Yellowjackets report: UWS hoops comes up empty on road trip – Duluth News Tribune

MANKATO — Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball let a lead slip through its hands in the fourth quarter, leading to a 78-71 loss to Bethany Lutheran on Saturday, Feb. 5 and an 0-2 weekend on the road in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference play.

UWS led by five inside the final six minutes, but the host Vikings drove relentlessly to the free-throw line, making 14-of-20 attempts in the fourth quarter. UWS had seven free throw attempts for the game.

Kaelyn Christian scored 20 points off the bench for UWS, including 8-of-14 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Paige Servais scored 12 points and Elise Besonen added 11.

Hannah Geistfeld scored 37 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead all players, including 13-of-17 shooting from the free-throw line. Bethany remains undefeated in the UMAC at 10-0 (15-6 overall).

UWS (5-14, 4-6 UMAC) hosts North Central on Friday.

Hot shooting carries Vikings over Yellowjackets

Wisconsin-Superior led 13-2 at the outset but couldn’t control a Bethany Lutheran squad that shot better than 52 percent for the game, as the Vikings came away 79-66 victors in UMAC men’s basketball on Saturday in Mankato.

After the visitors’ early move, Bethany pulled ahead for the first time with 2:14 left, then finished the half on a 9-0 run to take a 38-30 lead to the locker room. The Yellowjackets regained the lead around the midway point of the second half, but Bethany had a 21-4 advantage the rest of the way to close out the win.

Brian Smith scored 19 points for Bethany (11-9, 7-3 UMAC) to lead all scorers. Hunter Nielsen posted 14 points and 10 boards.

For UWS (7-13, 4-6 UMAC), Xavier Patterson scored 13 points and J’Vaun Walker added 12 points off the bench.

The Yellowjackets travel to the Upper Peninsula for a Tuesday night make-up game at Finlandia.

UWRF sweeps home-and-home

Fourth-ranked Wisconsin-River Falls kept the clamps on Wisconsin-Superior’s offense, earning a 5-1 victory on Saturday in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play in River Falls, Wisconsin.

Kora Torkelson had a hat trick for the Falcons (20-1, 6-1 WIAC), while Emma Schmitz added two goals and Callie Hoff (Hermantown) had three assists.

Jenna Byfuglien scored UWS’s lone goal of the night, on the power play at 6:20 of the second period.

McKenzie Whalen made 44 saves for UWS. UWRF had 49 shots on goal to Superior’s 12.

UWS (6-8-1, 1-3-0 WIAC) has a busy week ahead, playing at Hamline on Monday in its first of four games in the next seven days.

Yellowjackets can’t catch Falcons

Wisconsin-Superior turned a two-goal lead into a one-goal lead three times but couldn’t get the game tied, losing 4-3 to Wisconsin-River Falls in WIAC men’s hockey at Wessman Arena.

UWS fell behind 2-0 in the first eight minutes of the game but opened its side of the scoring when Dylan Johnson bagged a goal in the last minute of the first period. The Yellowjackets got a Reed Stark goal late in the second period to make it 3-2 and a Coltyn Bates tally with 4:17 to play to make it 4-3 but never tied the game.

Nick Althaus made eight saves before being relieved by Landon Pavlisin who made five. The Yellowjackets were out on 28-17.

UWS (12-8-2, 5-5-1 WIAC) plays Wednesday at Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

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