ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Rockford University women's basketball team (0-4, 0-2 NACC) fell to undefeated Concordia University Chicago (5-0, 3-0) on Saturday evening 105-73. Concordia Chicago came out on fire and never looked back. The Cougars never trailed the entire game; CUC had too much offensive firepower for the Regents defense. CUC shot very well shooting 53.2% compared to Rockford's 31.6% on the day. A big part of Concordia Chicago commanding the game was shooting 40.6% from three.
In the first half CUC came out hot and the Regents could not find an answer defensively as the Cougars biggest lead of the half was 23 points. The end of the first quarter was 31-17 in favor of CUC. The Regents performed better in the second quarter scoring just six points less than the Cougars. A big part of the Regents offense improved play was due to junior Nicole Silvers (Byron, Ill.). Silvers scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half shooting 3-of-6 while being 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. Also contributing in the first half was freshman Kaylynne Terry (Streator, Ill.) and senior Tajanae Key (Glendale Heights, Ill.) with 7 points each. Key made her presence known in the paint pulling down 10 rebounds. RU would trail going into halftime 58-38. CUC shot 62.6% from the floor and an impressive 9-of-17 from three. Rockford meanwhile shot 36.6% from the floor in the first half.
The second half went much like the first as the Cougars continued to pounce on the Regents. CUC maintained its hot shooting and put the game out of reach. In the fourth quarter the Regents played better offensively but it was too late. Rockford tied Concordia Chicago in points scored in the quarter with 20. Unfortunately it was not enough as Concordia Chicago cruised to a 105-73 win. CUC outshot Rockford in the second half 45.0% to 26.3%.
Despite the loss three Rockford players cracked double-digit points on the day. Nicole Silvers tied for a team-high with 12 points along with 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Sophomore Linzy Keller (Rockford, Ill.) was the other Rockford player with 12 points, 10 of those coming in the second half. Keller also had 2 rebounds, an assist and a steal. Freshman Neve Yerk (Belvidere, Ill.) came off the bench and helped contribute 10 points of her own as well as grabbing 3 rebounds. Tajanae Key put together a nice game scoring 7 points and pulling down a game-high 14 boards. Key also chalked up 3 assists, 2 steals and a block.
The RU women's basketball team returns to action on Tuesday, December 5 when it hosts Maranatha. Tip-off is set for 7 PM in the Seaver Center