Interior dominance by junior center Brittany Hogen delivers a remarkable 28 points and 21 rebounds en route to an 85-70 victory.
A week removed from a convincing conference triumph over Missouri-St. Louis, UW-Parkside (2-0) (7-1) hosted Robert Morris (0-0) (9-5) at DeSimone Gymnasium in Kenosha.
Building momentum, the women’s basketball program is now enjoying a five-game winning streak. They are currently slated second in the Great Lakes Valley Conference North Division trailing only undefeated Quincy.
Engaging in a physical battle on both ends of the floor, Parkside’s finesse style of play was forced to adjust rather quickly.
Hogen solidified UWP’s strong post presence with a double-double in the first half.
“We didn’t do as good of a job defending early but Brittany really gave us a great effort to make for it,” reasoned Parkside head coach Jenny Kenesie.
With limited fast break opportunities, the Rangers turned to sophomore Jadee Rooney to facilitate the offense. The 5’9 guard utilized her play-making ability to dish out four assists and control the tempo.
Along with a potent offense, Parkside’s defense contained Robert Morris’ athleticism. Despite RMU’s penetration of the lane, they were held to a putrid field goal percentage of 28 percent (11-of-39) in the first half.
Senior guard Jessica Harris was the lone bright spot for the Eagles, as she went off for 29 points and eight rebounds. Robert Morris finished action at 35 percent (28-of-80) shooting.
Courtesy of a 23-footer buried by Rooney just before the horn, Parkside entered the break with a 34-26 advantage.
“We got pressured a lot so we had to do some different things offensively,” said Kenesie. “They [Robert Morris] are an athletic group but I thought we did an exceptional job of stopping them.”
Expanding their range with perimeter jump shots, senior guard Amanda Gibson benefited Parkside with two from long range and finished with 18 points. She also added four boards and three assists.
In addition to Hogen’s performance, sophomore Brittany Beyer also provided quality production in the paint. She racked up a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
“We really set the tone with this kind of win,” cited Beyer, who serves as both a guard and forward. “In the first half we definitely struggled, but in the second half we really stepped up.”
Contributing in a reserve role, sophomore forward Amy Selk posted seven points and six rebounds.
Only going eight deep, the Rangers featured four starters in double-digit points which was a testament to their stellar 19 assists as a team.
The Rangers return to DeSimone for their final home game of the month Sunday afternoon against non-conference opponent Cardinal Stritch. Following a 3 pm tip-off, they get set for a six-game road trip starting Sunday, Dec. 15 at Olivet Nazarene.
In preparation for Sunday, Kenesie quotes, “The only thing we can do is regroup as a team and be ready for tomorrow.”