These kinds of nights were supposed to be over for UW-Superior.

Loading up on a packed, musty coach bus to ride six hours south to play an often-times more talented UW-Whitewater team ended when Superior left the WIAC for greener pastures in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference after the 2014-2015 season.

Thanks to an unforgiving NCAA selection committee, the Yellow Jackets renewed this lousy experience one more time Friday night in an NCAA Division III first-round game at Kachel Gym.

And the result was as painful as ever with Whitewater storming out to a 37-18 halftime and never looking back en route to a commanding 81-46 victory.

Whitewater High product Brooke Trewyn had a game-high 18 points in just 22 minutes, while Malia Smith had 15, and Olivia Freckmann chipped in 13 off the bench to propel the Warhawks into a second-round matchup with Gustavus Adolphus at 7 p.m. today in the Kachel Gymnasium.

The Golden Gusties knocked off Rose-Hulman 60-52 in the opening game in the four-team pod.

Whitewater knocked off Gustavus Adolphus 68-60 in a holiday tournament game in late December.

Regular season games don’t have any value now as the Warhawks elevated their play against the Yellow Jackets.

“We knew tempo was really key for us to make sure we set the tone right away,” UW-Whitewater coach Keri Carollo said. “I felt like we were well prepared, and it was just up to our players to execute.”

The Warhawks were up to the challenge from the opening tip, holding the Yellow Jackets to just three first-quarter field goals and leading 19-7.

Trewyn got the offense rolling with 10 first-quarter points before the rest of the team eventually added to the onslaught.

“Shots were falling, so obviously you are going to shoot more,” Trewyn said. “I guess it did kind of get the momentum going for everyone and it was nice to see our team kind of take over in the second half and could relax a bit.”

Smith and Freckmann followed Trewyn to lead the next wave in the second quarter to push the advantage to 37-18 at halftime.

The evening only got worse for Superior as the Warhawks exploded in the third quarter to lead 64-34.

Whitewater led by as many as 41 in the fourth quarter as Carollo dug deep into her roster while the starters rested for the second round.

“Our defense has been key and when we have good defensive nights, we kill teams,” said Smith, who eclipsed the 1,000-point career scoring mark in the game. “And that’s why we have been on this 11-game winning streak because of defense.”

Smith and the Warhawks will look to maintain that killer instinct for the duration of their postseason run.


Superior (46)—Norlin 8-14 1-2 17; Kontny 3-15 3-8 9; Reinertsen 2-5 2-2 6; Carpenter 2-4 2-3 6; Larson 0-3 2-2 2; Tucker 1-5 0-0 2; Kmecik 1-2 0-0 2; Leger 1-6 0-0 2; Laehn 0-2 0-0 0; Anderson 0-1 0-0 0; Kostrova 0-0 0-0 0; Kane 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 18-59 10-17 46.

Whitewater (81)—Trewyn 6-12 5-6 18; Smith 4-7 5-5 15; Freckmann 6-10 1-1 13; Raeder 2-5 2-2 8; Conley 1-5 2-2 5; Foster 2-2 0-0 4; R. Schumacher 1-2 0-0 3; E. Schumacher 1-2 0-0 3; Meinert 1-3 1-2 3; Vainisi 1-2 0-0 3; S. Schumacher 1-3 0-0 2; Deichl 0-5 2-2 2; Rosencrants 0-1 2-2 2; Smith 0-1 0-0 0; Green 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 26-61 20-22 81.

UW-Superior 7 11 16 12—46

Wis.-Whitewater 19 18 27 17—81

Three-point goals—Superior 0-9 (Kontny 0-3; Carpenter 0-2; Larson 0-1; Leger 0-2; Laehn 0-1), Whitewater 9-22 (Smith 2-4; Raeder 2-5; R. Schumacher, 1-2; Conley 1-2; Vainisi 1-2; E. Schumacher 1-2; Trewyn 1-4; Green 0-1). Rebounds—Superior 31 (Norlin 12), Whitewater 48 (Trewyn 10). Assists—Superior 2 (Carpenter and Laehn 1 each), Whitewater 20 (Meinert 6). Total fouls—Superior 14, Whitewater 16. Attendance-1129

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