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2015-16 WIAC Basketball Players of the Week
Week of February 15th  -  February 21st, 2016
UW-La Crosse Brynn Liljander
- Guard  ::  UW-River Falls
UW-La Crosse won the WIAC championship crown on Saturday (2/20) finishing the season with a 10-4 conference record - 16-9 overall - and is the WWS choice for WIAC men's basketball team of the week.

The Eagles eeked out a 55-53 win over defending D-III National Champion UW-Stevens Point at Mitchell Hall. Forward Ben Meinholz (Fr.-Oconomowoc/WI) led the UW-L charge with 16 points, the only Eagle to finish the contest in double figures.

Meinholz is ranked 17th in the conference in scoring (267 points) averaging 10.7 points per match, with 130 rebounds, (118 defensive) 2nd on the club.

UW-L guard Ryan Kruser (Jr.-Waunakee/WI) closed the door on a Pointer comeback, splitting a pair of free throws, after UW-SP had narrowed a 20-37 halftime deficit to 53-54 late.

Despite dropping a 64-57 decision to UW-Eau Claire at the Zorn Arena on Wednesday (2/17), the Eagles rebounded with a huge upset over the Pointers, clinching the WIAC title for the school for the first time since 1965.

Top players for the club include guards Devin Yurk (Jr.-Sheboygan) and Jared Staege (Sr.-Waunakee/WI).

Yurk has scored 350 points this year, 8th in the league, converting 54 3-point plays. Staege has poured in 364 points (5th WIAC) averaging a sizzling 14.6 per contest, and is 5th in rebounding (160).

Eagle f/ Austin Fritz (Jr.-New Berlin/WI) has scored 212 points (23rd WIAC) with 98 rebounds (20th) playing in all 25 contests.
UW-River Falls guard Brynn Liljander #10 (Jr.-Isanti/MN) is the WWS choice for women's basketball player of the week

The UW-River Falls Falcons (21-4, 12-2 WIAC) captured the WIAC Championship with a stunning 63-56 upset over defending Tournament Champion UW-Oshkosh on Saturday (2/20) in front of a packed house at the Karges Center.

Liljander, a transfer student from UW-Superior, scored a game-high 22 points with 5 rebounds in the Falcon victory, which gives the team the top seed and a first round 'bye' in the Tournament Championships which start on Tuesday, February 23rd.

Facing visiting UW-Stout on Wednesday (2/17) Liljander scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals in a dominating 82-66 Falcon win over the Blue Devils.

Liljander this season has scored 343 points, 2nd on the team and 4th in the WIAC. Her 55 assists rank her 8th in the conference.

The UW-River Falls Falcons win their first WIAC Championship since 1989.

Week of February 8th  -  February 14th, 2016
Haki Stampley Lisa Palmer
Guard  ::  UW-Whitewater Forward  ::  UW-Whitewater
UW-Whitewater g/ Haki Stampley (Sr.-Milwaukee/WI) scored 47 points facing WIAC opponents and is the WWS choice for WIAC men's basketball player of the week.

Stampley scored 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds facing UW-Platteville (2/10) at Bo Ryan Court, a convincing 104-86 Warhawk road win over a high powered Pioneer squad.

Stampley was one of four Warhawk players finishing in double figures, converting 8/15 shots from the field, including four 3-point plays in the 'Hawk win.

Facing winless (0-11, 4-17) UW-Stout at Kachel Gym on Saturday (2/13) the UW-Whitewater guard paced the field in scoring with a game-high 24 points, adding to his season totals (242).

The Warhawks started the game with a 14-0 run against the Blue Devils and never looked back cruising to a easy 83-70 win.

Stampley has appeared in 15 games this season, averaging 16.1 points per match, with 79 rebounds (67 defensive) and 14 steals.
UW-Whitewater f/ Lisa Palmer (Sr.-Bartlett/IL) is the WWS choice for WIAC women's basketball player of the week.

Palmer scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds facing UW-Stout on Saturday (2/13) at the Johnson Fieldhouse, a hard fought 66-55 Warhawk road-win over the Blue Devils.

The Warhawks led 28-25 at the break and stretched the lead to double digits 56-41 in the 4th period.

On Wednesday (2/10) facing visiting UW-Platteville at Kachel Gym, the UW-Whitewater senior forward played 16 minutes, recording 2 steals, grabbing 6 rebounds, and scoring 6 points in a dominating 85-58 'hawk win over the Pioneers.

This season Palmer has scored 145 points, averaging 6.6 per match, with 126 rebounds (86 defensive) 5.7 per game, ranked 9th in the conference.

Last year Palmer appeared in 17 matches, scoring 126 points, cleaning the glass for 131 boards (105 defensive) tops on the team.
Week of February 1st  -  February 7th, 2016
Charlie Noone Lauren Anklam
Guard  ::  UW-Oshkosh Guard  ::  UW-Stevens Point
UW-Oshkosh Titan guard Charlie Noone #0 (So.-Oshkosh/WI) helped the club to a pair of wins this week, scoring 32 points, and is the WWS choice for WIAC men's basketball player of the week.

Noone converted 4-of-7 3-point plays in a 79-72 Titan win over visiting UW-Platteville on Wednesday (2/3) at the Kolf Sports Complex, finishing with a team-high 17 points, shooting 6-of-10 from the field.

On Saturday (2/6) at the Johnson Fieldhouse, facing a struggling 0-9 Blue Devils team, the Titans overcame a 39-24 halftime deficit to post a 66-65 road-win over UW-Stout.

Noone finished with a team-high 15 points, draining 5-of-8 3-pointers in the Titan comeback victory.

This season the UW-O guard has scored 253 points, averaging 12.0 per match - ranked 14th in the WIAC - playing in 21 contests. He is 4th in the league in 3-point plays (54) attempting 125 shots (.432%).
UW-Stevens Point guard Lauren Anklam (Jr.-Ringle/WI) scored 39 points against WIAC opponents this week and is the WWS choice for WIAC women's basketball player of the week.

On Wednesday (2/3) at Kachel Gym facing UW-Whitewater - in a battle of nationally ranked teams - Anklam scored a game high 28 points in a 72-64 Pointer road-win over the #15 ranked Warhawks.

Despite an 11 point, 5 rebound performance by Anklam on Saturday (2/6) the Pointers came up short when the buzzer sounded in a hard fought 77-67 road-loss to the UW-River Falls Falcons at the Karges Center.

Anklam has scored 243 points this season, averaging 11.4 per contest, ranked 9th in the WIAC. Her 61 assists, 2.90 per match, rank 4th in the league.

In 2014-15 Anklam was 2nd on the team in scoring (229) points, with 46 assists. appearing in 23 games.
Week of January 25th  -  January 31st, 2016
Stephen Pelkofer Erin O'Toole
Guard  ::  UW-Stevens Point Center  ::  UW-Eau Claire
UW-Stevens Point Pointer guard Stephen Pelkofer (Sr.-Hales Corners/WI) scored 37 points facing WIAC opponents this week and is the WWS choice for WIAC men's basketball player of the week.

Pelkofer, 12th in the conference in points scored (251) registered a game-high 23 points on Saturday (1/30) against UW-Oshkosh at the Kolf Sports Complex helping the team to a 55-42 win over the Titans. Pelkofer had 6 rebounds in the game, adding to his season totals (78) ranked 18th in the WIAC.

The Pointer guard is second in the conference in assists (61) averaging 3.9 per contest.

On Wednesday (1/27) at Bennett Court facing visiting UW-Stout Pelkofer paced the field with a game-high 14 points against a winless Blue Devils squad - searching for their first conference win - a convincing 68-51 Pointer victory.

Last season Pelkofer helped the team win the D-III National Championship over Augustana (IL) at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va.(3/21/15) scoring 14 points and grabbing 6 rebounds in a 70-54 Pointer win over the Vikings.
UW-Eau Claire Blugold center Erin O'Toole (So.-Plymouth/MN) scored 55 points facing WIAC opponents and is the WWS choice for WIAC womens' basketball player of the week.

On Saturday (1/30) facing visiting UW-Stout at the Zorn Arena Erin scored a game-high 30 points, on 9/15 shooting, aiding the Blugolds to an easy 80-63 win over the Blue Devils. O'Toole shot 9/15 from the field and converted 10-of-11 free throw attempts in the match.

Despite a game-high 23 point performance by O'Toole on Wednesday (1/27) the Blugolds were upended 53-65 by defending WIAC Tournament Champion UW-Oshkosh.

This season the Blugold center has scored 312 points, ranked #1 in the conference, 

A complete player, Erin has a league leading 91 defensive rebounds (130 total) and 35 blocked shots, averaging 2.3 per contest, #3 WIAC.

Week of January 18th  -  January 24th, 2016
Tyson Kalien UW-Oshkosh
Guard  ::  UW-Eau Claire -
UW-Eau Claire Blugold g/ Tyson Kalien (Sr.-Chippewa Falls/WI) scored 33 points on-the road against WIAC opponents this week and is the WWS choice for WIAC men's basketball player of the week.

Tyson scored 14 points at UW-Whitewater on Saturday (1/23), helping the Blugolds upend the Warhawks 66-63 at Kachel Gym, improving their record to 3-3 in the conference and 10-7 overall.

Facing UW-Platteville at Bo Ryan Court on Wednesday (1/20), Tyson paced the Blugolds with 19 points on 7-12 shooting ...but the team came up short when the buzzer sounded, falling 75-84 to a hungry Pioneer team.

This season Tyson has appeared in 9 games, scoring 113 points, averaging 12.6 per game.

UW-Oshkosh improved to 5-1 in the conference with a pair of road wins this week and is the WWS choice for WIAC basketball team of the week

Top UW-Oshkosh team scorer guard Taylor Schmidt #10 (Jr.-Algoma) paced the field with a game-high 23 points, 4 assists in a 79-66 Titan win at UW-Whitewater (Kachel Gym) - Wednesday (1/20).

Schmidt has scored 180 points this season, averaging 10.6 points per game (12th WIAC) with 36 rebounds and 47 assists (5th WIAC).

Titan forward Eliza Campbell #24 (So.-Green Bay) scored a game-high 20 points, with 5 rebounds at UW-Stout (Johnson Fieldhouse) - (Saturday 1/23) a hard fought 65-50 UW-O road-win over a very competitive Blue Devils squad (2-4, 8-9).

Campbell has appeared in 17 matches this season, scoring 158 points, averaging 9.3 per match (#21-WIAC).

Week of January 11th  -  January 17th, 2016
Garret Pearson UW-Eau Claire
Forward  ::  UW-River Falls -
UW-River Falls upset nationally ranked UW-Whitewater 75-70 on-the-road on Wednesday (1/13) behind a game-high 24 point performance from Falcon forward Garret Pearson #32 (Jr.-Rush City/MN), the WWS choice for men's basketball player of the week.

Trailing the Warhawks 30-40 at the break, the Falcons clawed their way back in the second half, taking their first lead of the game at 59-58 late, thanks to a three point play by Pearson, who converted 10-of-15 shots from the field and 3-of-4 attempts from the distance.

The Falcons made 57% of their shots in the second half (16/28) compared to just 37% (13/35) in the opening period. UW-River Falls improved to 3-0 in the conference (9-5 overall) with the win.

Facing UW-Eau Claire on Saturday (1/16) at the Zorn Arena, Pearson and the Falcons cruised to a 78-66 road-win over a very experienced Blugold squad.

Pearson scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, adding to his season totals - 192 points, averaging 14.9 points per game (4th WIAC) - 81 rebounds - 6.3 per match (5th WIAC) - playing in 14 contests.

In the Conference opener against UW-Oshkosh at the Karges Center on January 6th - Pearson registered 14 points and 7 rebounds in a 76-75 UW-RF victory over the Titans.

Last season (2014-15) Pearson scored 172 points (67/124) and grabbed 92 boards, appearing in 26 matches.
The UW-Eau Claire Blugold women's squad improved to 2-1 in the conference with a balanced 81-67 road-win over UW-Stout on Wednesday (1/13) at the Johnson Fieldhouse; the Blue Devils couldn't find an answer for 'Golds center Erin O'Toole (So.-Plymouth/MN) leading the charge with 17 points in the first half, taking a commanding 39-23 advantage at the break.

Top WIAC scorer Blugold guard Teenie Lichtfuss (Sr.-Oshkosh) - with over 200 points this season - averaging a league high 15.4 points per match, added 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting, also converting 4-of-4 free throw attempts

During the Holiday break, at the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Classic in Greencastle, facing Depauw (IND), Lichtfuss passed the 1,000 point milestone in her career, scoring a team-high 13 points in a 55-50 'Golds road-win over the Tigers (12/29).

Blugolds forward Madison Johnson (Sr.-Osceola) - ranked 5th in the conference in scoring (196 points) - scored a school record 42 points last month against North Central College (12/12), a 94-89 'Golds victory at the Zorn Arena.

Johnson converted 15/24 shots from the field and was 12/14 from the charity stripe in the win, also grabbing a game-high 17 rebounds.

At UW-River Falls on Saturday (1/16) facing the 3-0 Falcons at the Karges Center, Johnson paced the team with 20 points and a game-high 9 rebounds but the 'Golds were upended 71-62 in a hard fought contest.

The team is mentored by Blugold Head Coach Tonja Englund (16th season), 4 WIAC Championships (last in 2012), 5 NCAA appearances, WIAC Coach of the Year (2002-03), NCAA National Coach of the Year (2002-03).
Week of January 4th  -  January 10th, 2016
Trinson White Richell Mehus
Forward  ::  UW-Whitewater Guard  ::  UW-River Falls
Top UW-Whitewater scorer forward Trinson White #3 (Sr.-Milwaukee/WI) helped the Warhawks open the WIAC season with a pair of victories and is the WWS choice for WIAC men's basketball 'Player of the Week.

Facing UW-Stout on Wednesday (1/6) at the Johnson Field-house in Menomonie, White collected his 4th double / double of the season, playing for 35 minutes, scoring 14 points, grabbing 13 rebounds in a 75-59 Warhawk road-win over the Blue Devils.

On Saturday (1/9) at home (Kachel Gym) - against 2014-15 defending National Champion UW-Stevens Point - after trailing the Pointers 0-7 early, White carried the load with 11 points and 6 rebounds as the team enjoyed a slim 28-25 lead at the break. White and the 'Hawks dominated the second half, stretching the advantage to 53-38, en route to a convincing 69-63 win.

White finished with game-highs in points (21) and rebounds (13).

The Warhawks (11-2, 2-0) ranked 15th nationally, also have 6 straight non-conference victories, including wins over Beloit (73-71) and Concordia, Illinois (107-84) and winning 3 games at the Pikes Peak Holiday Classic in Colorado Springs over the Christmas break.

Trinson recorded his 3rd double-double - game-high 21 points (t) career-high 19 rebounds - against Colorado College in the Tournament Championship (12/30), a convincing 81-58 'Hawk win over the Tigers, named Tournament MVP - averaging 14.1 points and 12 boards per game played.
UW-River Falls Falcon guard Richell Mehus #23 (Sr.-Spring Grove/MN) scored 34 points against WIAC opponents this week and is the WWS choice for WIAC women's basketball player of the week.

On-the-road on Wednesday (1/6) at the Kolf Sports Complex - facing nationally ranked UW-Oshkosh - Mehus poured in a game-high 30 points helping the Falcons upset the #13th ranked Titans 76-69. Mehus scored 22 points in the first two periods of play, enjoying a 44-34 halftime advantage. She successfully converted 12-of-18 shot attempts in the win.

At UW-Stout on Saturday (1/9) at the Johnson Fieldhouse the Falcons upped their WIAC record to 2-0 with a hard fought 86-76 win over a scrappy Blue Devils squad. The UW-River Falls guard was limited to 4 points - on 2-of-8 shooting - but grabbed 6 rebounds and had 6 assists in the win.

During the Christmas break - in the Land of Magic Classic - at Daytona, FLA., Richell scored a team-high 15 points against Messiah (PA) in a tough 63-68 Falcon loss to the Messiah Falcons. She also recorded 6 steals and 5 rebounds in the contest.

Mehus is currently ranked 10th in the conference in scoring (142 points) 11.5 per game and 8th in assists (35) playing in 13 contests.