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Early Lead Doesn't Hold Up for Green Knights Against Pointers

From Sports Information Director, January 2, 2016 | Women's Basketball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College led 15-2 to start the game but a prolonged cold stretch from the floor later in the first half doomed the Green Knights in a 67-62 loss to UW-Stevens Point in a non-conference game on Connie Tilley Court at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights (7-4) couldn't have asked for a better start, going on a 10-0 run after opening with a 5-2 lead. Mallory Nickerson's layup with 3:05 left in the first quarter put St. Norbert ahead 14-2, while Kyra VandenHeuvel split a pair of free throws at the 2:33 mark for a 15-2 lead.

St. Norbert, which led 15-7 after the first quarter, wouldn't get another field goal until past the midway point of the second quarter. VandenHeuvel's jumper in the lane with 4:35 left in the period was the Green Knights' first basket in 8 1/2 minutes. The Green Knights trailed just 27-24 at halftime despite shooting 30.3 percent (10-for-33) from the floor in the first half.

Stevens Point (9-2) opened the second half on a 7-0 run to take a 35-24 lead on Autumn Hennes' jumper with 6:49 left in the third quarter. St. Norbert answered with a 9-2 run to get back to within 37-33 on a Regan Carmichael 3-pointer, but the Green Knights would still trail 41-36 after the third quarter.

St. Norbert fell behind by nine to start the fourth quarter but battled back to within 49-47 with 5:06 to play when Jill Kleiman split a pair of free throws. Stevens Point answered with six straight points, getting a pair of baskets from Erin Crownover and a hoop by Lauren Anklam for a 55-47 lead with 3:36 to go. Stevens Point led 60-49 with 1:28 left before the Green Knights mounted a furious last-ditch rally, getting to within 64-62 on a Carmichael 3 with 22 seconds left.

Stevens Point's Lexi Roland split a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession for a three-point lead giving St. Norbert a chance to tie, but the Green Knights two-point attempt was offline to end the host's hopes.

St. Norbert shot 36.8 percent (25-for-68) from the floor but a 6-for-16 (37.5 percent) showing at the free-throw line proved costly. Carmichael was the only Green Knight to reach double figures with 19 points.

Stevens Point shot 44.7 percent (21-for-47) from the floor and was 22-for-32 (68.8 percent) at the free-throw line. Anklam paced the Pointers with 27 points, while Allie Miceli added 11 points. Stevens Point outrebounded St. Norbert 46-36.

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