TILLEY GETS 500th WIN AS GREEN KNIGHTS TOP CARROLL

From Sports Information Director, January 28, 2009 | Women's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

WAUKESHA - St. Norbert College women's basketball coach Connie Tilley became the 15th coach in NCAA Division III history to earn 500 wins as her Green Knights topped Carroll University 66-54 in a Midwest Conference battle at Van Male Fieldhouse.

Tilley, Wisconsin's winningest college women's basketball coach regardless of division, has an even record of 500-250 in her 32 years at St. Norbert. The triumph was a key one in the Midwest Conference race. The Green Knights improved to 12-4 overall and 8-1 in the MWC, while Carroll fell to 12-5, 7-3. St. Norbert faces second-place Beloit Saturday in De Pere.

St. Norbert led from start to finish, jumping out to a 14-2 lead in the game's first seven minutes. Morgan Strasser scored six of the game's first eight points as the Green Knights took an 8-0 lead. The Green Knights led by as many as 14 points twice in the first half before settling on a 34-26 lead.

Carroll fought its way back into the game, trailing 50-45 with 10:46 left on a conventional three-point play by Leah Lemke. St. Norbert answered with a 6-0 run on baskets by Stefanie Bunday, Jamie Kuhl and Victoria Le Fevre.

The Pioneers battled back again to trail 58-54 with 3:42 left on a basket by Lemke, but she missed the following free throw. Carroll had the offensive rebound off the miss, but Bunday came up with a steal. St. Norbert missed but held Carroll scoreless on the next two possessions while getting hoops from Krista Pelky and Denise Heuser for a 62-54 lead with 1:37 to go. The Green Knights made their four free throws in the game's final minute and the Pioneers wouldn't score again.

Le Fevre led St. Norbert with 16 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the floor and also had six rebounds. Bunday made a strong run at a triple double, netting 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Bunday's rebound and assist totals tied career highs. Heuser added 12 points for the Green Knights, who shot 49.1 percent from the floor. St. Norbert was 28-for-57 from the floor, and attempted just three three-point field goals.

Lemke led the Pioneers with 20 points, while Karen Hoewisch had 11 points and Janelle Groer 10 points and 12 rebounds. Carroll was outrebounded by a 46-33 margin while shooting 32.1 percent (18-for-56) from the floor.