Eau Claire (WQOW) -- The UW-Stout men's basketball team swept the season series over UW-Eau Claire, while it was the Blugolds returning the favor on the women's side.
The Blue Devils men shot the lights out of Zorn Arena en route to a 22-point win. Stout converted 64-percent of its attempts from the field, led by Jimmy Whitehead, who did not miss a single shot. Coach Eddie Andrist says even he didn't see the performance coming.
"You know, I was talking to Matt (Siverling) before the game and said La Crosse is a great shooting team, and we're not a very good shooting team because we don't spend any time on it. But we shot the ball extremely well," says Andrist. "I think we're going to have to make Zorn Arena our new home court, because we don't shoot that well at home."
Meanwhile, Saturday's loss just added to Eau Claire's struggles in the conference. The Blugolds fell to 1-8 in the WIAC and the team has dropped their last four. Coach Matt Siverling says it's gut check time for his squad.
"It's kind of an eye-opening experience for these guys to understand what it means to play college basketball and what it means to play here and be a Blugold. We've been really focusing on that and these guys have to understand that our expectations are high here at Eau Claire and we'll continue to work to get better," says Siverling.
The UW-Eau Claire women's team got back in the win column on Saturday, handing Stout a 26-point loss. It's been a season of struggle for the Blugolds, but coach Tonja Englund says she hopes the win can be a turning point for her team.
"We needed to get one like this. You could see the confidence grow in the group," says Englund. "We really love this team, they're getting better and they're hanging with us. They're not getting discouraged. A lot of it is that they have the confidence that they can get it done. A lot of it for us is to keep this consistency going."
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