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Green Knights Outlast Knox for Outright MWC Championship

From Sports Information Director, February 13, 2016 | Women's Basketball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College clinched the Midwest Conference championship outright and home court for the Midwest Conference Tournament with an 87-70 win over Knox College on Connie Tilley Court at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights (18-4, 17-0 MWC) won for the 45th time in the last 46 games against a Midwest Conference opponent. St. Norbert will host the MWC Tournament on Feb. 26-27 in De Pere.

St. Norbert never trailed as Rachel Hagge canned a 3-pointer on the Green Knights' first possession. St. Norbert led 10-2 four minutes into the game when Sarah Ratajczyk finished a layup. The Green Knights, who led by as many as 12 points in the first quarter, led 20-10 after the first 10 minutes.

The Green Knights held off a Knox charge in the second quarter, as the Prairie Fire connected on six three-point field goals. St. Norbert led 28-15 after a Regan Carmichael 3-pointer with 8:12 left in the period, but Knox went on a 9-2 run thanks to 3-pointers from Jamie Blue, Saundra Gavazzi and Hailey Leinart.

St. Norbert countered with 3-pointers by Hagge and Brianna Byrne to push the lead back to 12 at 36-24 at the 5:09 mark. The Green Knights settled on a 42-32 lead at halftime.

Carmichael connected on a pair of 3-pointers early in the third quarter as St. Norbert eventually led 54-34 with 6:41 left in the period. Knox got to within 17 points four times in the third quarter, but would get no closer. St. Norbert led 67-48 after 30 minutes.

St. Norbert led by as many as 28 points in the fourth quarter in pulling away.

St. Norbert shot 49.3 percent (33-for-67) from the floor. Stephanie Weigman led the Green Knights with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Bryne added 14 points, while Carmichael finished with 13 points. Mallory Nickerson had 11 points and Heidi Van Sistine 10 points for St. Norbert.

Knox shot 39.0 percent (23-for-59) from the floor. Gavazzi led the Prairie Fire with 24 points while Naja Woods added 15 points.