If freshman Christina Aleve had any issues on her collegiate debut Wednesday night, she quickly got over them.
The 5-foot-10 freshman guard scored 15 of his 29 points in the second quarter to guide the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team to a 67–51 win against St. Thomas in the season opener for both teams at the Coal Center.
Elew was shooting 9-for-15 from the field, hit 3 of 5 shots from 3-point range and went 8-for-8 at the free throw line.
Allev put up his best performance in the second quarter, helping the Badgers beat the Tommys 24–11 in the period. He hit a jumper into the paint at the start of the second, then hit back-to-back 3-pointers before adding a jumper, two free throws and another 3-pointer.
“Once I took the first few shots, I started to feel it and I knew I could score. I was trying to be confident in there and stay aggressive,” Aleve said.
“I thought she played incredibly well,” coach Marisa Moseley said after winning her debut at UW. “She’s shown her incredible ability for scoring ever since. We saw tonight that she scores so many different ways, she finds her way to the basket, she’s not afraid to be physical – especially As a new person.”
Junior guard Sidney Hilliard added 17 points and a team-high six rebounds for UW.