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Regents Capture Bucs for 1st Win

Wednesday, November 24, 2010  
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ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Rockford College women’s basketball team had found itself in a very similar situation.  On Friday, the Regents face a very beatable team in a close game but failed to maintain their lead, eventually falling in the game’s final seconds.  Rockford faced a very similar situation on Tuesday night as the Regents welcomed the Beloit College Buccaneers to the Seaver Center.  This time, Rockford played a complete 40 minutes, en route to a 58-56 win, their first of the season.

Rockford jumped out to an early 10-3 lead just four minutes into the game, but the Bucs rallied. Over the next seven minutes, Beloit took complete control of the game’s momentum, embarking on a 16-2 run, forcing four Regents’ turnovers and a five plus minute scoring drought.  Beloit continued their onslaught, connecting of five first half three-pointers, pushing their halftime advantage to a game-high 15 points, 37-22.

Whatever Rockford head coach Jessica Stanek said during the break certainly worked.  The Regents returned to the court on fire with a 17-2 run of their own, tying the score at 39 with 13:28 to play.  Nine quick Bucs points pushed their lead back to nine points, but Rockford wasn’t done.  The Regents responded with a 9-1 run of their own to tie the score at 49 with under five minutes to play.  A layup by senior Megan Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./ Pearl City) gave Rockford their first lead since the 12:34 mark of the first half.  A jumper by sophomore Kelcy Thorsen (Ottawa, Ill./ Serena) pushed Rockford’s lead to four points.  Poor free throw shooting by the Regents, however, allowed Beloit to tie the game at 55 with :27 to play.  After a Rockford timeout, a layup by junior Britney Curry (Merrillville, Ind./ Merrillville) gave Rockford a 57-55 lead with 14 seconds on the clock.  After Beloit split a pair of free throws, sophomore Nicole Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./Pearl City) connected on a free throw and intentionally missed her second with 1.7 seconds remaining to seal the win.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Megan Lawler recorded her second double-double of the year with 19 points and 10 rebounds.  Her 8-8 performance from the floor makes her only the second Regents player to go perfect from the floor with at least eight attempts, joining Kristy Nichols (10-10 on Feb. 12, 2002 vs. Concordia) in the Regents record books.  Curry added 13 points, seven boards, five assists, and five steals.  Senior Melissa Swaziek (Loves Park, Ill./ Harlem) and Nicole Lawler combined for 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

Rockford held Beloit to 17.2% shooting in the second half, while outscoring the Bucs 36-19 after the break. 

Rockford will open Northern Athletics Conference play on Saturday, when they travel to River Forest, Illinois to face the Concordia University Cougars at 2:00 p.m.

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