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UWS women win UMAC title, men clinch playoff berth

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UW-Superior’s Sarah Lekson (32) fights with the University of Northwestern’s Regan Cooper (44) for the ball in the second half of the Yellowjackets conference clinching victory in Superior on Friday night. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)2 / 2

It was a banner night for the University of Wisconsin-Superior basketball program Friday night at Mertz Mortorelli Gym.

The Yellowjacket men began the night by clinching a playoff berth with a 94-86 win over Northwestern and during the victory, Zach Schradle surpassed the 1,000-point plateau.

The UWS women then went out to clinch the UMAC regular-season championship with a 68-56 win over Northwestern.

The regular-season crown for the UWS women was the second straight. The Yellowjackets also won the Wisconsin State University Conference regular-season championship last year.

“It was a great night for Yellowjacket basketball,” UWS men’s coach Paul Eberhardt said.

Women’s hoops

After clinching the UMAC title Friday, the Yellowjackets wrapped up the regular season with a 72-60 win over North Central Saturday evening.

UWS, who wraps up its first year in the UMAC a record of 16-0 (22-3 overall) will host the winner of Martin Luther and Minnesota Morris in one semifinal game at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The other semifinal has Bethany Lutheran playing at Northwestern.

Friday’s conference-clinching win over Northwestern was anything but easy.

Northwestern entered the game in second place, one win behind UWS.

A 14-3 run that carried over from the first half into the third quarter gave the Eagles a 43-38 lead.

Former Superior Spartan Hailey Kontny gave the Yellowjackets a spark with a basket, two free throws and a steal that led to a Justine Larson layup, tied the game at 43-43 after three quarters.

Kontny carried her hot hand into the fourth quarter as she converted a three-point play after grabbing an offensive rebound and three free throws helped UWS open up a 51-47 lead.

After Northwestern’s Courtney Cunard stopped the bleeding for the Eagles, Brittany Laehn came off the bench to nail a 3-pointer, made a 2-pointer and a free throw to give Superior a 56-49 lead with around four minutes remaining.

UWS went on to seal the victory by making 7-of-8 free throws in the final 1:51.

“Honestly, the main thing that we did was just kept our composure and stay positive,” Kontny said. “We brought each other up when we were down, which was big influence in our win today.

“We also have a very deep bench. The starting five picks up the pace for us, but then the bench comes in and keeps the pace going, keeps the energy and gives us a spark. Everyone on the team really matters when they play their part. We just do what we have to do to win.”

Kontny led UWS with 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Allyssa Lindberg finished with 14 points, while Allie Nelson added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.

For Northwestern, Taryn Tumbleson had 13 points and four steals and Regan Cooper added 10 points.

Turnovers were a problem for both teams. UWS finished with 24 turnovers and Northwestern had 22.

“No. 24 (Amy Berglund) had her hands all over on the top of the zone,” Kontny said. “As soon as we figured it after the first half, we started to get the ball around her. It was just our communication. Just talking about where their players were in the zone and where we were on the court when we were open.”

UWS got off to a good start with a 10-2 lead.

Northwestern recovered and took a 16-10 lead thanks to a 14-0 run.

The quarter ended with a Kontny free throw, which got UWS within 16-11.

Six 3-pointers, including two by Lindberg, and a Kontny basket tied the game 19-19 early in the second quarter.

After the game was tied again at 24-24, there were five lead changes over the next six minutes, including when Cooper’s basket gave the Eagles a 34-33 halftime lead.

The Eagles outscored UWS 9-3 in the opening seven minutes of the third quarter to take a 43-36 lead.

The only basket for UWS during the run was a Lindberg 3-pointer on a perfectly-ran out-of-bounds play.

UWS went on to outscore Northwestern 30-13 the rest of the game.

The Yellowjackets avoided a letdown on Saturday with their win over North Central.

Lindberg led the Yellowjackets with 16 points. Hadley Skalmoski added 14 points and eight rebounds, while Grace Kennedy finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.

The Yellowjackets cut their turnovers down to seven.

UW-Superior 68, Northwestern 56

Northwestern (19-5, 13-2)

Taryn Tumbleson 4-8 3-4 13; Regan Cooper 4-5 2-2 10; Amy Berglund 4-9 1-1 9; Andrea Zimpel 3-6 0-0 9; Courtney Cunard 3-6 0-0 6; Jessica Cole 2-9 2-2 6; Kim Campbell 1-3 0-0 3; Rachel Hart 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-47 8-9 56.

UW- Superior (21-3, 15-0)

Hailey Kontny 4-14 7-9 15; Allyssa Lindberg 5-13 0-0 14; Allie Nelson 2-5 6-6 12; Justine Larson 3-10 1-1 7; Brittany Laehn 1-2 3-4 6; Bailee Bartunek 2-2 0-0 4; Hadley Skalmoski 1-2 1-2 3; Sarah Lekson 1-3 1-2 3; Grace Kennedy 1-1 0-0 2; Hannah Norlin 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 21-55 19-24 68.

Northwestern........................ 16        18          9          13   —                    56

UW-Superior.......................... 11        22         10         25   —                    68

3-point goals—NW 6-19 (Zimpel 3-6; Tumbleson 2-3; Campbell 1-2; Cunard 0-2; Cole 0-2; Hart 0-1; Berglund 0-3), UWS 7-23 (Lindberg 4-11; Nelson 2-5; Laehn 1-2; Larson 0-2; Kontny 0-3). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—NW 23 (Cunard 7), UWS 39 (Kontny 8). Assists—NW 12 (Berglund 3; Campbell 3), UWS 16 (Kontny 4; Nelson 4). Total fouls—NW 17, UWS 12. Technical fouls—None. A-320.

UW-Superior 72, North Central 60

North Central (6-18, 2-14)

Lizzy Swanson 7-17 4-5 20; Jamie High 4-8 8-10 17; Marissa Kari 4-10 0-0 11; Bethany Cressman 3-5 3-4 9; Jenna Cielocha 1-4 0-0 3; Haley Modahl 0-3 0-2 0. Totals 19-47 15-21 60.

UW-Superior (22-3, 16-0)

Allyssa Lindberg 5-12 1-2 16; Hadley Skalmoski 6-12 1-1 14; Grace Kennedy 6-9 1-2 13; Hailey Kontny 4-9 0-0 8; Bailee Bartunek 3-3 0-0 6; Hannah Norlin 1-4 1-2 3; Allie Nelson 1-5 0-0 3; Justine Larson 1-3 0-0 2; Brittany Laehn 1-4 0-0 2; Shaelyn Halverson 1-5 0-0 2; Jade Tucker 0-0 2-2 2; Anna Munsen 0-0 1-2 1; Amelia Leger 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-67 7-11 72.

North Central......................... 14        15         13         18   —                    60

UW-Superior.......................... 32        10         16         14   —                    72

3-point goals—NC 7-20 (Kari 3-8; Swanson 2-8; High 1-1; Cielocha 1-3), UWS 7-22 (Lindberg 5-11; Nelson 1-3; Skalmoski 1-2; Laehn 0-1; Halverson 0-3; Kontny 0-2). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—NC 30 (High 11), UWS 39 (Skalmoski 8). Assists—NC 6 (Swanson 2; Cielocha 2; High 2), UWS 11 (Nelson 3). Total fouls—NC 11, UWS 16. Technical fouls—None. A-258.

Men’s Hoops

The Yellowjackets improved to 12-12 overall and 8-7 in the UMAC with their win.

Schradle helped the Yellowjackets clinch their UMAC playoff berth Friday with a game-high 30 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double.

Schradle also passed the 1,000 point mark for his career with a basket with 2:14 remaining. The two-pointer gave him 1,001 points and UWS coach Paul Eberhardt called a timeout so the junior from Clayton could be recognized for his feat.

Schradle finished the game by scoring 10 of Superior’s final 12 points, giving him 1,009 career points.

Brian Lindblom also finished with 29 points, while Montroy Scott and Vid Milenkovic each finished with 15.

Michael Carney finished with 28 points for Northwestern. Kyle Ooms added 16 points, while Cody Sprenger finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.

UWS played without starter Nate Kalien, who suffered a broken arm when he fell in overtime at St. Scholastica on Feb. 13.

“This was a great win for us,” Eberhardt said. “The guys played hard and we had some guys step up.”

The Yellowjackets wrapped up the regular season with a 77-74 loss to North Central Saturday afternoon.

Schradle, who finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double, also had three assists and two steals, but his 3-point attempt as time expired was off the mark, leaving UWS three-points shy.

Milenkovic added 22 points and seven rebounds and Lindblom had 10 points and five assists.

UWS will take records of 12-13 overall, 8-8 UMAC, into its play-in game at Minnesota-Morris at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

The winner will play at St. Scholastica at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The other semifinal Wednesday is North Central at Northwestern.

 

UW-Superior 94, Northwestern 86

Northwestern (20-4, 12-3)

Michael Carney 11-16 0-0 28; Kyle Ooms 5-11 6-9 16; Cody Sprenger 3-11 4-4 10; Anderson Bazile Jr. 3-6 0-0 9; Aaron Youngberg 4-6 0-0 8; Will Gisler 4-5 0-0 8; Peter Maring 2-2 0-1 4; Porter Morrell 0-8 3-4 3; Isaiah Rahier 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 32-67 13-18 86.

UW-Superior (12-12, 8-7)

Zach Schradle 9-18 12-16 30; Brian Lindblom 13-19 0-0 29; Vid Milenkovic 4-7 6-7 15; Montroy Scott 4-8 4-4 15; Taylor Mattison 2-4 0-0 5; Trevor Oswald 0-1 0-0 0; Marquise Slay 0-1 0-0 0; Cade Stackpool 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-59 22-27 94.

Northwestern........................ 38        48         —         86

UW-Superior.......................... 44        50         —         94

3-point goals—NW  9-23 (Carney 6-9; Bazile Jr. 3-5; Sprenger 0-4; Youngberg 0-1; Morrell 0-3; Rahier 0-1), UWS 8-16 (Lindblom 3-5; Scott 3-6; Mattison 1-2; Milenkovic 1-2; Oswald 0-1). Fouled out—NW-Sprenger, UWS-Mattison. Rebounds—NW 35 (Sprenger 9), UWS 32 (Schradle 11). Assists—NW 7 (Morrell 3), UWS 18 (Schradle 10). Total fouls—NW 22, UWS 20. Technical fouls—None. A-264.

North Central 77, UW-Superior 74

North Central (13-12, 10-6)

Jared High 8-11 0-0 18; Josh High 5-12 0-0 15; Joel Cline 4-10 3-4 11; Isaiah Rustad 5-8 0-0 11; Travis Voigt 2-10 4-4 9; Hunter Roeder 3-4 0-3 7; Cody Martin 2-9 1-2 6. Totals 29-64 8-13 77.

UW-Superior (12-13, 8-8)

Vid Milenkovic 10-12 1-2 22; Zach Schradle 8-15 5-6 22; Brian Lindblom 3-5 4-4 10; Montroy Scott 3-7 0-0 6; Marquise Slay 3-4 0-0 6; Taylor Mattison 1-5 1-1 3; Cade Stackpool 1-7 0-0 3; Al Pearson 1-4 0-2 2; Trevor Oswald 0-1 0-0 0; Chris Tyler 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-61 11-15 74.

North Central......................... 38        39         —         77

UW-Superior.......................... 40        34         —         74

3-point goals—NC 11-27 (Josh High 5-12; Jared High 2-4; Rustad 1-1; Voigt 1-4; Roeder 1-2; Martin 1-4), UWS 3-16 (Schradle 1-3; Stackpool 1-4; Milenkovic 1-2; Slay 0-1; Mattison 0-3; Tyler 0-1; Scott 0-2). Fouled out—UWS-Lindblom. Rebounds—NC 25 (Voigt 8), UWS 44 (Schradle 10). Assists—NC 8 (Jared High 2; Martin 2; Rustad 2), UWS 11 (Schradle 3; Mattison 3). Total fouls—NC 11, UWS 12. Technical fouls—None. A-274.

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