No. 2-ranked Rock Valley upeneds WolfPack

Joseph Dorschel, Sports Editor

The WolfPack women’s basketball team had their four-game winning streak snapped as they fell to the No. 2 nationally ranked Rock Valley College Golden Eagles. Following the 79-67 loss on Feb. 5, the team now stands at 11 wins and 11 losses for the season.

The story of the game was turnovers as both teams combined to give the ball away 42 times. The Lady WolfPack alone had 26 giveaways. According to coach Jessica Pelzel, turnovers were a key factor in the team’s loss.

In addition to the turnover count, the team shot only 42 percent from inside the arc and 33 percent from three-point range. The team also shot 66 percent from the free throw line.

“We didn’t shoot well and we missed shots that we typically make,” Pelzel said.

Sophomore post player Alicia Kopp found success in the first half while scoring 12 of the team’s 28 points in the half. She finished the game with 24 points and eight rebounds.

Sophomore guard Mya Flentje also contributed with 16 points, five rebounds, four steals, and three assists. She converted three out of five three-pointers attempted.

Regardless of the loss, the team hopes get back to the winning ways of previous games played. Prior to the loss, the WolfPack won seven out of the last nine games played, dating back to the beginning of January. With the final stretch of the regular season ahead, the WolfPack have six games remaining before the postseason play begins.

“We just have to keep playing together. The effort we had, I’m happy with that as long as week keep working together,” Pelzel said.

Throughout the final games, the team will play away four times and twice at home. In a seven-day stretch, the WolfPack will play five games. The team will begin the run on Feb 8. with an away game against the Joliet Junior College Lady Wolves in Joliet, Ill.