LISLE, Ill. - The Rockford University women's basketball team lost a tough road game to the Benedictine University Eagles on Wednesday night. The Regents led for much of the first half but were ultimately done in by rough third quarter. Rockford scored just 7 points in the third period, which allowed Benedictine to take a lead into the fourth. Although the Regents were able to get back within a single point multiple times, they were never quite able to get over the hump and ultimately fell by a final score of 65-56.
The first quarter was all Rockford as the Regents led by as many as nine points. Rockford used an 11-0 run over a four minute span to jump out to an early 13-4 advantage. Mallorie Getzelman (Byron, Ill.) and Tajanae Key (Glendale Heights, Ill.) combined to score 9 of the 11 points with Getzelman leading the charge with five. The two schools then traded baskets the remainder of the period as Rockford entered the second quarter holding a 15-8 lead.
Thats when things began to tighten up though as the Eagles closed the gap and eventually retook the lead. The Eagles opened the quarter with a 12-6 run to pull within a single point, and a few minutes later Benedictine would take a 25-24 lead, its first since the opening 90 seconds of the game. However, Rockford closed the half strong with a 6-2 run including a Taylor May (East Moline, Ill.) layup as time expired to propel her team to a 32-30 lead heading into the half.
The second half however belonged to Benedictine as it outscored the Rockford 35-24. The Eagles opened the half with a 9-2 run to grab a 39-34 lead, their largest to that point. Rockford would not go away however as the Regents began the fourth quarter with a 6-2 run with all six points coming from Mallorie Getzelman to pull back within a single point at 46-45. The game remained close as the upset-minded Regents were down just three points with a little two minutes remaining. Unfortunately the Eagles took control down the stretch using a 7-0 run over the next 90 seconds en route to a 65-56 win.
Offensively Rockford was led by a trio of players. Freshman Taylor May tallied her fifth double-double of the season with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals. Mallorie Getzelman was the team's leading scorer with 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Tajanae Key was the final Regent to crack double-figures adding 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
The RU women's basketball team returns home on Saturday, February 4 to face the Edgewood College Eagles. Tip-off is set for 2:00 PM in the Seaver Center.