It was a major showdown this past Saturday afternoon on Alumni Day at DeSimone Gymnasium, as the UW-Parkside Rangers faced the second ranked team in Division II, the University of Indianapolis Greyhounds. The Greyhounds entered with an undefeated 20-0 record, as well as a spotless 11-0 record in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. However, the Women’s Basketball team had a spotless record of their own, as they entered undefeated at home. The Rangers had posted sixteen straight home wins, which dated all the back to last year. The game was sadly never in doubt for Indianapolis, as they cruised on to a 72-59 win over the Rangers.
“They’re a strong basketball team,” said Head Coach Jenny Kenesie after the game. “I thought our kids played really hard, and did a lot of really good things. We weren’t getting some of the calls we would have liked, but our kids stuck with it. Unfortunately it just wasn’t our day.”
This game started timidly for both sides, but rolled out with the two teams carrying out their strategy. The Rangers were getting the ball low, and Indianapolis was kicking out high. The Rangers outscored the Greyhounds 18-14 from the paint in the first half, and 30-26 for the entire game.
“It’s a physical game down there,” said junior center Brittany Hogan, “and those girls are definitely the most physical girls I’ve played all year.”
The story of this game was Indianapolis’ ability to shoot threes, and their ability to generate turnovers. The Greyhounds shot nearly half of the field goals from beyond the arch in this game, hitting 10/29 for three points. The Rangers only posted three shots from beyond the arch, and all of those were missed in the first half. The Greyhounds defense also provided twelve steals, and generated nineteen Parkside turnovers.
“I thought we played our hardest,” said Hogan. “We definitely gave it all we got. I thought we did a good job of keeping our composure throughout the game. The second half we made a run, but we couldn’t get that push.”
The Rangers were determined to play low, and, in the first half, Brittany Hogan was putting on a show. In the thirteen minutes she played in the first, she scored ten points, and picked up five rebounds.
Also coming through with a solid performance for Parkside was senior point guard Amanda Gibson. Gibson would post a team high fifteen points, as well as seven rebounds and two assists. Another Ranger getting into double figures was sophomore Brittany Beyer, who had twelve points, six boards, and two assists.
“It definitely hurts to lose to a team like this,” said Hogan, “but we know we’re a good basketball team, and we’ve bounced back from losses before and we’re going to do it again.
The Rangers loss puts them at 18-4 on the year, and 10-3 within the GLVC. Their next opponent is Lewis, who they’ll place twice. They face Lewis next Saturday on the road, and then return to DeSimone Gymnasium Thursday February 11th, where they will be looking to start a new home winning streak.