Guard Tyra Boettcher scored 23 points and tournament host Wisconsin-Eau Claire used a strong second half to pull away for a 76-53 nonconference victory over Wisconsin-Superior at the Tip-Off Tournament Friday night, Nov. 12, 2021, before 65 at Zorn Arena.

Bailey Reardon added 18 points, Courtney Crouch had 11 points and center Jade Ganski chipped in five points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in the Blugolds’ season opener.

Eau Claire, which led 36-29 at halftime, outscored the Yellowjackets 40-24 the rest of the way.

Guard Paige Servais had 14 points and three steals to lead UWS (0-2), Allison Luoma of Iron River added 12 points and Kaelyn Christian contributed nine points and six rebounds.

The Yellowjackets, who shot 38 percent and turned the ball over 19 times Friday, continue tournament play at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, against another former WIAC opponent, Wisconsin-River Falls.