Men’s and Women’s Basketball Split Series at UW-Superior

Shawn Pohlmann
spohlmann@css.edu

This past weekend The College of St. Scholastica men’s and women’s basketball teams traveled across the river for a border battle showdown against the Yellowjackets from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

The first game of the day featured the lady Saints taking on the conference leading Yellowjackets. After starting the game down two, sophomore Michaela Walther hit a three to put the Saints up three to two. The Yellowjackets held a lead for most of the quarter after Walther’s three, but the Saints never let the lead get above five. With 2:19 left in the quarter the Saints were able to regain the lead thanks in part to a Sam Brannen layup. A three from UWS with two seconds left in the quarter put the Saints down two at the end of the first with a score of 17-19.

The Saints were able to tie the game at 23 with 7:30 left in the second quarter. As the quarter went on, the Saints dug themselves into a hole, trailing 27-37 with 3:04 remaining in the half. A couple of free throws before the end of the half from sophomore Rachel Weyenberg brought the Saints within five, heading into the locker room down 38-43.

A six-to-zero run from the Yellowjackets at the beginning of the third quarter put the Saints down 11 after two minutes of play. They were able to crawl back once again, bringing the score within one point at 50-51 with 5:05 on the clock. The Saints were not able to regain the lead as they were down around four to five points the remainder of the quarter.

The fourth quarter went the opposite direction the Saints were hoping for. After a minute of play they fell to an 11-point deficit. As the quarter went on that deficit continued to grow. They were not able to find their way back into the game as they would fall to the conference leading Yellowjackets by a score of 72-94.

The Saints record moves to 7-15 (5-9 UMAC). They are currently at the six spot in the UMAC standings with two games left against Minnesota-Morris and Crown College next weekend.

The second game of the afternoon was the men’s team taking on the Yellowjackets. The Saints jumped out to an early four-to-zero lead after layups from sophomore Brandon Newman and junior Zach Dahlman. The Yellowjackets would tie the game up at six with 15:38 left in the half and then continue to go on a run of their own. After a 6-point deficit with 10:54 remaining in the first half, however, the Saints began an eight-to-zero run to give them a 23-21 lead. That lead wouldn’t last long as they would fall behind yet again. They trailed for almost the rest of the half. With 2:31 remaining in the half, the Saints fell to a seven-point deficit. Junior Joe Stark then hit back-to-back threes followed by a Kory Deadrick jumper to give the Saints a 40-39 lead at the half.

A seven-to-zero run from the Yellowjackets to start the second half put the Saints down six. They quickly answered back with a seven-to-zero run of their own to give themselves control of the scoreboard again. The rest of the game was a back and forth affair with the score eventually being tied up at 67 with 7:26 left in the game. After that, the Saints took the lead and never gave it up. The score was 73-72 with 3:29 left on the clock when junior Dylan Zimmerman pulled a Euro step to get past a UWS defender, and was able to score two straight baskets to swing the momentum in the Saints favor. They were able to pull out an 83-74 win over the Yellowjackets.

That game put the Saints at a 14-9 (10-4 UMAC) record with two games left. They are currently in third in the UMAC standings with two games left and need some help to reach the second seed. They play at the University of Minnesota Morris and Crown College this weekend which will help determine their playoff seeding.