Green Knights Survive Cold Shooting in the Desert to Top Kenyon

From Sports Information Director, December 30, 2010 | Women's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

LAS VEGAS - St. Norbert College shot just 27.1 percent from the floor but it was enough to hang on and top Kenyon College 50-45 in the final game of the D3hoops.com Classic at South Point Arena.

The Green Knights, who made just 13 of 48 shots from the floor, offset their cold shooting by making 37 trips to the free-throw line, making 22. St. Norbert improved to 8-1 with the win, their best start to a season since going 8-1 to open 1990-91. Kenyon dropped to 7-5.

Both teams slogged through a first half that saw St. Norbert hold a 22-18 at the break. Kenyon held an 8-7 lead with 11 minutes 34 seconds in the half before St. Norbert went on a 7-0 run over the next five minutes to go ahead 14-8 on Krista Pelky's layup.

St. Norbert led 24-20 early in the second half before finally getting some breathing room at 32-20, with Jamie Kuhl's basket with 15:23 left capping an 8-0 run. The Green Knights led 44-32 with 3:38 left before the Ladies mounted a rally, chopping the deficit to 46-40 with 51 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Maureen Hirt. St. Norbert made 6 of 8 free throws in the final minute however to salt away the win.

Kuhl finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Green Knights, while Pelky added 12 points and Stefanie Bunday 10.

Kenyon, which shot 31.4 percent (16-for-51) from the floor and was only 8-for-12 (66.7 percent) at the free-throw line, was led by Kat Powers' 13 points.