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Stingy Defense Leads Regents to Victory

Neve Yerk
Neve Yerk

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Regents (2-8) ended their 2-game trip to the Daytona Beach Shootout with a 43-34 wire-to-wire victory over the Lasell College Lasers (2-6). Rockford used its stifling defense to secure its second win in the last four games, while forcing the Lasers into their worst offensive output of the season. The Regents held the Lasers to a season-low 34 points and a season worst 18.0% shooting from the floor. Rockford was also extremely dominant on the boards, outrebounding Lasell 58-37. 

Rockford never trailed in the game and did not even allow a basket until nearly 6 minutes in. The Regents opened on a 5-0 run over the first 5:40 of the game, capped off by a made jumper from senior Lexie Collins (Earlville, Ill.). Lasell would answer with a made layup on its next possession for its only points of the entire first quarter. The Regents then closed the quarter on a 4-0 run, jump-started by a made three-pointer from Neve Yerk (Belvidere, Ill.). Rockford's two points allowed in the quarter were by far its lowest of the season. The Regents also held the Lasers to a dreadful 6.3% shooting in the opening period, including going 0-for-7 from beyond the arc. 

Much like the first quarter, the Regents opened the second quarter with another 5-0 run to extend their lead to at the time a game-high 12 points. Guards Katie Hart (Davis Junction, Ill.) and Neve Yerk combined to score all five of the points to give their team a 14-2 lead. The Regents continued to hold onto a 10-point lead for the remainder of the second quarter as Rockford entered the half with an 18-8 advantage. The eight points allowed in the first half was again a season-low for the Regents as they held the Lasers to just 9.7% shooting, including 0-for-10 from three-point range.

The third quarter nearly featured more points (34), than the entire rest of the game combined (43). Both Rockford and Lasell caught fire from long range as each drained four three-pointers in the period. Katie Hart and Nicole Silvers (Byron, Ill.) both opened the half on fire, as the each connected on their first three-pointer of the day to extend Rockford's lead to at the time game-high 16 points. Rockford's three-point barrage was far from finished, as Neve Yerk and Nicole Silvers each found the bottom of the net from beyond the arc to give the Regents a 33-16 lead. However the Lasers closed the quarter with an 11-0 run, including a trio of three-pointers, to cut Rockford's lead to just six points heading into the fourth.

Rockford would once again flex its defensive muscles in the fourth quarter, as the Regents held the Lasers under 10 points in a period for the third time in the game. The Regents opened the quarter with a 7-2 run led by three points form Linzy Keller (Rockford, Ill.) to push their lead back to double-figures at 40-29. Lasell never got any closer than eight points for the remainder of the day as Rockford cruised to a 43-34 win.  

The Regents got excellent contributions from numerous players on Wednesday. Freshman Neve Yerk recorded the Regents first double-double of the season with 10 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks and 1 assist. Nicole Silvers also hit double-figures in the game with 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist. Tajanae Key (Glendale Heights, Ill.) dominated the paint with a career-high 18 rebounds, 5 points, 2 steals and 1 assist. Katie Hart turned in a solid all-around game with 6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

The RU women's basketball team returns to the court on Saturday, December 30 at Alverno College. Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM.