EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (Blugolds.com) – The UW-Eau Claire women's basketball team ended a three-game losing streak and handed UW-Oshkosh its third loss of the season, defeating the Titans 52-46 on Ken Anderson Court in Zorn Arena tonight.
While the lead changed hands eight times and the score was tied twice, the Blugolds led a majority of the night.
Eau Claire held the Titans scoreless over the first two minutes as the Blugolds built a 4-0 lead. But over a three-minute stretch, Oshkosh used a 10-0 run to get up by six, its largest lead of the night.
Eau Claire held the lead the rest of the first half but the final five minutes of the half were closely contested. The Blugolds led 24-21 at halftime.
Over the first eight minutes of the second half, Oshkosh outscored the Blugolds 12-8 but after Bingea hit a jumper at 11:38, the Blugolds took the lead for good. Her shot started an 8-0 run for Eau Claire as the Blugolds took a 40-33 lead. The Titans got to within one point just once the rest of the way and Eau Claire outscored Oshkosh 10-5 over the final five minutes to win by six.
Bingea led the Blugolds with 22 points and six rebounds while Rustad, coming off the bench, scored a career-high 11 points and pulled down five rebounds.
Eau Claire finished the game outshooting the Titans 51.2 percent (22-for-43) to 32 percent (16-for-50). Oshkosh held a rebounding advantage 32-25, including a 14-5 edge on the offensive end. The Blugolds scored 30 points in the paint to 14 for Oshkosh.
The Blugolds improve to 8-8 on the season and 3-4 in the WIAC while the Titans, who are in second place in the WIAC, drop to 12-3 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
Saturday the Blugolds will be home again to face UW-River Falls. The game is part of a doubleheader with the men and will get underway about 5 p.m.