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UWRF men win twice at home

The tenth-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team kicked off its five game homestand with a pair of victories last week, rolling past UW-Superior, 98-68, Tuesday, Nov. 21, and holding off Hamline University, 68-60, Saturday, Nov. 25.

After hosting Carthage College Tuesday, Nov. 28, the Falcons will face Carleton College Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. and the University of St. Thomas Saturday, Dec. 9, before hitting the road for the first time in nearly a month.

The Falcons shot 74 percent from the floor in the first half against Superior last Tuesday on their way to building a 51-27 lead and never looked back on their way to a 30-point win over the Yellowjackets.

Eleven different players scored for UWRF, led by junior Austin Heidecker who came off the bench to score 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 from the free throw line. Heidecker also led the Falcons in rebounds with nine.

Senior Brennan Witt was perfect from the field and finished with 14 points while senior Alex Herink and freshman Ross Ingersoll scored 10 points each. Herink also pulled down seven rebounds.

UWRF shot 61 percent from the field for the game while outrebounding the Yellowjackets, 41-25. Seventeen different Falcons saw playing time in the win.

Saturday the Falcons built a 25-point lead midway through the second half against Hamline before holding off the Pipers for a 68-60 victory.

UWRF led 36-25 at the break and got a pair of layups by Herink to start the second half. Devin Buckley hit back-to-back three-pointers and Witt followed with a layup to give the Falcons their biggest lead of the game, 57-32, with 12:17 left but Hamline cut the lead to nine, 59-50, with 4:50 remaining.

Hamline got as close as six on three separate occasions in the final three minutes but a pair of free throws by Heidecker with nine seconds remaining made it an eight-point game.

Buckley led the Falcons with 15 points and Herink had 11 while Witt posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.

Women skaters rout Oles

Carly Moran and Madi Nolan scored two goals apiece and 14 different Falcons recorded at least one point as the fourth-ranked UW-River Falls women's hockey team rolled to a 10-1 victory over St. Olaf Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Hunt Arena.

UWRF fell behind 1-0 before scoring five straight goals in the first period to take control. Freshman Callie Hoff scored the only goal of the second period to make it a 6-1 game before Amy Auran, Kora Torkelson, Nolan and Moran added third period goals to make the final 10-1.

Sam Young, Kathryn Larson and Erica Schramel also scored in the win while Schramel added two assists and was on the ice for seven of the Falcon's 10 goals. Tatyana Delaittre played the first 45 minutes in goal and stopped 11 of 12 shots while Leighton Rockenstock stopped all four shots she faced in the final 15 minutes. UWRF outshot St. Olaf, 40-16.

The Falcons, now 6-1-1 overall, 2-0-0 in the WIAC, will visit UW-Superior for a conference game this Friday, Dec. 1 before playing a home-and-home nonconference series with seventh ranked Gustavus Adolphus Wednesday, Nov. 6, in St. Peter and Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2:05 p.m. at Hunt Arena.

Men skate to third straight win

Eddie Matsushima and Aussie Miller had a goal and assist each and Zach Quinn made 23 saves as the Falcon men's hockey team defeated Hamline University, 4-2, Tuesday, Nov. 21, in St. Paul.

Peter Karavos and Joe Druplak added a goal each as the Falcons outshot the Pipers, 30-25.

The win was the third straight for UWRF after losing five of their first six games. They open WIAC play against a pair of ranked opponents this weekend, Friday, Dec. 1, at home against 10th-ranked UW-Stevens Point at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2, at 15th-ranked UW-Eau Claire.

Women's hoops fades to Bethel

A rough fourth quarter cost the UWRF women's basketball team its first loss of the season, 67-55, Tuesday, Nov. 21, at home against Bethel University.

The Falcons led 38-27 with 6:27 remaining in the third quarter and 46-40 at the end of three before being outscored 27-9 in the final 10 minutes. UWRF went 3-for 14 from the field and 3-for-8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.

Taylor Karge was the lone Falcon in double figures in scoring with 18 points. Crystal Pearson and Madelyn O'Brien scored eight points each while Pearson pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.

UWRF, now 3-1, will visit Gustavus Adolphus College Thursday, Nov. 30 before hosting Northland College Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. at Page Arena.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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