Menomonie (WQOW) — After their win over UW-Eau Claire Wednesday night 74-61, the UW-Stout women’s basketball team completed their first regular season sweep over the Blugolds since the 2009-2010 season.
The Blue Devils used a huge second-half, outscoring UW-Eau Claire 46-24, including 28-11 in the third quarter alone. More importantly with the victory, UW-Stout created some cushion for fourth place in the WIAC standings. The top four teams will have home playoff games in the opening round of the postseason conference tournament, so the sweep was not only big for staying in the race, but also icing on the cake doing it against their rivals.
“The quality of players that are in this league is amazing, I mean they’re D-2 kids to be honest with you,” says Blue Devils head coach Hannah Iverson, who is now 16-6 overall in her first season. “And that’s why it’s an awesome place to play in, and we talk to our recruits a lot about that. You don’t even really realize it until you’ve got to sit and scout a team, and watch 60 hours of film on them and see how good they are. So yeah, to sweep any team is a big thing. ”
“We haven’t done that at all my four years here, so this is huge,” senior guard Kyncaide Diedrich says. “It being ‘the War on 94’ like everybody says, it’s always big to get those. Get one win, let alone two wins, so that’s huge to say I went out with two wins against Eau Claire.”
The Blue Devils return to the court on Saturday afternoon. They’ll travel to take on UW-Whitewater at 3 p.m.