Regents Ground Eagles
Monday, February 21, 2011
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
MADISON, Wis. – The Rockford College women’s basketball team improved their current win streak to three games with Saturday’s 59-55 win over the Edgewood College Eagles in the Northern Athletics Conference Challenge Game. It is the third three game win streak for the Regents this season. The win was just the second for the Regents over the Eagles in their 10 NAC meetings, and the first since January 19, 2008.
The game’s half was a very tight affair, featuring four ties but from the first basket of the game, Rockford never trailed. Their largest lead of the half was only four, but every time Edgewood looked as if they were going to grab the momentum, the Regents responded with a big defensive stop or basket. Rockford maintained a 25-23 lead at the break on the strength of 50% shooting from the floor, while holding Edgewood to just 28.1%.
Rockford came out of the locker room for the second half with a renewed swagger. After an opening bucket b the Eagles, Rockford embarked on a 12-0 run and a 39-27 lead with 15:36 remaining on the clock. As one would expect, the Eagles responded on their home court with a 15-2 run of their own. With 10 minutes to play, the Regents found themselves trailing for the first time in the game.
As the Regents have done so many times in their recent run of solid play, they responded. Four quick points by freshman reserve Jessica Bjerning (Wauconda, Ill./ Mundelein) tied the game at 45. An 8-2 Rockford run over the next six minutes, including six points by junior guard Britney Curry (Merrillville, Ind./ Merrillville) gave Rockford a six point lead they would not relinquish.
Rockford’s 13th win of the season was a balanced effort with all eight players who entered the game recording at least four points and grabbing a rebound. The Regents were led by Curry’s 21 points and three steals. Sophomore forward Nicole Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./ Pearl City) added 10 points, seven rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals. Senior Megan Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./ Pearl City) grabbed a game high 10 rebounds and added five assists. Rockford’s bench outscored their Edgewood counterparts 17-12 led by Bjerning’s eight points and seven boards. Rockford also outrebounded Edgewood 52-34.
Rockford will enter the Northern Athletics Conference as the six seed and travel to Mequon, Wis. on Tuesday to face Concordia University Wisconsin.