The University of Wisconsin-Superior basketball teams swept an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference doubleheader from the College of St. Scholastica Saints Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Reif Gym in Duluth.
The evening began with the Yellowjacket men winning 77-63, followed the UWS women leading from start to finish and winning 73-54.
UWS shot 54 percent after halftime allowing them to pull away from CSS and complete a regular-season series sweep of the Saints for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
The Yellowjackets improved to 15-7 overall and 12-1 in the UMAC, a half game behind Northwestern for the top spot in the UMAC standings.
Allen Anderson and Eli Vogel both scored 21 points and Vid Milenkovic added 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds for UWS, which led 32-31 at halftime.
The teams were then at 45 with about 13 minutes to play, before the Yellowjackets pulled away down the stretch.
CSS' Jack Silgen scored 19 points and Nick Carlson had 11 for the Saints (12-10, 9-5). Quinn Fischer had nine points and 11 rebounds.
The Yellowjackets host Martin Luther at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.
’JACKET JOTTINGS: Milenkovic is now 26 points away from reaching the 1,000-point mark for his career. ... UWS leads the all-time series with CSS 36-19.
UWS — Allen Anderson 21, Eli Vogel 21, Vid Milenkovic 13, Mason Ackley 9, Mac Reykdal 9, Joe Kramer 2, Colton Williams 2. Totals: 27-53 21-26 77.
3-point goals (2-11) — Vogel, Reykdal.
CSS — Jack Silgen 19, Nick Carlson 11, Quinn Fisher 9, Cade Goggleye 4, Collin Anderson 9, Ander Arnold 5, Isiah Hendrickson 4, Chance Larson 2. Totals: 23-56 11-14 63.
3-point goals (6-26) — Silgen, Carlson, Fischer, Anderson, Arnold, Hendrickson.
UWS built a 15-point halftime lead, then closed the deal with a strong fourth quarter to defeat St. Scholastica for the 15th straight time and improve to 11-2 in the UMAC and 15-7 overall.
UWS leads the all-time series with CSS 33-25. The Saints' last win was 55-51 in Duluth on Jan. 2, 2011.
The Yellowjackets led 38-23 at the break but St. Scholastica closed the gap in the third quarter and trailed by nine entering the fourth. But the 'Jackets outscored the Saints 22-12 in the final frame.
Eva Reinertsen led UWS with a career-high 28 points and 12 rebounds. Emily Carpenter added 16 points and Marissa Ruiz had nine points, four steals and two assists. Reinertsen’s double-double was her ninth of the season.
Also for UWS, freshman Mady Sanders and senior Mackenzie Kmecik, former Superior Spartans, had nine and eight boards, respectively — both career bests. Sanders also added six points.
CSS' Kaylee Kennedy scored 17 points and Karli Skog had 13.
The Yellowjackets host Martin Luther at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.
UWS — Eva Reinertsen 28, Emily Carpenter 16, Marissa Ruiz 9, Mackenzie Kmecik 5, Ellie Leadstrom 2, Mady Sanders 6, Destiny Haldeman 4, Mikayla Koivisto 3. Totals: 28-70 14-16 73.
3-point goals (3-18) — Carpenter 2, Ruiz.
CSS — Kaylee Kennedy 17, Karli Skog 13, Morgan Anderson 6, Emma Schmidt 4, Alison Huber 2, Christina Furey 76, Lizzie Altendorf 4, Amelia Zmuda 2. Totals:20-52 13-15 54.
3-point goals (1-10) — Skog.
Yellowjacket C.J. Pillath has been named the UMAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week.
The senior thrower from Coleman, won both the weight throw and shot put at the Lake Superior Challenge hosted by St. Scholastica on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Pillath bettered his own school record in the weight throw with a toss of 18.99 meters and won the shot put with a mark of 14.64 meters. Pillath is currently third in NCAA Division III in the weight throw.
The weekly honor is his fourth of the 2019-20 indoor season and 11th overall across both indoor and outdoor track and field in his career.
UWS next competes at St. Thomas’ The Showcase at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, then will host the Yellowjacket Open at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.
UWS plays Concordia (Minn.) on Sunday, Feb. 16, at Lydia Thering Fieldhouse.
The men's match begins at 10 a.m., followed by the women at noon.
Both UWS teams are coming off 8-1 loss to St. Thomas.