The Lady Norse won the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular-season title this weekend, but bid farewell to three seniors.
Michelle Cottrell, Dana Schubeler and Suzie Smith played their final home game for the women’s basketball team, defeating Quincy University, 75-58.
“I was sad,” said Cottrell after the game. “I played in front of all these people for four years, and they supported me this long and it was the last game. I just got a little emotional , but I’m glad we went out like this.”
Cottrell helped the Norse clinch the No. 1 seed in the GLVC Tournament ,scoring 22 points on 8 of 11 shooting from the field.
Smith and Schubeler played great for the Norse as well, scoring 12 and 11points, respectively.
“Winning the regular season has been a tremendous accomplishment for this team with all the injuries that we’ve had,” said coach Nancy Winstel. “This team has stuck together through thick and thin and we’ve been able to just come together and finish off with a great game. I think it is just a tribute to these young ladies.”
The Norse, ranked No. 9 in the NCAA Division II poll, will meet Saint Joseph’s College in the opening round of the GLVC Tournament Wednesday night.
A strong showing in the conference tournament will help the Norse get a higher seeding in the NCAA Tournament.
“We have to play as well as we can in the GLVC Tournament. Right now we’re 3rd or 4th regionally, so it would certainly be nice if we can improve how we play in the GLVC and move up,” said Winstel. “I think you just have to do the best you can and whatever happens, happens. I’m just hoping that right now we can stay as reasonably healthy as possible. From that stand point it makes you feel like you have a chance to be successful.”
Cottrell would like to end her career with another national championship, but will have no regrets if the Norse fall short.
“Winning another championship would be awesome,” said Cottrell. “But even if we lose, I’ll be satisfied as long as we go out and play our best.”