Late Rally Lifs St. Norbert Past UW-Platteville in Wartburg Tournament

From Sports Information Director, December 29, 2009 | Women's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

WAVERLY, Iowa - After trailing almost the entire second half, a rally by St. Norbert College in the final minute of play lifted the Green Knights to a 61-58 win over UW-Platteville in the Wartburg College AmericInn Holiday Classic at Levick Arena.

The Green Knights (6-1), ranked 21st by D3hoops.com, trailed 57-53 with 1 minute 5 seconds left. St. Norbert scored a conventional three-point play when Stefanie Bunday drove the lane and hit a layup and a free throw with 57 seconds left. St. Norbert got a defensive stop, and then Rachel Hermus connected on a conventional three-point play with 17 seconds to go for a 59-57 advantage.

Platteville (8-3) had a chance to tie the game with five seconds left, but Stacia Nemitz made just one of two free throws. Bunday's two free throws with three seconds left put St. Norbert ahead 61-58, and the Pioneers didn't get off a final shot.

St. Norbert, who played without leading scorer Denise Heuser, advances to Wednesday's 3 p.m. championship game against host Wartburg (6-4), which beat Augsburg 82-47.

The Green Knights took a 20-12 on Hermus' jumper with 6:38 left in the first half. Platteville answered with a 10-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 22-20 lead before the teams held a 25-25 tie at halftime. Platteville pulled ahead in the second half and led by as much as six points at 49-43 with 6:22 to go before St. Norbert slowly worked back into the game.

Bunday led St. Norbert with 17 points, and also had six assists and five steals. Hermus had 16 points with 10 rebounds, and Krista Pelky added nine points and four steals. The Green Knights shot 39.7 percent from the floor (23-for-58) and were outrebounded 43-35, but still found a way to win.

Platteville was held to 31 percent shooting from the floor, making 18 of 58 shots. Nemitz led the Pioneers with 13 points, while Charity Stotmeister added 11 points. Platteville was forced into 21 turnovers.