ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Rockford University women's basketball team (0-5, 0-3 NACC) hosted Benedictine University (5-1, 3-0 NACC) on Tuesday night. It did not go as Rockford had hoped as it dropped the contest 75-55. Rockford came out strong, but BU had too many weapons on offense. The Eagles shot an impressive 48.3% from beyond the arc in the game including going 6-for-8 in the third quarter that gained BU a lead it would never relinquish.
At the start of the game Benedictine came out fast on a 5-0 run. Rockford did not let it phase them as they were able to bring the game within one at 5-4. The Regents were able to play well defensively and forced a bevy of missed shots. RU was able to go on a 6-0 run of its own on the back of freshman Sammi Russell (Winnebago, Ill.) to make the game 10-7. Rockford would go into the second quarter up 15-12 in part by a big last second three from senior Virginia Reed (Rockford, Ill.). In the second quarter the Eagles came out soaring as they were able to go on a 12-2 run. Senior Tajanae Key (Glendale Heights, Ill.) continued to facilitate the game as she dished out an assist to junior Nicole Silvers (Byron, Ill.) who hit a big time three to bring it within four points. BU managed to pull ahead before freshman Kaylynne Terry (Streator, Ill.) was able to connect on an and-one to bring it within five. However, the Eagles continued to answer as Benedictine came right back down to hit a three. Benedictine would go into the half up 33-25 as BU managed to outscore the Regents 21-10 in the second quarter. Leading the Regents in the first half were Key with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists as well as Russell coming off the bench contributing 5 points. Rockford outrebounded Benedictine 26-19; however, the Eagles shot 39.4% from the floor compared to Rockford's 25.8%.
The Eagles continued to shoot well at the start of the third quarter as they came out on fire scoring four straight shots from behind the arc to increase its lead to 45-25 with just over 7 minutes left in the quarter. The Regents could not find an answer for the Eagles offensive firepower as BU outscored Rockford in third quarter 26-13, due in large part to the Eagles knocking down six threes. The fourth quarter was much of the same as Benedictine continued its dominate shooting from beyond the arc as it knocked down two quick threes. However, Rockford was able to dig deep as it outscored the Eagles 17-16 in the quarter. A big contributor in Rockford's increased offense was sophomore Linzy Keller (Rockford, Ill.) as she scored 5 points in the quarter. It was not enough as the Eagles came out with a win.
Rockford used a balanced attack on Tuesday as just one player cracked double-digit scoring. Tajanae Key continues to play well recording a team-high in points (12), rebounds (9), assists (4) and steals (3). Freshman Neve Yerk (Belvidere, Ill.) contributed 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Nicole Silvers tallied 8 points and 3 rebounds.
The Rockford University women's basketball team returns to action on Saturday when it travels to MSOE. Tip-off is set for 4:15 PM.