For the fourth time in as many seasons since joining the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, the University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets won the women's basketball regular-season championship.

With a 69-62 road win over the North Central Rams Saturday, Feb. 16, the Yellowjackets finish the conference slate 15-1 and currently sit No. 6 in the West Region rankings with a 23-2 overall record.

The Yellowjackets claimed the title in outright fashion Saturday after clinching the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and a share of the title a week ago with a win over Bethany Lutheran.

The Yellowjackets had to work for Saturday’s win as the Rams pushed them and threatened their lead until the final buzzer.

The Yellowjackets jumped out to an 11-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Rams needed less than three minutes to cut that to just five. Eventually, the Yellowjackets pushed their lead back to double digits going into the final minute to close out the win.

Eva Reinertsen led UWS with 20 points and Hannah Norlin tallied a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double.

Superior’s fourth conference championship was almost in question after the Yellowjackets dropped their first-ever UMAC contest to Bethany Lutheran on Jan. 5. However, the UWS responded in a big way winning 11-straight overall games and 10 UMAC contests in a row to end the season.

Against UMAC opponents this season, UWS has dominated offensively boasting a 24.1 points per game scoring margin. In their 15 wins, 13 of them have been by double-digits and 11 of those have been by 20 points or more. The Yellowjackets also were second in conference play for shooting percentage (44.2) and rebounding (41.0) with a league-best rebounding margin (9.6).

The Yellowjackets have been nearly unstoppable thanks to the dynamic duo of Norlin and Reinertsen, who both rank in the conference-only top 10 in scoring with each averaging close to or more than 15 points a game. Emily Carpenter has also been key to running the offense ranking in the top two in assists and assist/turnover ratio.

As the No. 1 seed in the tournament, the Yellowjackets will have home court advantage throughout the playoffs and will host Northwestern ine one semifinal game at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but was postponed due to anticipated inclement weather and potentially hazardous travel conditions.

 

UW-Superior 15-20-13-21-69

North Central 11-18-11-22-62

UWS - Eva Reinertsen 6-9 4-4 20; Emily Carpenter 4-10 5-9 16; Hannah Norlin 6-16 3-5 15; Marissa Ruiz 3-7 0-0 7; Taylor Kane 2-6 0-0 4; Sydney Franks 1-1 0-1 3; Katie White 1-4 0-0 2; Morgan Anderson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 24-57 12-19 69.

NC - Haleigh Filer 8-11 5-5 23; Allison Bulthuis 6-17 0-0 15; Naomi Hagstrom 2-11 6-9 10; Betty Rand 2-4 0-0 5; Emily Digiorgio 1-7 2-2 4; Bethany Shield 1-4 0-0 3; Alexandria Lindsay 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 21-59 13-16 62.

3-point goals-UWS 9-19 (Reinertsen 4-6; Carpenter 3-7; Ruiz 1-3; Franks 1-1; White 0-2). NC 7-28 (Bulthuis 3-13; Filer 2-4; Rand 1-3; Shield 1-4; Hagstrom 0-4). Fouled out-UWSA-Kane. Rebounds-UWS 31 (Norlin 12); NC 37 (Hagstrom 11). Assists-UWS 14 (Carpenter 8), NC 11 (Filer 6). Total fouls-UWS 18, NC 15. Technical fouls-none.

 

UMAC Women’s Playoffs

Monday, Feb. 18

Northwestern 80, North Central 64

Thursday, Feb. 21

No. 4 Northwestern at No. 1 UW-Superior, 7 p.m.

No. 3 Minn. Morris at No. 2 Bethany Lutheran, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 23

Championship Game

Low seed at high seed, TBA

 

UMAC Men’s Playoffs

Monday, Feb. 18

Crown 78, Minn. Morris 71

Thursday, Feb. 21

Crown at Northwestern, 7 p.m.

St. Scholastica at Bethany Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 23

Championship Game

Low seed at high seed, TBA

 

Men’s hoops

Micah Filer was one of four players in double figures as North Central earned its first conference win with an 83-71 season-ending win over the Yellowjackets Saturday in Minneapolis.

Jared High added 16 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Rams (6-19, 1-15 UMAC).

Senior guard Montroy Scott had 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists to cap a strong final season for the Yellowjackets (6-19, 4-12), while Mac Reykdal chipped in 17 points and three steals.

 

UW-Superior 27-44-71

North Central 36-47-83

UWS - Monroy Scott 6-18 6-8 20; Mac Reykdal 8-17 0-0 17; John Pioro 5-15 2-3

15; Joseph Kramer 2-6 0-0 6; Andrew McGill 3-5 0-0 6; Ronny Galvan 1-1 2-3 5; Thomas Robarge 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 25-64 12-16 71.

NC - Micah Filer 8-18 5-6 21; Jared High 7-14 1-1 16; AJ McGrew 5-6 3-3 13; Jack Martin 4-6 2-3 10; Riley Loukinen 3-6 1-2 8; Mylick Elliot-Dargan 3-3 1-2 7; Sam Peterson 2-2 0-2 4; Dolan Tierney 0-1 2-4 2; Jaxson Kavanagh 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 33-57 15-23 83.

3-point goals-UWS 9-31 (Pioro 3-9; Kramer 2-6; Scott 2-8; Galvan 1-1; Reykdal 1-7); NC 2-13 (High 1-3; Loukinen 1-3; Tierney 0-1; Filer 0-6). Fouled out-NC-Jaxson Kavanagh, Martin. Rebounds--UWS 32 (Galvan 8), NC 37 (Peterson 7). Assists-UWS 12 (Scott 6), NC 20 (Loukinen 6). Total fouls-UWS 22, NC 18. Technical fouls-None. A-329.