With strong rebounding and stifling defense, the Rogers Royals handed St. Cloud Tech its first loss 51-37 on Tuesday evening in Rogers.
“They didn’t get many second-chance baskets,” said Rogers coach Karlee Anderson, noting that the Royals had 27 defensive rebounds and 41 overall.
Rogers’ man-to-man defense and occasional 2-2-1 zone press were both effective, twice forcing 10-second violations.
The Royals also parlayed some turnovers into breakaway baskets.
“We got the ball and took off,” she said. “We are really looking to the transition this year.”
Marina Nowak sank 15 points, Taylor Anderson 10 and Lindsay Dorr nine to lead the Royals (3-1) in their third straight win. Dorr had nine rebounds and Anderson eight.
Kaila Burroughs scored 12 points and Lizzy Krippner 10 for Tech (3-1).
Anderson cited Nowak for a solid job defensively on Burroughs, the Tigers top scorer, who had three field goals and 6-for-7 free shots.
Rogers will play at Shakopee on Thursday.
Rogers scoring — Adri Tjeerdsma 6, Bailey Miller 2, Taylor Anderson 10 (8 reb), Taylor Paulsrud 3, Marina Nowak 15 (6 reb), Hannah Sjerven 6, Lindsay Dorr 9 (9 reb)