It was a wire to wire win for the Rangers Thursday night at DeSimone Gymnasium. The Rangers defeated the visiting Saint Joseph’s College Pumas by the final score of 67-53. The Parkside victory equaled a university record of twenty wins in a season, set by the 2004-05 team which picked up an NCAA tournament bid.
“It was an important game for us,” said Head Coach Jenny Kenesie. “We needed to come out and get a victory. Every time St. Joseph’s was trying to get a run going we didn’t allow that to happen, and that was important.”
The Rangers came out well, and were seemingly the cooler headed team on the evening. The Rangers played collected and confident basketball, and it showed true in the first half. The Rangers shot 66.7% from the field in the first compared to St. Joseph’s 25% from the field. The visiting Pumas, who out-shot the Rangers in the first, helped the Rangers collect an outstanding twenty-one first half rebounds, winning that margin by +14.
As always with these Rangers, they played aggressive down low, and worked to get their chances underneath the basket. Of the Rangers sixty-seven points for this game, they scored forty points in the paint. Junior center Brittany Hogan picked up a double-double, scoring twenty-two points, as well as picking up eleven rebounds, two assists, with a steal and a block to accompany her spotless 8-8 from the charity line. Also having a great performance in this game was sophomore Brittany Beyer. Beyer contributed with a sixteen point performance, with five rebounds, and two assists.
“These kids have worked extremely hard,” said Head Coach Jenny Kenesie. “If you can get to twenty wins it’s a pretty successful year. Unfortunately that’s not all we want. We’re hungry for a lot more.”
All in all, the Rangers packaged this win up through their inside shooting mixed with their ability to get boards. The Rangers out-rebounded St. Joseph’s tonight 42-20, and the Rangers were able to get eleven offensive rebounds that helped them get fourteen second chance points. It was a solid effort heading into the home finale this Saturday afternoon against Illinois-Springfield. Illinois-Springfield currently sit at the bottom of the Great Lakes Valley Conference with an overall record of 3-22, and are winless in the GLVC in conference play, 0-16.
Of note, the game this Saturday afternoon at 1pm in DeSimone Gymnasium is both Denior Day as well as the Pink Game. The Pink Game is a part of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Pink Zone Initiative. It’s a unified effort for WBCA coaches to promote breast cancer awareness on the court, as well as to the accompanying campuses and communities. Attending fans can get involved by purchasing a pink UW-Parkside Rangers t-shirt for $10, which will also allow for free attendance to the game. All proceeds from the shirt sales will be donated to local charities in support of the fight against breast cancer.