Saints Edge Yellowjackets in Bridge Battle

By KBJR News 1

January 2, 2011 Updated Jan 2, 2011 at 9:54 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The St. Scholastica women’s basketball team rallied from a eight-point halftime deficit to defeat the University of Wisconsin-Superior on Sunday afternoon 55-51 at Reif Gymnasium.

The Yellowjackets (6-6) defeated the Saints (3-7) in the season opener by 24 points and were coming in on a three-game winning streak.

UWS scored the first 10 points of today’s game as the Saints had their first made field goal five minutes into the game. A Bri Allen 3-pointer cut the margin to five with 14 minutes to go, but UWS maintained around a 10-point advantage for most of the first half and had a halftime lead of 28-20.

The Saints shot just 26-percent in the first half, while the ’Jackets shot 40-percent. Superior outscored the Saints in the paint 20-10.

In the second half, the Saints hung in the game and eventually tied the game at 32-32 after seven straight points from freshman Kayla Heisler.

CSS took its first lead of the game with 11 minutes to go after another freshman, Lindsey Kingsbury, drained a 3-pointer to make it 37-36.

The Saints led by as many as six with four minutes to go, but the Yellowjackets got it down to two with 2:28 on the clock. UWS had three different possessions to tie the game or take the lead, but failed to convert.

With under 15 seconds left, Laura Amys blocked a UWS attempts, grabbed the loose ball, then sealed the game with a pair of free throws with six seconds left to make the final score 55-51.

CSS shot 42-percent in the second half to finish at 35-percent for the game.

The ’Jackets also shot 35-percent from the field, but finished just 1-for-15 on 3-point attempts. Superior outscored the Saints 42-24 in the paint, but the Saints bench came through with a 17-0 advantage.

Kayla Heisler scored 12 of her team-high 15 points in the second half to lead the Saints. Kelly Cinquegrani added 12 points. Savanna Treichel had six rebounds to lead St. Scholastica. Bri Davis had a game-high 16 points for the Yellowjackets.

The Saints will not play again until Tuesday, January 11th when they open up conference play at Northland College. The action is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Courtesy St. Scholastica Athletic Website
Posted by Zach Schneider