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Green Knights Pull Away From Foresters

From Staff Writer, February 14, 2017 | Women's Basketball
by Zach Herson, ,

GREEN BAY - St. Norbert College took on Lake Forest College in a late-season Midwest Conference battle. The Green Knights started out strong and didn't look back in a dominating performance, cruising to a 65-44 victory at UW-Green Bay's Kress Center.

The Green Knights (17-5, 14-3 MWC) had nine steals in the first half and took advantage of them to quickly put Lake Forest in deep trouble. A 15-4 run to start the third quarter essentially sealed the deal, and Lake Forest never recovered.

Regan Carmichael started the game off fast, scoring the first four points and getting a steal to give the Green Knights an early advantage. Jill Kleiman added on a 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring to give St. Norbert a 7-0 lead. The Green Knights held onto their advantage for most of the quarter, taking a 14-8 lead at the end.

The teams exchanged layups and 3-pointers at the beginning of the second quarter, allowing the Green Knights to maintain their six point-advantage in the first minutes. A Carmichael steal, followed up by her own offensive rebound, helped extend the Green Knight advantage to 23-13. Hayley Winzenried sank a 3-pointer half way through the quarter to give the Green Knights a 14-point advantage. Lake Forest was unable to make a dent into the St. Norbert lead going into half, the Green Knights dominating to a tune of 36-21.

The Green Knights took complete control in the second half, building an insurmountable lead off of a 15-4 run. Lake Forest was unable to seriously threaten the Green Knights throughout the remainder of the game, never cutting their deficit down to even single digits.

The Green Knights shot 48 percent (24-for-50) from the field. Mallory Nickerson led all St. Norbert scorers with 15 points, while Carmichael contributed 14 points. Macie Zurfluh and Brianna Byrne added eight apiece.

Lake Forest shot 35.7 percent (15-for-42) from the field. Bridget Bliek scored 14 points to lead her team, while Hannah O'Day added 10 points of her own. Brie Majkowski and Paige Bobos tacked on five points each.