Eau Claire, Menomonie (WQOW) -- The WIAC season opened up on Saturday with mixed results for our local teams.
The UW-Eau Claire men's team played a back-and-forth game against UW-La Crosse, but the Blugolds weren't able to stop the Eagles potent offense late, falling 84-69. Coach Matt Siverling says there are plenty of positives he can take from the loss.
"I think it was effort," says Siverling. "We get one or two stops down in there and it's a ball game down the stretch. Listen, it's a long season. We have 15 more conference games, we're not going to hang our heads over this one. We're going to learn from this one, move on and get ready for Platteville on Wednesday. "
In Menomonie, the UW-Stout men hung with the defending national champions, but ended up losing to UW-Whitewater late, 64-58. The loss ends the Blue Devils longest undefeated streak in over a decade. Coach Ed Andrist says his team cannot dwell on the game.
"I think that it's pretty obvious that we're a pretty good basketball team and really what is going to be the true test of this team is what happens on Wednesday," says Andrist. "How are we going to respond when you win all the time. Now we have a loss and we need to have a great response when we go up to Superior on Wednesday.
On the women's side, the Blugolds played a complete game against UW-La Crosse, earning its first conference win. Eleven different players scored in the game and Eau Claire got a big boost from its bench, who tallied 39 points in the win.
"I think with the new players coming in, we have a lot of different weapons and it doesn't matter what night it is. There's so many different weapons that we can throw out at different teams. So I think that is something that is really unique that a lot of other teams don't have," says senior guard Casteele Miller.
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