St. Norbert Tops Nationally Ranked Carthage to Claim Baylake Bank Tourney Title

From Sports Information Director, November 17, 2012 | Women's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College remained unbeaten all-time in the Baylank Bank Tip-Off Classic as the Green Knights topped No. 20 Carthage College 49-46 in the championship game of the event on Connie Tilley Court at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights (2-0) got several late key defensive stops to improve to 12-0 all-time in the tournament. The Lady Reds (1-1), ranked No. 20 in the D3hoops.com Top 25, were an Elite Eight team in the NCAA Division III Tournament last winter.

St. Norbert led 42-40 with 10:02 remaining on a pair of Krista Hawkinson free throws. From there, the game turned into a battle of attrition, with both defenses giving few good looks at the basket the rest of the game. The Green Knights got a pair of free throws from Lauren Carman at 9:14, countered by Michelle Wenzel getting a hoop with 6:27 left to pull Carthage within two.

The Green Knights' Amy Wieting and Carthage's Gabby Chapa traded baskets just before the 4-minute mark, and Tasha Giese's two free throws gave St. Norbert a 48-44 edge with 2:46 left. Kristi Schmidt's putback with 2:27 left was Carthage's last points.

St. Norbert forced three turnovers and a missed 3-pointer on the Lady Reds' last four possessions. St. Norbert missed a pair of free throws with 6 seconds left, but the Green Knights had two fouls to give. St. Norbert fouled once, and on the ensuing inbound Giese intercepted Chapa's pass form mid-court to seal the win.

St. Norbert led 32-29 at halftime, and both teams scored 17 points in the second half.

Morgan Heim led St. Norbert with 14 points, with 12 coming in the first half, and was named all-tournament. Carman had eight points, five rebounds and four assists with no turnovers in 31 minutes off the bench, and was named the tournament's most valuable player.

Cailee Corcoran led Carthage with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and was named all-tournament along with the Lady Reds' Haley Stercic. Lakeland's Leah Eisner and UW-River Fallss' Tess Lueders were also named to the all-tournament team.