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UWS ROUND-UP: Season ends for UWS women

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The season came to an end for the University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team with a 98-56 loss to St. Thomas in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament Friday night on the Tommies’ home court of Schoenecker Arena in St. Paul.

The Tommies (29-0) went on to defeat Chicago 73-69 Saturday for their fifth Sweet Sixteen berth in six years. They play Marymount (Va.) Friday night at a site to be determined.

Friday’s game was never in doubt as the Tommies opened up a 13-point lead after the first quarter. St. Thomas scored the first 18 points of the second quarter to push the lead to 43-10 and eventually led 50-13 at the half.

UWS, which scored just 10 points in the first quarter and three in second on Emily Carpenter’s 3-pointer, had 18 turnovers and shot just 26.1 percent in the first half.

Lauren Fischer did the majority of the damage for St. Thomas in the opening half, knocking down four 3-pointers.

UWS scored 26 points in the third quarter, but St. Thomas was a point better with 27. The Tommies also outscored UWS 21-17 in the fourth quarter.

Hannah Norlin led UWS with 18 points. Junior Bailee Bartunek, who announced she will graduate from UWS this spring, added 11 points and a team-high six rebounds.

Fischer led the Tommies with 23 points.

Kontny all-district

UWS junior Hailey Kontny was one of two Upper Midwest Athletic Conference athletes named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District and Academic All-American teams.

Kontny, and Northwestern’s Will Gisler, were both selected to the Division III District Six teams.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games or contests.

Kontny, who majors in physical educaton, has a 3.97 GPA.

For the second year in a row, Kontny was selected as the top player in the UMAC after leading UWS to its second-straight UMAC regular season title, postseason title and a trip to the NCAA tournament.

Kontny averaged 14 ppg in league play and scored 20 in the conference title game. She led the Yellowjackets in single-game scoring seven times in UMAC games and was among the top shooters averaging 41.1 percent from the field.

UW-Superior............ 10     3     26     17    —     56

St. Thomas.............. 23    27     27     21    —     98

UW-Superior (56)

Bailee Bartunek 5-10 0-0 11, Justine Larson 1-7 1-4 4, Hannah Norlin 8-15 2-5 18, Amelia Leger 0-4 0-2 0, Hailey Kontny 3-10 2-4 8, Etta Sorenson 1-1 0-0 2, Morgan Nepstad 1-1 2-2 2, Megan Aho 2-3 0-0 6, Brittany Laehn 0-2 0-0 0, Emily Carpenter 1-1 0-0 3, Eva Reinertsen 0-1 0-0 0. Jade Tucker 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 23-58 7-17 56.

St. Thomas

Lauren Fischer 8-11 0-0 23, Kaitlin Langer 5-9 3-3 13, Lucia Renikoff 4-6 1-2 11, Paige Gernes 2-3 0-0 5, Gabby Zehrer 4-8 5-5 14, Maddie Wolkow 3-7 0-0 7, Janelle Alba-Garner 2-3 0-0 4, Kaylie Brazil 1-3 0-0 2, Sarah Krynski 0-1 2-4 2, McKenna DuBois 1-2 0-0 2, Elsa Anderson 2-2 0-0 4, MacKenzie Denk 0-1 0-0 0, Hannah Spaulding 4-4 3-3 11. Totals 36-60 14-17 98.

Halftime — St. Thomas 50, UWS 13. 3-point goals — UWS 3-10 (Bartunek 1-1, Larson 1-2, Leger 0-1, Kontny 0-2, Laehn 0-2, Carpenter 1-1, Reinertsen 0-1), St. Thomas 12-24 (Fischer 7-9, Renikoff 2-3, Gernes 1-1, Zehrer 1-4, Wolkow 1-4, Brazil 0-2, DuBois 0-1). Rebounds — UWS 35 (Bartunek, Larson 6), St. Thomas 30 (Langer, Zehrer 4). Assists — UWS 8 (Larson 4), St. Thomas 22 (Gernes 4). Turnovers — UWS 26 (Larson 7), St. Thomas 16 (Fischer 4). Fouls — UWS 18, St. Thomas 17. Fouled out — None. Attendance — 730.

Ruehl advances

UWS’s Svenja Ruehl was selected to participate in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend in Naperville, Ill.

The native of Kircheurs, Germany will compete in the triple jump after her mark of 11.63 meters (38-2) set a new meet record at the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference meet on Feb. 25.

The junior standout enters with the 12th-best seed mark and was among a field of just 17 athletes from all of Division III to qualify in the event. This will be Ruehl’s second trip to the national indoor meet after finishing 11th in the triple jump event last season.

At the UMAC meet, Ruehl set a new record in repeating as conference champion in the triple jump and took home another title in the long jump.

Additionally, Ruehl tied the UMAC record in winning the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.08.

The NCAA Indoor Championships take place Friday and Saturday at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. The women’s triple jump event will be the first scheduled field event for Saturday at 10 a.m.

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