Women’s basketball rebounds in big way

Jacob Gapko will receive the Outstanding Senior Award for the College of Arts and Sciences when he graduates next week. After being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at age 3, Gapko, an Eau Claire native, started using a wheelchair when he was a freshman at Memorial High School.

Story by Emily Gresbrink

The women’s basketball team rebounded from a tough defeat over the weekend to take down UW-Oshkosh Wednesday 68-49 in Zorn Arena.

Eau Claire won five consecutive games prior to losing last Saturday at UW-Whitewater.

Coach Tonja Englund said the Whitewater loss was due to a “lack of discipline,” and said the strong showing Wednesday was expected.

“Unfortunately, we took a loss to maybe get back to basics,” she said. “If that’s what it will take for us to win this conference championship, then we’ll take it. We’ll get better from it.”

The previous loss made the home victory especially satisfying for junior Sarah Bingea.

“We wanted to get a big win here, not just for our fans, but for us,” she said, “so we could get our confidence back and get our momentum going.”

Senior Ellen Plendl had similar remarks, adding that the attitude of the team changed after the loss.

“I think we definitely came out with a little more passion after Saturday,” she said.  “And home court never hurts.”

Last night’s game started off quickly when the Blugolds jumped out to a 17-2 lead within the first seven minutes of the game. By halftime, they left the court with a 34-21 lead.

The second half of the game also went well for the Blugolds, despite Oshkosh gaining momentum.  Eau Claire held their ground, never giving up the lead or even letting the Titans tie.

Plendl said although tonight’s win was strong, it wasn’t perfect.

Coach Tonja Englund described the Whitewater loss as due to a “lack of discipline,” and said the strong showing Wednesday was expected.

“Unfortunately, we took a loss to maybe get back to basics,” she said. “If that’s what it will take for us to win this conference championship, then we’ll take it. We’ll get better from it.”

The previous loss made the home victory especially satisfying for junior Sarah Bingea.

“We wanted to get a big win here, not just for our fans, but for us,” she said, “so we could get our confidence back and get our momentum going.”

Senior Ellen Plendl had similar remarks, adding that the attitude of the team changed after the loss.

“I think we definitely came out with a little more passion after Saturday,” she said.  “And home court never hurts.”

Last night’s game started off quickly when the Blugolds jumped out to a 17-2 lead within the first seven minutes of the game. By halftime, they left the court with a 34-21 lead.

Coach Tonja Englund described the Whitewater loss as due to a “lack of discipline,” and said the strong showing Wednesday was expected.

“Unfortunately, we took a loss to maybe get back to basics,” she said. “If that’s what it will take for us to win this conference championship, then we’ll take it. We’ll get better from it.”

The previous loss made the home victory especially satisfying for junior Sarah Bingea.

“We wanted to get a big win here, not just for our fans, but for us,” she said, “so we could get our confidence back and get our momentum going.

Senior Ellen Plendl had similar remarks, adding that the attitude of the team changed after the loss.

“I think we definitely came out with a little more passion after Saturday,” she said.  “And home court never hurts.”

Last night’s game started off quickly when the Blugolds jumped out to a 17-2 lead within the first seven minutes of the game. By halftime, they left the court with a 34-21 lead.

Coach Tonja Englund described the Whitewater loss as due to a “lack of discipline,” and said the strong showing Wednesday was expected.

“Unfortunately, we took a loss to maybe get back to basics,” she said. “If that’s what it will take for us to win this conference championship, then we’ll take it. We’ll get better from it.”

The previous loss made the home victory especially satisfying for junior Sarah Bingea.

“We wanted to get a big win here, not just for our fans, but for us,” she said, “so we could get our confidence back and get our momentum going.”

Senior Ellen Plendl had similar remarks, adding that the attitude of the team changed after the loss.

“I think we definitely came out with a little more passion after Saturday,” she said.  “And home court never hurts.”

Last night’s game started off quickly when the Blugolds jumped out to a 17-2 lead within the first seven minutes of the game. By halftime, they left the court with a 34-21 lead.

Coach Tonja Englund described the Whitewater loss as due to a “lack of discipline,” and said the strong showing Wednesday was expected.

“Unfortunately, we took a loss to maybe get back to basics,” she said. “If that’s what it will take for us to win this conference championship, then we’ll take it. We’ll get better from it.”

The previous loss made the home victory especially satisfying for junior Sarah Bingea.

“We wanted to get a big win here, not just for our fans, but for us,” she said, “so we could get our confidence back and get our momentum going.”

Senior Ellen Plendl had similar remarks, adding that the attitude of the team changed after the loss.

“I think we definitely came out with a little more passion after Saturday,” she said.  “And home court never hurts.”

Last night’s game started off quickly when the Blugolds jumped out to a 17-2 lead within the first seven minutes of the game. By halftime, they left the court with a 34-21 lead.