The University of Wisconsin-Superior women's basketball program has established dominance within the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference since joining the league in 2015-16.
However, that hadn’t turned into national recognition until Wednesday when the Yellowjackets were ranked in the first public release of the NCAA Division III regional rankings.
UWS sits at No. 8 in the West Region rankings which will ultimately be used to determine selections to the NCAA tournament. The Yellowjackets are the lone UMAC squad represented in the rankings.
The Yellowjackets improved to 21-2 overall with a 81-59 win over Northwestern University Wednesday, Feb. 6, in St. Paul.
Superior’s losses were to Augsburg and UMAC’s Bethany Lutheran.
The Auggies are currently ranked No. 3 in the regional rankings and the Yellowjackets host Bethany Lutheran at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, with the UMAC regular-season title potentially on the line.
Emily Carpenter and Hannah Norlin had 19 points apiece in Wednesday’s win at Northwestern.
Eva Reinertsen and Marissa Ruiz added 18 and 16 points, respectively, in Superior’s ninth straight win.
The Yellowjackets (13-1 UMAC) pulled away from a 15-15 first-quarter tie to keep pace with Bethany Lutheran atop the league standings. UWS is looking to avenge a 72-60 setback to the Vikings on Jan. 5.
UW-Superior - Emily Carpenter 19, Hannah Norlin 19, Eva Reinertsen 18, Taylor Kane 2, Marissa Ruiz 16, Katie White 5, Kaly Kostrova 2. Totals: 28-66 12-13 81.
3-point goals - Carpenter 5, Ruiz 4, Reinertsen 3, White.
Northwestern - Amy Berglund 13, Miranda Crenshaw 8, Kelsea Lund 4, Rio Landers 2, Brooklyn DeKam 16, Courtney Schmidt 8, Megan Roberts 8. Totals: 25-63 4-8 59.
3-point goals - DeKam 3, Schmidt 2.
Reinertsen, a junior from Duluth, was named the UMAC’s Player of the Week.
Reinertsen averaged 14.5 points, six rebounds and three assists in two UMAC wins.
She recorded 17 points and seven boards in win over Crown and finished the week shooting 48 percent from the field.
Anderson Bazile Jr. poured in a game-high 26 points to key UMAC frontrunner Northwestern's 89-66 win over UWS on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in St. Paul.
Mac Reykdal scored 16 points for the Yellowjackets (6-17 overall, 4-10 UMAC), while John Pioro had 14.
UWS host Bethany Lutheran at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
UW-Superior 28 38 - 66
Northwestern 46 43 - 89
UW-Superior -Mac Reykdal 16, Montroy Scott 13, Andrew McGill 6, Carter Brown 4, John Pioro 14, Lucas LaMue 6, Brody Eldien 4, Nick Ackerman 3. Totals: 25-60 6-26 66.
3-point goals -Reykdal 3, Pioro 2, LaMue 2, Brown, Ackerman.
Northwestern -Anderson Bazile Jr. 26, Caleb Hageman 13, Brady Bellefeuille 8, Tanner Youngberg 6, Michael Moore 5, Noah Alm 12, Brady Peterson 11, Johnny Erickson 6, Colton Simmer 2. Totals: 34-76 15-28 89.
3-point goals -Bazile Jr. 8, Peterson 3, Hageman, Moore, Alm, Erickson.