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Blugolds basketball teams split against UW-L on opening night

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EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - Jessie Ruden scored 20 points and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire women's basketball team earned a 76-58 opening night win over UW-La Crosse Wednesday night.

UWEC postgame interview

The contest was played without fans at McPhee Center on campus.

The UWEC men's basketball team fell 62-43 at UW-La Crosse. Spencer Page led the Blugolds with 13 points.

On Friday, the matchups will remain the same, but the venues will flip, with the women's basketball teams playing at Mitchell Hall in La Crosse and the men's teams battling at McPhee Center.

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Other WIAC scores from Wednesday:

Men's basketball

UW-River Falls 82, UW-Stout 77 - Blue Devils trailed by 21 in second half before rallying to within 70-69; Hanson (RF): 28 points; Ohde (RF): 17 points, 15 rebounds; Williams (STOUT): 20 points; Tinsley (STOUT): 15 points

UW-Stevens Point 70, UW-Whitewater 68

UW-Platteville 88, UW-Oshkosh 75

Women's basketball

UW-Stout 84, UW-River Falls 77 - Johnson (STOUT): 15 points, 8 rebounds; Mutch (STOUT): 14 points, 12 rebounds; O'Brien (STOUT): 14 points; Yaeger (STOUT): 12 points; Olsem (STOUT): 10 points

UW-Whitewater 61, UW-Stevens Point 50

UW-Platteville 74, UW-Oshkosh 68

Men's hockey

UW-Eau Claire 7, UW-Stevens Point 3 - Blugolds have seven different players score; full boxscore here

UW-Stout 5, UW-River Falls 1 - Nelson (STOUT): 2 goals, assist; first win for Mike MacDonald

UW-Superior 5, Northland College 2

Women's hockey

UW-Eau Claire 2, UW-Stevens Point 2 (overtime) - game recap here

UW-River Falls 13, Northland College 0