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Yellowjacket women roll into WIAC title game (updated)

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The University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team advanced to its first ever Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship game with an 84-63 win over UW-Whitewater Thursday night at Kachel Gym in Whitewater.

The No. 5 seeded Yellowjackets will play at No. 2 UW-Oshkosh at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Titans advanced with a 68-44 win over UW-Stevens Point. The WIAC championship winner earns the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

UWS had five players score in double figures, led by Sally Linzmeier’s 21 points. Hadley Skalmoski was next with 13 points, followed by Vanessa Lebens and Deandra Vavra, with 12 points apiece; and Grace Kennedy, 10.

Linzmeier also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, dished out five assists, blocked two shots and had two steals.

Whitewater was led by Kaitlyn Thill’s 16 points and seven assists.

UWS led the entire game, including 3-0 on a 3-pointer by Britnee Blake just 25 seconds into the game.

An Abbie Reeves jumper made the score 3-2, but that would be as close at the Warhawks would get as UWS eventually took a 41-25 lead at the half.

Superior’s largest lead was 23 points (71-48) when Blake made a layup with 6:27 remaining.

Whitewater’s record falls to 22-5 and the loss was the first of the season for the Warhawks against an WIAC opponent. They won the WIAC regular-season championship with a 16-0 record.

UWS lost to Oshkosh twice this season, 56-52 on Dec. 7 in Superior and 56-42 on Feb. 22 at Oshkosh.

SPARTAN SPIN: UWS is now 4-5 all-time in WIAC tournament games. … UWW had knocked UWS out of the past two tournaments, including in last year’s semifinals with an 80-71 win. The Warhawks also defeated the Yellowjackets 92-55  in the 2012 quarterfinals. … Prior to 2012, UWS last played in the WIAC tournament in 2004, losing to Oshkosh 84-66. … In 2000 UWS defeated UW-La Crosse 90-66 in a play-in game in Superior then lost to UW-Eau Claire 92-23 in the quarterfinals. … UWS lost the 1999 play-in game to UWLC 59-57.

 

UW-Superior 84, UW-Whitewater 63

UW-Superior  (16-11)

Linzmeier, Sally 9-14 3-4 21; Skalmoski, Hadley 6-8 1-2 13; Lebens, Vanessa 6-7 0-0 12; Vavra, Deandra 5-10 2-2 12; Kennedy, Grace 5-6 0-0 10; Liljander, Brynn 2-8 1-2 7; Blake, Britnee 2-4 0-0 5; Lekson, Sarah 2-4 0-0 4; Lindberg, Allyssa 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 37-64 7-10 84.

UW-Whitewater (22-4)

Thill, Kaitlyn 6-12 2-2 16; Reeves, Abbie 4-10 2-2 13; Ruchti, Kristen 1-4 8-10 10; Merg, Mary 3-12 0-0 7; Stewart, Reilly 2-6 0-0 6; Olsen, Andrea 2-3 0-0 5; Mandrell, Amy 2-11 0-0 4; Burton, Katie 1-6 0-0 2; Gieseke, Chelsea 0-1 0-0 0; Dahlke, Morgan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-66 12-14 63.

UW-Superior.......................... 41    43—84

UW-Whitewater.................... 25    38—63

3-point goals—UWS 3-13 (Liljander, 2-6; Blake, 1-1; Vavra, 0-1; Lekson, 0-1; Lindberg, 0-2; Linzmeier, 0-2), UWW 9-19 (Reeves, 3-6; Thill, 2-3; Stewart, 2-4; Merg, 1-2; Olsen, 1-1; Burton, 0-3). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—UWS 40 (Linzmeier, 12), UWW 34 (Ruchti, 7; Mandrell, 7). Assists—UWS 12 (Linzmeier, 5), UWW 13 (Thill, 7). Total fouls—UWS 16, UWW 15. Technical fouls—None. A-543.

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