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Falcon Roundup: Women's hoops win fourth straight

Women's hoops win fourth straight

The UW-River Falls women's basketball team will take a four-game winning streak into the holidays after defeating St. Catherine University, 75-63, Saturday, Dec. 16, in St. Paul.

UWRF jumped out to a 41-20 first half lead behind 10 first half points each from Brynn Liljander and Taylor Karge. St. Catherine cut the Falcon lead to eight, 50-42, at the end of the third quarter but Liljander hit a three-pointer to open the fourth and the Falcons led by double digits the rest of the way.

Liljander finished with 22 points in the win while Karge finished with 12 points and a team-high six rebounds and Crystal Pearson came off the bench to contribute 11 points and five boards.

The Falcons, now 7-2 overall, will head west over the holiday break for a pair of games at the Whittier (Cal.) College Classic Dec. 29-30.

Women skate past St. Thomas

The sixth-ranked UW-River Falls women's hockey team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over eight-ranked St. Thomas Wednesday, Dec. 13, in St. Paul.

Three different Falcons scored goals and Angie Hall stopped 21 of the 23 shots she faced as the Falcons improved to 7-4-1 on the season. After a two-week break for the holidays UWRF returns to action with a two-game series at Concordia College Jan. 5-6 in Moorhead, Minn.

Maddy Illikainen scored the only goal of the first period off an assist from Jamie Bird on a 2-on-1 break at the 10:55 mark.

Calle Hoff scored 9:03 into the second period before the Tommies put the puck into their own net 1:35 later to make it a 3-0 game. Carly Moran was credited with the goal for UWRF.

St. Thomas scored a pair of goals in the final five minutes, the second with 13 seconds remaining, to make the final 3-2.

Men's comeback falls short

The Falcon men's hockey team scored three goals in the third period but came up one goal short in a 5-4 loss to the College of St. Scholastica Friday night Dec. 15, at Hunt Arena.

Six of the nine goals scored in the game came from special teams.

St. Scholastica parlayed a shorthanded goal, a power play goal and two even-strength goals into a 4-1 lead with one period remaining before the Falcons mounted their comeback attempt.

Cayden Cahill stole the puck near mid-ice with the Saints on a power play and scored his second goal of the game on a breakaway to cut St. Scholastica's lead to 4-2 3:14 into the third period, but the Saints netted their second power play goal at the 7:03 mark to extend their lead to 5-2.

Blake Anderson tallied a power play goal for UWRF just past the midway point of the third and Tim Gelatt scored on a Falcon power play with 7:04 remaining but that's as close as UWRF could get.

Eddie Matsushima registered two assists and Falcon goalie Michael Hughes finished with 20 saves as the Falcons outshot the Saints, 31-25.

UWRF heads into the holiday break with a record of 4-9-1. The Falcons return to action Saturday, Jan. 6, against Gustavus Adolphus College at 7:05 p.m. at Hunt 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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