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UWRF women win twice at home

UW-River Falls' freshman Richell Mehus (23) puts up a shot between three Martin Luther College defenders in the Falcon women's basketball team's hope opener last Tuesday night. Mehus scored six points in her Karges Center debut to help the Falcons to a 68-34 victory. <i>Bob Burrows photo</i>

The UW-River Falls women's basketball team ran its winning streak to three straight with a 68-34 home victory over Martin Luther College last Tuesday, Nov. 20, and a 78-61 win over St. Benedict Monday, Nov. 26 at Karges Center.

The Falcons, now 3-1, travel to Duluth to face the College of St. Scholastica Wednesday, Nov. 28, before returning home Saturday, Dec. 1, to open WIAC play against UW-Platteville. Tip-off is scheduled for approximately 5 p.m. following the Falcon men's basketball team's 3 p.m. game against the Pioneers.

Junior forward Tess Lueders of Stillwater unloaded for a career-high 29 points Monday to lead the Falcons to their third straight win after a season-opening loss to Carthage College.

St. Ben's shot better from the field (43.1 percent) and made all 13 of its free throws but the Falcons were relentless on the boards, outrebounding St. Ben's 43-23.

Senior Brittany Gregorich of Altoona contributed 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds while senior Holly Riesselman added nine points and seven boards while freshman Richell Mehus scored a career-high 13 points.

UWRF never trailed in the game, building a 17-point lead in the first half before stretching it to 28 with 12 minutes remaining.

Last Tuesday night, in their home opener against Martin Luther College, Gregorich tied her career-high with 18 points and 12 different Falcons scored at least two points in a 68-34 victory.

Gregorich also led UWRF with six rebounds, four assists and five steals while Taylor Elton chipped in with eight points and Brooke Lauritzen and Mehus contributed six points apiece. Mehus also had five rebounds, three assists and three steals in the win.

The Falcons led by just four, 16-12, midway through the first half before closing the half with a 21-7 run to take a 37-19 halftime lead. They opened the second half on a 20-8 run to widen the gap to 57-27 with nine minutes remaining and led by as many as 35 down the stretch.

The Falcons connected on 24-of-55 shots from the field while holding Martin Luther to 22.4 percent shooting (13-of-58). UWRF also held a 44-39 advantage in rebounds.

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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