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St. Norbert Clinches Share of 14th MWC Championship

From Sports Information Director, February 9, 2016 | Women's Basketball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - St. Norbert College clinched no less than a share of the Midwest Conference women's basketball title for 2015-16 with a 61-38 win over Lake Forest College at LFC Sports Center.

The Green Knights (17-4, 16-0 MWC) have at least a piece of a 14th MWC championship, extending their league record. It's also the 18th conference title in 39 seasons for Connie Tilley, whose teams won four Wisconsin Independent Colleges-Women's Athletic Conference titles prior to joining the MWC.

St. Norbert, which has won 44 of its last 45 games against a MWC opponent, can clinch the outright league title as well as hosting responsibility for the Midwest Conference Tournament on Feb. 26-27 with one win in its last two games.

The Green Knights led from start to finish. Regan Carmichael scored St. Norbert's first points, followed by a Jill Kleiman 3-pointer. Mallory Nickerson's hoop with 6:18 left in the first quarter put the Green Knights ahead 7-0. The Foresters wouldn't score until the 4:25 mark of the quarter on a Michelle Ricolcol hoop. Stephanie Weigman's basket gave St. Norbert a 13-10 lead after 10 minutes.

St. Norbert had a pair of 10-point leads in the second quarter, but the Foresters trimmed the deficit to four with 2:59 left in the period on a Taylor Farrell 3-pointer. St. Norbert went on a quick 4-0 run on a basket by Kyra VandenHeuvel and a pair of free throws by Jill Kleiman. The Green Knights led 30-22 at halftime.

The Green Knights would maintain their double-digit lead throughout the entire second half. Heidi Van Sistine had a pair of baskets on consecutive possessions and Brianna Byrne added a pair of free throws with 1:08 left in the third quarter for a 44-28 lead.

Lake Forest got to within 13 points early in the fourth quarter, but St. Norbert held the Foresters scoreless for nearly five minutes to seal the win.

St. Norbert shot 40.7 percent (24-for-59) from the floor. Kleiman led the Green Knights with 14 points and Nickerson added 10 points. St. Norbert outrebounded Lake Forest 42-29.

Lake Forest shot 30.2 percent (16-for-53) from the floor. Ricolcol and Brittany Avonts shared the Foresters' scoring lead with eight points apiece.