Women’s basketball on strong ground

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After winning three of its last four games, the Madison College women’s basketball team has to be feeling a lot better about how its season is going.

The WolfPack started the season by losing 10 of its first 14 games, something that had to be unsettling for a team that has become accustomed to winning. But now that the WolfPack have improved their record to 7-11 overall and 2-1 in the conference, the team has to be excited about their chances in their remaining 12 games.

In its last four games, Madison College has defeated UW-Marathon County, 81-59, and Triton College, 75-49, before losing to Joliet Junior College, 65-46. Most recently, Madison College defeated in-state rival Milwaukee Area Technical College, 78-57.

Madison College 78, Milwaukee 57
Taylor Pfeuti led the way with 22 points against Milwaukee on Jan. 16. She also had nine rebounds, five assists and four steals. Courtney Spangler added 16 points and nine rebounds for the WolfPack, while Chelsey Schulenberg scored 13.
Madison College was in control throughout the game against Milwaukee, building a 40-28 halftime lead and adding to it in the second half. The WolfPack had a strong defensive game, forcing 34 turnovers and winning despite only shooting 33.3 percent from the field.

Joliet Junior College 65, Madison College 46
The WolfPack’s lone loss in the last four games came in a road game against Joliet Junior College on Jan.12. Madison College held a slim, 26-25, lead at halftime, but struggled both offensively and defensively in the second half. Joliet outscored the WolfPack 40-20 in the second half, hitting 62 percent of its shots compared to 27 percent for the WolfPack.
Callie Dahl led Madison College with 10 points, hitting all eight of her free-throw attempts. Spangler and Schulenberg both scored eight points in the loss.

Madison College 75, Triton College 49
Madison College raced out to a big first half lead against Triton College, 41-13, allowing its opponent to hit only 5 of 25 shots. Spangler and Alyssa Anding led the way for Madison College, both scoring 20 points. Dahl and Ellyn Hayden both added 12 points for the WolfPack.

Madison College 81, UW-Marathon 59

Spangler led Madison College in its Jan. 7 victory over UW-Marathon with her eighth double-double of the season, scoring 24 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Two other players reached double figures for the WolfPack. Dahl scored 17 points, while Anding added 15. Madison College held a 4-point lead at halftime, but outscored UW-Marathon, 44-26, in the second half to claim the victory. Defense keyed the win, with Madison College forcing 35 turnovers and getting 22 steals.