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St. Norbert Loses Defensive Battle at UW-Eau Claire

From Sports Information Director, November 22, 2016 | Women's Basketball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

EAU CLAIRE - St. Norbert College couldn't quite complete a fourth-quarter comeback and dropped a 52-51 decision to UW-Eau Claire in a non-conference game at Zorn Arena.

St. Norbert held a 51-50 lead in the closing moments before Eau Claire's Maddie Dunathan sank a pair of free throws with 1.7 seconds left. The Green Knights called a timeout to advance the ball into the frontcourt. St. Norbert got a good look at the buzzer but the potential game-winning basket rimmed out.

The Green Knights trailed by eight points early in the second half with Eau Claire holding a 29-21 lead with 6:46 left in the third quarter. St. Norbert still trailed by six points at 35-29 late in the third quarter before closing the period on a 7-0 run in the final minute. Regan Carmichael canned a couple of 3-pointers sandwiched around a Macie Zurfluh free throw to give St. Norbert a 36-35 lead after 30 minutes.

Eau Claire responded with a 7-0 run to open the final period. The Blugolds held a 49-43 lead with 3:16 to go before St. Norbert mounted its final charge. Brianna Byrne canned a 3-pointer and Mallory Nickerson made a pair of free throws to bring St. Norbert within one. Eau Claire's Anna Graaskamp split a pair of free throws but Byrne canned another 3-pointer with 1:14 to go to give St. Norbert a 51-50 lead and set up the game's final dramatic moments.

St. Norbert held a small lead for most of the first half before settling on a 21-19 halftime advantage.

The Green Knights shot 30.4 percent from the floor, making 17 of 56 field-goal attempts. Carmichael led St. Norbert with 14 points while Byrne added 12 points and Nickerson eight points.

Eau Claire shot 18-for-58 (31.0 percent) from the floor. Graaskamp led the Blugolds with 15 points while Hallee Hoeppner added 13 points.

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