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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Midtown YWCA Women's College Summer League Results For Wednesday 7-31-19


Here are the results from the final night of the Midtown YWCA Women's College Summer League:


6:00 P.M. Games

Southwest Minnesota State - 42
UST Purple - 35

GAC Alumni - 57
GAC Gold - 51


6:50 P.M. Games

Concordia St. Paul - 52
Twin City Swish - 37

Superhoopers - 50
UST Black - 45


7:45 P.M. Games

Consolation Championship Game

GAC Alumni - 45
Southwest Minnesota State - 38

Championship Game

Superhoopers - 60
Concordia St. Paul - 49


On this final night of the Midtown YWCA Women's College Summer League for this year, we were treated to some very good games by all the participating teams on this night.  In the 6:00 P.M. slot, a very intriguing consolation semifinal contest was taking place on Court 1 between the Southwest Minnesota State team and the UST Purple team.  The UST Purple team got off to a solid start in this one; getting a 4-0 lead early and holding an 8-5 lead by the end of the first period; thanks to a score in the paint by junior-to-be Madi Radtke.  The Southwest Minnesota State team would get this game tied at 8-all early in the second period and by the midway point of the second period the Southwest Minnesota State team was holding the lead at 11-10.  By the halftime break, not much had changed in this tight battle with the Southwest Minnesota State team holding a slim 18-16 edge.  By the midway point of the third period, the Southwest Minnesota State team was able to get a bit more breathing room with a 25-20 lead and down the stretch of the third period, the Southwest Minnesota State team embarked on a key run that was highlighted by a last-second shot that now saw them up by ten at 32-22.  The Southwest Minnesota State team would still enjoy that ten-point cushion at 40-30 midway through the fourth period and the UST Purple team could get no closer than seven points in the final minutes as the Southwest Minnesota State team advanced to the consolation final.  On Court 2, it was a battle of former Gusties versus current Gusties as the GAC Alumni team was taking on the GAC Gold team.  What made this game so special and fun to watch was the battle of sisters as Miranda Rice (GAC '18) for the GAC Alumni team was up against younger sis and freshman-to-be Maddy Rice and it was awesome to watch.  The GAC Alumni team would hold a 7-4 lead midway through the opening period and a lay-up in transition by Kelsey Carpenter (GAC '17) had the GAC Alumni team up 13-11 by the end of the first period.  The GAC Gold team would take its cue and grab a 16-15 advantage midway through the second period but the GAC Alumni team would get on a push down the stretch and three-point bombs by both Justine Lee (GAC '19) and Annie Odegard (GAC '17) had the GAC Alumni team in good shape up 31-20 at the half.  The GAC Alumni team still enjoyed that eleven-point cushion midway through the third period up 35-26 but the GAC Gold team would catch fire down the stretch of the third period and had the deficit down to a single-possession at 37-34.  The GAC Alumni team avoided impending disaster and righted the ship to hold a 44-37 lead by the end of the third period.  The GAC Alumni team was still up by seven at 50-43 midway through the fourth period but the GAC Gold team would manage to put one more scare into their mentors as they crawled back to within a single-possession again down 51-48 with 2:51 left but the GAC Alumni team did all the right things in the last two minutes and held on for the tough victory to advance into the consolation championship game.

The championship bracket semifinals took place in the 6:50 P.M. slot and it featured two highly-anticipated games.  Court 1 saw a match-up between two teams that had been on a roll pretty much all summer long as the Concordia St Paul team was taking on the Twin City Swish team.  The Twin City Swish team held a 6-4 lead early on and led 8-6 midway through the opening period and by the end of the first period, things were looking very good for the Twin City Swish team as they held a somewhat surprising 14-9 advantage.  But this Concordia St Paul team hung tough and forged a 15-15 deadlock midway through the second period and a lay-up in transition by junior-to-be Danielle Schaub allowed the Concordia St Paul team to take a 17-15 lead a bit later.  That may have been the spark that the Concordia St Paul team was looking for as they got on a push as a lay-up by sophomore-to-be Meghan DuBois and a "3" by junior-to-be Riley Wheatcraft allowed the Concordia St Paul team to hold a 26-18 lead by the halftime break.  Wheatcraft would drain another key three-point bomb early on in the third period that helped the Concordia St Paul team to grab a cozy 34-20 advantage and by the midway point of the third period the Concordia St Paul team had their lead at 37-22.  By the start of the fourth period, the Concordia St Paul team grew their lead to 43-27 and the Twin City Swish team could never recover as the Concordia St Paul team advanced to the title game.  A much tighter battle was ensuing meanwhile over on Court 2 in the other championship bracket semifinal between the Superhoopers team and the UST Black team.  The UST Black team got off to a good start in this one; getting a 6-2 lead early on and they held a 13-6 advantage midway through the first period but the Superhoopers team soon found their groove and got on a roll and late scores by both Ashley Ellis-Milan (Minnesota '10) and Jamie Jones (Concordia St. Paul '10) had them up 20-17 by the end of the first period.  The UST Black team would come right back and forge a 20-20 deadlock midway through the second period and a "3" by junior-to-be Madi Radtke gave the UST Black team a 25-20 lead a short time later.  But the Superhoopers team would end this second period on a 6-0 push that gave them a 26-25 lead at the halftime break.  The Superhoopers team would continue to hold the upper hand up 34-31 midway through the third period and that lead would grow to five points at 40-35 by the end of the third period.  The UST Black team was not going away anytime soon, however, and one score by Radtke and another one by sophomore-to-be Ellie Wolkow had the UST Black team within a single-possession down 43-40 early in the fourth period.  Defense took center stage in this contest down the stretch and by the midway point of the fourth period, the Superhoopers team was hanging on for dear life with a 43-42 lead and they were still not out of the woods with a 47-44 lead with 2:50 left.  But the Superhoopers team managed to hang on and get critical stops down the stretch to hang on for an incredibly tough win to advance to the title game.

So everything game down to the last two games in the 7:45 P.M. slot on this night.  Court 2 was the setting for the consolation championship between the GAC Alumni team and the Southwest Minnesota State team.  The Southwest Minnesota State team got off to a very good start in this one; building a 7-2 lead midway through the first period but the GAC Alumni team was not deterred and they managed to tighten up things to a single possession down 14-11 by the end of the first period.  An Annie Odegard (GAC '17) "3" allowed the GAC Alumni team to get this game tied at 14 a piece early in the second period and a Miranda Rice (GAC '18) score in the paint had this one tied up again at 16-all a bit later.  Things would still be tied at 21-all midway through the second period but the Southwest Minnesota State team would manage to get on a push and hold a 26-21 lead by the halftime break.  But this GAC Alumni team would come out strong once the third period got underway and they would take the lead at 29-28 midway through the third period and would hold a 34-32 advantage by the end of the third period.  With its confidence ballooning, the GAC Alumni team would take control of things once the fourth period got underway with Rice doing most of the damage on both ends of the floor and was unstoppable at times and they would build a 45-34 lead midway through the fourth period and with 2:00 left, they were up 45-38 which is how this one ended with the GAC Alumni team having a strong showing all summer long for the third place trophy.  Finally, Court 1 was the centerpiece in this time slot for the Big Enchilada, the Midtown YWCA Women's College Summer League Championship Game.  And fittingly, it came down to the two teams who were most dominant this year - the Concordia St Paul team and the Superhoopers team.  The Superhoopers team would grab a 9-5 advantage midway through the first period and managed to hold that four-point edge at 12-8 by the end of the first period with things still close.  But the big difference came in the second period when the Superhoopers team exploded on a big run to get a 22-10 advantage early on in the second period.  The Concordia St Paul team had a nice response, however, as they managed a push of their own down the stretch of the second period to climb back to within single digits down 34-26 by the halftime break.  The Superhoopers team managed to widen their cushion again in the early moments of the third period to ten points at 40-30 but again the Concordia St Paul team showed a lot of grit in getting back into this one.  A three-point bomb by junior-to-be Danielle Schaub allowed the Concordia St Paul team to get back to single-digit range again down 43-35 late in the third period and the Concordia St Paul team would come out strong in the fourth period as a pretty drive and finish by sophomore-to-be Meghan DuBois suddenly had them right back in the thick of things down 45-40 with a ton of time left.  But just when the Superhoopers team looked the most vulnerable, their experience and skill set proved to be the difference as they turned away this comeback attempt and built their cushion back up to double digits for good.  A "3" by Jamie Jones (Concordia St Paul '10) gave the Superhoopers team a 54-42 lead midway through the fourth period and they would get important stops down the stretch as the Superhoopers team took the title by a final score of 60-49.             

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Midtown YWCA Women's College Summer League Results For Wednesday 7-24-19


I realize I'm late getting this in but after being on the road for most of this last weekend, it couldn't be helped.


5:00 P.M. Games

GAC Gold - 55
UW-River Falls - 36

Anoka-Ramsey - 47
Hamline - 40


5:55 P.M. Games

UST Purple - 73
Millennials - 40

GAC Gold - 52
Hamline - 41

Minnesota's Best - 44
NIACC - 32


6:50 P.M. Games

Southwest Minnesota State - 50
GAC Black - 36

GAC Alumni - 55
St. Kate's - 51

UST Purple - 58
Anoka-Ramsey - 22


7:45 P.M. Games

Southwest Minnesota State - 63
Minnesota's Best - 50

Twin City Swish - 50
Macalester - 44


Got settled in at halftime of the games going on in the 5:00 P.M. slot.....Over on Court 1, the GAC Gold team held a rather comfy 34-18 lead on the UW-River Falls team at the half and although the latter was able to cut into that deficit a bit during the third period, they still found themselves down by fifteen by the start of the fourth period at 37-22.  The GAC Gold team put more distance between themselves and their opponent up 49-30 midway through the fourth period enroute to the easy win.  Things were a bit tighter over on Court 2 with the Anoka-Ramsey team up 28-23 at the halftime break on the Hamline team and although key three-point bombs in the third period helped the Anoka-Ramsey team extend their lead to eleven points at 36-25 midway through the third period and as much as 42-27 by the start of the fourth period, the Hamline team  refused to give up and managed to get back into single-digit range toward the end before falling.

Three games in the 5:55 P.M. slot had me doing the roaming thing again.  On Court 1, the UST Purple team; likely still smarting from their second upset loss to the Macalester team in as many weeks, took out their frustrations on the Millennials team that, for the most part anyway, had had a good showing in this year's summer league.  But on this evening, they ran into a brick wall as the UST Purple team jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead and were up 14-3 by the midway point of the opening period.  Up 25-8 by the start of the second period, a 7-0 push by the UST Purple team extended that lead to 32-8 midway through the second period and by the halftime break, they had a commanding 41-14 advantage.  Things didn't get any better for the Millennials team as they found themselves on the wrong end of a 51-18 score midway through the third period and by the start of the fourth period, things were pretty much academic with the UST Purple enjoying a 63-26 advantage enroute to the blowout win.  A much closer contest was ensuing over on Court 2 between the GAC Gold team and the Hamline team as the latter was up 7-6 midway through the first period and the Hamline team held a 12-8 lead by the end of the first period.  The Hamline team still held the upper hand in this one with an 18-16 advantage midway through the second period and a 26-23 lead at the halftime break.  But the GAC Gold team managed to turn the tables once the third period got underway; getting things tied up at 31 a piece midway through the third period and by the end of the third period, the GAC Gold team had poked its nose out in front by a 39-37 count.  Two free throws by freshman-to-be Maddy Rice had the GAC Gold team up 43-40 midway through the fourth period and two more free throws by Maddy Rice got the lead to 47-41 with 3:25 left as the GAC Gold team claimed a hard-fought victory.  Over on Court 3, the NIACC team was taking on the Minnesota's Best team and here the latter jumped out to a 6-0 advantage midway through the first period and led 9-5 by the end of the first period.  The Minnesota's Best team stretched their lead to 14-5 midway through the second period and led 23-7 by the halftime break.  The NIACC team managed to overcome its cold-shooting performance once the third period got underway but were still down 29-15 midway through the third period and by the start of the fourth period the Minnesota's Best team held a commanding 36-17 lead.  Not much changed once the fourth period got underway with the Minnesota's Best team still up comfortably 43-28 midway through the fourth period enroute to the victory.

In the 6:50 P.M. slot, an interesting contest was ensuing between the GAC Black team and the Southwest Minnesota State team and things would be very tight early on with things tied at 3-all early on and 8-all midway through the first period.  The Southwest Minnesota State team was finally able to get the upper hand with a key push down the stretch of the opening period to hold a 16-11 lead by the start of the second period.  The Southwest Minnesota State team still enjoyed the five-point edge at 22-17 midway through the second period but the GAC Black team managed to tighten things up by the halftime break as the Southwest Minnesota State team was up by only a bucket at 24-22.  The GAC Black team would have this game tied at 26-all early in the third period and things looked up for grabs but the Southwest Minnesota State team would slowly regain control up 30-26 midway through the third period and by the end of the third period that lead grew to 34-26.  By the midway point of the fourth period the Southwest Minnesota State team had control up 42-30 as they avoided the upset.  A very good game was taking place over on Court 2 between the St. Kate's team and the GAC Alumni team and the St. Kate's team got off to a very good start in this one as they were up 11-5 midway through the opening period and although the GAC Alumni team got a boost from a Kelsey Carpenter (GAC '17) three-point bomb before the first period buzzer, the St. Kate's team was still enjoying a 17-12 advantage.  The GAC Alumni team, however, used its skill set and experience to slyly cut into the deficit in the second period as they were down by only a point at 18-17 midway through the second period and they would have the game tied at 20-all a short time later.  The St. Kate's team had a 26-25 lead at the halftime break but the momentum turned in the third period for the GAC Alumni team as a Miranda Rice (GAC '18) "3" was huge as they poked their nose out in front 29-28 early in the third period.  The St. Kate's team managed to come right back to reclaim the lead at 30-29 midway through the third period and they still held that one-point advantage at 37-36 by the start of the fourth period.  But the GAC Alumni team took the lead for good early on in the fourth period on two Miranda Rice freebies and a Carpenter jumper at 41-39 and by the midway point of the fourth period the GAC Alumni team grew the lead to five points at 46-41.  Both Miranda Rice and Carpenter would get the job done at the charity stripe down the stretch as the GAC Alumni team held on for a tough win.  No such drama over on Court 3 as the UST Purple team had its way with the young Anoka-Ramsey team as the UST Purple team was up 6-1 midway through the first period and led 18-11 by the start of the second period.  The UST Purple team's lead grew to 27-13 midway through the second period and there was little doubt as to how this one was going to turn out as the UST Purple team was up 35-18 at the half.  The UST Purple team would be up 47-20 midway through the third period and led 54-20 by the start of the fourth period as they cruised to an easy victory.

Finally, in the 7:45 P.M. slot on this night, an interesting matchup was taking place over on Court 1 between the Southwest Minnesota team - fresh off of its victory in the earlier time slot - and the Minnesota's Best team which had also emerged victorious earlier as well.  The Southwest Minnesota State team had a 13-7 edge midway through the first period but that lead would grow to nine points at 29-20 by the end of the opening period thanks to some clutch three-point shooting.  The Southwest Minnesota State team saw their lead balloon to 43-20 midway through the second period and by the halftime break things were looking very good for the Southwest Minnesota State team as they enjoyed a 52-26 lead.  Not much changed once the third period got underway as the Southwest Minnesota State team was up 55-34 midway through the third period and led 58-39 by the start of the fourth period as they had things in cruise control the rest of the way.  The other game in this time slot took place over on Court 2 between the Twin City Swish team and the Macalester team which had been flying high as of late with two thrilling wins over the heavily-favored UST Purple team.  The Macalester team got off to a decent start in this one; up 10-6 midway through the first period but the Twin City Swish team was able to reduce the deficit to a scant point at 14-13 at the end of the first period.  The Twin City Swish team poked its nose out in front by a 21-20 count midway through the second period and things would be knotted at 24 a piece by the halftime break.  The Macalester team regained the lead at 30-28 midway through the third period and a lay-up in transition by senior-to-be Holly Hull had things looking very good for the Macalester team as they held a 36-30 advantage a bit later.  But the Twin City Swish team showed a lot of resilience and got the deficit down to just two points at 38-36 at the end of the third period and once the fourth period got underway, the Twin City Swish team slowly started to gain control of things; up 41-38 early in the fourth period.  Still, the Macalester team; which had been in these close affairs more than once this summer, got things tied up again at 41 a piece midway through the fourth period and it looked as if the Macalester team might be able to pull off yet another miracle for the third week in a row.  But on this night, the Macalester team saw their luck run out as they never could quite seem to find a big score at the right time and that allowed the Twin City Swish team to get a 46-41 lead late in the game as they advanced with a tough victory. 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Midtown YWCA Women's College Summer League Results For Wednesday 7-17-19


Here are the results of the first night of playoff action at the Midtown YWCA Women's College Summer League:


5:00 P.M. Games

Macalester - 45
UW-River Falls - 35

NIACC - 60
Hamline - 57

Bethel - 58
Millennials - 34


5:55 P.M. Games

Macalester - 56
UST Purple - 54

UST Black - 43
NIACC - 20

GAC Black - 47
UNW/Defenders - 44


6:50 P.M. Games

Superhoopers - 49
GAC Alumni - 40

St. Kate's - 46
Anoka-Ramsey - 38

Minnesota's Best - 62
GAC Gold - 51


7:45 P.M. Games

Superhoopers - 53
Southwest Minnesota State - 47

College Girls - 47
St. Olaf - 42

Twin City Swish - 35
GAC Black - 29


Darn rush hour traffic prevented me from getting over to the Midtown YWCA early enough to catch the first half of action in the 5:00 P.M. slot but did get most of the second half action.  On Court 1, the Macalester team had built up a nice little cushion on the UW-River Falls team up 31-17 midway through the third period and the Macalester team still enjoyed a nine-point edge up 34-25 by the start of the fourth period.  But the UW-River Falls team made a nice little push once the fourth period got underway and had the deficit reduced to a mere five points at 36-31 early on in the period and crawled to within a single possession down 38-35 midway through the fourth period.  The Macalester team, however, quickly regained control of things from that point on and closed the dooor on this comeback attempt to get the win and advance.  Over on Court 2, the NIACC team held a 43-28 lead on the Hamline team with 7:00 left in the third period but they too saw their cushion slowly whittled down as the Hamline team closed the gap to six points at 49-43 by the end of the third period.  A jumper by senior-to-be Kaeli Stayer had the Hamline team within striking distance down 52-47 midway through the fourth period and with just 1:30 left, the NIACC team was clinging to a three-point lead at 60-57.  Alas, the Hamline team was unable to complete their comeback bid.  Court 3 had none of the drama that the other two courts had as the Bethel team was rolling against the Millennials team; enjoying a 42-13 lead midway through the third period and up 46-18 by the start of the fourth period as they cruised to an easy win against a squad that has had a fair amount of success in this year's summer league.

Am still not sure if it was purely the luck (or lack thereof depending upon your point of view) of the draw that created the rematch on Court 1 between the Macalester team and the UST Purple team that just a mere week before saw the Macalester team pull off a huge upset of the UST Purple team.  But these two were at it again - and ironically enough - in the same 5:55 P.M. slot as last week. The game on this evening would be tied at 4-all early on and the Macalester team would hold a 7-4 lead midway through the first period but the UST Purple team would get the tables turned a bit to go on a push and hold a 12-11 lead by the end of the first period.  The UST Purple team got a bit more breathing room as the second period progressed and a lay-up by junior-to-be Madi Radtke had the UST Purple team up 20-15 midway through the 2nd period.  The Macalester team was able to cut into that cushion as they were back to within a single possession down 23-21 late in the second period and 25-23 at the half.  A jumper by senior-to-be Holly Hull enabled the Macalester team to get this one tied at 25 a piece early on in the third period but here again the UST Purple team got on a push to hold a 37-30 lead midway through the third period and by the end of the third period the UST Purple team had increased their lead to nine at 45-36.  So once the fourth period got underway, the hopes of the Macalester team to pull off another stunner looked dim at best.  But just when you thought they were down and out, they hunkered down and went on a push of their own and had the deficit reduced to a scant point at 49-48 midway through the fourth period.  Shortly thereafter, a three-point bomb by one of their younger players (and I apologize for the lack of identification) pushed the Macalester team out in front 51-49.  The UST Purple team would have the game tied up at 54-all with 2:00 left and once again the spectators inside the Midtown YWCA were in suspense for another dramatic ending.  With the Macalester team up 56-54 with :14 left, the UST Purple team got one more chance on their last possession.  They worked the ball carefully around the perimeter and with the last seconds counting down, Radtke would get the ball and make a short drive and put up a shot but it rolled off the rim and the Macalester team held on for the 56-54 victory and pulled off yet another huge upset against this UST Purple team in one of the best games of the night.  Meanwhile, over on Court 2, the other Tommie team in action; the UST Black team, was taking on the NIACC team which was fresh off of its narrow victory in the earlier time slot.  The UST Black team would grab a 6-1 lead midway through the opening period and had a 12-3 lead by the end of the first period.  The UST Black team's lead stretched out to 21-5 midway through the second period and by the halftime break they were up 23-6.  The UST Black team's lead would be 31-8 midway through the third period and by the start of the fourth period it was 37-10.  The NIACC team would finally get some offensive production once the fourth period was underway down 39-20 midway through the final period but bringing this one back was out of the question.  The other game of the night was taking place over on Court 3 between the GAC Black team and the UNW/Defenders team as the latter held a 9-7 lead late in the first period and things would be knotted at 9-all once the second period got underway.  The UNW/Defenders team would be up 14-11 midway through the second period and fittingly this one would be tied at 19-all at the halftime break.  The UNW/Defenders team would hold a 24-23 edge midway through the third period but would get on a bit of a push to hold a 33-29 lead by the start of the fourth period.  Up 39-33 early on in the fourth period, things were looking good for the UNW/Defenders team and they still held a 42-37 lead with 3:00 left in regulation.  But the GAC Black team would reduce the deficit to two points down 42-40 with 1:20 left and would have this one tied at 44-all with under a minute to play.  With time running out, the GAC Black team had possession and junior-to-be Hailey Sorenson unleashed a cold-blooded three-point buzzer-beater to win it for the GAC Black team. 

In the 6:50 P.M. slot, the GAC Alumni team took on the Superhoopers team and the latter would hold an early 7-4 edge and the Superhoopers team would increase that lead to 14-7 by the end of the first period.  That lead would increase to ten points at 25-15 late in the second period and would grow even more to 30-18 by the halftime break.  The Superhoopers team would be up 37-28 midway through the third period and although the GAC Alumni team would get a bit of a boost on a three-point bomb by Kelsey Carpenter (GAC '17), they simply could not get a burst going that would have closed this gap significantly.  The Superhoopers team would be up 41-31 by the start of the fourth period and would hold a 47-36 lead midway through the fourth period enroute to the victory.  Over on Court 2, the St. Kate's team was squaring off against the young Anoka-Ramsey team and the St. Kate's team would get off to a good start in this one up 14-4 midway through the first period but the Anoka-Ramsey team would slice that lead down to 16-10 once the second period got underway.  The St. Kate's team got the ship steered straight again midway through the second period up 22-12 and they enjoyed that lead at the halftime break.  The St. Kate's team would hold a 27-19 lead midway through the third period and would still have a cushion up 33-24 by the start of the fourth period.  The Anoka-Ramsey team would still make things dangerous as they had that lead reduced to 42-38 with 2:15 left but the St. Kate's team would manage to hold on for the win.  Court 3 saw an interesting battle between the GAC Gold team and the Minnesota's Best team.  The GAC Gold team would have a 13-11 lead midway through the first period but the Minnesota's Best team would have a 19-18 lead once the second period got underway.  This back-and-forth battle would continue with the GAC Gold team up 27-26 midway through the second period but the Minnesota's Best team would go on a key run to grab a 36-29 lead by the halftime break.  The Minnesota's Best team would be up 43-38 midway through the third period and hold a 48-41 advantage by the start of the fourth period.  They would hold a 54-49 lead midway through the fourth quarter and gradually increase that cushion down the stretch.

The 7:45 P.M. time slot saw the Southwest Minnesota State team taking on the Superhoopers team over on Court 1 and the latter would hold a 6-5 edge midway through the first period and the Superhoopers team would be up 20-17 by the start of the second period.  The Southwest Minnesota State team behind junior-to-be Erin Baxter would get on a push and hold a 23-21 edge midway through the second period but the Superhoopers would get a big boost from Breanna Salley (Seattle U) with her steal and lay-up the other way as they held a 24-23 lead at the halftime break.  The Superhoopers team would hold a 36-32 lead midway through the third period and would hold a 39-36 advantage by the start of the fourth period.  The Superhoopers team would be up 47-42 midway through the fourth period but the Southwest Minnesota State team would be within a single possession down 47-44 with 2:20 left.  The Superhoopers team would get their lead to four points on a lay-up by Jenna Smith (Illinois '10) with 1:45 left and would be clinging to a 49-47 lead with :39 left.  Two Salley free throws would get the lead back to four points at 51-47 and two more by Smith a bit later helped save the day for the Superhoopers team.  Court 2 saw the St. Olaf team face off against the College Girls team and the latter would grab a 5-0 lead midway through the opening period and the College Girls team would still enjoy that five-point edge up 14-9 by the end of the first period.  The St. Olaf team, however, would battle back and have things tied up at 17-all midway through the second period and they would be down by only one by the halftime break at 23-22.  The College Girls team though would get on a push once the third period got underway and would hold a 36-24 advantage midway through the third period and enjoy a 41-28 lead by the end of the third period.  The College Girls team would hold a ten-point 44-34 lead midway through the fourth period and although the St. Olaf team would cut into that down the stretch, they would not have enough to complete the comeback bid.  Court 3 saw the GAC Black team taking on the Twin City Swish team and this one would be knotted at 6-all midway through the first period and the Twin City Swish team would hold a narrow 8-6 edge by the end of the first period.  The GAC Black team would come back to hold a 14-11 lead late in the second period and would be up 14-13 by the halftime break.  Things would be tied up again at 18 a piece midway through the third period and by the start of the fourth period it would be deadlocked at 20-all.  But the Twin City Swish team would gain the upper hand once the fourth period got going and would hold a 33-27 late in the game enroute to the victory.

There were games going on in the 8:40 P.M. slot but I had to head home to get my beauty rest for another workday.  Playoff action continues this next week so make sure you head down to the Midtown YWCA to catch all the action. 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Midtown YWCA Women's College Summer League Results For Wednesday 7-10-19


Here are the results from Wednesday night's action at the Midtown YWCA Women's College Summer League:


5:00 P.M. Games

UST Black - 47
St. Olaf - 39

Millennials - 44
Anoka-Ramsey - 35


5:55 P.M. Games

Macalester - 30
UST Purple - 29

Bethel - 57
GAC Black 33


6:50 P.M. Games

GAC Alumni - 48
GAC Gold - 29

Southwest Minnesota State - 54
UNW/Defenders - 38

Rusty Pipes - 71
Hamline - 34


7:45 P.M. Games

Concordia St. Paul - 62
Southwest Minnesota State - 39

Superhoopers - 50
St. Kate's - 26

Augsburg - 57
Minnesota's Best - 46


Because my bus was a little late on this day coming back from work in downtown, I didn't make it over to the Midtown YWCA until the third period of both games in the 5:00 P.M. slot.  On Court 1, things were tight between the St. Olaf team and the UST Black team with the latter holding a slim 29-26 lead midway through the third period but the St. Olaf team would manage to get things knotted at 31-all by the start of the fourth period.  The St. Olaf team would manage to poke its nose out in front 33-31 and, for a moment anyway, looked to be in prime position to spring the huge upset.  But the UST Black team ended those hopes with a push to retake the lead at 39-36 midway through the fourth period and they maintained that three-point edge at 42-39 with 2:20 left and padded it down the stretch.  Over on Court 2, the Millennials team was up 27-21 on the Anoka-Ramsey team but the Anoka-Ramsey team managed to get the deficit cut down to three points late in the third period at 30-27 before the Millennials team could get a bit more breathing room up 33-27 by the start of the fourth period.  A three-point bomb by Tiffany Stubbs (Northwestern '17) gave the Millennials team a ten-point cushion at 37-27 early in the fourth period and they would grow the lead to 42-29 by the midway point of the fourth period enroute to the victory. 

Only two games on this night in the 5:55 P.M. slot as the NIACC team from Mason City, IA forfeited and gave the UW-River Falls team a paper victory.  But one of those games in this slot; the one on Court 1 between the Macalester team and the UST Purple team was likely the game of the evening.  The UST Purple team would hold a 5-2 lead midway through the opening period but the surprising Macalester team would come back and get an 8-5 advantage late in the first period and hold that score at the start of the second period.  The Macalester team would get is lead to 11-5 early in the second period and still led by an 11-7 count midway through the second period.  The UST Purple team would make a push down the stretch of this second period that found them down by only one at 16-15 by the halftime break.  The UST Purple team would assume a 17-16 edge early on in the third period but the Macalester team would refuse to go quietly into the night and they came back to take a 20-17 lead midway through the third period and were clinging to a 22-21 advantage once the fourth period got underway.  All eyes seemed to be peeled on Court 1 as the Macalester team enjoyed a 26-23 lead midway through the fourth period but the UST Purple team would get the lead back at 27-26 with 2:30 left and it appeared the Macalester team's hopes for an upset might fade right then and there.  But they would soon get the game tied at 27-all with 2:00 left and although the UST Purple team would retake the lead at 29-27, the Macalester team had one last burst left in them to retake the lead at 30-29.  They would thwart the UST Purple team's last possession and although the UST Purple team would use full- and half-court pressure in a vain attempt to get the ball back, the Macalester team would hang on for a thrilling upset victory.  No such drama over on Court 3 where the Bethel team was taking on the GAC Black team.  Things would be tied at 2-all midway through the first period and the GAC Black team would enjoy a 6-5 advantage at the end of the opening period.  But the Bethel team would soon take control of things and a "3" by junior-to-be Makenna Pearson not only got things tied up at 9-all midway through the second period but lit the spark for a game-changing run by the Bethel team as they held a 25-11 lead at the halftime break.  The GAC Black team would momentarily get the gap closed to eight points at 28-20 midway through the third but that's as close as they would ever get as the Bethel team got things in gear again to push their lead back up to 43-27 as they would roll to an easy win.

Three games in the busy 6:50 P.M. slot had me roaming from court to court again.  Court 1 saw a battle between Gustie grads and current Gusties as the GAC Alumni team took on the GAC Gold team.  The GAC Alumni team would grab an early 4-0 lead and a layup in transition by Justine Lee (GAC '19) would help push that lead to 7-0 and would help get them a 14-5 lead by the end of the first period.  The GAC Gold team, however, would go to work in the second period and had the GAC Alumni's lead cut to 18-14 late in the second period and the GAC Alumni's team was only 20-14 by the halftime break.  Despite two three-point bombs early on in the third period by the GAC Gold team, the GAC Alumni team would hold a 24-17 advantage early on in the third period and would hold that seven-point cushion at 29-22 midway through the third period.  By the end of the third period, the GAC Alumni team's lead grew to 35-22 and two layups by Hannah Howard (GAC '17) had the GAC Alumni team up comfortably at 39-25 early on in the fourth period as they cruised to the victory.  Court 2 saw a clash between the Southwest Minnesota State team and the UNW/Defenders team and things certainly went well early on for the latter as they held a 9-5 advantage midway through the opening period but the Southwest Minnesota State team would come back and get a 13-11 lead by the end of the first period.  The Southwest Minnesota State team would grow the lead to four points at 17-13 midway through the second period and a drive along the baseline and finish by junior-to-be Erin Baxter got the lead to 19-13 soon thereafter.  That helped to propel a big run by the Southwest Minnesota State team as they got their lead to 33-17 by the halftime break.  The UNW/Defenders team would cut into this cushion a bit down 38-27 midway through the third period but the Southwest Minnesota State team would soon close the door on this comeback attempt and held a 43-29 lead at the end of the third period and never looked back from there.  Over on Court 3, the Rusty Pipes team was making quick work of the young Hamline team as they would get a 4-0 lead early on and led 10-0 with 3:00 left in the first period.  A "3" by LaShay Holt (St. Kate's '17) soon pushed the lead to 13-0 and the Rusty Pipes team was up comfortably 17-6 by the start of the second period.  The Rusty Pipes team continued to dominate this contest up 32-12 late in the second period and 39-14 by the halftime break.  The Rusty Pipes team was up 52-22 with 3:05 left in the third period and led 57-26 by the start of the fourth period so there was little doubt as to how this one was going to turn out.

Three more games in the 7:45 P.M. slot had me hopping from court to court again.  Court 1 saw a clash between two NSIC rivals as the Southwest Minnesota State team; fresh off its victory in the earlier time slot, squared off against the Concordia St. Paul team.  But the Southwest Minnesota State team would find the going much tougher in this one.  Things would be tied at 9-all midway through the first period and the Concordia St. Paul team would soon grab control of things and would be up 20-15 by the end of the first period.  The Concordia St. Paul team would get their cushion to ten points up 28-18 early in the second period and that lead would bulge to 41-25 with 1:40 left in the second period and they would enjoy a 45-27 lead by the halftime break.  The Concordia St. Paul team would be up 54-32 late in the third period and would hold a commanding 58-32 lead by the start of the fourth period.  By the midway point of the fourth period, the St. Paul team was in full control up 61-34 as they waltzed to an easy victory.  Court 2 saw the St. Kate's team going up against the Superhoopers team and not much went right for the St. Kate's team on this night as the Superhoopers team would be up 4-0 midway through the opening period and would lead 9-0 by the start of the second period.  The Superhoopers team was still pitching a shutout by the midway point of the second period up 17-0 before the St. Kate's team finally dusted off the cobwebs on their basket but would still be on the wrong end of a 23-11 score by the halftime break.  The Superhoopers team would grow their lead to 32-15 midway through the third period and would lead 34-22 by the start of the fourth period.  By the midway point of the fourth period, the Superhoopers team was running away with this one up 43-26 as they got the easy "W" on this night.  Another MIAC team was in action over on Court 3 in this time slot as the Augsburg team was taking on the Minnesota's Best team.  The latter would hold a 7-6 advantage midway through the first period but the Augsburg team would go on a 9-0 run and hold a 15-7 lead by the end of the opening period.  The Augsburg team would be up 19-14 left in the second period but by the midway point of the third period, the Augsburg team held a 37-20 advantage and by the start of the fourth period, the Augsburg team led 43-24 so there seemed to be little doubt about how this one was going to wind up.  But the Minnesota's Best team would go on a tear in the fourth period to get the deficit down to eight points at 48-40 midway through the fourth period before the Augsburg team recovered and shut the door down the stretch.

Playoff action starts this next Wednesday evening for the Midtown YWCA Women's College Summer League so make sure you get down to catch all the games!     

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Midtown YWCA Women's College Summer League Results For Wednesday 6-26-19


Here are the results from Wednesday night's action at the Midtown YWCA Women's College Summer League.


5:00 P.M. Games

Millennials - 49
NIACC - 46

Bethel - 53
UW-River Falls - 37


5:55 P.M. Games

Hamline - 51
Augsburg - 49

Macalester - 72
St. Olaf - 52

GAC Gold - 66
UNW/Defenders - 36


6:50 P.M. Games

UST Black - 42
Rusty Pipes - 32

GAC Alumni - 51
St. Kate's - 27

College Girls - 56
GAC Black - 50


7:45 P.M. Games

Concordia St. Paul - 47
UST Purple - 33

Superhoopers - 55
Anoka-Ramsey - 46

Minnesota's Best - 67
Twin City Swish - 45


Had to battle a ton of rush hour traffic and didn't get settled in until the late moments of the third period of the two 5:00 P.M. Games.  It was obvious that a very good game was brewing over on Court 1 between the NIACC team and the Millennials team with the Millennials team clinging to a 40-38 lead to start the fourth period.  The Millennials team was able to establish a bit more breathing room by the midway point of the final period with a 44-38 lead but the young and feisty NIACC team out of Mason City was not going to go quietly into the night and they quickly went to work to close to within a single possession down 44-42 with 2:20 left.  They remained in single-possession range down 47-44 with 1:15 left and stayed within striking distance down 49-46 with just :09.4 left.  The telling moment came when the Millennials had a chance to ice the game at the charity stripe but couldn't convert and with scant ticks left on the clock, a three-point attempt by the NIACC team missed its mark as the Millennials team escaped with the close victory.  No such drama over on Court 2 where the UW-River Falls team was taking on the Bethel team in a WIAC-MIAC clash.  While things were still relatively close by the end of the third period with the Bethel team holding a 31-25 lead, the Bethel team quickly went to work in the fourth period to widen the gap as they established a ten-point lead at 37-27 early on in the fourth period and a lay-up by junior-to-be Makenna Pearson helped the Bethel team gain a 43-29 advantage with 6:30 left.  That lead would grow to 47-31 as the Bethel team coasted to the win.

One of the best games of the night took place on Court 1 in the 5:55 P.M. slot in a clash of two MIAC rivals as the Augsburg team was taking on the Hamline team.  The young Hamline team surprised everyone by gaining the upper hand early on in this one although the Augsburg team would manage to close back to within a single possession down 8-6 on a three-point bomb by patented three-point bomber and senior-to-be Aiza Wilson midway through the opening period.  It appeared as if the upset bid by the Hamline team had gone out the window as the Augsburg team got its nose out in front and held a 15-12 lead by the end of the first period.  Things were still looking very good for the Augsburg team early on in the second period as a lay-up by senior-to-be Camryn Speese had them up 20-15 but that did not deter this young Hamline team as they managed to keep things close as they closed to within a single-possession down 31-28 late in the second period and trailed 31-29 at the halftime break.  The Augsburg team was not ready to give up the lead just yet, however, and managed to hold at 35-33 lead midway through the third period and still led 43-39 at the end of the third period.  But this Hamline team shocked everyone by going on a quick burst in the early moments of the fourth period to take a 44-43 lead and led 47-45 midway through the fourth period.  With 1:40 left, the Hamline team held a 51-47 lead but the Augsburg team would make one last gasp attempt as they closed to two points down 51-49 with 1:20 left.  The Hamline team would manage to milk the clock with the Augsburg team looking for any and every opportunity for a timely steal.  Wily senior-to-be Tamira McLemore got one steal late and dashed the other way for a lay-up late but couldn't connect on the lay-up attempt.  With scant seconds left, the Augsburg team had one more chance but couldn't get the shot to go as the Hamline team secured a big upset win.  Another clash of MIAC rivals was taking place over on Court 2 at the same time as the Macalester team was taking on the St. Olaf team.  This one, however, had much different results.  The St. Olaf team behind seniors-to-be Britta Koenen and Ella Skrien got off to a very good start; holding a 7-2 lead early on and led 12-6 midway through the4 first period.  Things were still looking good for the St. Olaf team by the end of the first period as they held an 18-13 lead but once the second period got underway, things quickly went south for them as the Macalester team not only closed the gap but took control for good.  They tied the contest at 20-all midway through the second period and then proceeded to go on a key 11-0 blitz that changed this one for good as they led 31-20 with 2:40 left and enjoyed that eleven-point cushion at 35-24 at the halftime break.  The Macalester's team lead slowly grew to 45-31 midway through the third period and that lead would bulge to nineteen at 52-33 by the start of the fourth period.  By the midway point of the fourth period, the Macalester team's lead was at 65-43 as they coasted to an easy victory.  I was very impressed with sophomore-to-be Celine Sabbagh and senior-to-be Holly Hull as both played big parts in this win for them.  Court 3 saw an interesting tilt between the GAC Gold team and the UNW/Defenders team.  Things would be tight early on with the GAC Gold up 5-3 early on and the game tied at 7-all midway through the first period.  But the GAC Gold team would take control of this with an 8-2 push down the stretch of the opening period to hold a 15-9 lead by the start of the second period.  The GAC Gold team's lead would grow to 23-11 midway through the second period and a three-point bomb by junior-to-be Hailey Sorenson helped give the GAC Gold team a 27-13 lead a bit later and they would enjoy a 32-17 at the halftime break.  The GAC Gold team would hold a 34-19 lead midway through the third period and by the start of the fourth period, that lead grew to 45-23 as the GAC Gold team rolled to an easy win. 

Three more games in the 6:50 P.M. slot kept me hopping as well.  Over on Court 1, the Rusty Pipes team was taking on the UST Black team and the latter put the former into a big hole early on as the UST Black team gained a 6-0 lead midway through the first period and held a hefty 18-6 lead by the end of the second period.  The UST Black team increased that lead to 21-6 midway through the second period and the Rusty Pipes team could only muster on score down the stretch of the second period as they found themselves down 26-8 by the halftime break.  Despite being down by nearly twenty, the Rusty Pipes team finally shook off the cobwebs once the third period got underway and had the deficit sliced in half down by nine at 32-23 late in the third period and it briefly looked as if the Rusty Pipes team might close the gap even further.  But the UST Black team quickly righted the ship to be up double-digits again by the end of the third period at 35-23.  The UST Black team would never let their opponent get into single-digit range again as they were up 40-29 late in the fourth period and held on for a ten-point win.  Over on Court 2, the GAC Alumni team was facing a young St. Kate's team and the St. Kate's team held a 4-2 lead midway through the first period and led 6-4 by the end of the first period in a low-scoring affair.  The GAC Alumni team started taking advantage of several miscues and turnovers by the St. Kate's team and grabbed a 9-8 lead early in the second period and although the St. Kate's team recovered to hold a 13-9 lead at the halftime break, it didn't take long once the third period got underway to see that lead evaporate as the GAC Alumni team quickly took control of things.  They had things tied up at 15 a piece early on in the third period and a three-point bomb by Kelsey Carpenter (GAC '17) put them ahead for good at 18-15.  A Hannah Howard lay-up (GAC '17) and another Carpenter "3" off the glass gave the GAC Alumni team a 23-17 lead midway through the third period.  Former Wildcat Mari Lee (St. Kate's '17); playing with the GAC Alumni team this season, connected on a lay-up late in the third period to get the lead to ten points at 27-17 late in the third period and by the start of the fourth period, the GAC Alumni team was up comfortably at 35-20 and that lead would balloon to 46-27 midway through the fourth period as they cruised to an easy win.  The game over on Court 3 was a late start between the GAC Black team and the College Girls team as the latter was short-handed on this night which required some of the members of the GAC Black team changing colors on this night to help out.  Still,  the College Girls team held an 11-8 lead early in the second period and enjoyed at 25-14 lead late in the second period and held a 27-22 lead at the halftime break.  The College Girls team was up by ten at 37-27 midway through the third period and were up 51-42 late in the fourth period and although the GAC Black team would make a bit of a run late to close the gap a bit, the College Girls team still hung on for the win. 

Three more games followed in the 7:45 P.M. slot.  A much-anticipated match-up took place on Court 1 between the Concordia St. Paul team and the UST Purple team and things were knotted a 4 a piece early on.  But the Concordia St. Paul team would go on a game-changing 8-0 run to close out the opening period to hold a 12-4 lead once the second period got underway.  The Concordia St. Paul team would hold a 21-12 lead midway through the second period but the UST Purple team would have that margin cut down to six points at 24-18 by the halftime break.  The Concordia St. Paul team, however, had no intentions of letting their opponent hang around and they quickly got the lead up to 30-18 early on in the third period and led 36-23 midway through the third period.  Although the UST Purple team was able to shrink the deficit a bit down to nine at 38-29 by the start of the fourth period, another run by the Concordia St. Paul team pushed their lead to 42-29 midway through the fourth period enroute to the victory.  Over on Court 2 was a clash between veterans and youngsters as the Superhoopers team took on the Anoka-Ramsey team.  In this one, the Superhoopers team was up 3-2 early on and they held an 8-4 lead midway through the first period.  By the start of the second period, that lead grew to eight at 16-8 and would grow to double-digits at 24-13 midway through the second period.  By the halftime break, the Superhoopers team was up 32-18 and they would hold a 37-24 lead midway through the third period.  They still enjoyed that comfy double-digit cushion up 45-32 at the start of the fourth period but the Anoka-Ramsey team managed to put a scare into them in that fourth and final period as they had the deficit cut down to four points at 47-43 before the Superhoopers team found a second wind - and burst - to close out the contest.  Court 3 featured the battle between the Twin City Swish team and the Minnesota's Best team and it didn't take long for the latter to gain control in this one as they were up 8-3 midway through the first period and increased the lead to thirteen points at 23-10 by the start of the second period.  Although the Twin City Swish team reduced the deficit down to nine points at 31-22 late in the second period, the Minnesota's Best team found a late flurry to get the lead to twelve at 36-24 by the halftime break.  The Minnesota's Best team would increase their lead to 44-28 midway through the third period and led 50-36 by the start of the fourth period.  By the midway point of the fourth period, the Minnesota's Best team held a comfortable 62-41 advantage as they had things in cruise control the rest of the way.

The Midtown YWCA Women's College Summer League takes a break this next week for the fourth of July holiday but things will get going again the following week on 7-10-19 so make sure you're down there to catch the action.   

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Midtown YWCA Women's College Summer League Results For Wednesday 6-19-19


Here are the results from this last Wednesday night's action at the Midtown YWCA Women's College Summer League:


5:00 P.M. Games

St. Kate's - 45
GAC Black - 42

Hamline - 44
Minnesota's Best - 36


5:55 P.M. Games

Rusty Pipes - 55
St. Olaf - 35

GAC Gold - 56
Twin City Swish - 53

Bethel - 66
Millennials - 37


6:50 P.M. Games

Southwest Minnesota State - 77
Macalester - 30

GAC Alumni - 52
Anoka-Ramsey - 37

Superhoopers - 67
NIACC - 50


7:45 P.M. Games

Augsburg - 50
Southwest Minnesota State - 49

Concordia St. Paul - 65
UNW/Defenders - 37

College Girls - 51
UW-River Falls - 49


For a change, the rush hour traffic from my place over to the Midtown YWCA wasn't that bad on this Wednesday night and that allowed me to at least get settled into the late second period action of both games in the 5:00 P.M. slot.  One of the more interesting games of this evening took place on Court 1 where the GAC Black team was battling the St. Kate's team.  The GAC Black team seemed to have the upper hand with a 22-18 lead late in the second half and a 26-22 lead during the halftime break.  But the St. Kate's team had the deficit whittled down to one point at 27-26 early in the third period and eventually tied the contest at 30-all late in the third period.  By the start of the fourth period, the St. Kate's team held a one-point lead at 33-32 and they worked quickly to try and expand on that slim margin.  A "3" from the left wing by sophomore-to-be Grace Amacher helped the St. Kate's team grow that lead to 39-32 in the early minutes of the fourth period and things looked very good for them by the midpoint of the fourth period as they held a 41-32 lead.  But the GAC Black team made one last push to try and close the gap by applying full- and half-court pressure and with under :20 left, they had the deficit down to three points at 45-42 but were unable to complete the deal.  Over on Court 2, the Hamline team was taking on the Minnesota's Best team and it was the Hamline team getting the advantage as they led 24-14 late in the second period and at the halftime break as well.  The Minnesota's Best team managed to get the deficit down to seven points at 29-22 midway through the third period but then the Hamline team went on a key 8-2 run down the stretch of the third period to hold a 37-24 lead at the end of the third period.  The Hamline team still enjoyed a double-digit cushion up 39-29 midway through the fourth period but a late run by the Minnesota's Best team cut the deficit down to five points at 39-34 and briefly closed to within a single possession down 39-36 before the Hamline team closed the door for good.

Three games in the 5:55 P.M. slot had me doing the roaming thing again.  Over on Court 1, things looked innocent enough between the St. Olaf team and the Rusty Pipes team with the latter up 2-0 early on but the bottom soon gave way on the St. Olaf team as the Rusty Pipes team soon ripped off a 12-0 run and led 14-2 by the end of the first period.  The Rusty Pipes team led 22-9 midway through the second period and led 27-15 late in the second period as the St. Olaf team tried to make some inroads but the Rusty Pipes team still had a cozy 31-17 lead by the halftime break.  To their credit, the St. Olaf team managed to climb back to within single-digit range down 35-27 midway through the third period and briefly had the deficit down to five points at 35-30 but another 12-0 run by the Rusty Pipes team quickly dashed any hopes of a comeback as they had a 47-30 lead by the start of the fourth period and led 57-32 midway through the 4th period as they coasted to the win.  A much tighter game ensued over on Court 2 between the Twin City Swish team and the GAC Gold team.  The GAC Gold team was up 4-3 early and led 11-9 by the end of the first period.  A spurt by the GAC Gold team had them up 20-13 midway through the second period but the Twin City Swish team would come right back and have the deficit reduced to just two points at 23-21 by the halftime break.  The Twin City Swish team continued this push to take a 25-23 lead early on in the third period but things would be knotted at 38 a piece as junior-to-be Haley Sorenson knocked down two free throws to forge the tie going into the fourth period.  The GAC Gold team then proceeded to get a push going and led 48-42 midway through the fourth period and although the GAC Gold team still held a 52-48 lead late in the fourth period, the Twin City Swish team cut the deficit to two points at 52-50 with just :42.8 left.  But it would be Sorenson coming up clutch again at the charity stripe late for the GAC Gold team with two more freebies to secure the victory.  Over on Court 3, the Bethel team was making quick work of the Millennials team as the former gained a 9-2 lead midway through the opening period and led 13-4 by the end of the first period.  The Millennials team tried desperately to keep things close and were down by eleven at 32-21 by the halftime break but a stingy defense by the Bethel team that created several turnovers soon had this one in blowout mode.  The Bethel team would be up 36-21 early on in the third period and led 52-34 by the end of the third period and stretched things to 61-36 midway through the fourth period as they cruised to an easy win.

In the 6:50 P.M. slot, another blowout was taking place over on Court 1 as the Southwest Minnesota State team was taking on the Macalester team.  Although the game would be tied at 5-all early on, the Southwest Minnesota State team used a 23-0 blitz to hold a 23-5 lead by the end of the first period; capped off by a three-point bomb by junior-to-be Erin Baxter.  The Southwest Minnesota State team would enjoy a 35-13 lead midway through the second period and would be up 39-13 by the halftime break.  The Southwest Minnesota State team's lead would bulge to thirty at 52-22 late in the third period and would be up 71-30 midway through the fourth period as the ending was pretty much academic.  Meanwhile, over on Court 2, the GAC Alumni team was taking on a young Anoka-Ramsey team and the latter would get off to a good start; holding a 5-0 lead early on and would lead 11-5 by the end of the first period.  Despite the sluggishness showed early on by the GAC Alumni team, they quickly bounced back once the second period got going and a three-point bomb by Justine Lee (GAC '19) had this one tied at 12-all midway through the second period and a lay-up by Hannah Howard (GAC '17) pushed them ahead 14-12 a bit later.  Although the Anoka-Ramsey team would bounce back and take a 21-19 lead at the intermission, the size of the GAC Alumni team was beginning to take its toll and they made a big push in the third period to take a 28-24 lead midway through the third period and stretched that lead to 34-26 by the start of the fourth period.  By the midway point of the fourth period, the GAC Alumni team was up 45-32 as they had things in cruise control the rest of the way.  Court 3 featured an interesting battle between the NIACC team and the Superhoopers team with the former up 13-10 by the end of the first period.  The NIACC team held that three-point advantage at 18-15 midway through the second period and still led 28-26 by the halftime break.  But a bigger and more experienced Superhoopers team would slowly but surely grab control of things in the third period as they led 35-32 midway through the third period and led 47-34 by the start of the fourth period.  By the midway point of the fourth period, the Superhoopers team was up 63-42 so there was little doubt as to how this one was going to turn out. 

The 7:45 P.M. slot saw the Southwest Minnesota State team doing double-duty on this night as this time around they faced yet another MIAC opponent in the Augsburg team.  But unlike their previous time slot game against the Macalester team, they would find the going much tougher this time around as the Augsburg team jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and led 10-5 midway through the first period.  The Augsburg team would enjoy a 24-17 lead midway through the second period but the Southwest Minnesota State team would use a 7-0 spurt down the stretch to forge a 24-24 tie by the halftime break.  The Augsburg team would use a spurt to get a 30-24 lead early on in the third period but that lead would soon be cut down to 30-28 midway through the third period.  Another Augsburg run, however, let them take a 42-35 lead by the start of the fourth period.  A lay-up by senior-to-be Tamira McLemore and a three-point bomb by fellow senior-to-be Aiza Wilson helped the Augsburg team to a 50-46 lead with 2:40 left.  The Southwest Minnesota State team refused to go quietly into the night and soon had the deficit down to one point at 50-49 with just 1:10 left.  They had possession of the ball with just under thirty seconds left but committed a costly turnover with just under :20 left.  The Augsburg team had a chance to ice this game at the charity stripe but senior-to-be Ari Jones could get a free throw attempt to cooperate.  The Southwest Minnesota State team had one last-gasp chance left but a three-point shot attempt went awry at the end as the Augsburg team held on for a fun win.  No such drama over on Court 2 between the Concordia St. Paul team and the UNW/Defenders team.  Although the UNW/Defenders team had a 4-3 lead midway through the opening period, the Concordia St. Paul team used a big run to gain a 17-8 lead by the end of the first period which pretty much set the tone for the rest of this contest.  The Concordia St. Paul team was up 24-13 midway through the second period and by the halftime break, that lead was stretched to 34-15.  The gap only widened once the third period got underway as the Concordia St. Paul team enjoyed a 48-24 lead midway through the third period and led 51-27 by the start of the fourth period.  Meanwhile, a wild contest was taking place over on Court 3 between the College Girls team and the UW-River Falls team.  The College Girls team was up 9-7 midway through the first period and led 18-10 by the end of the first period.  The College Girls team still enjoyed the eight-point lead at 20-12 midway through the second period but a spurt by the UW-River Falls team reduced the deficit down to four points at 22-18 with under four minutes left in the second period.  Although the College Girls team would hold a 28-22 lead by the halftime break, things would drastically tighten up in the third period as the UW-River Falls team closed the gap to one point at 31-30 midway through the third period and the College Girls were still clinging to that one-point edge at 41-40 by the start of the fourth period.  Things would stay close through this fourth period but the UW-River Falls team would fall just short in their comeback bid.

Another round of games coming up this next Wednesday night (6-26) so make sure you get down to the Midtown YWCA to catch all the action. 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Midtown YWCA Women's College Summer League Results For Wednesday 6-12-19


Here are the results from Wednesday night at the Midtown YWCA Women's College Summer League:


5:00 P.M. Games

St. Olaf - 54
UW-River Falls - 48

UST Purple - 60
Anoka-Ramsey - 32


5:55 P.M. Games

GAC Alumni - 53
NIACC - 36

UST Black - 43
Minnesota's Best - 33

UNW/Defenders - 41
St. Kate's - 39


6:50 P.M. Games

Hamline - 49
GAC Gold - 48

Millennials - 44
College Girls - 34

Superhoopers - 61
Bethel - 49


7:45 P.M. Games

Rusty Pipes - 67
Augsburg - 35

Concordia St. Paul - 56
Macalester - 49

Twin City Swish - 65
GAC Black - 44


Battling the usual late afternoon rush-hour traffic, I did manage to get settled into the Midtown YWCA facility before the halftime breaks of both 5:00 P.M. games.  Over on Court 1, the battle between the UW-River Falls team and the St. Olaf teams was proving to be a tight one with the UW-River Falls team holding a slim 17-16 late late in the 2nd quarter but the St. Olaf team managed to surge before the intermission and take a somewhat surprising 26-21 lead at the halftime break.  The UW-River Falls team managed to recover and get things tied at 32-all early on in the third period and a spurt by the UW-River Falls team had them up 39-34 midway through the third period.  But in a game of shifting momentum, the St. Olaf team would recover again with a strong run down the stretch to hold a 45-41 lead by the end of the third period.  The St. Olaf team would stretch that lead to 47-41 early on in the fourth period and expand that lead to ten points at 51-41 midway through the fourth period and maintain the ten-point cushion midway through the fourth period at 54-44 to hold on for the win.  No such drama over on Court 2 between the Anoka-Ramsey team and the UST Purple team where the UST Purple team had gained a 38-15 lead late in the second period and held a 40-17 lead at the halftime break.  The UST Purple held a safe 40-21 lead midway through the third period and led 45-21 by the start of the fourth period as they romped to an easy win.

Three games in the 5:55 P.M. slot had me on my feet again roaming from court to court to try and keep up with it all.  On Court 1, the GAC Alumni team was battling the NIACC team and things would stay close early on with the GAC Alumni team up 3-1 early and 10-9 at the end of the first period.  The GAC Alumni team would be up 21-18 midway through the second period and led only 24-22 at the halftime break.  But things started falling apart for the young NIACC team as the GAC Alumni team expanded its lead to 42-33 by thee end of the third period and led 47-35 midway through the fourth period enroute to the victory.  Over on Court 2, the Minnesota's Best team held a 3-2 lead early on against the UST Black team but the latter would come back and hold a 12-9 lead late in the opening period and held a 14-13 lead by the beginning of the second period.  The UST Black team would get a bit more breathing room with a 20-15 lead midway through the second period and stretch that lead to nine at 27-18 by the halftime break.  The Minnesota's Best team would manage to tighten things up by the end of the third period down a single possession at 31-28 but the UST Black team would open things up again with a 38-29 lead midway through the fourth period enroute to the victory.  Over on Court 3, the UNW/Defenders team held an early 5-2 lead on the St. Kate's team and led 12-7 at the end of the first period.  The St. Kate's team would close the gap to two points at 12-10 early on in the second period and would hold an 18-17 advantage by the halftime break.  The St. Kate's team would hold a 25-23 lead midway through the third period but the UNW/Defenders team would take the lead back at 29-27 at the end of the third period.  The UNW/Defenders team would cling to a one-point 32-31 edge midway through the fourth period but a drive and finish by sophomore-to-be Grace Amacher put the St. Kate's team up by one at 35-34 a bit later.  A drive and finish be senior-to-be Danica Cambrice had the St. Kate's team up 39-37 with just over a minute left but a quick spurt by the UNW/Defenders team got them the win on this night. 

Three more games followed in the 6:50 P.M. slot.  A very tight battle ensued over on Court 1 between the Hamline team and the GAC Gold team.  The GAC Gold team held a slim 6-4 advantage midway through the opening period and led 13-10 by the start of the second period.  Things would stay close throughout the second period but the Hamline team managed to have just enough in them to get a 21-19 lead by the halftime break.  The GAC Gold team would retake the lead at 38-37 by the end of the third period and still lead 49-48 late in the contest.  The Hamline team had one last shot to either win the game or at least force a tie but senior-to-be Reilly Geistfeld was unable to get two free throw attempts to cooperate with :10 left.  Court 2 featured an interesting battle between the Millennials team and the College Girls team.  The Millennials team jumped out to a 10-2 lead midway through the first period and held a 15-6 lead by the start of the second period and led 25-11 by the halftime break.  The Millennials team led 38-28 by the end of the third period and would maintain that cushion down to the end as they continue to impress so far.  Court 3 featured a battle between the Bethel team and the Superhoopers team.  The Superhoopers team held an 8-5 lead midway through the first period as things appeared to be close early on but the Superhoopers used a big spurt to put the Bethel team in a big hold up 23-8 by the start of the second period.  The Bethel team was able to slice some of the fat off of the deficit by the halftime break to cut the deficit to ten at 37-27 but the Superhoopers team quickly choked off any comeback attempts as they got the lead to fourteen points at 49-35 by the start of the fourth period. 

Another MIAC team found its hands full against an experienced alumni team on Court 1 in the 7:45 P.M. slot as the Augsburg team was taking on the Rusty Pipes team.  The Augsburg team would be up 3-0 early and would lead 10-9 by the end of the first period but things would slowly get away from them once the second period got underway as the Rusty Pipes team got control of things.  A "3" by Cassidy "Lightning" Vogt (Hamline '13) put the Rusty Pipes team ahead to stay at 16-15 midway through the second period and that lead grew to 27-18 by the halftime break.  The Rusty Pipes' lead would grow to 40-22 midway through the third period and would grow even more to 52-29 by the start of the fourth period.  By the midway point of the fourth period, the Rusty Pipes team was enjoying a 61-32 lead so there was little doubt as to how this one was going to turn out.  Over on Court 2 was an NSIC-MIAC clash as the Concordia St. Paul team faced off against the Macalaster team.  The Concordia St. Paul team was up 6-5 midway through the opening period and led 17-8 at the end of the first period.  When the Concordia St. Paul team pushed their lead to 25-16 midway through the second period and led 32-22 at the halftime break, it looked as if they could possibly run away with things.  But the Macalester team hung tough as the crawled back to single-digit range down 41-33 midway through the third period.  Still, the Concordia St. Paul team was able to get the lead to double-digit range again up 47-36 by the end of the third period and led 54-40 midway through the fourth period before the Macalester team would make one final push to get things back into single-digit range again before falling.  Over on Court 3, the GAC Black team was facing off against the Twin City Swish team and although the GAC Black team held a 9-7 lead midway through the first period, things would soon spiral out of control for them as the Twin City Swish team punctuated this opening period with a buzzer-beater to take a 26-19 advantage.  The Twin City Swish team would grow the lead to 36-22 midway through the second period and led comfortably 40-22 by the halftime break.  The GAC Black team would go a good job reducing the deficit to ten point late in the third period down 46-36 and were down 48-38 by the start of the fourth period but the Twin City Swish team put this one out of reach for good once the fourth period got underway. 

Things revert to a Wednesday night-only format this next week but there'll be plenty of great action ensuing so make sure you get down to the Midtown YWCA to catch it all!