The UW-Platteville women's basketball team was edged 70-67 by St. Norbert in its 2017-18 season opener Friday in UW-River Falls' brand new Don Page Arena.
The Green Knights figured to provide a good test for a UW-Platteville squad that returned six of its seven leading scorers from last year's 6-19 campaign. St Norbert reached the NCAA III tournament a year ago and finished 20-6. Friday's win was the 700th in history for the Green Knights, who have an overall mark of 700-309 in their 44th year.
The Pioneers never led, but were never out of the game either. Rachel Emendorfer's three-point shot brought UW-Platteville within 68-67 with nine seconds to play, but SNC's Regan Carmichael hit a pair of free throws with three seconds left to secure the win. The Pioneers' desperation three-point attempt was off at the buzzer.
The Pioneers are back in action Saturday at 1 p.m. in River Falls to face St. Olaf.
By Paul Erickson, Director, UW-Platteville Communications, 608.342.1194, firstname.lastname@example.org