The University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team advanced to the UMAC title game with a 71-67 overtime win over the Northwestern Eagles Thursday, Feb. 21, at Mertz Mortorelli Gym.
The Yellowjackets' quest for a fourth straight UMAC tournament championship was in jeopardy until Katie White's 3-point basket at the buzzer tied the game at 60-60 and forced overtime.
The Yellowjackets went on to outscore the Eagles 11-7 in the extra session to improve to 23-2 and advance to play Bethany Lutheran in the title game at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.
The Vikings advanced with a 72-62 win over Minnesota Morris.
The Yellowjackets looked as if they were going to run away with the game in the first half after leading by as many as 13 points and 32-23 at the half. However, the No. 4 Eagles came to play in the second half as they quickly pulled back in cutting the lead to one in the third quarter.
The Yellowjackets were up seven with just one quarter to play, but the Eagles weren't going away quietly. With 4:43 to play, the Eagles tied the game at 54-54 and took their first lead at 58-57 with 45 seconds to go. Two foul shots then put the Eagles up 60-57 with nine seconds remaining.
After two attempts to inbound the ball resulted in fouls, the Yellowjackets eventually got the ball into the hot hand of White, who threw up a 3-pointer that bounced up from the rim before going in with around one second left to force overtime. It was White’s fourth 3-pointer in the game.
The Yellowjackets then used their momentum and energy from the crowd to seal the win in the additional five minutes of play.
White led all scorers with 16 points off the bench for the Yellowjackets on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Hannah Norlin poured in 15 points and 12 boards, while Eva Reinertsen and Emily Carpenter had 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Amy Berglund and Brooklyn DeKam each finished with 15 points for the Eagles who end the season 14-13 overall.
Northwestern - Amy Berglund 15, Miranda Crenshaw 10, Kelsea Lund 9, Jordan Saube 6, Rio Landers 5, Brooklyn DeKam 15, Megan Roberts 5, Courtney Schmidt 2. Totals: 24-57 11-13 67.
3-point goals - Lund 3, Sauve 2, Berglund, DeKam, Roberts.
UW-Superior - Katie White 16, Hannah Norlin 15, Eva Reinertsen 12, Emily Carpenter 11, Taylor Kane 6, Ellie Leadstrom 3, Marissa Ruiz 5, Sydney Frank 3. Totals:23-56 16-21 71.
3-point goals - White 4, Reinertsen 2, Carpenter 2, Ruiz.
Reinertsen, a junior from Duluth, has been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Women's Basketball Team.
The award recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom.
Reinertsen, a social work major with a 4.0 grade-point average, is a two-time All-UMAC Academic Team selection. She was both UMAC Rookie of the Year as a freshman and an All-UMAC honorable mention pick.
This season, Reinertsen has been named UMAC Player of the week three times. She averages a team-leading 28.8 minutes per game, while being second in scoring (15.1 points per game), rebounding (6.2), assists (2.0), field-goal percentage (51.7), free-throw makes per game (2.5) and blocked shots per game (0.5).
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or higher and be a starter or key contributor to their respective team.
Reinertsen will now advance to the Academic All-America ballot. Those honors will be announced at a later date.