On November 19-21, 2022, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse women’s basketball team played Carroll University and Concordia University Chicago (IL). The UWL Eagle’s season began on October 15, 2022 with their first game on November 8, 2022.
On Saturday November 19th, UWL beat Carroll 58-52. It was the Adler’s home opener. During the first quarter, the Eagles scored 20 points while Carroll scored 10 points. At the start of the second quarter, UWL’s Casandra Warmsley made two free throws to make the score 22-10. UWL stayed at 22 points while Carroll scored seven points to make it 22-17. UWL’s Gabby Ritchie made a two-point shot but Carroll caught up to make it 24-23. UWL’s Paige Schumann made two free throws, but Carroll made a two-point shot that made the score 28-27 by the end of the second quarter, with the Eagles leading by a point.
By the end of the third quarter, Carroll was leading the game over UWL 40-39. In the fourth quarter, Carroll led UWL 43-39, but UWL scored 10 straight points and managed to prevent Carroll from scoring. UWL had a 49-43 advantage. Carroll came back to make the score 52-50 but UWL made six free throws to win the game 58-50.
The game against Carroll improved UWL to a 5-0 winning streak.
Head coach Karen Middleton is in her seventh season coaching for UWL. She had previously coached in many different places including Division I universities before getting the position at UWL. She has been coaching basketball for over 30 years. “Carroll was a really tough opponent. Very challenging from the start but again a great opportunity. We could pull it out and win,” Middleton said.
On Monday November 21, UWL played Concordia and won 75-52. In the first quarter, UWL took the lead against Concordia with layups from Carly Coulthart and Gabby Ritchie. With eight seconds left in the first quarter, Kailee Meeker scored a three to give UWL a 17-12 lead.
In the second quarter, Alivia Arnebeck scored three points to make it 20:12. Concordia made it 22-19, but UWL scored eight points while Concordia scored just one. This brought the score to 31-20 and by the end of the second quarter UWL was leading 35-25 against Concordia.
In the third quarter, Kyah Steiner made both free throws and Meeker’s three made UWL lead 42-31. UWL scored nine straight points to level the score at 51-33. In the final quarter, UWL scored 24 more points to level the game at 75-52.
The game against Concordia University Chicago improved UWL to a 6-0 winning streak.
Middleton said, “I think we’re always looking for improvement, but our obvious goals are to give us an opportunity to compete and win a championship and get into the NCAA tournament, regardless of it it is a general win or an automatic win through tournament wins. Then take a deep run into the tournament.”
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