ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Rockford University women's basketball team (4-12, 2-9 NACC) hosted the Alverno College Inferno (5-11, 2-9 NACC) Tuesday night. The Regents were attempting to complete the sweep of AC however, the Inferno came out hot and never let up. Alverno came away with a 63-44 victory on the night. The Inferno shot 36.8% from the floor on the night compared to Rockford's 27.8%. A large reason for AC coming out on top was the 19 points it scored off turnovers in the contest.
At the start of the first quarter the Regents were able to stay close with the Inferno as the two teams exchanged buckets. Midway through the quarter Rockford was able to tie the game at 6-6. However, AC would start to pull away as it went on an 11-2 run to end out the quarter going up 17-8. In the second quarter it was a much more defensive battle. Freshman Neve Yerk (Belvidere, Ill.) played well as she finished down low in the paint and then came down on the next possession to hit a three. The Inferno still managed to outscore the Regents 11-8 in the quarter sending AC into the half up 28-16. Helping give Alverno the edge was its ability to capitalize off turnovers as it contributed to 12 of AC's points. Alverno shot 34.4% from the floor during the first two quarters compared to Rockford's 23.3%.
The third quarter went much of the same for Rockford as it was not able to do enough on both sides of the court to cut into the Alverno lead. It was almost an identical quarter to the first as the Inferno outscored the Regents 18-10. Freshman Kaylynne Terry (Streator, Ill.) was making her presence known as she was a force for Rockford on the boards. In the fourth quarter Terry continued to dominate down low pulling in rebounds for the Regents. Despite the quarter being much closer Alverno would not pump the brakes in the fourth as AC remained in control of the game as it walked away with a 63-44 victory over Rockford. A big part of Alverno's ability to hold on to its lead was shooting 5-of-8 from beyond the arc in the second half.
It was a team effort for Rockford on the night as no player cracked double-digit scoring. Kaylynne Terry came up one point short of a double-double as she led the Regents with 9 points, 10 rebounds and a steal. Lexie Collins (Earlville, Ill.) tallied 8 points on 2-of-3 shooting from deep along with 2 rebounds and a steal. Neve Yerk chalked up 7 points and 4 rebounds. Tajanae Key (Glendale Heights, Ill.) registered 6 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal. Katie Hart (Davis Junction, Ill.) posted 6 points, 2 rebounds and an assist. Maddy Pearson (Peru, Ill.) came off the bench going a perfect 3-for-3 recording 6 points and 4 rebounds.
The Rockford University women's basketball team returns to the court when it travels to Marian on Saturday, January 20. Tip-off is set for 4:15 PM.