Bunday's Big Night Leads Green Knights' Charge Past Ripon

From Sports Information Director, February 11, 2009 | Women's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

RIPON - Stefanie Bunday's career-high 27 points led St. Norbert College to its 11th consecutive win, a 64-48 triumph over Ripon College in a Midwest Conference game at Storzer Center.

Bunday, a sophomore point guard from Green Bay, topped her previous career best by 11 points. Bunday's previous career best was 16 points in a road win at Knox College earlier this season.

St. Norbert is one win away from clinching hosting privileges for the Midwest Conference Championship Feb. 27-28. The Green Knights are 17-4 overall and 13-1 in the Midwest Conference and travel to winless Lawrence on Saturday. Ripon fell to 12-8, 9-4.

Ripon held the upper hand in the early going, leading for most of the first half. The Red Hawks led by as many as six points at 14-8, but St. Norbert took its first lead at 23-22 with 3:01 left on an Emily Otzelberger free throw. Bunday's jumper just before the buzzer knotted the halftime score at 26-26.

Bunday scored eight of the Green Knights' first 12 second-half points, and Bunday scored 18 of her points in the second half. A steal and layup by Bunday gave the Green Knights a 38-30 lead with 12:04 left in the half. Ripon made just one field goal in the first 8 minutes of the second half.

Ripon would cut the deficit to 46-43 with 6:24 to go, but St. Norbert would go on an 8-0 run - including a 3-pointer by Morgan Strasser and a conventional three-point play by Bunday - to go ahead 54-43 with 5:06 left.

St. Norbert shot a robust 50.9 percent from the floor, making 27 of 53 shots. Bunday totaled her points on 12 of 17 shooting from the floor and was 3-for-5 at the free-throw line. Strasser was the only other Green Knight to post double figures with 11 points.

Ripon did not have a player score in double figures. Emily Meyer and Erin Lind had nine points apiece for the Red Hawks, which shot 36.7 percent (18-for-49) from the floor and had 22 turnovers. St. Norbert had 24 points off Ripon turnovers, while the Red Hawks had just four points of Green Knight miscues.

St. Norbert has held nine of its last 10 opponents to 54 points or less. The win marked the 505th triumph in St. Norbert head coach Connie Tilley's career.