The women’s basketball team played its second game of the season Friday evening at DeSimone Gymnasium, and the Rangers put on a clinic. The UW-Parkside Rangers defeated the visiting Red Hawks of Indiana Northwest by a score of 85-52. The result almost echoed last year’s result against the Red Hawks, which ended in a similar dominating fashion at 80-39.
The Rangers threw out their prototypical-starting lineup of Kaitlyn Bettiga, Jadee Rooney, Amy Selk, Brittany Beyer, and Brittany Hogan. All things considered, the starters weren’t out on the floor much, and they didn’t need to log their typical minutes. This game provided a great opportunity to get the youthful bench players quality minutes to show what they can do.
The Red Hawks’ biggest threat on the court was six-foot-four center Sharon Houston. Houston put up twenty-seven points out of the Red Hawks’ fifty-two total points in the game. She used her size to roam around the paint for close buckets, and went to the line fourteen times.
“We let [Shannon Houston] do some things way to easy,” admitted women’s basketball head coach Jenny Kenesie. “Still, it’s a good opportunity to watch film with our post players and show them where we need to get better, because we’re going to be playing against even better post players than that all year.”
While the game wasn’t truly in doubt at any point in the game, there certainly were plenty of fouls on Parkside’s end. The Rangers posted twenty-six personal fouls, sixteen of which happened in the second half. The main cause for this could simply go down to the youth being thrown on the floor in an actual competitive game setting, but fouls allowed Indiana Northwest to put up twenty-two points merely from the line.
“It was just mental discipline,” cited coach Kenesie. “To be quite frank, we didn’t have a lot of pride on the defensive end.”
Still, it is very early in the year, and, against a team such as Indiana Northwest, the Rangers can afford to make mistakes and learn on the fly. It was the second game of the season, but a lot of the bench players got their chance to get involved with in game situations. Did it generate some fouls? Yes. Did it cost them the game? No. It was a solid team effort from the offense that picked up an otherwise sloppy night defensively for the Rangers. Going forward, I’d expect this game to be very helpful for the bench players.
Next up, the Rangers tip off against the Warriors of Wayne State University Sunday afternoon at 1pm. The Warriors currently sit at 0-2 on the season, and have not played against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside since November 27, 1993. To put things in perspective, the artist with the number one hit on the billboard charts at that time was Meat Loaf. To say it’s been awhile might be an understatement.
“[Wayne State] is a very balanced team,” noted coach Kenesie. “It’s going to be a challenge for us, especially after seeing this defensive performance.”