Regents Season Ended by Falcons
MEQUON, Wis. - The Rockford College women's basketball team saw its season come to an end on Saturday night at the hands of the Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons. The Regents entered their quarterfinal game looking for a bit of revenge after falling to the Falcons just two weeks prior by 12 points in the only regular season meeting between the two teams. In fact, Rockford has not defeated the Falcons since both schools joined the Northern Athletics Conference for the 2006-07 season.
Rockford was hampered early in the game by a difficult start. The Falcons came out of gates on fire hitting three of their first five shots and bolting out to a quick 8-0 lead. After a Regent substitution, junior Lindsay Lengjak (Roscoe, Ill./Hononegah) hit on three of her first four shots to pull the Regents to within two points at 8-6. The Falcons answered right back scoring the next 10 points and going on a 22-10 run to take their largest lead of the half at 30-16. Rockford did not give in as it put together a small run of its own and cut the lead back down to single-digits trailing 35-26 at halftime.
The second half did not go Rockford's way as Concordia Wisconsin showed why they won their division during the regular season with a 14-4 record to earn the #2 seed in the tournament. The Regents were simply unable to control the Falcon offense which shot 50% from the floor in the second half and forced 10 Rockford turnovers. Rockford's best chance to cut into the Falcon lead came at the 9:04 mark when junior Erin Ryczek (South Beloit, Ill./Hononegah) hit a jumper for 2 of her 8 second half points to cut the deficit down to only 8 points. However, the Falcons quickly answered right back and put the game away with a 19-4 run to build its largest lead of the game at 23 points and cruise to a 72-54 victory.
Senior Nicole Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./Pearl City) scored 7 points and grabbed 2 rebounds in her final collegiate basketball game. Lawler's 2 rebounds gave her 501 rebounds for her career. She becomes just the 11th member of the 500 Rebound Club in the program's history.
Juniors Lindsay Lengjak and Erin Ryczek were Rockford's main scoring threats on Saturday. Lengjak was nearly unstoppable, shooting 8-10 from the floor and scoring a game-high 17 points off the bench. The junior has been on a scoring spree over the final 3 games of the season averaging 14.0 points per game and helping to lead Rockford to a playoff berth. Ryczek was the other Regent in double-figures scoring 10 points and leading the Regents with 8 rebounds. She finished the season as the team's leading scorer averaging 11.1 points per game.