The championship game of the inaugural Superior Shootout lived up to its name as the host University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team defeated UW-Stout 86-80 in overtime Sunday, Dec. 30, at Mertz Mortorelli Gymnasium.
With the score tied 72-72 at the end of regulation, junior Eva Reinertsen got the extra session started with a 3-pointer and the Yellowjackets followed by making 11-of-12 free throws as they improved to 11-1 on the season.
Reinertsen finished with a career-high 25 points and nine rebounds. But she was outdone a bit by teammate Hannah Norlin, who turned in a career-high 32 points to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Former Superior Spartan Ellie Leadstrom also chipped in with nine points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals, a blocked shot.
Stout (10-1), which lost for the first time this season, was led by Bailey Diersen (28 points), Kyncaide Diedrich (23) and Amber Fabeck (18), who scored 69 of the Blue Devils’ 80 points.
Superior never trailed in a first quarter that was saw Reinertsen score nine points, including a 3-pointer that gave the Yellowjackets a 17-10 lead.
Superior gradually opened up a 27-18 lead on a Taylor Kane basket early in the second quarter, but Stout went on a 13-4 run and tied the game 31-31 on a Watkins 3-pointer.
The teams traded baskets the rest of the way and the first half ended tied at 35-35.
“It’s always a good feeling as a shooter to get off to a hot start like that,” Reinertsen said. “The key was we never quit, we were confident the whole time. We always thought we could win it, even when we blew a couple of nine-point leads.”
Stout took a quick 39-35 lead in the third quarter, but 3-point plays by Norlin tied it up at 40-40 and later gave Superior a 52-43 lead.
Stout followed with a 13-3 run to take a 56-55 lead.
Stout scored the first four points of the fourth quarter, but two baskets by Reinertsen, one by Leadstrom and Katie White’s 3-pointer gave Superior a 64-61 lead with five minutes left.
Stout regained a 72-68 lead, but a basket by Leadstrom and Norlin’s jumper from the free-throw line with 8.1 seconds left, tied the game and forced overtime.
“There were times where we didn’t play very well, but we dug deep and stuck to what we know,” Norlin said. “We played hard and tried to play together as much as we could. We just played for each other, weren’t selfish, and that’s what won us the game.”
UWS was 16-of-19 from the free-throw line against Stout, but committed 19 turnovers. Against Concordia-Moorhead, the Yellowjackets had 15 turnovers, but were just 15-of-26 from the line.
“We had too many turnovers and mistakes against Stout, but overall I’m so proud of the whole team, because without our free throws I don’t think we would have won,” Norlin said. “We definitely picked it up on the line, and we really needed to do that to pull out the win.”
UWS advanced to the championship game with a 72-64 win over the Concordia-Moorhead on Saturday, Dec. 29.
Norlin scored 21 points for UWS before fouling out with 1:36 remaining. Reinertsen added 14 points and Kaly Kostrova chipped in 10 for UWS, which led by 12 late in the third quarter and only four (68-64) with a minute remaining.
UWS got two free throws apiece from Taylor Kane and Reinertsen to seal the victory.
Kirstin Simmons had 17 points and Elizabeth Birkemeyer added 13 for Concordia (3-7).
UWS hosts Crown College at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, then plays at Bethany Lutheran at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5.
While Crown is 2-9 overall and 0-3 in the UMAC, UWS (10-1) and Bethany Lutheran (10-3) are tied for first place at 4-0.
“We can’t look past Crown,” Reinertsen said. “We know we have a big game Saturday at Bethany, but we have to take care of business first on Wednesday.”
’JACKET JOTTINGS: Stout’s Diedrich and Diersen both scored their 1,000th point in the title game. … Stout coach Hannah Iverson was an assistant coach with UW-Green Bay Phoenix when former Superior Spartan Jessica Lindstrom played for the Phoenix.
UW-Stout -- Bailey Diersen 28, Kyncaide Diedrich 23, Amber Fabeck 18, Shannan Watkins 11. Totals: 28 17-22 80.
3-point goals -- Fabeck 3, Diedrich, Diersen.
UW-Superior -- Hannah Norlin 32, Eva Reinertsen 25, Ellie Leadstrom 9, Emily Carpenter 8, Taylor Kane 4, Kaly Kostrova 5, Katie White 3. Totals: 32 16-19 86.
3-point goals -- Reinertsen 2, Carpenter 2, Kostrova White.Superior Shootout Saturday, Dec. 29 Sunday, Dec. 30 Men’s hockey
UWS went 0-2 in its inaugural Superior Showdown, losing to Trinity (Conn) 6-2 on Saturday, Dec. 29, and St. Scholastica 3-2 on Sunday, Dec. 30.
Troy MacTavish and Jerry Miettunen scored for the Yellowjackets in their loss to the Saints in the consolation game.
Kyle Star scored twice and Cole Golka once for the Saints (9-3-2)
A.J. Smith had 30 saves for UWS and Zane Steeves stopped 44 shots for CSS.
Alec MacKenzie, Levi Cudmore and former Superior Spartan Daniel Litchke scored for UWS in its loss to Trinity.
Smith had 38 saves for UWS and Teddy Loughborough stopped 27 shots for the Bantams.
Trinity defeated Marian 4-1 in the championship game.
‘JACKET JOTTINGS: St. Scholastica defeated UWS at Wessman Arena for the first time since the season opener of the 2012-13 season. … UWS leads the all-time series with CSS 86-42-9. … The Saints also defeated UWS 3-1 just before Thanksgiving at Mars Lakeview Arena.
Saturday, Dec. 29
Marian 4, St. Scholastica 3
Trinity (Conn.) 6, UW-Superior 2
Sunday, Dec. 30
St. Scholastica 3, UW-Superior 1
Trinity (Conn.) vs. Marian, 7 p.m.