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College women's basketball: UWS pulls away from Saints

Senior guard Hailey Kontny of Superior led a balanced offense with 15 points, 11 rebounds and five steals as Wisconsin-Superior rolled to a 74-55 victory over St. Scholastica in its UMAC opener Wednesday night before 381 at Mertz Mortorelli Gym in Superior.

Justine Larson (14 points), Amelia Leger (13) and Jade Tucker (10) all reached double figures in scoring for UWS (5-2 overall, 1-0 UMAC), which led 43-22 at the break.

Kaylee Kennedy scored a season-high 15 points to lead St. Scholastica (3-3, 0-1), while Sam Brannen added 11 and Chelsea Swatek chipped in 10. The Saints, who are playing shorthanded after losing Michala Walther and Rashonna Thomas to injury in a loss last week at St. Mary's, outscored the Yellowjackets 21-10 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 10 points to start the fourth quarter but that is as close as they came.

Both teams shot only 37 percent, but the difference was in shots, where UWS attempted 78 to the Saints' 48. That's because the Yellowjackets held a 48-29 rebounding advantage, including 29-12 on the offensive glass.

UWS hasn't lost a UMAC game since joining the league before the 2015 season. The two-time defending conference champions have won 10 straight in the series, all by at least 10 points. The Saints haven't won at the Mertz since 2009.