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Jenna Hanson player of the week

Posted by Falcons Fan on November 30, 2008

Guard Jenna Hanson (Sr., Altoona, Wis.) helped the Falcons to two wins with some very good shooting statistics last week. She finished with 14 points in the win over St. Mary’s and 10 in the win over Grinnell. She led the Falcons with four assists against St. Mary’s. In the two games she was 9-14 (.642) from the field, including 3-4 (.750) from three-point range. She finished 3-4 (.750) at the line and scored 24 points. Hanson, 5-6, had eight rebounds, six assists and one steal. She had just four turnovers in 46 minutes of playing time. Hanson is averaging 8.2 points and 3.6 rebounds a game this season. She is tied for the team lead with 14 assists and she has seven steals.

Jenna Hanson

Jenna Hanson

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Pictures from Grinnell Game, November 29, 2008

Posted by Falcons Fan on November 30, 2008

Here are pictures from the Grinnell game.

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Gregorich Scores Career-High 24 to Help Lead Falcons to Win

Posted by Falcons Fan on November 29, 2008

Tiffany Gregorich scored a career-high 24 points to help lead the Falcon women’s basketball team past Grinnell College, 97-37, on Saturday night at the Karges Center.

UWRF never trailed in the game and GC did not score their second field goal of the game until 10:53 remained in the first half. By that time the Falcons had racked up 21 points and the rout was on. Gregorich had 11 points and four rebounds and Alise Holst had 10 points and five rebounds at halftime. The Falcons limited GC to 4-19 (.211) shooting in the first half.

The Falcons continued to add to the lead in the second half. Gregorich knocked home another 13 points in the second period and finished the game 10-12 from the field. Six players scored in double digits for UWRF.

UWRF was led by Gregorich’s 24 points. Kelli Hilt added 12 points and four assists, Katie Theisen scored 12, Tessa Rohl tallied 11, Holst finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, and Jenna Hanson scored 10 points and cleared six rebounds. Maranda Dohrn led the team with 10 rebounds and chipped in nine points.

Mallory Scharf had nine points to lead GC. UWRF held GC to 8-51 (.157) shooting for the night as well as 2-16 (.125) from the three-point line.

UWRF led the points in the paint 50-6 for the game. The Falcons shot 38-66 (.576) from the field and 5-13 (.385) from beyond the arc.

The Falcons, now 4-1, will host Viterbo on Wednesday at 6 p.m., at the Karges Center.

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Tiffany Gregorich

Tiffany Gregorich

Katie Theisen

Katie Theisen

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Falcons Get Win Behind Lardie’s Career-High 18 Points

Posted by Falcons Fan on November 26, 2008

Tess Lardie scored a career-high 18 points to help lead the Falcon women’s basketball team to a 67-49 win over St. Mary’s on Tuesday night at the Karges Center.

It was the first home game of the season for the Falcons and they didn’t disappoint any of the 118 fans in attendance as they improved to 3-1 overall.

UWRF put on a defensive clinic for most of the first half. With the score tied, 3-3, with 15:24 to play, the Falcons went on an 18-0 run to take a commanding 21-3 lead with 8:38 to play. The Falcon defense limited the Cardinals to very few good shots during the stretch. SMU was able to get back to within 14 points twice later in the half, but a three-pointer by UWRF’s Tessa Rohl just before the half gave the Falcons a 33-16 halftime lead.

Lardie scored 11 first half points and had four rebounds. Maranda Dohrn added seven points while Taylor House and Alise Holst each had five rebounds. The Falcons limited SMU to just 6-21 shooting in the first half. UWRF also had a commanding 22-11 advantage in rebounds, including eight on the offense end.

The Cardinals, now 0-2, made a run in the second half and got as close as seven (45-38) with eight minutes to play when Jennifer Rietzler hit a layup. But the Falcons responded by going on a 9-0 run over the next two minutes to take a 54-38 lead with 6:02 to play. The Falcon lead stretched to 19 (58-39) with 3:04 to play when Jenna Hanson hit a jumper.

Hanson added 14 points, which is also a career-high, for the Falcons. Dohrn had 10 points and she grabbed eight rebounds. Holst led the Falcons with 11 rebounds and House finished with seven points and nine boards. Holst and Hanson led the Falcons with four assists each. UWRF was 26-64 (.406) from the field, and 5-19 (.263) from three-point range. They finished 10-13 from the line.

Michelle Carne led SMU with 15 points and Cherie Kulig added 11 points and led the Cardinals with nine rebounds. SMU shot 19-48 (.396) from the field, including 8-19 (.421) from behind the arc. The Cardinals were 3-7 from the line.

The Falcons will next host Grinnell on Saturday at the Karges Center with action starting at 5:30 p.m.

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Tess Lardie

Tess Lardie

Jenna Hanson

Jenna Hanson

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Taylor House player of the week

Posted by Falcons Fan on November 23, 2008

Forward Taylor House (Fr., Maple Grove, Minn.) had three solid games last week for the Falcons. “She played especially well considering they were the first three games of her college career,” Falcon Head Coach Cindy Hovet said. In the team’s first game of the season, a 63-43 win over Northwestern, House led all scorers with 12 points. She also had seven rebounds, four steals, and two blocks. Over the weekend, the Falcons played Judson and North Central at the Northwestern Tip-Off Tournament. House made a great showing against Judson with 19 points and 11 rebounds. She also had four steals and three blocks. In the game against North Central, House had 13 points and five steals. Through the course of the week, House, 5-11, shot 53 percent from the field (17-24) and 50 percent from behind the arc (2-4). She finished with 22 total rebounds, six blocks and 13 steals. “She scored, gave us a presence inside, and did a great job rebounding,” Hovet said. House was named to the Northwestern All-Tournament team.

Taylor House

Taylor House

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Falcons Dominate North Central, 84-17

Posted by Falcons Fan on November 23, 2008

The Falcons spent their Saturday at Northwestern College participating in the second of two days at the Northwestern Tournament where they faced North Central University.

Every member of the team got to see some court time this afternoon as the Falcons handed a hearty defeat the Rams of North Central. The final score was 84-17.

There was not a moment of doubt from tip off at the Falcons had this game under control. At half-time, the score was 50-4, and the momentum was entirely in UWRF’s favor as guard Katie Theisen sunk a very deep three with 0.07 seconds left on the clock.

At the end of the game, there were four Falcons in double-digits. Leading scorers were Theisen and guard Tiffany Gregorich, who each had 16 points. Forward Taylor House had 13, and guard Tess Lardie added 11. Forwards Alise Holst and Maranda Dorn along with guards Jenna Hanson, Kelli Hilt, and Tessa Rohl all scored some points as well.

The Rams had 42 turn overs, so several Falcon players had steals. House and Theisen each had five, and Hanson and Gregorich added three a piece. Dorn, Rohl, Holst, and Hilt each had steals as well.

All but one Falcon contributed an assist in the game, as well. Hilt led passers with five, and Gregorich and Hanson each contributed four.

As a team the Falcons outrebounded the Rams 40 to 18. Holst led all rebounders with 14 total boards, and Dorn had 10. UWRF shot 53.7 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from behind the arc. Theisen was 2-3 from three-point land, and Greorich went 2-5. Lardie and House each had a long-range bucket as well.

Upcoming games for the Falcons include a home game versus St. Mary’s on Tuesday. Tip off will be at 7 p.m. And on Saturday, Grinnell College will take on the Falcons at the Karges Center at 5:30 p.m.

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Katie Theisen

Katie Theisen

Tess Lardie

Tess Lardie

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Falcons Lose Close Game to Judson, 53-49

Posted by Falcons Fan on November 22, 2008

The Falcons started off their weekend with a game versus the Eagles of Judson College in the first of two days at the Northwestern Tournament.

Though UWRF battled hard, the Eagles made a run at the end of the second half that handed the Falcons a loss, 53-49.

Leading the Falcons in both points and rebounds was freshman forward Taylor House. House finished with 19 points to lead all scorers and 11 total rebounds, which made her the leading rebounder as well. House also led the Falcons in steals with four, and shealso had three of the four blocks of the game.

Freshman guard Tiffany Gregorich led both teams in assists with four; she also had seven points. Jenna Hanson and Alise Holst added six points each, and Holst also chipped in nine rebounds.

Kelli Hilt, Katie Theisen, and Tess Lardie contributed five, four, and two points respectively to round out the Falcons’ scorers.

As a team, the Falcons shot almost 31 percent from the floor (17-55) and 11.8 percent from behind the arch (2- 17). Gregorich and House were the two Falcons to make three-pointers in the game.

The Falcons return to Northwestern College on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tip off against North Central.

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Jenna Hanson

Jenna Hanson

Taylor House

Taylor House

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Falcons Pick Up First Win of Season at Northwestern

Posted by Falcons Fan on November 18, 2008

By: Renee Thony
UWRF Sports Information

Nov. 18, 2008

The Falcons traveled to Northwestern College to take on the Eagles in the first game of the season. The trip ended in a win for the Falcons, who beat Northwestern, 63-43.

Leading all scorers were freshmen forward Taylor House and junior guard Kelli Hilt with 12 points a piece. Freshman Tiffany Gregorich led Falcon guards with two three-pointers; she finished with a total of eight points. Another freshman, Alise Holst finished with nine; Tess Lardie had seven, and Katie Theisen, Jenna Hanson, and Maranda Dohrn finished with six, five, and four points respectively.

Leading the defensive front was Hilt, who finished the night with seven defensive rebounds. She led all rebounders with a total of ten. Also taking down their fair share of boards was Holst, Dorn, and House, who had nine, eight, and seven rebounds respectively.

Hanson, Theisen, and Lardie each had three assists a piece, and House added in two blocks. Adding to the impressive defensive play, House and Holst contributed four steals each.

The Falcons next games are this weekend when they head back to Northwestern College to compete in the Northwestern College Tournament. On Friday, UWRF will face Judson at 2 p.m. Depending on the outcome of that game, the Falcons will play either North Central or Northwestern at 1 or 5 p.m. on Saturday

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Taylor House

Taylor House

Kelli Hilt

Kelli Hilt

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UW-Whitewater Tabbed Women’s Basketball 2008-2009 Favorite. Lady Falcons picked #8

Posted by Falcons Fan on November 18, 2008

Defending league co-champion, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, is the preseason favorite to win the 2009 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) women’s basketball championship, according to the conference’s sports information directors.

The Warhawks earned the fourth title in school history a year ago and received eight first-place votes in the conference poll.  UW-Whitewater is ranked No. 1 nationally in the D3hoops.com preseason poll coming off the most successful season in program chronicles.  Last year’s squad established WIAC records with 2,728 points scored, 208 three-point field goals made and 594 assists en route to a third-place national finish and school-record 29 victories.  The Warhawks return 18 letterwinners and three starters, including senior Tiffany Morton and juniors Kelsey Hendrickson and Heidi Sonntag.  Hendrickson shot 46.0 percent from the behind the three-point line a season ago, while Sonntag converted 41.5 percent of her three-point attempts.

UW-Eau Claire, ranked No. 25 nationally, picked up the remaining first-place tally in the conference predictions and is pegged for second in the nine-team derby.   The Blugolds shared last year’s title – the ninth in school history – with the Warhawks, while advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament.   Over the last two seasons, UW-Eau Claire has compiled a 25-2 record, including a 16-0 mark in WIAC contests, at Zorn Arena.   Senior Heidi Arciszewski ranks 14th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,003 points.

UW-Stevens Point graduated six seniors that accounted for 1,193 of the team’s 2,166 points, 460 of the 1,078 rebounds grabbed and 2,753 of the 5,826 minutes played a year ago.  The Pointers shot at a 76.8 percent clip from the free throw line – a mark that ranked third in the NCAA Division III and established a league record.  UW-Stevens Point became the first non-No. 1 seed to claim the WIAC tournament title as the No. 3 seed last year.  The Pointers have produced 20-plus wins in seven of the last eight seasons and reached double-figures in WIAC victories eight consecutive years.

UW-Stout has recorded 16-plus victories 16 times in the last 18 years, including six 20-plus win seasons.  The Blue Devils have placed fourth or higher in the league standings 13 consecutive years.  Junior Julia Hirssig shot 64.8 percent from the field last year, a mark that led the NCAA Division III and ranks second on the WIAC chart.  Head coach Mark Thomas is the longest-tenured coach in the WIAC with 21 seasons to his credit, along with a conference-leading 372 victories.

UW-La Crosse set a school record shooting 74.9 percent from the free throw line a year ago.  The Eagles also had two individuals named to the All-WIAC first team for the first time since the 1987-88 campaign.  Senior MacKenzie Hunter, who has started 77 of 79 career games, could become the first player in school history to earn All-WIAC honors all four seasons.  Senior Lindsay Wahl established school marks with 125 free throws made and 170 free throws attempted last season.

UW-Platteville’s 2007-08 squad broke the school record with 161 three-point field goals made and return their top three-point shooters in sophomore Angie Vamstad (36.5 percent) and junior Vanessa Nemitz (33.9 percent).  Sophomore Brianna Klaas is expected to play this season after making a full recovery from cancer.   The Pioneers will play 11 of their first 12 games away from home.

UW-Oshkosh’s roster consists of five freshman, nine sophomores and one junior with eight players who have started at least four games.  The Titans return 948 of their 1,512 points scored, 453 of their 770 rebounds collected and 3,212 of their 5,200 minutes played a year ago.  UW-Oshkosh has had an All-WIAC first team selection every season since the 1981-82 campaign.

UW-River Falls will participate in an exhibition contest against the University of Wisconsin to start the year.  The Falcons are 1-1 all-time against the Wisconsin ‘junior varsity’ with the two teams last playing on Dec. 13, 1980 and UW-River Falls emerging with a 74-72 win.  The Falcons finish the season with four of their last five games at home.

UW-Superior’s roster includes 10 freshmen and a trio of junior college transfers.   The Yellowjackets begin the year with 11 of their first 14 contests away from Mertz Mortorelli Gymnasium.

2008-09 Preseason Picks (Voted on by WIAC Sports Information Directors)

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Exhibition game vs. Wisconsin Badgers

Posted by Falcons Fan on November 10, 2008

On Sunday November 9 the Lady Falcons travels to UW Madison to face the Wisconsin Badgers.  Here is some pregame information.

The women’s basketball team got the chance of lifetime this weekend when they traveled to the University of Wisconsin – Madison to take on the Wisconsin Badgers in an exhibition game.

The Badgers played host to the Falcons at the Kohl Center on Sunday. An exhibition game against the Badgers was the perfect chance for the Falcons to play a top quality opponent. Having a Div. I team like the Badgers exploit weaknesses will give the Falcons some idea what parts of their game they need to improve as the regular season approaches.

The Badgers beat the Falcons 71-38.

Eleven women from each team saw time on the court. Five of the 11 that saw ample time for the Falcons were freshmen. Forwards Taylor House, Alise Holdst, Maranda Dohrn, and Ashle Roedel, and guard Tiffany Gregorich each got several minutes on the court. Experience is what will make freshmen better, so the opportunity to face-off with the Badgers is the perfect learning tool for these Falcons.

Turnovers were what held the Falcons back. UWRF ended the afternoon with 31 total turnovers. The Badgers had 11. Wisconsin scored 35 points off Falcons turnovers. The Falcons did manage to out-rebound the Badgers 38-35. Dohrn led all rebounders with 11.

Strong rebounding helped the Falcons hold the Badgers to only six second-chance points. UWRF, on the other hand, had 10 second-chance points.

As a team, the Falcons shot 32 percent (16-50) from the field, 18 percent (2-11) from three-point land and 67 percent (4-6) from the free throw line. UWRF had 16 total personal fouls; House was the only player from either team to foul out of the game.

Junior guard Kelli Hilt led the Falcons with 12 points; Gregorich had six, and junior guard Katie Theisen had five. Leading UWRF in rebounds was Dohrn with 11 and House with seven.

The Falcons open their regular season on Nov. 18 at Northwestern at 7 p.m.

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Here is what the The Daily Cardinal had to say.

 By: Jay Messar /The Daily Cardinal  - November 9, 2008

Wisconsin freshman guard Jamie Russell led the Badgers past UW-River Falls with 15 pointsOne word can summarize this year’s Wisconsin women’s basketball team: fresh.

A fresh new basketball surface on the Kohl Center floor, a pair of fresh assistant coaches on the sidelines and plenty of freshmen making up the support crew of the team itself—this season marks a new beginning for UW.

With the graduation of three seniors who registered almost half the team’s minutes and over 57 percent of the team’s scoring, the Badgers have no choice but to move on.

And that means plenty of fresh faces will need to fill some big shoes.

“Certainly the decorated players of Jolene Anderson, Janese Banks and Danielle Ward are not longer with us,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “We’re a different basketball team. We look different and we hope that we have different results.

The Badgers faced UW-River Falls Sunday in its annual UW vs. WIAC exhibition matchup. River Falls led the series history 1-0, with the Falcons defeating UW 67-52 in 1975. But in Sunday’s contest, results did not favor the visiting team as Wisconsin jumped out to a 20-0 lead and never looked back, defeating UW-RF 71-38.

While the 33-point loss was not exactly what UW-RF head coach Cindy Hovet was looking for, she realized the benefits of playing against such a decorated program.

“Honestly, coming down here is just a great experience for our kids,” Hovet said. “The whole state has something about the UW and coming down here and playing against Lisa Stone’s Badgers … Pulling into that garage, even that simple thing and seeing grins ear to ear … things like that is just a cool experience.”

“Our kids get to come out and we really get to see how much they are going to compete,” Hovet said. “When your kids will keep competing when they are down 30 points, that’s exciting for us to see.”

Freshman guard Jamie Russell played well off the bench for the Badgers, scoring eight points in her first five minutes of play. Russell led the Badgers with 15 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Freshman forward Ashley Thomas also chipped in nine points in her first outing.

“Jamie had a great first day … she gave us a tremendous lift off the bench,” Stone said. “And Ashley Thomas—her patience was awesome. She came in when she was ready, got big and wide in the post … she does a great job getting a hand on the ball.”

Stone said the freshman class will play a large role in the team’s success this season—beginning on the defensive end. “Jamie, Ashley and the rest of our team needs to continue to take steps forward defensively,” Stone said. “We showed some signs, we’re trying to flex our muscles and have an identity on the defensive end.”

“It’s an understanding of day-by-day improvement, not getting too frustrated with yourself, slowing down and letting things happen.”

Stone said UW needed to establish different goals to remain focused after the Badgers pulled ahead within the first 10 minutes of the game.

“We had made a statement with 2:32 left in the game to not allow 40 points and they locked down,” Stone said. “We didn’t foul, played really good defense, got some key rebounds and executed offensively.

“Our game plan is pretty simple—you play defense, contest shots, protect the lane. On offense—take good shots and take care of the ball. I thought we did a pretty decent job of that.”

Although the overmatched Falcons proved not the most accurate gauge of the team’s progress, Stone knows the season is just getting started.

“We’re far from where we need to be, but we’re off to a pretty good start,” Stone said.

 

Katie Theisen

Katie Theisen

Kelli Hilt

Kelli Hilt

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