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Mac Reykdal (30) of University of Wisconsin-Superior controls the ball against Jarod Wilken (25) of the College of St. Scholastica during Wednesday's game at Reif Gymnasium in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)1 / 2
Michala Walther (21) of the College of St. Scholastica defends Eva Reinertsen (23) of the University of Wisconsin-Superior during Wednesday's game at Reif Gymnasium in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)2 / 2

The University of Wisconsin-Superior basketball teams enjoyed mixed success on the opening night of Upper Midwest Athletic Conference play Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the College of St. Scholastica's Reif Gym.

The Yellowjacket women began the evening with a 74-52 victory, while hometown Saints won the men's game 85-51.

Women's game

UWS put three players in double digits as they improved to 6-1 on the season.

The Yellowjackets were led by senior Hannah Norlin, the USBWA National Player of the Week and a member of the D3Hoops Team of the Week, with 19 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.

Also for UWS, Eva Reinertsen added 14 points, two rebounds and two assists, and Kaly Kostrova chipped in with 12 points, four rebounds and a steal. It marked Kostrova's first collegiate double-digit scoring effort. Taylor Kane also chipped in with nine points and 10 rebounds.

After a back-and-forth first six minutes that saw four tie scores and neither team get out to more than a four-point advantage, UWS took control, using a 15-2 run for a 19-10 lead as the period wound down.

Former Superior Spartan Mackenzie Kmecik scored five points in the run as the 'Jackets were 5-for-9 from the floor and held St. Scholastica (0-5, 0-1) to 1-for-10 shooting.

Michaela Walther hit a 3-pointer a minute into the second quarter to get the Saints to within 19-16, but UWS ripped off another 13-4 run over 3:19 to grow its advantage to 32-20 with 4:50 before halftime.

The Yellowjackets were never threatened the rest of the way, growing their lead to 37-23 at the break.

Superior's largest lead of the third quarter came when Morgan Anderson rebounded a Marissa Ruiz miss and scored with 3:21 remaining in the period for a 53-27 edge.

Walther led the Saints with 13 points.

UWS plays at Minnesota Morris at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

'JACKET JOTTINGS: The Yellowjackets, the three-time defending conference champions, have never lost a UMAC game, upping their streak to 55 straight counting playoffs. ... UWS has won the last 11 meetings, and 14 of the last 16, to take a 30-24 lead over St. Scholastica in the all-time series, which began in 1978.

UW-Superior 19 18 20 17—74

St. Scholastica 13 10 16 13—52

UW-Superior — Taylor Kane 4-5 1-1 9, Eva Reinertsen 5-10 3-3 14, Hannah Norlin 7-16 5-6 19, Emily Carpenter 2-5 0-0 5, Ellie Leadstrom 0-4 4-4 4, Lindsey Jalivay 0-2 0-0 0, Marissa Ruiz 0-3 0-0 0, Morgan Anderson 1-3 4-5 6, Mackenzie Kmecik 2-4 1-2 5, Kaly Kostrova 5-7 2-2 12, Katie White 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 26-62 20-23 74.

St. Scholastica — Taylor Nowling 2-6 1-2 6, Mariah Pearson 3-11 0-0 6, Alison Huber 1-9 5-6 8, Michala Walther 5-10, 0-0 13, Kaylee Kennedy 4-12 3-3 11, Maddy Halley 1-1 0-0 2, Emma Schmidt 0-1 0-0 0, Danielle Cieluch 1-2 0-0 2, Lizzie Altendorf 1-8 2-2 4, Amber Smith 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-61 11-13 52.

Halftime — UWS 37, CSS 23. 3-point goals — UWS 2-10 (Reinertsen 1-4, Caprtern 1-2, Leadstrom 0-1, Jalivay 0-1, Ruiz 0-2), CSS 5-21 (Nowling 1-1, Pearson 0-2, Huber 1-7, Walther 3-6, Kennedy 0-2, Schmidt 0-1, Cieluch 0-1, Smith 0-1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — UWS 50 (Kane, Norlin 10), CSS 32 (Cieluch 5). Assists — UWS 15 (Carpenter 5), CSS 14 (Pearson 3). Total Fouls — UWS 13, CSS 17. A — 233.

Men's game

Montroy Scott scored 17 points and Mac Reykdal added 14, but it wasn't enough as the Yellowjackets fell to 1-7 overall and 0-1 in the UMAC.

The Saints (3-3, 1-0), who led throughout the game, including 8-0, were led by Jarod Wilken's 18 points. Colin Anderson added 15 points and Brandon Newman had 12.

After Reykdal knocked down a 3-pointer to get the Yellowjackets on the board 2:52 into the contest, the Saints went on a 17-4 run to make it a 25-7 game with 11:03 remaining in the half.

The second half was much the same as the first with UWS cutting the deficit to 31 points on four different occasions.

UWS plays at Minnesota Morris at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

'JACKET JOTTINGS: Wednesday's final score was the largest margin of victory in series history, which UWS leads 34-18. ... The Saints have won seven straight in the series, but two of the last four meetings at the Reif have been decided by one point.

UW-Superior 19 32 — 51

St. Scholastica 53 32 — 85

UW-Superior — Andrew McGill 1-4 0-0 2, Ronny Galvan 1-2 0-0 2, Montroy Scott 5-18 6-7 17, Lucas LaMue 0-3 0-0 0, Mac Reykdal 4-8 3-4 14, Carter Brown 1-2 0-0 2, John Pioro 1-3 0-0 3, Da'Koi Hines 0-1 0-0 0, Thomas Robarge 0-1 0-0 0, Joseph Kramer 0-2 0-0 0, Adam Arroyo 2-3 0-0 5, Brody Eldien 2-2 0-1 4, Nick Ackerman 1-2 0-0 2, Sam Dettle 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-52 9-12 51.

St. Scholastica — Connor Gray 1-4 0-0 2, Nate Weets 1-3 0-0 2, Brandon Newman 3-6 6-7 12,

Quinn Fischer 3-8 2-2 9, Sam Thompson 3-6 0-0 9, Jarod Wilken 8-10 0-0 18, Collin Anderson 6-11 0-0 15, Chance Larson 0-1 0-0 0, Nick Carlson 1-2 4-4 7, Zach Sjoblad 0-0 2-2 2, Noah Ross 1-3 0-0 3, Avery Kosloski 2-2 0-1 4, Carson Passer 0-2 0-2 0, Josh Klune 0-0 0-1 0, J.J. Strumbel 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 30-59 14-19 85.

Halftime — CSS 53, UWS 19. 3-point goals — UWS 6-19 (Scott 1-4, LaMue 0-2, Reykdal 3-6, Brown 0-1, Pioro 1-2, Robarge 0-1, Kramer 0-1, Arroyo 1-1, Ackerman 0-1), CSS 11-27 (Weets 0-1, Newman 0-2, Fischer 1-4, Thompson 3-6, Wilken 2-3, Anderson 3-6, Carlson 1-2, Ross 1-2, Passer 0-1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — UWS 31 (Scott, Reykdal 4), CSS 37 (Gray 5). Assists — UWS 9 (Scott 3), CSS 16 (Anderson 4). Total Fouls — UWS 19, CSS 13. A — 377.

Norlin honored

To say Norlin has had a good start to the 2018-19 season would be a serious understatement.

The senior forward started off the week earning her third-consecutive UMAC Player of the Week award Monday before following that up with two national honors announced Tuesday.

Norlin was selected to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week and was also selected as the Division III Women's Basketball National Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association after leading the Yellowjackets to three wins last week.

Over a three-game span last week, Norlin averaged 20.7 points and eight rebounds per game. She also tallied 3.3 blocks and two steals per game and shot 65.9 percent from the floor.

She started her week with 21 points, five rebounds and five blocks in leading the Yellowjackets to a 58-50 win over Division II Bemidji State.

In the team's next win over St. Benedict, Norlin recorded her second double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds and also scored her 1,000th career point in the process.

Norlin ended her week with 22 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and three assists in a 75-64 win over UW-Eau Claire.

So far this season, Norlin is averaging 19 ppg and leads the UMAC with 9.5 rpg. Her 64.6 percent shooting also leads the UMAC and her 2.7 blocks per game ranks second.

Women's hockey

Hamline got two goals from Bre Simon and 25 saves from McKenna Hulslander as the Pipers blanked UWS 3-0 on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Tria Arena in St. Paul.

Hamline (8-1) also got a first-period power-play goal from Molly Garin.

Catherine Johnson had 40 saves for the Yellowjackets (2-8-1).

UWS hosts Finlandia at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.