ROCKFORD, Ill. – In the final game of her collegiate career, senior forward Nicole Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./Pearl City) placed herself into Regents history. Lawler grabbed the 500th rebound of her career at the 18:18 mark in the first half. She becomes only the 11th player in the program's 41 year history and the second women's basketball student-athlete to join the 500 rebound club in the last two seasons.
The senior captain and four year student-athlete for the Regents has been a valuable member of the team throughout her career. In her senior season Lawler led or was second on the team in a handful of categories. The Pearl City native led the team in rebounding (158), blocked shots (15), and shooting percentage (45.1%). She also finished second on the team this season in scoring with 244 points and 30 steals.
Lawler finished her collegiate basketball career in the Regents Record Book in multiple categories. Her 501 career rebounds ranks her 11th all-time and her 64 blocked shots places her 5th in the program's history. Lawler finished her career with 731 points, a 41.7 shooting percentage (228-547), 105 assists and 82 steals.
In addition to being a solid individual player, Lawler was also a great teammate who helped make the team better. In her four years at Rockford College, the women's basketball team made the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament in three of those seasons. The only season the ladies did not make the tournament was her junior season when Lawler missed nine games due to injury.