DULUTH, Minn. (Blugolds.com) – The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire women's basketball team traveled north on Saturday night, falling to the UW-Superior Yellowjackets by a score of 75-64.
The Blugold offense struggled to get going, shooting only 37.7 percent from the field and 21.1 percent from three as the Yellowjackets held the lead for a majority of the game.
Eau Claire looked ready to make a run to start the second quarter only down 16-15 as Elli Carver's (Fr – Andover, MN/Coon Rapids) jumper gave the Blugolds the lead. A Hallee Hoeppner (Jr. – Winona, MN) steal then led to a layup by Caryn Donahue (Jr. – Rockton, IL/Hononegah). However, the lead was short-lived as a Superior three pointer tied the score again. The Yellowjackets would slowly build a lead that they would never relinquish.
Three Blugolds finished in double-figures, with Hoeppner pacing UWEC with 20 while Kelsey Bakken (Jr. – Marshall, WI) and Katie Essen (So. – Farmington, MN/Rosemount) tallied 15 and 14, respectively. Bakken would finish the night with a double-double after pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Eau Claire's defense forced 16 turnovers which included seven steals, three of which came from Maddie Dunathan (Sr. – Hortonville, WI).