"They called a lot of fouls in the first half especially against Whiting. It was pretty rough, physical game," said RSM coach Nick Staab.
Whiting registered 25 total fouls. One of their girls fouled out and three other Warriors were at four for the night.
Whiting led 9-8 by the first buzzer, but the Hawks owned the scoreboard for most of the rest of the game.
The girls found the basket more in the second quarter than any other period.
"The second quarter was pretty back-and-forth," Staab said.
At halftime, RSM led 30-27. The Hawks outscored the Warriors 22-18 that quarter -- more points than either team would score in the rest of the game.
"Defensively they had a girl that scored 10 points in the first half and she didn't score in the second half," Staab said. "She was their best player and we kind of shut her down, they did their job that way."
At the end of the third quarter, RSM led 37-34.
Overall in the second half, the Hawks scored 12 to Whiting's eight.
"We had some pretty good looks in the second half, we just couldn't make a few shots," Staab said. "I thought they did pretty well -- it was a first game, and we were only up by three at half."
RSM sophomore Alexis Bunkers led scoring with 11 -- including three from outside the arc.
Senior Anyssa Trejo chipped in for 10 points and junior Lyndsie Schorg had 7.
Bunkers also had seven rebounds and Trejo had six.
"It was definitely a first game," Staab said. "We were a little rusty on our offense and have stuff to work on, but probably the most disappointing was the free throws."
He said the Hawks should have won by more than 20 points but couldn't find the basket on free throws.
"We went 11-for-32 -- we missed 21 of them," Staab said.
The Hawks had 17 turnovers for the night.
The season is young, but Staab was optimistic after Monday's game.
"We threw a couple presses at them, one of them we didn't even work on in practice yet, and they ran that one pretty well," Staab said. "I was happy with that."
The Hawks have five seniors on the 10-girl team.
"We started the five seniors tonight," Staab said. "That could change with how we match up with other teams."
RSM plays at Akron-Westfield tonight (Tuesday) and Friday will host West Sioux, which comes into the season with a No. 9 ranking.
Staab said Monday's win over the Warriors should kick off a good season.
"We're expecting this team to do pretty well this year with the seniors we've got. They're pretty experienced," Staab said. "At least we got off to a good start."