MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Rockford University women's basketball team (1-3, 0-2 NACC) fell in a hard-fought, low-scoring, 54-40 game to the MSOE Raiders (1-2, 1-0 NACC). Saturday's game was the definition of a defensive battle, as neither team shot above 33% from the floor. Rockford was especially sound defensively, holding the Raiders to just 32.4% shooting from the field and a miserly 18.5% from three-point range. However, MSOE was able to flex its muscles on the glass, outrebounding the Regents 51-31. The Raiders' large rebounding advantage played a major role in them taking 22 more shots, which led to eight more made baskets than Rockford. Unfortunately, the Regents were unable to make up the difference elsewhere and suffered their first road loss of the season.
- Rockford opened the game clicking on all cylinders both offensively and defensively, and consequently, jumped out to an 8-0 lead. Neve Yerk scored the first five points of the game, followed by a Katlyn Fiorucci three-pointer at the 5:06 mark.
- The Regents defense was absolutely tenacious over that span, as the Raiders missed their first twelve shot attempts and had one turnover.
- However, the game completely flipped during the remainder of the quarter, with MSOE outscoring Rockford 8-0.
- The Raiders continued to build upon their momentum early in the second quarter, outscoring the Regents 15-5 and taking a 23-13 advantage.
- Fortunately, Rockford was able to cut the MSOE lead in half over the remaining four minutes and thirty seconds. Neve Yerk, Kaylynne Terry and Linzy Keller each scored two points during that span, as the Regents trailed 24-19 heading into the break.
- After Linzy Keller drained a three early in the second half to cut the deficit to four, MSOE went on a 10-0 run to take a commanding 36-22 lead.
- Despite being down by double-digits, the Regents kept fighting and slowly began to claw their way back into the game.
- With Rockford still trailing by twelve and less than 20 seconds remaining in the quarter, Linzy Keller drained her third three-pointer of the period, to pull Rockford back within nine points heading into the fourth.
- Emily Cox would then knock down a three-pointer of her own, to pull the Regents to within eight points at 43-35, with 9:19 remaining.
- Unfortunately, Rockford was unable to get any closer, as MSOE went on to win by a final score of 54-40.
- Neve Yerk tied for the game-high with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks.
- Linzy Keller also finished with a game-high 15 points, 4 rebounds and a block.
- Emily Cox added 8 rebounds, 3 points, 2 assists and a steal.
The RU women's basketball team returns to the court on Tuesday, November 26 at Beloit College. Tip-off is set for 5:30 PM at Flood Arena.