The streaks continue for Hannah Norlin and the University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team.
Norlin picked up her fourth consecutive Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week honor Monday, Dec. 10, then led the Yellowjackets to their 51st straight conference victory Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Despite playing a season-low 18 minutes, the senior from Litchfield, Minn., scored a game-high 24 points with seven rebounds and two steals as the Yellowjackets defeated Northland College 75-52 at Mertz Mortorelli Gym.
“Hannah deserves all of those awards and accolades because she works hard,” UWS coach Zach Otto-Fisher said. “The key to her success is she finds a way to get the team involved and that opens up her game. Instead of it being a black hole down low when she gets the ball, she kicks it back out and they feed it right back to her.”
The Yellowjackets (8-1, 3-0 UMAC) also got 14 points and eight rebounds from Eva Reinertsen, and eight points and three assists from Emily Carpenter.
Ashton Meadows came off the bench to lead the Lumberjills (4-4, 0-2) with 11 points.
“It’s been a total team effort,” Otto-Fisher said. “Last year we won a lot of games on skill and this year it’s really a team effort. Our top 10 players are all producing and the 11-18 players are really pushing the others in practice. So it’s truly has been a total team effort.”
Besides her quad of UMAC honors, Norlin was also named the the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III Women's Basketball National Player of the Week.
During her month-long stretch of picking up honors, Norlin has been playing with a broken pinky on one hand and a badly sprained pinky on the other hand.
“I’m not letting it affect me,” said Norlin, who played with her pinky and ring fingers taped together on each hand. “I have to really thank my teammates for a great support system. We have a great team atmosphere and we’ve been working really hard on getting that team feel. All of this hard work is paying off. We’re playing really well together.”
In picking up her latest honor, Norlin averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds in two UWS wins last week. She posted consecutive double-doubles with 19 points and 10 rebounds at St. Scholastica (Dec. 5) and followed it with 16 points and 10 boards at Minnesota Morris (Dec. 8.)
Norlin scored eight points in an opening quarter Wednesday that saw four lead changes.
UWS took the lead for good (7-6) on Taylor Kane’s basket and free throw and gradually built a 16-8 lead on Reinertsen’s 3-point play.
Northland cut the lead to 16-12 on a Meadows’ 3-pointer, but Norlin’s basket after an offensive rebound gave UWS an 18-12 lead at the first break.
Northland got within 18-14 early in the second quarter, but UWS followed with a 10-2 run for a 28-16 lead. Baskets by Morgan Anderson and Reinertsen gave UWS a 32-19 lead at the half.
With Norlin on the bench because of foul trouble, UWS scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to open up a 42-19 lead.
With Norlin back in the game, she converted a three-point play for a 52-27 lead, then made four free throws in the final 28 seconds for a 56-31 lead after three quarters.
“It wasn’t our best start, but we played better at the end of the half, and third quarter is our quarter,” Norlin said. “We really work on locking down in the second half and we did just that tonight.”
UWS opened up a 29-point lead on a Reinertsen 3-point a minute into the fourth quarter then went to the bench with 16 players seeing playing time.
UWS plays Martin Luther at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in New Ulm, Minn.
’JACKET JOTTINGS: It was actually the 57th consecutive conference victory for UWS, including postseason play. … Entering Wednesday’s game, Norlin was averaging 18.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game and shooting 58.9 percent from the floor. ...The Yellowjackets will host the Superior Shootout, playing Concordia (Minn.) on Dec. 29 and UW-Stout on Dec. 30. Also participating in the event is St. Scholastica.
Northland 12 7 12 21-52 UW-Superior 18 14 24 19-75
Northland -- Lindsay Bressette 6, Bianca Avalos 4, Sarah Houle 8, Emily Howe 3, Jasmine Bombardelli 2, Ashton Meadows 11, ,Emily Nielsen 6, Katherine Taylor 6. Totals 18 13-21 52.
3-point goals -- Bressette, Avalos, Meadows.
UW-Superior -- Taylor Kane 5, Emily Carpenter 8, Ellie Leadstrom 2, Eva Reinertsen 14, Hannah Norlin 24, Kaly Kostrova 4, Marissa Ruiz 6, Morgan Anderson, 2, Maddie Larson 4, Mikayla Koivisto 3, Brianna McGrath 1, Lindsey Jalivay 2. Totals 28 17-23 75
3-point goals -- Carpenter, Reinertsen.