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Tim Wester/Special to the Gazette
February 2, 2008
— Before Saturday afternoon’s game against UW-Eau Claire, UW-Whitewater women’s basketball coach Keri Carollo took a moment to enjoy her program’s progress during the past six seasons.

A few minutes later, Carollo was slapped back to reality when the Blugolds opened the game with a 15-8 lead.


But unlike previous seasons, Carollo’s team returned an even bigger 20-5 slap to Eau Claire that paved the way for Whitewater’s decisive 60-50 Whitewater victory at Kachel Gym.


Lindsey Buechner had 12 points and Nicole Bundy added 11 to lift Whitewater (19-1, 10-1) into a first-place tie with Eau Claire (16-4, 10-1) in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.


“Before the game started, I was sitting here thinking about how far we’ve come over the past six years,” Carollo said. “To see the gym full of people and be able to put ourselves in position to play in a big game is just awesome for our program. And then to finally turn the corner to put us in this position is great.”


The Warhawks, ranked No. 3 by D3hoops.com, didn’t appear ready to turn the corner early in the first half. Amanda Zenner’s short bank shot put the No. 20 Blugolds up 12-4 less than eight minutes into the game.


Eau Claire remained in control at 17-10 before the Warhawks finally turned up the heat with their 20-5 outburst that lifted them to a 30-22 halftime lead.


“It was the same thing that happened when we played them (the Blugolds) up there, where we just couldn’t put the ball in the basket in the first half,” said Carollo, whose team suffered its only loss of the season, 63-60, at Eau Claire. “But I just knew it was just a matter of time before we just hit a shot.”


Whitewater started making more shots in the second half, including Kelsey Hendrickson’s long three-pointer that gave the Warhawks a 46-33 lead with 9:33 left.


Blugold senior Michelle Burns promptly answered Whitewater’s run with six consecutive points to pull the Blugolds within 48-41.


Eau Claire, however, never got closer than that. The Blugolds eventually fell out of contention on Bundy’s long three-pointer that gave Whitewater a 58-47 lead with 2:33 left.


“When Nicole (Bundy) hit that three, that’s when things started to go our way, and that kind of took the lid off the basket for us,” Carollo said.


Heidi Arciszewski had a game-high 17 for Eau Claire, while Burns had 12, and Missy Fremstad added 10.


UW-WHITEWATER 60, UW-EAU CLAIRE 50


UW-Eau Claire (50)—Burns 4-11 3-3 12, Mesick 1-5 0-0 2, Koslowski 0-4 1-2 1, Sporle 2-7 0-0 4, Arciszewski 5-10 6-6 17, Fremstad 3-5 3-6 10, Hemp 1-5 0-0 2, Houselog 0-1 0-0 0, Anderson 1-4 0-0 2. Totals: 17-52 13-17 50.


UW-Whitewater (60)—Buechner 5-11 2-2 12, Morton 3-9 0-1 6, Hendrickson 3-9 0-0 7, Thill 1-4 1-2 3, Sonntag 2-7 0-0 4, Moran 0-1 0-0 0, Woolever 1-5 0-0 3, Bundy 4-7 0-1 11, Thompson 1-5 6-8 8, Schmidt 2-3 1-2 6. Totals: 22-61 10-16 60.


UW-Eau Claire 22 28—50


UW-Whitewater 30 30—60


Three-point goals—Eau Claire 3-11 (Burns 1-1, Koslowski 0-2, Sporle 0-2, Arciszewski 1-2, Fremstad 1-1, Help 0-3), Whitewater 6-21 (Hendrickson 1-5, Thill 0-2, Sonntag 0-2, Moran 0-1, Woolever 1-4, bundy 3-6, Schmidt 1-1). Fouled out—Sporle. Rebounds—Eau Claire 31 (Sporle 6), Whitewater 47 (Thompson 10). Assists—Eau Claire 6 (Sporle 2), Whitewater 15 (Bundy 4). Total fouls—Eau Claire 17, Whitewater 17.


Attendance—617.



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