University of Wisconsin-Platteville women’s basketball senior Caitlyn Tipton missed all but two games of the 2019-20 season due to an injury.
With the COVID-19 pandemic delaying the start of the season until February, Tipton has been taking full advantage of the opportunities to be back on the court.
“It has been great to be back on the court this year,” Tipton said. “I am just enjoying it and taking every moment in.”
“Caitlyn did what she is really capable of doing,” head coach Kelly McNiff said. “Before she got hurt last year, there were often times I felt she was the best player on the floor, and [Wednesday] she kind of just let it happen.”
The Pioneers took on UW-Whitewater Wednesday. The Pioneers dropped the contest in overtime 71-68, but would have never made it to overtime if it weren’t for Tipton’s play. Tipton was 8 of 10 from the floor, 4 of 5 from behind the arc and a perfect 7 of 7 from the free-throw line for a career-high 27 points.
“We battled really hard as a team,” Tipton said. “My shot has been struggling, but last night my teammates found me and my shots were finally falling. I was getting good looks.”
“With all the starts and stops we had in the preseason, it didn’t help her to get in game shape, but she was able to get in the gym and get shots up,” McNiff said. “The confidence level to put the ball in the basket has been there, but to go out and physically do it, and to do it against a team like UW-Whitewater, is a huge confidence boost for her.”