SOMERS, Wis. — No. 16 Wisconsin-Parkside clinched the Great Lakes Valley Conference Eastern Division championship with an 86-61 victory against Lewis on Thursday night. The win gave the Rangers their 22nd regular season victory establishing a new school record.
Parkside improved to 22-4 on the year and finished the conference campaign at 15-3. The Rangers will be the second seed in the GLVC Tournament.
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|No. 16 Wisconsin-Parkside 86, Lewis 61|
The Rangers left little doubt in the finale jumping out to a double-digit lead eight minutes into the game and never let the Flyers get back into it. Jadee Rooney led the team with 17 points, four assists, and two 3-pointers. Brittany Beyer was next up with 16 points.
Amy Selk and Kaitlyn Bettiga played their roles as well. Selk grabbed 10 rebounds and Bettiga had a game-high seven assists to just two turnovers. Jaleesa Trussel had a big night as well with 16 points and four steals.
It was 10-7 with 14:14 left in the first half before the Rangers found their groove. Trussell started an 11-0 run with five consecutive points and Danielle Slivka finished it with five in a row for a 21-7 lead.
Lewis was able to cut the deficit to eight on a Jess Reinhart lay-up with 9:26 left in the period. From there the Rangers took off on a 19-1 run to seize control.
Rooney’s jumper with 1:54 left made it 41-15 creating the Rangers’ largest advantage of the half.
Parkside put the game away scoring the first seven points of the second half to open a 50-19 lead. Baskets by Bettiga and Selk sandwiched three Beyer free throws in the first three minutes.
The Flyers got it as low as 18 in the waning minutes but Parkside scored eight of the last nine points to win by 25.
The Rangers finished the night shooting exactly 50 percent from the floor including a 7-13 (53 percent) effort from behind the arc.
They had a big advantage in the turnover battle forcing 22 Flyer miscues and turning them into 32 points. Parkside committed just 13 turnovers while out-rebounding Lewis, 37-30.
Lewis was led in scoring by Reinhart with 15.