Late Rally Lifts Shorthanded St. Norbert Past Lake Forest

From Sports Information Director, January 5, 2011 | Women's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - St. Norbert College scored seven of the game's last nine points in the final 55 seconds to pull out a hard-fought 61-57 Midwest Conference win over archrival Lake Forest College.

The Green Knights, ranked No. 25 in the D3hoops.com Top 25, improved to 9-1 overall and 5-0 in the MWC despite missing an ill senior point guard Stefanie Bunday. Lake Forest dropped to 3-5, 1-2.

St. Norbert trailed most of the second half and fell behind 55-54 with 1 minute 14 seconds to play when the Foresters' Tabytha Harvey converted a conventional three-point play. The Green Knights' Rachel Hermus answered with 55 seconds left, finishing her own old-fashioned three-point opportunity for a 57-55 lead.

Following a Lake Forest miss with 30 seconds left, Hermus made a pair of free throws with 21 seconds to go to make it 59-55. Lake Forest's Courtney Faulstick scored with 12 seconds left to halve the deficit. St. Norbert's Karly Telschow missed a pair of free throws with 10 seconds to go, but Hermus rebounded the second miss, was fouled and made two charity tosses to close out the win.

St. Norbert, which held its biggest lead of the game at 13-7 about 7 minutes into the game, gave up a 16-0 Lake Forest run at that point to fall behind 23-13 at the 7:19 mark. The Green Knights then went on a 12-2 run over the next five minutes to tie the score at 25-25 and eventually led at halftime 31-29.

Lake Forest's last large lead was at 48-42 with 9:32 left. St. Norbert didn't get back to even until a 50-50 score with 4:19 to go. There were 10 ties and eight lead changes in the game.

St. Norbert shot just 30.6 percent (15-for-49) from the floor but was white hot at the free-throw line, canning 27 of 33 (81.8 percent) attempts. Hermus finished with 15 points, and was 11-for-13 at the line. Krista Pelky had 14 points, Erin Baganz 12 and Krista Hawkinson 10.

Sam Schuring led the Foresters with 12 points, while Emily Weber added 10. The Foresters shot 38.5 percent (20-for-52) from the floor but were 14-for-15 (93.3 percent) at the line.