Parkside Conference Contender

Sophomore sensation Brittany Beyer’s 24 points and eight rebounds propel Parkside to a 76-46 thrashing of the Hawks. A message was sent to the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

The Rangers are a legitimate contender.

Coming off an impressive victory over Saginaw Valley State on Monday, UW-Parkside (1-0) (5-1) hosted Rockhurst University (0-1) (3-4) at DeSimone Gymnasium Thursday night in Kenosha, WI.

Featuring their conference opener, UWP possessed a potency superior to anything Rockhurst had to shell out.

Brilliant defense executed by the Rangers opened up points in transition by the plenty. Frequently it’s the guards that benefit from a high tempo style; on this night, however, the front-court’s effort to get up and down the floor paid major dividends.

Beyer vaulted Parkside out to an early double-digit lead with her nine points in as many minutes to open action. Just shy of a double-double for the game, the forward also added three assists.

Although guards Jadee Rooney and Amanda Gibson typically contribute mostly in the points department, they instead spent most of the night using their play-making abilities to facilitate the offense.

“We’re trying to establish a balanced team in all areas,” said Parkside’s eighth-year head coach Jenny Kenesie. “The ladies distributed the ball well and played unselfish.”

Exemplifying an efficient offensive performance, the Rangers posted a first half 60 percent field goal percentage (15-of-25).

UWP closed out the first 20 minutes with a commanding 45-26 lead. The ladies dominated in virtually all statistical categories.

The onslaught never subsided.

Parkside utilized the blowout as an opportunity to showcase their future prospects. Freshman Kiah Simon displayed excellent work in the low-post contributing five points and two rebounds.

Freshmen Cheryl Leyns, Kristen Ruchti, and Carly Prokup also made successful appearances off the bench.

“This was really their first opportunity to be on the floor together,” cited Kenesie. “The young players just have to play loose and do those things they’ve been taught.”

Instead of watching their lead diminish, Parkside’s bench outscored the Hawks and won the rebounding battle (37-to-23).

Junior center Brittany Hogen was stellar in the paint for the Rangers racking up 15 points and eight rebounds while going 6-of-7 from the field. Sophomore Amy Selk also supplied six points and four boards of her own.

With ten points and four rebounds, Jade Lampkins was the lone bright spot for Rockhurst.

Back at DeSimone Gymnasium Saturday afternoon, UW-Parkside hosts Missouri-St. Louis. Set for a 1:00 pm tip-off, the Rangers seek to remain undefeated in conference play.

“It’s a momentum builder,” assured Kenesie. “With a conference win like this, we have to take it into the weekend ready to do the same thing.”

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