinator for the Eagles. In her two seasons with the Eagles, the team finished 36-18 overall, 27-8 in the Northern Athletics Conference, advancing to the league’s championship game in 2008. Prior to coaching at Edgewood, Coach Hawkins served as a Student Assistant with the Pointers during the 2005-06 season. After graduation from UWSP Coach Hawkins served as the Director of New Program Development at the Green County Family YMCA in Monroe, Wis.
Coach Hawkins received a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness with a minor in Coaching in 2006 from UWStevens Point. As a student, she was a 2004 recipient of the University Leadership Award, a 2005 recipient of the Pointer Leadership Award for women’s basketball, and the 2006 UWSP Chancellor Senior Leadership Award. Hawkins is originally from Monroe, Wis. where she was a two time All-Badger Conference selection, and a member of back to back Badger Conference Championship teams. She received her master’s in Education from Edgewood College in May of 2009. Hawkins currently teaches at UWSP in the school of Health, Exercise Science and Athletics.
Asst. Coach Jessi Sporle Jessi Sporle is in her first season as graduate assistant for the Pointers. This is Sporle’s second coaching stint with UWSP, having served as a student assistant in 2009-10 for a team that reached the NCAA Division III Elite Eight. The Mineral Point, Wis., native was a member of the Pointers from 2005-09 as a player where she was a four-time letterwinner, twoyear starter and named captain her senior season. She was also honored with WIAC Honorable Mention honors as a senior and earned the Pointer Award for embodying what it means to be a Pointer.
Sporle was a member of the 2007-08 and 2008-09 WIAC Tournament championship teams, making appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Sporle is currently attending graduate school, pursuing her master’s degree in general education at UWSP. Sporle recently completed her undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Science degree in health promotion, including minors in coaching and strength & conditioning.
Asst. Coach Andrea Flease Flease enters her first year as a student assistant for the UWSP women’s basketball team. The New London, Wis., native was a four-time letterwinner for the Pointers. From 2007-11 she was twice named First Team All-WIAC for her efforts. Her senior year she was named a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Honorable Mention All-American. Flease was also a two-time All-Central Region honoree by D3hoops.com.
Flease-led teams won two WIAC regular season and four straight WIAC Tournament titles including becoming the first team in tournament history to win after not securing the No. 1 seed. Flease lives in Stevens Point and is finishing her undergraduate degree in Physical Education.
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Cassie Bandow #2 2010-2011: Honorable mention All-WIAC…Started 28 games…Scored in double figures seven times throughout the season…Scored 15 points in NCAA First Round win over St. Norbert on 3/4 shooting a perfect 5-for-5 from the field…Made 33 of 91 three point attempts on the season…Scored 15 points against UW-Platteville on 2/16…Led team with 14 points and six rebounds in win over UW-La Crosse on 2/19. 2009-2010: Honorable mention All-WIAC...Started 28 games...Led conference and team in three point percentage (.538) and team in free throw percentage (.898)...Third on team in scoring at 10.9 points per game...Scored career-high 22 points against UWEau Claire on 2/10...Had 18 points and nine rebounds in NCAA Tournament against Illinois Wesleyan on 3/12...Third on team in assists (48), rebounds (117) and minutes played per game (29.7).
Position: Guard Height: 5-11 Class: Senior Hometown: Plover, WI High School: Pacelli
2008-2009: Played in all 30 games as a freshman…Led the team in free throw percentage at .806...Averaged five rebounds a game good for third on the team…Fifth on the team in scoring (7.3) and minutes played (24.5)...Scored a season-high 18 points against UW-Superior on 2/7...Pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds against Maryvillle University in the first round of the NCAA tournament on 3/6. HIGH SCHOOL: Named first-team all-conference performer in Central Wisconsin Conference – Small Division three times…Won letters in basketball, cross country, and tennis…Was an honor roll student all four years. PERSONAL: Parents are Mike Bandow and Nick and Susan Cappotto…High school coach Gary Beadles…Majoring in Health Science/Pre-Physical Therapy.
Whitney Verdegan #24 2010-2011: Played in 19 games…Had season-high six points against UW-Stout on 12/1…Averaged 5.6 minutes per game…Had six steals on the season, including three against MSOE on 12/19. 2009-2010: Played in 26 games...Scored career-high 10 points against Viterbo on 11/17...Had .769 free throw percentage...Played 8.1 minutes per game... Finished season with 14 steals. 2008-2009: Played in 17 games …Had a .308 three-point field goal percentage…Finished the season with 10 assists...Had season-highs in points (6) and rebounds (4) against UW-River Falls on 1/7.
Position: Guard Height: 5-5 Class: Senior Hometown: Glen Flora, WI High School: Flambeau
HIGH SCHOOL: Member of three-time Division IV state champion team…Allconference performer in junior and senior year in Lakeland East Conference… Member of WIAA All-Tournament Team in 2007… Four-time state qualifier in cross country…11-time letterwinner in basketball, cross country, and track… Member of National Honor Society and honor roll student. PERSONAL: Parents are Phil & Wynn Verdegan, Dianne Verdegan…High school coach Ted Alberson…Communication major with a double minor in Sociology and...Business...Participates in Vacation Bible School.
Brittni Buechel #41 2010-2011: Appeared in 17 games…Scored season-high five points against MSOE on 12/19…Pulled down 17 rebounds, good for one rebound per game…Had season-high four rebounds against Hamline University on 11/18. 2009-2010: Selected to WIAC All-Sportsmanship team ...Played in 21 games, starting in two...Had season high of eight points twice, against UW-Platteville on 1/13 and Luther College on 12/11...Averaged 9.7 minutes per game...Missed some of season due to injury. 2008-2009: Played in 15 games as a freshman...Recording four blocked shots...Had season highs in points (9) and rebounds (5) against Lawrence University on 1/5.
Position: Post Height: 6-1 Class: Senior Hometown: St. Cloud, WI High School: New Holstein
HIGH SCHOOL: Member of ’08 Division III State Runner-up team in soccer…Earned two letters in soccer, three in basketball, and three in volleyball…Two-time all-conference selection in basketball, soccer, and volleyball…Team captain junior and senior season in basketball…National honor society…A & B honor roll all four years. PERSONAL: Parents are Gary and Janet Buechel…High school coach Bill Galarno…Double majoring in Art and Biology...Played the bassoon for concert and quads for pep band all four years…Played for UWSP soccer team as a backup goalie in 2008.
Ashley Averkamp #43
2010-11: First Team WIAC selection…Started 29 games…Had two double-doubles on the season, including a career-high 23 point, 10 rebound performance in the WIAC Championship game against UW-Whitewater…Had 13 points and 10 rebounds in NCAA Tournament win over St. Norbert…Led team with 34 blocks…Was second on team in scoring (10.3 per game) and rebounding (4.3)…Shot .539 from the floor (123-228)… Made 48 percent (12-25) shots from three point range…Had 16 games where she scored in double figures. 2009-2010: Started 28 games...Finished fourth on team in scoring at 8.3 points per game...Had season-high 20 points against Illinois Wesleyan on 3/12...Had double double against Concordia on 12/28 with 13 points and 10 rebounds...Shot .791 from the free throw line...Second on team with blocked shots (34)...Finished season with 116 rebounds, averaging four a game.
Position: Post Height: 6-0 Class: Senior Hometown: NEw Berlin, WI High School: West
2008-2009: Started 22 of 26 games for Edgewood College…Averaged 10 points and four rebounds…Had highest single season free throw percentage in school history .891, which also led the Northern Athletics Conference…All NAC freshman team...Pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds against Concordia-Chicago on 12/30…Scored a career-best 25 points against UW-Stevens Point on 12/30. HIGH SCHOOL: Four time letter winner in basketball and volleyball…First team allconference junior and senior year in basketball…Two time all-conference in volleyball… Two time all county and all suburban in basketball…Ranked #31 senior by Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook…Played in WBCA All-Star game for Division 2 South…Named New Berlin West senior athlete in 2008. PERSONAL: Parents are Chuck and Sharon Averkamp...High school coach Jef Radtke… Majoring in Elementary Education...Honor roll student…Renaissance Award Winner… NAC Scholar Athlete at Edgewood College…Vice President of DECA.
Liz Althoff #20
2010-2011: Appeared in 28 games…Had career-high 12 points in win over UW-Stout on 2/2…Also scored in double figures with 11 points against UW-Superior on 1/29…Recorded 13 steals throughout the season…Made 27-of-37 free throws (73 percent). 2009-2010: Appeared in 30 games as a freshman...Had career high 11 points against UW-Whitewater on 2/27...Averaged 15.2 minutes per game...Finished sixth on team in scoring at 4.2 points per game...Shot .806 from the free throw line.
Position: Forward Height: 5-7 Class: Junior Hometown: Darien, WI High School: Clinton
HIGH SCHOOL: 2009 Rock Valley Conference Player of the Year and All-Area Player of the Year…First team all conference three times…Three time letterwinner…Set school records for most steals in a season and free throws made...Team Captain junior and senior year. PERSONAL: Parents are Jim and Cindy Althoff...High school coach Bill Greer...Majoring in Biology/Pre-Physician’s Assistant...Honor roll student…Badger Girls State…National Honor Society…Volunteers for Special Olympics.
Sam Barber #22 2010-2011: Played in 27 games…Finished third on team in scoring with 9.6 points per game…Scored career-high 20 points against Millikin on 11/23…Scored in double figures 13 times, including in her first three games…Had 14 points and four rebounds in NCAA Tournament First Round against St. Norbert…Had 11 points in NCAA Second Round win over Simpson…Shot .419 (36-86) from three point range…Averaged 4.1 rebounds per game. 2009-2010: Played for Winona State…Appeared in 22 games…Averaged 9.3 minutes per appearance…4.1 points and 1.6 rebounds per game… Finished the year with 91 points on 37-80 (.463) shooting and 14-39 from three-point range (.359)…Was 3-5 from the free-throw line and collected 35 rebounds. Tallied 16 assists, nine steals and two blocks.
Position: Guard Height: 5-9 Class: Junior Hometown: Scofield, WI High School: DC Everest
High School: Associated Press All-State, Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-State, Inside Wisconsin Sports All-State, Three-Time Channel 7 All-Star, All-Conference, Ranked #22 by Wisconsin Yearbook. Personal: Mother Carrie Jonas...High school coach John Minnihan... Health Promotion major with a minor in Strength and Conditioning... Volunteered as a coach and referee for community youth basketball and volleyball.
Brooke Allen #32 2010-11: Played in all 30 games, starting eight…Had career-high 10 points in season opening win over St. Thomas…Averaged 17.3 minutes per game…Shot .419 from the field and .358 from three point range… Scored nine points, making three-three pointers in wins over UW-Superior and Simpson…Averaged 3.5 points per game. 2009-2010: Played in all 31 games as a freshman, starting two...Averaged 15.4 minutes per game...Scored career-high eight points against Wisconsin Lutheran on 11/24... Pulled down eight rebounds against UMMorris on 3/5...Had 29 steals and 25 assists on the season.
Position: Guard Height: 5-9 Class: Junior Hometown: Barneveld, WI High School: Barneveld
HIGH SCHOOL: Starter on the Division IV South team WBCA All-Star game in Madison…Three time all conference player of the year…First team all-state as a senior...Averaged 11.2 points per game in 22 games... Team Captain senior year…Second team all-conference in volleyball as a junior…Two time first team all conference in softball. PERSONAL: Parents are Brian and Lisa Allen...High school coach Jim Myers…Majoring in Pre-Nursing...High Honors student…National Honor Society
Jenna Pitt #12
2010-2011: Appeared in 19 games…Had career-high nine points in win over UW-Stout on 12/1…Hit key jump shot at end of first half against UW-Whitewater in WIAC Championship Game…Scored 37 points on the season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered three times in basketball...Member of state championship team junior year...Team was state runner-up freshman year and state qualifier sophomore year...Made all tournament team at state junior year...First team all conference sophomore year...Second team all-conference freshman and junior years...Also played softball and volleyball…Missed senior season due to injury.
Position: Guard Height: 5-10 Class: Sophomore Hometown: Amherst, WI High School: Amherst
PERSONAL: Parents are Jay and Sue Pitt...High school coach Jay Pitt and Shelli Haferbecker...Majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy.
23 Alyssa Olp #23
2010-2011: Played in all 30 games…Scored career-high 10 points in win over MSOE on 12/19…Was fourth on team with 44 assists…Had five points, six rebounds, and a career-high five assists against UW-Stout on 12/1…Had nine points in WIAC Semifinal win over UW-River Falls. HIGH SCHOOL: Nine-time letterwinner...Olympian Conference Player of the Year as a senior...Member of Division 3 All-State Team senior season...First team all-conference in basketball junior and senior year... Four-time first team all-conference honoree in softball...Basketball team captain two years...Team won conference championship senior season... Honor roll all four years.
Position: Guard Height: 5-9 Class: Sophomore Hometown: Brillion, WI High School: Brillion
PERSONAL: Parents are Doug and Suzanne Olp...High school coach Ryan O’Leary...Undecided major.
Myranda Tyler #42
2010-2011: Played in all 30 games, making one start…Had season-high 12 points against UW-Superior on 1/15…Twice pulled down season-high nine rebounds, against UW-Superior on 1/29 and Hamline on 11/18… Averaged 13.2 minutes per game…Had solid game of seven points and seven rebounds against UW-Platteville on 2/16. HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered three times in basketball...Member of two state championship teams...Honorable mention all-conference senior year... Selected to play in Milwaukee Area All Star Athletes Against Abuse Basketball event in May 2010...Team captain senior season. PERSONAL: Parents are Scott and Barbara Tyler...High school coach Bob Maronde...Majoring in Business. Position: Post Height: 6-1 Class: sophomore Hometown: grafton, wi High School: Grafton
Claire Glodowski #44 2010-11: Missed the entire season due to medical hardship. 2009-2010: Appeared in 23 games in her first season averaging 8.7 minutes per appearance...Finished the season with 38 points on 14-of35 shooting (.400)...Averaged 1.3 rebounds per game...Scored a seasonhigh seven points against UW-Platteville on 2/17...Twice had a seasonhigh four rebounds.
Position: post Height: 5-10 Class: Sophomore Hometown: Amherst, WI High School: Amherst
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time letterwinner in basketball...Member of four consecutive conference championship and state qualifying teams in basketball…State runner-up in 2007 and state champions in 2009… Honorable mention All-Conference in 2006 and 2007 for basketball…Second team all-conference in 2008 and first team in 2009…All-State honorable mention in 2009. PERSONAL: Parents are Ken and Kathy Glodowski... High school coach Shelli Haferbecker…Member of National Honor Society…Special Olympics volunteer...Youth basketball and softball coach...Undecided major.
Megan Lopez #4
HIGH SCHOOL: Eight-time letterwinner … Three-time team captain … Team Most Valuable Player as a junior… First in school history in assists (421) and steals (277) … Recorded 278 career rebounds, 119 threepointers and 54 charges … Three-time all-conference … First team allarea and honorable mention twice … Peoria Gazette All-State Honorable Mention … Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State Honorable Mention … Three point state qualifier … Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award recipient … Sarah Kelly Most Dedicated as sophomore and senior … Four-time conference and regional champion … Three-time sectional champions and Elite 8 participant at the 3A State Playoffs … Honor roll … Member of Link Crew … High school coach Mike Toussaint. Position: Guard Height: 5-5 Class: Freshman Hometown: Johnsburg, IL High School: Johnsburg
PERSONAL: Parents are Ken and Brenda Lopez … Pre-physical therapy major and Spanish minor … Volunteered with Little Dribblers program at high school.
Jamie Destache #10
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time letterwinner … Averaged seven points, four assists and 2.5 rebounds per contest … Two year captain in basketball … High honorable mention all-conference and honorable mention all-area … Most improved as a sophomore … Two year captain and all-stay fly half in rugby … Captain and state finalist in track … School record holder for triple jump … High honor roll all four years … Graduated with grade point average above 4.0 … Volunteer of the Year for school … Kohl’s Excellence Scholarship Finalist … High school coach Dan Carey. PERSONAL: Parents are Carolyn and Doug Destache … Athletic training and pre-physical therapy major … Volunteer activities include National Honor Society Parliamentarian and student council class president. Position: Guard Height: 5-6 Class: freshman Hometown: Sussex, WI High School: Sussex-Hamilton
Eleni Seitz #34
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time letterwinner in basketball … Team captain …Unanimous first team all-conference … News Channel 7 All-Star … Leading rebounder, 7.9 per contest and second leading scorer, 12.5, in Wisconsin Valley Conference … Most Improved Player of the Year … Helped team post three consecutive undefeated seasons in conference play … State qualifier as a sophomore … Three-time regional champions … Honor roll … Member of the Future Internship program and Senior Student Panel … High school coach Heidi Michaelis. PERSONAL: Parents are Dean Seitz and Renee Noonan … Secondary mathematics teaching major … Volunteered with Tiger Hoops Club. Position: post Height: 5-11 Class: Freshman Hometown: Marshfield, WI High School: Marshfield
Taylor Bahr #40
Position: post Height: 5-10 Class: Freshman Hometown: Caledonia, wi High School: Shoreland Luth.
HIGH SCHOOL: 12-time letterwinner in basketball, volleyball and softball … Midwest Classic Conference (MCC) Player of the Year in the in 2011 … Three-time unanimous first team all-conference … Three-time unanimous first team all-Kenosha County selection … Two-time Associated Press All-State Honorable Mention … Two-time Milwaukee Journal Sentinel All-Area Honorable Mention … Preseason and postseason Division IV All-State selection … High School Girls Athlete of the Year in Kenosha … Chosen as one of the top 50 seniors in the state across all divisions by the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook … Averaged 15.7 points per game and finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,108 points in her career … All-conference in softball and volleyball … Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete … MCC Scholar-Athlete … High school coach Holly Bahr. PERSONAL: Parents are Holly and Andy Bahr … Undecided major.
Kaitlyn Jacobs #53
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time letterwinner ... Two-time first team all-conference selection ... First team all-area as a junior and second team as a senior ... Averaged 14.2 points per game her senior season ... Also played softball, earning second team all-conference honors... National Honor Society ... High honors.
PERSONAL: Biology major ... Parents Bernie and Kathy ... Volunteered at Aurora BayCare Medical Center and basketball camps.
Position: post Height: 5-11 Class: Freshman Hometown: new franken, wi High School: green bay preble
2011-12 UW-Stevens Point Womenâ€™s Basketball No.
Cassie Bandow ***
Plover, WI / Pacelli
Johnsburg, IL / Johnsburg
Sussex, WI / Sussex-Hamilton
Jenna Pitt *
Amherst, WI / Amherst
Liz Althoff **
Darien, WI / Clinton
Sam Barber *
Schofield, WI / DC Everest/Winona St.
Alyssa Olp *
Brillion, WI / Brillion
Whitney Verdegan ***
Glen Flora, WI / Flambeau
Brooke Allen **
Barneveld, WI / Barneveld
Marshfield, WI / Marshfield
Caledonia, WI / Shoreland Lutheran
Brittni Buechel ***
St. Cloud, WI / New Holstein
Myranda Tyler *
Grafton, WI / Grafton
Ashley Averkamp ***
New Berlin, WI / West
Claire Glodowski *
Amherst, WI / Amherst
New Franken, WI / Green Bay Preble
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