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Women's Hoops Victorious in a Double Overtime Thriller

Neve Yerk
Neve Yerk

ELSAH, Ill. - The Rockford University women's basketball team (1-2) picked up a huge 93-89 double-overtime win on the road Saturday against the Principia College Panthers (0-1). Rockford trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half, before outscoring the Panthers 36-24 over the final 17 minutes of regulation to force overtime. The game would then head into a second overtime period, where Rockford took the lead in the opening moments and never looked back. The Regents then sealed the win with a trio of made free throws in closing 23 seconds. Rockford's Neve Yerk was simply outstanding in the win on Saturday. Yerk scored career-high 36 points and became the first RU women's basketball player since November 19, 2016 to crack the 30-point plateau in a single game (Mallorie Getzelman, 33).

  • The first quarter was extremely tight throughout, with the largest lead for either team being just four points. 
  • After quickly falling behind 4-0, the Regents responded with a 5-0 run of their own to take their only lead in regulation. Linzy Keller knocked down a pair of free throws and Emily Cox buried a triple to account for Rockford's five points. 
  • The game then went back-and-forth for the remainder of the period, before Sammi Russell connected on two free throws in the closing minute, to send the game into the second quarter tied at 18-18. 
  • Unfortunately, the second period was dominated by the Panthers, as Principia outscored Rockford 21-11. The Panthers used an 18-4 run midway through the second, to take their largest lead of the evening at 39-25. 
  • However, Rockford scored the final four points of the period to cut into the Panther lead. Linzy Keller and Neve Yerk each tallied two points over the final two minutes, as Rockford entered the half trailing 39-29.
  • Things began to swing Rockford's way over the final seven minutes of the third quarter. With Rockford still trailing by 12, the Regents went on 12-2 run over the next four minutes and four seconds to pull back within two points at 49-47. Four different Regents scored over that span, led by four points each from Emily Cox and Neve Yerk
  • Rockford was unable to get any closer for the remainder of the period, as the game entered the fourth quarter with the Panthers clinging to a three-point lead. 
  • The largest lead of the final quarter came at the 4:52 mark, when Principia pushed its advantage to five points at 65-60. 
  • Rockford's Neve Yerk then scored the next five points to tie the game. 
  • The two schools traded baskets over the next few minutes, with the final two points coming from Neve Yerk, who tied the game on a layup with 35 seconds remaining. 
  • Each team would have a chance to win in the closing seconds, but neither team was able to find the bottom of the net, forcing the game into overtime.
  • Principia opened the first overtime period scoring six of the first seven points to jump out to a 77-72 advantage. The Panthers would then extend their lead to as many as six points with only 2:44 remaining in overtime.
  • Fortunately, the resilient Regents still had a lot of fight left in them. Rockford promptly scored the next seven points, capped off by a Neve Yerk made jumper, to put the Regents out in front 82-81 with 43 seconds remaining. 
  • Rockford pushed their lead to as many as two points, before Principia connected on a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to send the game into a second overtime. 
  • The Regents scored the first five points of the second overtime to jump out to an 88-83 lead, their largest of the game. Jazsmin Blue led the charge with three points, while Emily Cox added two points. 
  • However, the Panthers would not go away quietly, as they cut the lead to a single point with 97 seconds remaining. 
  • Fortunately, Rockford sealed the game with a trio of made free throws down the stretch, two by Emily Cox and one by Lexy Perez, for the 93-89 win.

  • Neve Yerk continued her red hot shooting on Saturday. Yerk went 12-of-22 from the floor and 11-for-12 from the free throw line for a career-high 36 points. She also grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Yerk then rounded out her day with 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block.
  • Emily Cox finished with an RU career-high 17 points and 2 rebounds. 
  • Linzy Keller added 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal in her first game of the season.
  • Lexy Perez tallied a season-high 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists. 
  • Katlyn Fiorucci narrowly missed a double-double with 9 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 steal. 

The RU women's basketball team returns to the court on Saturday, November 23 at MSOE. Tip-off is set for 6:15 PM in the Kern Center.