Regents Recover to Douse Inferno
Monday, February 07, 2011
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Rockford College women’s basketball team showed tremendous resiliency in pushing their win streak to four games with a 74-62 win over the visiting Alverno College Inferno on Saturday. The win improved the Regents record to10-11 overall, and more importantly 8-6 in the Northern Athletics Conference. The victory puts the Regents squarely in the hunt for a home game in the NAC post-season tournament.
Rockford got off to a great start, establishing a 10 point lead less than five minutes into the game. But as the Regents tried to extend their lead, Alverno would respond with a big stop or basket. The Inferno went on a 7-0 run over a two minute span late in the first half to steal the game’s momentum and the game’s lead. At the break, the Regents trailed 34-30.
Both teams battled during the early part of the second half. With 12:44 remaining in the game, Alveno connected on a three-pointer to give them their largest lead of the game at eight points. At that point, the Regents turned up their defensive pressure and changed the game. From that point on, Rockford outscored Alverno 28-8, forcing the Inferno to shoot just 4-14 and commit six turnovers. Rockford also committed just one foul during that period. Offensively, the Regents took over the paint and the glass. Rockford scored 16 of their final points in the lane and another r10 points from the free throw line.
Senior Megan Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./ Pearl City) led the Regents with a record-tying offensive performance. Lawler finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds. The senior forward shot 10-10 from the floor and 7-8 from the free throw line. It is just the second time in the history of Rockford College women’s basketball that a player has gone 10-10 from the floor, the last being Kristy Nichols on February 12, 2002 against Concordia. Junior Britney Curry (Merrillville, Ind./ Merrillville) continued her solid play with 19 points, 13 boards, four assists, and four steals while playing all 40 minutes. Sophomore Nicole Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./ Pearl City) added 10 points for the Regents.
Rockford will look to extend their win streak to five games on Tuesday when they travel to River Forest, Illinois to face the Dominican University Stars at 7:00 p.m. They will return to the Seaver Center on Saturday when they welcome Benedictine University to campus.