UW-Stout split its pair of games Thursday night, with the women earning a 98-72 road blowout victory against UW-River Falls while the men’s squad fell to 0-9 in the WIAC with a 98-72 home loss to the Falcons. Both games were originally scheduled for Wednesday but were postponed due to extreme cold throughout the Midwest.
Kyncaide Diedrich led the Blue Devils with 18 points as the women’s team rode a near unbelievable second quarter to victory. Stout allowed three points in the ten-minute span on a layup and a free throw in the first three minutes of the frame. The Blue Devils closed the half with a 19-0 run, pushing the total run in the second to 23-3, to take a 39-17 halftime lead.
The Falcons were unable to dig their way back in it, only outscoring the Blue Devils by one in the second half.
Amber Fabeck added 15 and Liz Oswald 14 as Stout moved a half game behind UW-Whitewater for third place in the WIAC.
The men’s team struggled containing River Falls from deep, giving up 10 3-pointers while only hitting two of its own. Overall, the Falcons shot 61 percent from the field and 62 percent from deep. River Falls took a 42-31 lead into the break and extended it in the second half with a 56-41 run.
Luke Geiger led the Blue Devils with 15 points, while Garret Parks had nine and Braden Walbeck eight. Julian Jackson scored 23 for River Falls and teammate Austin Heidecker added 19. Jack Stensgard hit three 3-pointers for the Falcons, currently one spot above last-placed Stout in the standings.
Both teams will play UW-Oshkosh this weekend, with the women hosting the Warriors at 3 p.m. and the men travelling to Oshkosh for a 5 p.m. tip.