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Yellowjackets report: Curtis, Yellowjackets overcome scare to advance in WIAC women’s hockey tournament

UWS men’s and women’s basketball teams eliminated from UMAC tournament.

UW-Superior’s Kailey Swerhun (21) knocks Northland’s McKenna Freerksen (21) off the puck
UW-Superior’s Kailey Swerhun (21) knocks Northland’s McKenna Freerksen (21) off the puck in the first period of the game at Wessman Arena on Friday evening, Feb. 18, 2022, in Superior. The Yellowjackets played the Lumberjills again on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in the first round of the WIAC playoffs.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

SUPERIOR — Jenna Curtis scored a pair of goals as Wisconsin-Superior overcame a 2-0 deficit after the first period to down Northland 5-2 in the single-elimination first round of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s hockey tournament Wednesday, Feb. 23, before 139 at Wessman Arena.

Karadyn Kiviaho scored at 2:55 and 10:01 in the first to stake Northland to the early lead before the Yellowjackets erupted for four goals in the second, with Curtis scoring two and Ella Reynolds and Tessa Jorde one apiece. Three of UWS’s goals were on the power play and one was shorthanded.

McKenzie Whalen had 12 saves for the fourth-seeded Yellowjackets (10-12-1) while Soleil Archambeault had 43 saves for fifth-seeded Northland (1-24-1).

UWS advances to play at 2:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at top-seeded Wisconsin-River Falls in the double-elimination WIAC semifinals. Game 2 is at 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, in River Falls.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Yellowjackets end season with heartbreaking loss

Bethany Lutheran made four free throws in the final 32 seconds as the Vikings capped their second-half rally with an 80-78 victory over Wisconsin-Superior in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament quarterfinals before 250 at the Sports and Fitness Center in Mankato, Minnesota.

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Brian Smith had 24 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals to lead fourth-seeded Bethany Lutheran (14-11), which trailed 40-29 at halftime.

Josh Reinertsen of Duluth continued his strong recent play with 18 points off the bench for UWS while Mason Ackley of Superior added 17 points. J’Vaun Walker and Xavier Patterson also scored in double figures with 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Yellowjackets (10-16).

Bethany Lutheran advances to play at top-seeded Northwestern at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 in the tournament semifinals in St. Paul.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Cougars bounce back to top cold-shooting ’Jackets

Lexus Eagle Chasing had 23 points, 10 rebounds and three steals as Minnesota Morris overcame a sluggish start to dispatch Wisconsin-Superior 64-47 in the UMAC women’s basketball tournament quarterfinals before 152 at Jim Gremmels Court in Morris, Minnesota.

Jadyn Sondrol added 18 points and seven rebounds for the fourth-seeded Cougars (12-14), who trailed 17-10 after the first quarter before outscoring the Yellowjackets 39-18 in the middle quarters.

Nobody scored in double figures for fifth-seeded UWS (6-18) but Mady Sanders had eight points and eight rebounds. The Yellowjackets shot only 26.5% (18 of 68) from the field, including 15.4% (2 of 13) from 3-point range.

Minnesota Morris advances to play at top-seeded Bethany Lutheran at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in the tournament semifinals in Mankato.

UW-Superior’s C.C. Hayes (27) skates away from Northland’s Mikayla Santjer (5)
UW-Superior’s C.C. Hayes (27) skates away from Northland’s Mikayla Santjer (5) in the first period of the game at Wessman Arena on Friday evening, Feb. 18, 2022, in Superior.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
UW-Superior’s Jenna Curtis (22) passes the puck up the ice
UW-Superior’s Jenna Curtis (22) passes the puck up the ice in the first period of the Yellowjackets’ game at Wessman Arena on Friday evening, Feb. 18, 2022, in Superior.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

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