Regents Fall in 1st Round Buzzer Beater
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
MEQUON, Wis. – The Rockford College women’s basketball season came to an abrupt end on Tuesday night with a 62-60 loss at Concordia University Wisconsin in the first round of the 2011 Northern Athletics Conference tournament.
The Regents lost to the Falcons 70-49 in Mequon exactly one month ago. But since then, Rockford had gone 7-2, including two three game winning streaks. From the opening tip, it seemed as though the Regents were ready to pick up their first win over CUW in the five-year history of the NAC. Though the Regents opened a seven point lead in the first half, both teams scrapped to keep the game close. The game’s first 20 minutes featured six ties and five lead changes, but a 35 footer by Rockford junior Nicole Olson (Shannon, Ill./ Eastland) sent the Regents into the locker room with a 35-31 halftime lead.
Olson opened the second half with another three pointer to extend the Regents lead back to seven points. Minutes later a lay-up by senior Melissa Swaziek (Loves Park, Ill./ Harlem) capped a 10 Rockford run, giving the Regents a 48-37 lead with 11:32 on the clock. Rockford pushed their advantage to 12 points at 58-46 with seven minutes to play. That is when things started to change. Over the game’s final seven minutes, the Regents were outscored 16-2, including 0-3 from the free throw line and committing four turnovers. With all of that, Rockford still had a chance to win. The Regents had the ball with 32.7 seconds on the clock and the score tied at 60. Unfortunately, Rockford failed to connect on their final shot, giving CUW the opportunity to drain the game’s final shot at the buzzer.
Junior guard Britney Curry (Merrillville, Ind./ Merrillville) led the Regents with 14 points and nine rebounds. Senior Megan Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./ Pearl City) closed her career with 13 points and seven rebounds. Fellow senior Swaziek added six points and a game-high seven assists. Olson added 11 points for the Regents.
Rockford finished their season with an overall record of 13-13, their best record since finishing 15-11 for the 2007-08 season.