Regents Fall in Overtime
Monday, November 30, 2009
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
ROCKFORD, Ill. – For the second consecutive game, the Rockford College women’s basketball team could not complete a solid 40 minute effort in Saturday’s 79-72 overtime loss to Lakeland College at the Seaver Center.
Rockford used an incredible defensive effort and balance scoring in the game’s opening half to establish a dominant advantage. Rockford shot 55.2% from the field and had six players record at least four points, including 12 by sophomore guard Britney Curry (Merrillville, Ind./ Merrillville). Defensively, Rockford held the Muskies to 20% shooting, over 20 percentage points below their season average, en route to a 38-21 lead.
As in Rockford’s last game against St. Scholastica, the Regents could not maintain their defensive pressure and offensive control during the game’s second half. Just three minutes into the second half, a Curry jumper extended Rockford’s lead to a game high 21 points. Over the next four minutes, the Muskies embarked on a 15-2 run. Though the Regents maintained an eight point advantage, the momentum had definitely changed. A three pointer by senior Danielle Townsend (Machesney Park, Ill./ Boylan) and two Curry free throws pushed the lead back to 13 points, but Lakeland continued to chip away at Rockford’s confidence. From that point, Rockford committed 12 turnovers and 11 fouls, as two Lakeland free throws tied the game at 65 with three seconds to play in regulation.
Rockford faced overtime without Townsend’s nine points and 11 rebounds and junior Megan Lawler’s (Pearl City, Ill./ Pearl City) 11 points, each of whom fouled out late in regulation. Defensively, Rockford held Lakeland to just one field goal in the five minute extra frame, but the Muskies 12-16 shooting from the line sealed the Regents fate.
Curry recorded her third career double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Fellow sophomore Kaitlyn Sullivan (Lockport, Ill./ Lockport) recorded nine points in her first career start, while freshman Nicole Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./ Pearl City) and Erika McCall (Henry, Ill./ Senachwine) added nine points and five rebounds each.
Rockford (0-4, 0-1 NAC) will return to the road on Wednesday, when they travel to Mequon, Wis. to face Concordia University Wisconsin.