Four starters scored in double figures to pace the University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team to an 80-60 win over the Minnesota Morris Cougars on Sunday, Jan. 19, at Mertz Mortorelli Gym on Sunday.
Seniors Emily Carpenter and Marissa Ruiz scored 17 points apiece and Eva Reinertsen had 13. Former Superior Spartan Ellie Leadstrom, a junior, added 10 points with four rebounds.
Reinertsen also grabbed 10 boards to complete her third consecutive double-double.
Van Kampen led Morris (8-7, 4-3 UMAC) with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Mia Wassink added 14 points and seven boards.
The Yellowjackets (10-5, 6-1 UMAC) play at Northwestern at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
Morris — Abby Van Kempen 17, Mia Wassink 14, Haley Wollschlager 3, Lexus Eagle Chasing 2, Jadyn Sondrol 9, Hajaysen Kwateh 5, Grace Olson 5, Maddie Fenske 5, Ella VanKempen 2. Totals: 15-48 26-33 60.
3-point goals (4-19) — Van Kempen, Wollschlager, Sondrol, Olson.
UW-Superior — Emily Carpenter 17, Marissa Ruiz 17, Eva Reinertsen 13, Ellie Leadstrom 10, Mikayla Koivisto 3, Mackenzie Kmecik 4, Mady Sanders 4, Destiny Haldeman 4, Liberty Blaine 4, Paris Kallevig 3, Kaelyn Christian 1. Totals: 29-67 15-22 80.
3-point goals (7-23) — Carpenter 4, Ruiz 2, Blaine.
The fifth-ranked UW-Eau Claire Blugolds completed a sweep of UWS with a 1-0 win Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Hobbs Ice Center in Eau Claire.
UWEC also got scoring from five different players in a 5-1 win over UWS in game one of the series Thursday, Jan. 16, at Wessman Arena.
Former Superior Spartan Emma Peterson scored the Blugolds’ goal on Saturday.
Peterson’s eighth goal of the season came on the power-play with 5:56 remaining and with assists from Ella Ierino and Hannah Zavoral.
There were only two penalties in Saturday’s game, both on UWS.
McKenzie Whalen had 18 saves for UWS and Erin Connolly stopped 19 shots for UWEC.
On Thursday, the Blugolds (14-2-1 overall and 5-0) broke open a close game with a three-goal third period.
After a scoreless first period, Ierino and Olivia Smallbrock scored for UWEC, and UWS cut the lead in half with Kaleigh Martinson’s power-play goal in the second period. Jenna Byfuglien assisted on Martinson’s 13th goal of the season.
Danielle Slominski, Morgan Zirbel and Elizabeth Bauer finished out the scoring for the Blugolds.
Catherine Johnson stopped 16 shots for UWS (9-4-1 and 2-3). Connolly had 20 saves for UWEC.
UWS plays at UW-River Falls at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, and hosts UWRF at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25.
First period — No scoring.
Second period — 1. UWEC, Ella Ierino (Dehli Heikes, Sydney Hendricks), 5:59. 2. UWEC, Olivia Smallbrock (Samantha Scherling, Taylor Treu), 8:35. 3. UWS, Kaleigh Martinson (Jenna Byfuglien), 11:42 (pp).
Third period — 4. UWEC, Danielle Slominski (Hanna Zavoral, Emily Bauer), 4:20; 5. UWEC, Morgan Zirbel (Sydney Hendricks), 7:57; 6. UWEC, Elizabeth Bauer, 13:24.
Saves — Erin Connolly, UWEC, 8-6-6—20. Catherine Johnson, UWS, 5-4-7—16. A—166.
First period — No scoring
Second period — No scoring.
Third period — 1. UWEC, Emma Peterson (Ella Ierino, Hanna Zavoral), 14:04 (pp).
Saves — McKenzie Whalen, UWS, 7-6-5—18. Erin Connolly, UWEC, 4-10-5-5—19. A—115.
Track and field
UWS won three events in its home-opening Twin Ports Invitational at Lydia Thering Fieldhouse on Saturday, Jan. 18.
For the Yellowjacket men, C.J. Pillath won the weight throw and Connor Nelson won the 800-meter run, while for the women, Alexxa DeQuevedo won the 200-meter hurdles.
Pillath continued his dominance in the weight throw with a NCAA-leading distance of 18.97 meters. Pillath beat out a field of nine competitors and beat second-place Zach Skelton of Minnesota-Duluth by more than 1.5 meters.
Nelson’s time of 2:13.55 topped an all-UWS field by more than five seconds.
DeQuevedo, a freshman from Silver Bay, topped a field of five in a time of 30.78. Libby Christianson of Bemidji State was second in 32.39, and UWS freshman Jessica Newman finished fifth in 37.41.
Also for UWS, Eddie Carlson was third in the 3,000 meters; Tyler Finger set a new personal best in the mile run in 4:39.26 to finish fourth; Brett Goplen matched his best in the high jump at 1.80 meters for third place; former Northwestern Tiger Nate Ohman was fourth in the shot put; and Lennon Shimon finished third in the 200-meter dash.
The Yellowjacket women posted five top-five finishes in individual events.
LeAnn Torgerson was third in the 200-meter dash and fifth in the 60-meter dash; Via Prince was third in the 400-meter dash; and DeQuevedo was also fourth in the 60-meter hurdles.
The Yellowjackets return to action at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Bemidji State Open.