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Green Knights Wear Down Buccaneers

From Sports Information Director, January 13, 2015 | Women's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College remained unbeaten in Midwest Conference action with a 72-52 win over Beloit College on Connie Tilley Court at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights remained in sole possession of first place in the MWC at 8-0 and improved to 11-2 overall. The Buccaneers dropped to 5-8 overall and 4-4 in the MWC.

St. Norbert opened the game on a 17-5 lead, the final three points of that margin coming on a Kyra VandenHeuvel conventional three-point play with 12:49 left in the first half. The Green Knights went cold for the next eight minutes, seeing their lead whittle down to 25-22 with 5:04 left.

The Green Knights led 29-26 with 3:19 left in the first half before closing out the period on an 8-1 run run. Brianna Byrne got things started with a layup. Following a Beloit free throw, Heidi Van Sistine connected from close range. Byrne scored four points in the final minute, getting a pair of free throws and a layup to send the Green Knights into halftime ahead 37-27.

Nora Polaski scored on the first possession of the second half for Beloit to cut its deficit down to eight points, but Heidi Van Sistine and Regan Carmichael scored on St. Norbert's next two possessions for a 41-29 lead. St. Norbert never led by less than nine points the rest of the game.

Van Sistine led the Green Knights with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Byrne added 13 points. Tasha Giese had 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Carmichael finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

St. Norbert hoisted a whopping 68 field-goal attempts, making 30 for a 44.1 percentage. The Green Knights had just 13 turnovers and forced Beloit into committing 25.

Polaski and Megan McCabe had 11 points apiece to lead Beloit, while Lana Wieseman added 10 points. The Buccaneers shot 32.1 percent (18-for-56) from the floor.