The Prairie Fire's two-game winning streak was snapped in a 77-66
loss to Rockford College on Wednesday night at Memorial Gymnasium.
The Regents (3-10) went on an 11-0 run after the game was tied at 6-6
to lead 17-6 with 11:15 to play in the first half. Rockford
increased the advantage to 21-9 about two minutes later. Knox (4-7)
cut the deficit in half at 25-19 at the 4:06 mark. Rockford followed
with a 10-4 run to regain a 12-point lead at 35-23 with 27 seconds
before the Fire closed the half with four straight points to get
within 35-27 at the intermission.
Rockford increased the advantage to 49-36 four-and-a-half minutes
into the second half. Knox fought back to trim the gap to 51-48,
part of a 12-2 offensive spurt, with 12:20 left in the contest. The
Regents scored six of the next seven points for a 57-49 with 9:37 to
play. The Prairie Fire again sliced the deficit to three points at
58-55 less than two minutes later. Rockford responded with a 15-5
run for a 73-60 lead at the 4:05 mark that Knox couldn't overcome.
The Prairie Fire shot 17 percent (9-of-52) in the first half and
finished the game at 20 percent (21-of-107). Knox also had problems
from the free throw line, making just 3-of-14 attempts in the first
half and 14-of-29 overall. Rockford was 44 percent (17-of-39) from
the floor in the first half and 40 percent (32-of-81) overall while
sinking 11-of-19 free throws.
Sophomore Jessica Howard led four Prairie Fire players in
double-figure scoring with 15 points. Freshman Alycia Webster
recorded a game-high 13 rebounds for Knox.
Rockford had two players finish with double-doubles. Lindsay Lengjak
had 23 points and 12 rebounds and Erin Ryczek contributed 13 points
and 10 boards.
Knox had won two straight games, both at the Daytona Beach Shootout
before Christmas, and three of the last four -- all by
double-figures. The Regents have now won two of their last three
following a five-game losing streak.