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UW-Superior’s Vanessa Lebens (44) sneaks past a jumping Sammy Doucette (32) in the second half of the Yellowjackets victory over the Saints in Superior on Tuesday afternoon. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

UWS women down Northland College

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UWS women down Northland College
Superior Wisconsin 1410 Tower Ave. 54880

The University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team wrapped up the 2013 portion of its schedule with a pair of wins. The Yellowjackets defeated Northland College 71-45 Monday in Ashland then rallied from an early 16-point deficit to defeat St. Scholastica 75-63 Tuesday evening at Mertz Mortorelli Gym.

After Brittani Brennan made a 3-pointer to give the Saints (4-6) an 18-2 lead seven minutes into the game, the Yellowjackets (6-4) began chipping away. Dana Karlstad jumpstarted the comeback with a 3-pointer of her own, and UWS outscored the visitors 32-19 the remainder of the first half to trail by just three, 37-34, at the break.

The Yellowjackets began the second half on a 6-0 run and took their first lead of the game, 40-37.

After that it was all Yellowjackets.

Sally Linzmeier and Brynn Liljander — both of whom scored 18 points — spurred UWS to a 41-point second half and its fourth consecutive win. Linzmeier pulled down 15 rebounds, and teammate Vanessa Lebens added 16 points.

The Yellowjackets shot just 21.4 percent (9-of-42) from the field in the opening half, including 2 of 15 from beyond the arc.

Erin Frase and Kelsey Sorenson scored 14 and 13 points, respectively, for St. Scholastica. Brennan, who finished with nine points, made a layup to cut the Yellowjackets’ lead to two, 56-54, with 8:38 to play, but the Saints weren’t able to get any closer.

The Saints shot only 23 percent in the second half to finish at 42 percent for the game, while the Yellowjackets were at 31 percent for the game. UWS was 24-for-29 from the charity stripe, compared to 12-of-19 for the Saints. CSS also committed 16 turnovers, while UWS only had seven giveaways.

Offensive rebounds and second-chance points were another big difference in deciding the outcome. UWS out-rebounded the Saints 56-37, including 24-5 on the offensive glass. That led to a 20-4 advantage in second-chance points for the Yellowjackets.

’JACKET JOTTINGS: The Yellowjackets host UW-Platteville in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday. The women’s game is at 1 p.m. followed by the men at 3 p.m. … The Yellowjackets also defeated CSS 74-63 earlier in the season at the Reif Gymnasium.

UW-SUPERIOR 75, ST. SCHOLASTICA 63

ST. SCHOLASTICA (4-6)

Erin Frase 6-11 2-3 14; Kelsey Sorenson 4-8 2-2 13; Brittani Brennan 4-5 0-0 9; Elena Huber 3-6 0-0 8; Mariah Hovick 2-8 0-3 5; Kayla Swanson 2-6 1-2 5; Danica Schellbach 1-5 3-4 5; Caitlin McKernon 0-1 4-5 4; Sammy Doucette 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 22-53 12-19 63.

UW-SUPERIOR (6-4 (WIAC 0-2))

Liljander, Brynn 6-14 5-6 18; Linzmeier, Sally 3-16 12-12 18; Lebens, Vanessa 7-12 2-3 16; Vavra, Deandra 2-11 2-2 6; Skalmoski, Hadley 2-8 1-1 5; Karlstad, Dana 1-2 1-3 4; Nelson, Allie 1-1 0-0 3; Kennedy, Grace 1-6 0-0 2; Blake, Britnee 1-6 0-0 2; Lindberg, Allyssa 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 24-78 24-29 75.

St. Scholastica...................... 37        26        —         63

UW-Superior.......................... 34        41        —         75

3-point goals—CSS 7-15 (Sorenson 3-5; Huber 2-4; Hovick 1-3; Brennan 1-1; Swanson 0-1; Frase 0-1), UWS 3-18 (Karlstad, 1-2; Nelson, 1-1; Liljander, 1-6; Vavra, 0-3; Blake, 0-3; Lindberg, 0-1; Linzmeier, 0-2). Fouled out—CSS-Huber, UWS-None. Rebounds—CSS 37 (Hovick 7), UWS 56 (Linzmeier, 15). Assists—CSS 12 (Huber 3; Swanson 3), UWS 8 (Blake, 2; Kennedy, 2). Total fouls—CSS 23, UWS 15. Technical fouls—none. A-237

UWS 71, NC 45

Liljander had 15 points and five assists and Linzmeier added 10 points and 10 rebounds as UWS jumped to 38-15 halftime lead en route to a 71-45 nonconference women’s victory over Northland College on Monday night at Kendrigan Gym in Ashland.

The Yellowjackets also got nine points from Allyssa Lindberg and eight from Vanessa Lebens as they improved to 5-4 on the season.

UWS also held a 44-33 rebounding advantage and force 36 turnovers.

Theresa Stewart (14 points) and Alison Blackford (10) were in double figures in scoring for the Lumberjacks (1-6).

UW-SUPERIOR (5-4, 0-2 WIAC)

Liljander, Brynn 5-9 3-4 15; Linzmeier, Sally 5-7 0-0 10; Lindberg, Allyssa 4-11 0-0 9; Lebens, Vanessa 4-6 0-2 8; Vavra, Deandra 3-6 0-1 6; Atherton, Molly 2-4 0-0 4; Kennedy, Grace 2-4 0-0 4; Skalmoski, Hadley 2-5 0-0 4; Karlstad, Dana 2-9 0-2 4; Blake, Britnee 1-7 0-0 3; Zimpel, Amber 0-1 2-2 2; Lekson, Sarah 1-2 0-0 2; Clemons, Abby 0-0 0-0 0; Boone, Katie 0-0 0-0 0; Ackerman, Autumn 0-2 0-0 0; Hunter, Mikaela 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-73 5-11 71.

NORTHLAND (1-6, 0-0 UMAC)

Theresa Stewart 6-12 0-0 14; Alison Blackford 4-9 2-6 10; Erin Gilligan 3-8 1-2 9; Jessica Jaeckel 2-2 4-6 8; Briana Tody 1-2 0-0 2; Allyson Hochstetler 1-1 0-0 2; Lily Sandstrom 0-8 0-0 0; Kaitlyn Witthun 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 17-44 7-14 45.

UW-Superior.......................... 38        33        —         71

Northland................................ 15        30        —         45

3-point goals—UWS 4-20 (Liljander, 2-4; Lindberg, 1-5; Blake, 1-6; Vavra, 0-2; Karlstad, 0-3), NC 4-17 (Stewart 2-6; Gilligan 2-4; Tody 0-1; Sandstrom 0-4; Blackford 0-2). Fouled out— None. Rebounds—UWS 44 (Linzmeier, 10), Northland 33 (Blackford 7). Assists—UWS 15 (Liljander, 5), NC 11 (Blackford 3). Total fouls—UWS 17, NC 11. Technical fouls—None. A-104.

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