Febuary 10, 2014
PHOTO: Men's head coach Jeremy Lade speaks to the team during a time out.
On Friday morning, both teams packed up for one of the shortest trip of the year - to the University of Illinois. Only a few hours later, for the first time this year, the men's team took on the University of Alabama. After a hesitant start due to the unknown, the Warhawks stuck to their skill and outscored Alabama continuously, resulting in a clear 68-47 win.
Right after, the women's team tipped off its game against the host. As this was the fifth game between the two teams this year, the Warhawks were well prepared. The team's veteran squad (the entire starting five has remained the same from last year championship team), came out strong taking a 17-2 lead after only five minutes. Becca Murray helped the team's collective work effort with strong shooting including four three-pointers made within the first half. Desiree Miller added to the count with another three pointer and several outside shots pushing the Lady Warhawks to a 40-16 half time lead. The desire to play great was visible among every player, so several substitutions did not hurt the flow. And thus, the team could strive to a 74-46 win.
While this was the only game of the day for the women's team and they could head back to rest and eat dinner, the men's team remained at the gym to get ready to play the host from Illinois as well. The men's Warhawks and Illini are just as experienced against each other. However, the game turned out to be close for a while as the Warhawks only lead by two points at the half (28-26). However, during the second half, the team could step it up a bit to pull away and finally win 65-52.
At 8 A.M. the next morning, the women's team took on Edinboro, who arrived delayed. The delay resulted in a technical foul, letting Junior Jillian Host begin the game with two free throws. Starting the game with Vanessa Erskine, Helene Harnisch, Yarden Hershko, Dani Ebben and Jillian Host, the Warhawks played a strong defense and scored consistently allowing the Lady Warhawks to pull away quick. After the full forty minutes of play, the Warhawks won 57-18, led by Jillian's 25 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals.
|PHOTO: Desiree Miller dribbles the ball in a game against the University of Illinois.
Photo courtesy UW-Whitewater/Craig Schreiner
Immediately after, the men's team took on Edinboro as well. The game allowed everyone to play; only Sam White who was getting sick had to sit out. Throughout the rotation, all players added their skills of speed, good shooting and aggressive defense for a final 61-33 win.
After a longer break, the women's team got to play the University of Alabama also for the first time this season. With a slow start, the team worked hard progressively and scored almost every possession. However, at first it had trouble stopping Alabama due to their high shooting percentage. At a score of 25-23 with 5 minutes to go in the first half, Mareike Adermann's strap broke, allowing Jillian Host to step up from the bench and right away converting a screen shot on the possession she got on the court. After losing the lead for the first time since the beginning of the game to a 29-29 tie, the Warhawks really began to find their groove; not allowing Alabama to score another point while pulling away to a 39-29 lead at the half. After discussing the change achieved and how to continue to stop the opponent from scoring during the break, the Lady Warhawks come out strong and never look back again, finally winning the game convincingly with a final score of 70-49. While the shooting was strong across the board from our four leaders Mariska Beijer, Mareike Adermann, Desiree Miller and Becca Murray, all being in double figures, the difference was made on the defensive end.
Last but not least, the men's entered the court to play the University of Missouri. Reassured by all the wins so far, the team came out strong once again, outscoring and defensively stopping Missouri many times. However, when Dylan Fischbach hit four three pointers in the first few minutes of the second half is when the game was decided. Missouri found no answer, so the Warhawks led 55-26 with 13:50 minutes to go. Unhappy with his players, Missouri's coach decided to substitute all of his players to his second string, punishing his strongest player to sit on the bench and watch as the Warhawks continued to build on their lead. Allowing everyone to play again, the team finished with a 75-36 win.
Thus, the men's team finished the weekend with a 4-0 record and the women's team finished with a 3-0 record, defeating their opponent of the last three National Championship games (University of Alabama) once again. Both teams have only four weeks remaining until the end of the season, so they will continue to build on the success but enjoy a travel free week this week before heading to the University of Alabama to take on some of their strongest contestants from Alabama, Illinois and Texas once more.
Thank you once again for your great support! Go Warhawks!