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Hot Start Paces Green Knights Past Lady Blues

From Sports Information Director, December 22, 2015 | Women's Basketball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College shot just shy of 53 percent in the first half as the impetus toward a 67-44 win over Illinois College in a Midwest Conference game on Connie Tilley Court at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights (7-3, 6-0 MWC) made 19 of 36 field-goal attempts in the first half to race to a 39-20 halftime lead. St. Norbert improved to 34-1 in its last 35 games against Midwest Conference opponents.

St. Norbert never trailed and took an 8-2 lead to start the game. The Green Knights led 14-9 late in the first quarter before a pair of baskets by Mallory Nickerson put the host ahead 18-9 after the first 10 minutes.

The Green Knights then scored the first seven points of the second quarter to take firm control of the game. Brianna Byrne converted a layup followed by a 3-pointer and hoop by Stephanie Weigman to give St. Norbert a 25-9 lead with 7:50 left in the quarter. The Lady Blues cut the deficit down to 14 points before St. Norbert pushed the lead back to 39-20 at intermission.

Illinois College (5-4, 3-2) trailed 44-25 with 7:37 remaining in the third quarter but the Green Knights went on an 8-0 run to salt the game away. Nickerson had a conventional three-point play and another basket followed by a 3-pointer from Kyra VandenHeuvel for a 52-25 edge with 4:47 left in the period. The Lady Blues would not get closer than 22 points the rest of the way.

St. Norbert shot 45.2 percent (28-for-62) from the floor for the game. Weigman finished with 18 points and Nickerson totaled 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Rachel Hagge added nine points off the bench.

Illinois College shot 37.5 percent (18-for-48) from the floor and committed 22 turnovers. Sydney Lett led the Lady Blues with 13 points and Jaicie Halleman added 12 points off the bench.

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