Yellowjackets report: Balanced UWS too much for Martin Luther in UMAC women’s basketball

Christian provides spark off bench as Yellowjackets roll to the home win.
UW-Superior’s Elise Besonen (22) puts up a shot after she gets past Martin Luther’s Jordyn Heckendorf (12) in the first quarter of the game Saturday afternoon, Dec. 11, 2021, in Superior. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Kaelyn Christian scored 13 points off the bench as Wisconsin-Superior started fast and never looked back en route to a 78-49 victory over Martin Luther in UMAC women’s basketball Saturday, Dec. 11, before 55 at Mertz Mortorelli Gymnasium in Superior.

Elise Besonen and Sam Parendo of Proctor added nine points apiece as UWS (2-8 overall, 1-1 UMAC) had a 26-12 lead after the first quarter and later emptied the bench, with 16 players scoring and eight scoring at least five points each.

Lauren Paulsen was the lone player in double figures in scoring with 10 points off the bench for the Knights (2-7, 1-1).

UWS will now enjoy more than two weeks off as the Yellowjackets won’t return to action until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, with a nonconference home game against Finlandia.

Vogel, Yellowjackets sting Knights

Eli Vogel was 6-for-10 3-point shooting and scored 22 points to lead Wisconsin-Superior to an 85-46 victory over Martin Luther in UMAC men’s basketball before 80 at Mertz Mortorelli Gym.


J’Vaun Walker (14 points), Josef Fahrenholtz (11) and Reid Johnson (10) also scored in double futures for the Yellowjackets (3-6 overall, 1-1 UMAC), who jumped out to a 40-26 halftime lead.

Nobody scored in double figures for the winless Knights (0-10, 0-2) as Jack Heichelbech was their top scorer with nine points. UWS outshot Martin Luther 47.7% to 36.4%.

Wisconsin-Superior is back in action in one week when the Yellowjackts play a nonconference game at Lawrence at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Yellowjackets shut out Lumberjacks

Freshman forward Reed Stark notched a natural hat trick to start the game and Landon Pavlisin had the 28-save shutout as Wisconsin-Superior skated to a 5-0 WIAC men’s hockey victory over Northland before 180 at the Bay Area Civic Center in Ashland.

Gavin Rasmussen of Cloquet added a pair of assists for the Yellowjackets (6-4-1, 4-2-1) while Taylor Unruh (14 saves) and Viktor Wennberg (18) combined on 32 saves for the Lumberjacks (2-8-2, 0-6-1).

The teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie Friday, Dec. 10, with Northland winning the shootout 1-0.

UWS is off until 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, when the Yellowjackets play Marian in the Superior Showdown holiday tournament at Wessman Arena in Superior.

Sergent’s heroics lift UWS to tie

Amanda Sergent scored a pair of third-period goals — the second with 10 seconds remaining in regulation — as Wisconsin-Superior rallied for a 3-3 overtime time with St. Catherine in nonconference women’s hockey before 150 at Wessman Arena.


Sergent, who scored a hat trick in the third period of the Yellowjackets 5-2 victory over St. Kate’s Friday, has now scored a combined five goals in the third period of back-to-back games. This time, she tallied her goals at 14:04 and 19:50 as UWS knotted it up at 3-3.

That’s how it would stay as Rose Beeman and McKenzie Whalen combined on 26 saves for the Yellowjackets (5-5-1) while Karly Schmidt had 32 saves for St. Kate’s (5-7-1).

UWS doesn’t play again until next year as the Yellowjackets have a nonconference game at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, against St. Benedict at Dave Torrey Arena in St. Cloud.

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