Suffocating defense leaves Devils blue

Suffocating defense leaves Devils blue

Zach Semancik, Staff Reporter

The No. 22 Warhawks’ women’s basketball team shot 25.3 percent better than the season average from beyond the arc to cruise to a 42 point home-victory over last-placed UW-Stout.

The Warhawks got off to an early lead in the match up, finding themselves up 20-13 at the end of the first quarter, and they took control after opening up the second quarter on a 8-0 scoring run. The run forced Stout to call a timeout to try and slow down the Warhawks.

Following the timeout, the Warhawks did not let their lead diminish, as they kept on scoring to close out the half. With 3:15 to go, senior guard Brooke Trewyn connected on a three pointer and followed up her shot 43 seconds later with another triple before the half ended.

“Brooke [Trewyn] was really in a great flow and a great rhythm, shooting with a lot of confidence,” head coach Keri Carollo said. “I think this team definitely snowballs with that. When one starts to get hot, they just kind of follow each other.”

Trewyn finished the game with a 13 point, 11 rebound double-double, as well as five assists.

The third quarter showed no signs of the Warhawks slowing down, as they outscored the Blue Devils 22-10 in the 10-minute period. Sophomore guard Becky Raeder provided a good portion of the Warhawks’ scoring out of the locker room, putting up seven points of her own in the third.

“Coach is always telling us to get in the gym and shoot, shoot the ball,” Raeder said. “Feel comfortable with it so you’re ready to go in a game”.

Raeder finished the contest with 11 points, shooting 4-8 from the field.

UW-W went on to sail smoothly to the final buzzer, grabbing their fourth win in a row. A big key to success on Saturday was stopping Stout’s Kyncaide Diedrich and Bailey Diersen, who were the top two scorers in the WIAC coming into the contest.

“We really wanted to make sure that we defended the ball screen, and we knew that that’s where they were getting the most of their points,” Carollo said. “We really worked hard to get over the top of the ball screen and make it really difficult for them to get easier looks off the ball screen.

“The other thing that helped us was that we just wore them out. They played a lot of minutes and we just kept subbing people in and out on the perimeter. Obviously they’re two of their best players, two of the best players in the conference, so we knew we had to make sure that they were a focal point for us.”

Diedrich and Diersen were held by the Warhawks’ team effort to a combined 23 points and a combined field goal percentage of 24 percent. The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 7-14 overall and 0-10 in the WIAC following the game.

The Warhawks had a lot of success in the paint, outscoring the Blue Devils 38-20 down low.

“We got good spacing today,” senior forward Andrea Meinhart said, who finished with 12 points in the paint on 6-10 shooting.  “We were making good passes in, and then once we have one-on-one we kind of just go to work there. We did a good job of executing plays, getting the ball inside and taking advantage in there.”

UW-W will travel to Oshkosh to play the Titans on Wednesday, February 7th at 7:00 PM. The Titans are currently tied for second in the WIAC, sitting one game behind the conference leading Warhawks (18-3 overall, 8-2 WIAC).

“We just have to go into that game with confidence and feeling good about how we’re playing,” Carollo said. “We’re hoping that it will be a tough, hard fought game, and I’m sure it will be.”