OSHKOSH, Wis. — The UW-La Crosse women’s basketball team was in a slump.
After starting the season with seven wins in nine games, a three-game losing streak had the Eagles looking for an opportunity to turn things around.
They did that Saturday afternoon by knocking off third-ranked Oshkosh 57-51 at the Kolf Sports Center.
Coach Karen Middleton said her team turned up the defense in holding the Titans to 38.2-percent shooting and holding them more than 20 points under their season average of 79.5 ppg.
“Our staple has always been and will continue to be our defense and rebounding,” Middleton said. “I keep saying it over and over, if we keep doing that our offense will come. Oshkosh has so many different weapons. We were able to keep getting stops when we needed it and we were very confident our offense was going to come around.”
The Eagles (8-5, 1-1 WIAC) received 13 points apiece from Elise DeNoyer and Dani Craig and 12 from reserve freshman Ava Kramer while making six 3-pointers and shooting 43.2 percent (19-for-44) from the floor.
The Titans fell to 10-2 overall and 0-2 in the WIAC after losing their first conference game to Whitewater.
“As a freshman point guard, she has continued to make progress,” Middleton said of Kramer. “She brings a different dimension for us with her speed and her ability to get to the basket. She did a good of driving the lane and kicking out today.”
The Eagles are back at home against UW-Stevens Point at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Presentation 62, Viterbo 60
ABERDEEN, S.D. — The V-Hawks blew a nine-point lead as they dropped their sixth straight game and ninth out of their past 10.
Viterbo (4-14, 1-6) held a 56-47 advantage thanks to a 3-pointer from junior Payton Curry, but the V-Hawks scored just four points in the final 5:15 as Presentation (7-9, 4-3) went on a 15-4 run to win it.
With the score tied at 58, the V-Hawks missed two free throws on three separate possessions. Presentation outscored Viterbo 21-8 at the free-throw line.
Viterbo 93, Presentation 69
ABERDEEN, S.D. — The V-Hawks shot 33-for-55 (60 percent) from the field including an eye-popping 14-for-22 from the 3-point line to pick up their fourth road win of the season against Presentation (10-8, 2-4).
Central graduate Ethan Haberman led the attack by scoring a game-high 24 points on 9-for-12 shooting and a 6-for-8 performance beyond the arc. Sparta graduate Cade Anderson finished a rebound shy of his eighth double-double on the season, finishing with 14 points and nine rebounds. The V-Hawks (10-8, 2-4) had five scorers in double figures.