WISCONSIN DELLS - As head coach David Beebe walked on the court to accept the silver, state runner-up trophy, it brought one of the best seasons in recent program history to a close.
The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha women's basketball team lost to UW-Marathon 98-50 in the championship game of the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference state tournament at JustAgame Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon.
It was a tough, emotional season-ending loss for high-powered UW-Waukesha, which advanced to the state finals for the second time in the last three years and finished 16-4 overall.
The Cougars, coming off an energized state semifinal victory over two-time defending state champion UW-Marinette, were outscored by UW-Marathon 48-24 in the first half - including a 24-10 run in what proved to be a decisive second quarter.
The Huskies scored eight unanswered points over the course of the opening four minutes to ignite the key spree.
Sophomore guard Hannah Bricco from Mukwonago contributed a team-high 13 points with 3 of 3 free throws, four rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot for UW-Waukesha, which made two baskets from 3-point range and 6 of 9 free throws.
Bricco, who was named to the all-tournament team, suffered an ankle injury with 6:19 left in the third quarter, was carried off the court and didn't return.
Freshman forward/center Tavariana White from Milwaukee Lutheran registered a double-double by finishing with 12 points, a game-high 13 rebounds and a blocked shot for the Cougars, who committed an uncharacteristic 35 turnovers. Freshman forward/center Kailey Kennow from Kenosha Indian Trail followed with 10 points, nine rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Freshman guard Mya Whiters from Ashwaubenon chipped in eight points with two 3-pointers and a team-best four assists for UW-Waukesha, which outrebounded the Huskies by a 47-37 margin. Freshman forward Ariel Gonzales from Milwaukee Lutheran had four points and 11 rebounds.
Junior point guard Justice Hawkins from Wauwatosa West, a two-time first-team WCC selection and the program's all-time leading scorer who eclipsed the 1,000-point career mark, was limited to three points, five rebounds and two assists before fouling out with 2:52 remaining in the third quarter.
Sophomore guard/forward Morgan Rachu, also an all-tournament team selection, scored a game-high 48 points with eight 3-pointers, 8 of 8 free throws, nine rebounds, six steals, four assists and a blocked shot to lead UW-Marathon, which ended the season 19-0 overall. Sophomore guard Jayci Blume had a double-double with 16 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and three steals for the Huskies, who made 13 3-pointers, 19 of 24 free throws and generated 18 assists.
COUGAR FAST FACTS
What: The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha women's basketball team lost to UW-Marathon 98-50 in the championship game of the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference state tournament at JustAgame Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon.
Record: 16-4 overall
Scoring Leaders: Hannah Bricco (13 points), Tavariana White (12 points), Kailey Kennow (10 points), Mya Whiters (8 points), Ariel Gonzales (4 points), Justice Hawkins (3 points)
Rebound Leaders: White (13), Gonzales (11), Kennow (9), Hawkins (5), Bricco (4), Kelli Alvine (3), Whiters (1), Bri Jashinsky (1)
Notable: The Cougars, who finished as the state runner-up for the second time in the last three years, were outscored by UW-Marathon 48-24 in the first half - including a 24-10 run in what proved to be a decisive second quarter.