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Rattlers come up short in WCC title game

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Gazette staff
February 23, 2014

In their first Wisconsin Collegiate Conference title game in school history, the UW-Rock County Rattlers were within four seconds of winning the conference championship. Then UW-Waukesha’s Brittany Groer picked up a rolling loose ball on the wing and drained a jumper to give the Cougars the lead, 69-68.

On the ensuing Rattler possession, the Cougars intercepted a pass to preserve the one-point victory.

“The girls played with a lot of heart and passion, but unfortunately the ball bounced their way and their girl made the shot,” Lee said.

Lexie Weigand led the way for the Rattlers with 22 points, including three 3-pointers. Julia Dement added 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Emily Harnack also had a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards.

Rock County led by 17 at halftime after playing its trademark pressure defense through the first half, but the game changed in the second after a couple injuries and foul trouble hampered a thin Rattler lineup.

“We kind of had trouble putting the ball in the basket in the second half,” head coach Scott Lee said. The Rattlers, who were the No. 2 seed in the WCC tournament, finished 16-10 overall.

UW-WAUKESHA 69 UW-ROCK COUNTY 68

UW-Waukesha (69)—Jones 0-1-1, McArthur 1-2-4, Dahl 3-2-9, Groer 6-11-23, Strzok 3-2-8, Masterson 2-5-9, Basse 3-4-10, Carlson 2-1-5. Totals 20-28-69.

UW-Rock County (68)—Chesebro 3-0-6, Dement 5-2-12, Kinney 3-1-8, O’Donnell 1-1-4, Weigand 6-7-22, Harnack 5-5-16. Totals 23-16-68.

UW-Waukesha        25     44—69

UW-Rock County     42     26—68

Three point goals—Waukesha 1 (Dahl), Rock County 6 (Weigand 3, Kinney, O’Donnell, Harnack). Missed free throws—Waukesha 8, Rock County 13. Total fouls—Waukesha 24, Rock County 25. Fouled out—Chesebro, Harnack.



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