WAUWATOSA, WI (February 26, 2019) - Earning the number one seed in the regional playoffs, the Bryant & Stratton College women's basketball team defeated the eight seeded Prairie State College Pioneers on Tuesday night 72-37.
The win improves the Bobcats to 20-10 on the season and advances them to the semi-final game against the Triton College Trojans (19-12).
Freshman guard Taynique Hawthorne led the way for the Bobcats with 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists followed by freshman guard Kiyanna Rodgers dropping 14 points, 5 assists and four rebounds.
To start the game, Rodgers provided an early spark for the Bobcats as she knocked down shot from distance followed by a coast-to-coast layup to take an early 5-0 lead.
Rodgers, who has been a key member to the Bobcats success this season, was named to the Region IV All-Region Team over the weekend.
"I thought Kiyanna played very well," Bobcats head coach Jeff Lorenz said. "She did a great job of keeping everyone involved while controlling the tempo of the game."
At the break, Bryant & Stratton led the Pioneers 41-17.
Midway through the third quarter, the Bobcats jumped out to a 8-2 run after Hawthorne's converted layup through traffic to extend their lead to 30 (51-21).
"We kept our energy up in the third quarter which gave us momentum," Lorenz said.
Holding a 59-27 advantage to start the fourth quarter, Bryant & Stratton kept their foot on the gas as they stretched their 32 point lead to 37 midway through the fourth after Nzeakor knocked down a jump shot.
With just under a minute left in the final quarter, Bryant & Stratton led by 35 points and saw themselves advancing onto the semi-final game for the second straight year.
"This was a good start for us but we have a lot to improve on," Lorenz said. "Every rounds gets tougher and we have a lot of work to do."
Bryant & Stratton shot 39.4% from the field and 44.4% from beyond the arc. The Bobcats held the Pioneers to just 22.2% shooting (12-54 from the field) and 15.4% from distance.
Bryant & Stratton will travel to the host of the semi-final and championship game of the region iv tournament, Waubonsee Community College, to take on the Triton College Trojans at 12:00pm.
This will be the first time this season Bryant & Stratton and Triton square off which is anticipated to be a highly competitive match.