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College basketball: Yellowjacket women picked second in UMAC

Superior Telegram, Wis. — Superior Telegram, Wis.

Nov. 05-- Nov. 5--The University of Wisconsin-Superior women's basketball team has been picked to finish second in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference's preseason coaches' poll.

Bethany Lutheran, which defeated UWS in last year's tournament championship game, was picked to win its first UMAC regular-season title.

The Vikings finished with 60 points and five first-place votes. The Yellowjackets, who won the last four regular-season crowns, was next with 57 points and two first-place nods. Minnesota Morris was third in the voting with 52 points and two first-place votes.

UWS finished 24-3 overall last season and 15-1 in the UMAC, but had to fight through the postseason escaping Northwestern in the semifinals in overtime before falling 55-54 at Bethany Lutheran in the championship game.

The Yellowjackets lost player of the year Hannah Norlin to graduation, but return senior first-team forward Eva Reinertsen, who averaged 14.9 points a game and shot 52.7% from the field. Also back are Emily Carpenter, a second-team point guard who averaged 5.1 assists and 10.4 points, and former Superior Spartan Ellie Leadstrom, who averaged 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds and also had a team-high 48 steals.

Zach Otto-Fisher, last year's UMAC Co-Coach of the Year, begins his third season as UWS head coach with an overall record of 47-8.

The Yellowjackets' roster also includes former Superior Spartan Mackenzie Kmecik, a senior guard, and former Northwestern Tiger Kasha Hughlett, a freshman forward.

UMD 82, UWS 45

Maesyn Thiesen had 18 points and Katie Stark added 12 as the Bulldogs blitzed the nets, shooting 56 percent.

Emily Carpenter and Eva Reinertsen led UWS with 14 and 10 points, respectively.

UWS was picked second in the UMAC after winning a fourth-straight regular-season conference title last fall.

"When you turn the ball over only 16 times, how do you get blown out by 40?" UWS coach Zach Otto-Fisher said. "UMD is phenomenal, and shot phenomenal. We played two tough teams (including Bemidji State on Friday), so hopefully we reap the benefits come February. Not a lot of teams at our level have a lot of players 6-foot-0, 6-2. We're young and we lost some height, so we just have to find that spark off the bench and someone who can contribute down low."

The Yellowjackets also lost an exhibition game 80-51 at Bemidji State on Friday, Nov. 1.

Reinertsen led UWS with 20 points and four rebounds. Carpenter added 10 points and three assists.

UWS opens the regular season at UW-Stout at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8.

'JACKET JOTTINGS: The Yellowjackets have won five consecutive regular-season conference championships in the UMAC (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and WIAC (2015). ... UMD leads the all-time series with UWS 26-4, including a 73-47 win in 2018.

2019-20 UMAC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll

1. Bethany Lutheran (5).................60

2. UW-Superior (2)....................57

3. Minnesota Morris (2)....................52

4. Northwestern.......................45

5. St. Scholastica........................33

6. North Central.............................31

7. Northland............................19

8. Martin Luther..........................15

9. Crown...........................12

Minnesota Duluth 82, Wisconsin-Superior 45

UW-Superior -- Eva Reinertsen 4-12 2-2 10, Pashia Scott 0-6 4-6 4, Marissa Ruiz 0-3 0-0 0, Emily Carpenter 5-11 1-2 14, Ellie Leadstrom 1-2 0-0 2, Mackenzie Kmecik 0-1 1-2 1, Kaija Davies 0-4 0-0 0, Kaly Kostrova 1-1 0-0 2, Mikayla Koivisto 0-1 2-2 2, Destiny Haldeman 1-5 2-4 4, Kaelyn Christian 0-1 0-0 0, Mady Sanders 0-2 1-2 1, Liberty Blaine 0-0 3-4 3, Paris Kallevig 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 13-50 16-24 45.

Minnesota Duluth -- Katie Stark 4-10 1-1 12, Sarah Grow 3-5 1-1 7, Ann Simonet 2-2 0-0 4, Payton Kahl 1-5 3-4 6, Maesyn Thiesen 8-8 0-0 18, Taytum Rhoades 2-3 1-4 6, Taylor Schneider 2-5 0-0 4, Kaylee Nelson 2-5 1-2 6, Lauren Miller 2-2 1-2 5, Ani Tschida 2-5 0-1 5, Madelyn Granica 1-2 0-0 2, Emma Schmidt 3-5 1-1 7. Totals 32-57 9-16 82.

Halftime -- UMD 39, UWS 18.

3-point goals -- UWS 3-15 (Reinertsen 0-2, Ruiz 0-2, Carpenter 3-8, Leadstrom 0-1, Davies 0-1, Christian 0-1), UMD (Stark 3-7, Kahl 1-4, Thiesen 2-2, Rhoades 1-1, Schneider 0-1, Nelson 1-2, Tschida 1-4, Schmidt 0-1). Fouls -- UWS 14, UMD 16. Fouled out -- None. Rebounds -- UWS 25 (Davies, Haldeman 4), UMD 35 (Stark 9). Assists -- UWS 5 (Carpenter 2), UMD 23 (Simonet, Thiesen, Rhoades 5).

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