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Big Fourth Quarter Gives St. Norbert Third-Straight Win

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, January 16, 2019 | Women's Basketball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College outscored Lake Forest College by 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Green Knights won for the third consecutive game with a 70-56 win in a Midwest Conference game on Connie Tilley Court at Mulva Family Fitness & Sports Center.

The Green Knights trailed 44-42 entering the fourth quarter, but St. Norbert quickly took control to start the period. Sarah Ratajczyk's hoop on the second possession tied the game. Olivia DeCleene and Macie Zurfluh scored on consecutive possessions to give St. Norbert a 48-44 lead with 7:47 left. The Foresters' Molly Schoenlein scored halve the deficit, but the Green Knights went on a 7-0 run to get separation.

Christine Olijnyk and DeCleene hit baskets and DeCleene buried a 3-pointer for a 55-46 lead with 5:41 to go. The Foresters would get back to within six points at 60-54 with 3:31 to go, but a 3-pointer by Christine Olijnyk swung momentum back to the Green Knights. Zurfluh's free throws with 1:49 left put St. Norbert up 65-54 and effectively decided the outcome.

St. Norbert trailed by eight points early at 14-6 before coming back to a 16-12 deficit at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter had four ties and and the Foresters led 26-25 at halftime.

The Green Knights never led in the third quarter and trailed 42-35 with 2:49 left in the period before getting back to 44-42 at the break.

St. Norbert shot 50 percent (27-for-54) from the floor, including 10-for-13 (76.9 percent) in the fourth quarter. Ratajczyk led the way with 22 points and nine rebounds, while DeCleene finished with 17 points. Zurfluh flirted with a triple double, ending with 14 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Lake Forest shot 37.3 percent (22-for-59) from the floor. Hannah Hiland ended with 28 points and eight rebounds to lead the Foresters.

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