Slow Start Too Much to Overcome for Golden Bears at Slippery Rock

11/19/2017 | Women’s Basketball | Box Score
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Kutztown University women’s basketball team was defeated, 68-54, in a road matchup with Slippery Rock on Sunday afternoon in its opening weekend of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action.

In a very back-and-forth affair, this game came down to a tale of two quarters for the Golden Bears. The Rock led 20-4 after the first ten minutes and then used a 25-11 advantage in the third quarter to decide the outcome. KU did its best to chip away at these deficits, outscoring Slippery Rock 39-23 in the second and fourth quarters, but the commanding lead to start the game, which was reestablished after the halftime break proved to be the difference for SRU.

Slippery Rock, which was held to 36.5 percent shooting and just 20 percent from deep, had four players 

with eight points or more, featuring a balanced offense throughout the game. From the charity stripe, the Rock knocked down 18-of-25 from the line, shooting at an efficient 72 percent clip. SRU had the advantage in several statistical categories in this tilt, outpacing the Golden Bears in points off turnovers, second chance points, bench points and points in the paint.

Kalee Fuegel and Rylee Derr each cracked double-digits in the scoring department, tallying 14 and 13 points, respectively. Kutztown struggled to score, with several extended droughts throughout the game, shooting 26.9 percent from the field and 22.7 percent from beyond the arc. A bright spot, however, for the Maroon and Gold offense was its persistence in rebounding on the offensive end, collecting 18 offensive boards with Fuegel and Derr leading the way gathering three a-piece.

Sierra Taylor led the way with four assists and Taylor Thames chipped in three helpers as the primary facilitators for the Kutztown offense. In 13 minutes of action, Jenna Widdicombe continued to contribute off the bench, posting six points and six rebounds.

Kutztown returns to action next Saturday, Nov. 25 at home against Penn State Lehigh Valley at 1 p.m. Fans will be able to follow along with live stats and video, accessible via

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