The UW-Stout women’s basketball team got a career-high 33 points from Bailey Diersen in a 78-68 win over UW-Stevens Point on Wednesday in Menomonie.
The Blue Devils ran out to a 20-10 lead by the end of the first quarter and held on from there to improve to 17-7 overall and 7-6 in the WIAC.
Stout turned a 34-30 halftime lead into a 54-38 lead with a huge third quarter.
Diersen shot 67 percent from the floor, making 12 of her 18 field goal attempts. She also finished 8 of 10 from the free throw line.
Shannan Watkins scored 13 points for Stout while Amber Fabeck added 12. Kyncaide Diedrich secured 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils.
Stout hits the road to take on UW-La Crosse on Saturday. The Blue Devils are assured of hosting a WIAC tournament game with their fourth-place standing in the conference. Three teams have a 4-9 record in the spots below them.
UW-River Falls 83, UW-Eau Claire 77 (OT): River Falls’ Brianna Leahy made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force an overtime, where the last-place Falcons outscored the Blugolds 12-6 to grab the win.
Hallee Hoeppner led Eau Claire with 23 points, while Maddie Dunathan added 17.
The game was tight throughout, with neither team holding a lead larger than eight at any point.
It was the eighth-straight loss for Eau Claire, which is clinging to its fifth-place spot in the WIAC. The Blugolds are one of three teams with a 4-9 record. The other two are UW-Platteville and UW-Stevens Point, who play each other on Saturday.
Eau Claire will need to beat first-place UW-Oshkosh to guarantee itself a spot in the WIAC tournament. The Blugolds would be at the mercy of tiebreakers with a loss.
UW-Stevens Point 80, UW-Stout 53: The Blue Devils surrendered 51 points in the first half in the loss.
Stout trailed 51-25 at the break, and despite an improved second half, found the deficit to be much too large to overcome. The Blue Devils were held scoreless for a stretch of seven minutes in the opening half.
Luke Geiger had 15 points for Stout. Braden Walbeck added 10.
Stout shot 32 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point territory.
The Blue Devils host UW-La Crosse in their final game of the season on Saturday, looking for their first conference win.