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Green Knights Lose Nailbiter at No. 18 St. Thomas

From Sports Information Director, November 14, 2015 | Women's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Norbert College almost erased a 10-point deficit in the final three minutes of the game but couldn't quite do it, losing a 62-60 decision to No. 18-ranked University of St. Thomas at Schoenecker Arena in the season opener for both teams.

St. Thomas led 58-48 with 3:17 remaining before the Green Knights launched their comeback. Jill Kleiman hit a 3-pointer with 1:51 left, but Katie Stone made two free throws 20 seconds later to push the score back to 60-51. Regan Carmichael's 3-pointer with 1:14 to go brought St. Norbert to within 60-54.

The Tommies turned it over and Brianna Byrne converted a conventional three-point play to get to within 60-57 with 57 seconds left. St. Thomas split 2 of 4 free throws down the stretch to lead 62-57 before a bizarre turn of events with 2.5 seconds left. St. Thomas was called for a common foul and then a technical foul was slapped on the Tommies' bench. Byrne made a pair of free throws and Stephanie Weigman then split a pair of free throws to bring St. Norbert to within 62-60 and give the Green Knights the ball out of bounds. But the Tommies intercepted the inbounds pass to seal the win.

St. Thomas led 13-7 after the first quarter pushed its lead out to 31-23 at halftime. The Tommies eventually led 38-25 early in the third quarter on two occasions with the Green Knights getting no closer than seven points in the quarter.

St. Norbert would not get to within less than seven points until the game's aforementioned final moments.

Byrne led St. Norbert with 18 points, while Weigman added 10 points and Kleiman nine. The Green Knights shot 42.3 percent (22-for-52) from the floor but were done in by going 13-for-23 (56.5 percent) at the free-throw line.

Stone, St. Thomas' lone returning starter from a team that finished 30-1 last season, led the Tommies with 21 points. St. Thomas shot 44.9 percent (22-for-49) from the floor.