Lady 'Jackets back in win column
NOTE: This story will be updated.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team rebounded from its first-ever Upper Midwest Athletic Conference loss with a 71-61 win over the Northwestern Eagles Wednesday, Jan, 9, at Mertz Mortorelli Gymnasium.
The Yellowjackets (13-2, 6-1 UMAC) saw their 53-game win streak come to an end with a 72-60 loss to Bethany Lutheran Saturday, Jan. 5, in Mankato, Minn.
Eva Reinertsen played a big role in UWS starting a new winning streak. With leading scorer Hannah Norlin limited to nine points over 21 minutes because of foul trouble, the junior from Duluth registered game-highs with 25 points and 11 rebounds. She also had three steals, was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line and was 3-of-6 on 3-pointers.
Emily Carpenter was next with 11 points and five assists, and Taylor Kane had seven points and 10 rebounds.
The Eagles (7-8, 4-2) had four players score in double figures, Kelsea Lund (14), Amy Berglund (13), Brooklyn DeKam (13) and Rio Landers (11).
The game started out close with five lead changes in a first quarter that ended with Northwestern leading 12-11.
Six points by Reinertsen helped UWS open up a 21-14 second-quarter lead, but the Eagles answered with a 10-1 run for a 24-22 lead.
A basket by Katie White and a 3-pointer by Reinertsen put UWS back ahead 27-24, but the half ended in a 27-27 tie on a 3-pointer by DeKam.
UWS trailed by three points twice early in the third quarter, including 35-32.
After ties a 36 and 38, Reinertsen scored eight of the next 10 points giving UWS a 46-40 lead.
The teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter until UWS took a 48-42 lead into the fourth quarter.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Carpenter and Reinertsen gave the Yellowjackets a 62-52 lead with four minutes remaining.
Northwestern managed to cut the deficit to 64-59, but UWS sealed the victory with Sydney Franks’ 3-pointer and four free throws during the final 41 seconds.
Northwestern -- Jordan Sauve 2, Kelsea Lund 14, Amy Berglund 13, Rio Landers 11, Miranda Crenshaw 8, Brooklyn DeKam 13. Totals: 24 7-9 61
3-point goals -- Lund 4, Berglund, DeKam.
UW-Superior -- Taylor Kane 7, Emily Carpenter 11, Ellie Leadstrom 6 Eva Reinertsen 25, Hannah Norlin 9, Sydney Franks 3, Mackenzie Kmecik 2 Mogan Anderson 4, Katie White 4. Totals: 22 22-27 71.
3-point goals -- Reinertsen 3, Carpenter, Franks.