St. Norbert Holds On to Top Ripon

From Sports Information Director, January 10, 2009 | Women's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College held off a furious Ripon College rally to claim a 68-64 Midwest Conference women's basketball win over Ripon College at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights (7-4, 3-1 MWC) extended their home-court winning streak to 18 with the win. Ripon was handed its first conference loss to fall to 5-5, 2-1.

St. Norbert held a 15-point lead at 44-29 with 14:43 left to play before the Red Hawks mounted their offensive. Ripon crept to within four at 51-47 with 6:44 to play on a Jeni Yaeger free throw. The two teams traded baskets before Stefanie Bunday's 3-pointer with 5:39 left gave the hosts a 56-49 lead.

Ripon trailed 56-54 with 4:16 left when Yeager made one of two free throws wtih 3:33 to go. Morgan Strasser's jumper on the next possession put St. Norbert ahead by three, but Yaeger answered with a basket at 2:57 to make it 58-57.

The two teams traded hoops again with Cortney Biese hitting a layup on the next possession and Ripon's Jessica DeHamer converted a layin with 2:09 to go. Denise Heuser scored a layup for St. Norbert, but Yaeger answered yet again with 1:22 to go to make it 62-61.

Strasser found Emily Otzelberger on a post entry with 1:05 to go and a 64-61 advantage. DeHamer missed on Ripon's next possession, and Rachel Hermus secured the rebound and made both of her free throws with 27 seconds to go. Emily Meyer made a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left for one last Ripon gasp but Strasser made two free throws for the game's final margin.

Meyer kept Ripon in the game with 22 points off the bench, and also had eight rebounds. Yaeger also came off the bench to post 11 points for the Red Hawks. Ripon shot 43.4 percent from the floor and had 21 turnovers. Ripon outrebounded St. Norbert 43-25.

Heuser led St. Norbert with 20 points, making 4 of 6 3-pointers. Strasser added 14 points and had a career-high seven assists. The Green Knights shot 46.3 percent from the floor and had 16 turnovers. St. Norbert also made 6 of its 13 3-point field-goal attempts.