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Gregorich Sisters Are Team Leaders

Posted by Falcons Fan on February 26, 2010

By Cristy Brusoe
UWRF Sports Information

Talent runs in the bloodline of the UW-River Falls women basketball team, literally. Tiffany and Brittany Gregorich are the top two scoring leaders for the Falcons.

Tiffany leads the team, averaging 14.2 points per game and scoring 313 points total this season. Brittany comes in second averaging eight points per game and scoring 184 points this season.

Along with playing side-by-side on the court, these teammates are sisters. Brittany Gregorich, who is the younger at 18-years-old, and Tiffany Gregorich, 20-years-old, grew up in Altoona, Wis. Both started playing basketball in second grade. It wasn’t long from then that Brittany (as a junior) and Tiffany (as a senior) went to the state tournament in high school.

Both agreed that it is the competitiveness of basketball that they enjoy most in playing. “I enjoy being competitive and being on a team. Basketball contains both so it is just all around fun and you can always get better,” Tiffany explained.

Tiffany, a point guard for the team, and Brittany, a guard/forward, believe this year’s team has been through its ups and downs, but has stayed strong through the games.

“I think this year’s team is really talented – we have a lot of different players with different strengths,” Brittany said. “We are doing really well with circumstances that have been thrown at us,” Tiffany added.

Both women acknowledged that there are rewards and challenges to playing on the basketball team together.

“I love playing with my sister. We are really close so bringing that on the court is nice. We are both brutally honest with each other. If she does something dumb and no one says anything to her about it, I make sure I make it known,” Tiffany said.

“I have always enjoyed playing with my sister. In middle school I always played with my grade and played up with my sister’s team as well. We are both super competitive and want to win. We click on the court and we bring out the best in each other. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and can push each other differently because we are sisters,” Brittany said.

The Gregorich sisters are sometimes so similar in looks and style of play, that even though they are two years apart; they can still easily be mistaken for one another on the court. “Referees will get us mixed up on the court,” Brittany explained.

These similarities ring true even in the sister’s future goals for basketball. “My goals are to get as far as possible each season and to give my all,” Tiffany said. “I want to keep improving as a player and also I want our team to win a conference championship and get a NCAA bid,” Brittany added.

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Good Bye to the Seniors- Jenna, Katie and Kelli

Posted by Falcons Fan on February 25, 2010

Seniors we applaud you.

We applaud you seniors

We applaud you seniors

The seniors played their last game as a UWRF Falcon basketball player Tuesday night in the loss to Stout. Your leadership, heart and play will be missed by all Falcon fans

Thanks for the memories Jenna, Katie and Kelli. We have some season highlights of your  play below.

14 Katie Theisen G 5-6 Sr. Andover, MN

Watch Katie play

Katie with FT and good defense

Rebounds and Katie for two

Katie for two

24 Jenna Hanson G 5-6 Sr. Altoona   

Watch Jenna Play

Jenna for two

Jenna again for two

Jenna keeps knocking them down

33 Kelli Hilt G 5-6 Sr. Lakeville, MN/North HS

Watch Kelli play.

Kelli for two and one.

Kelli for two

Kelli rebounding and scoring

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UW River Falls Falcon women basketball video from season ending loss to Stout.

Posted by Falcons Fan on February 25, 2010

The Falcons lost to Stout 86-70 to end their seaon in the WIAC tournament. See video clips below.

Alise with move to the hoop

Brit with FT an pressure defense

Alise for two

Maranda with FT and tough defense

Brit for three and a steal for defense

Alise for two

Again Alise for two

Nikki with FT and all good things must come to a end.

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What Stout had to say-Strong first half propels Stout over RF

Posted by Falcons Fan on February 24, 2010

MENOMONIE (February 23, 2010) – Julia Hirssig (Sr, Rochester, Minn) had 13 first half points and Tricia VanVreede (Jr, Little Chute) had 13 seconds half points as UW-Stout went past UW-River Falls, 86-70, in a quarterfinal game of the WIAC women’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Johnson Fieldhouse.

Stout will be at UW-Stevens Point, Thursday, Feb. 25, for a WIAC semi-final game.

The Blue Devils (16-10) used a  number of runs to push past the Falcons (18-7)  in the first half. Stout broke a 9-9 tie at 15:26 of the first half and shot off to a 22-9 lead five minutes later. Kayla Crowley (Fr, McFarland) had five points in the run and VanVreede and Cody VanDenHeuvel (So, Cadott) each dropped in a 3-point bucket.

Stout closed out the half on a 9-0 run over the final 3:56 of the half with Kim Stokke (Sr, Menomonie) scoring four points in the run.

The Falcons, the fifth seeded team in the tournament to Stout’s fourth seed, fell behind by as much as 31 points midway through the second half.  River Falls did cut the lead to as little as 15 points with two minutes left, but a pair of free throws by Hirssig, a free throw by Stokke and a jumper by Brittany Gerber (Jr, Bruce) pushed the lead back up to 20 points with a minute left.

Hirssig led all scorers with 20 points and nine rebounds and matched a career-high four assists. VanVreede scored a career-high 19 points and had eight rebounds. Stokke and Kayla Windt(Fr, Pence) each tallied eight points and Crowley finished with seven points. The Blue Devils drained 32-of-42 free throws on the night. VanVreede was 8-of-10 from the line and Hirssig was 8-of-12.

The Falcons had four players in double figures. Alise Holst and Brittany Gregorich each had 13 points, while Kelli Hilt and Katie Theisen finished with 11 points.

Hirssig’s 20 points pushed her career total to 1706 points, only the second UW-Stout basketball player, male or female, to score more than 1700 points. Cal Glover scored 1729 career points for the Blue Devil men in the early 1970s.

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Coach Holbrook discusses loss to Stout

Posted by Falcons Fan on February 24, 2010

Coach Holbrook had a few comments on the game Tuesday. Stout over Falcons 86-70.

Here are Coach Holbrook comments

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Falcons Lose at UW-Stout 86-70 in WIAC Tournament Game

Posted by Falcons Fan on February 24, 2010

The Falcon women’s basketball team lost a 86-70 decision at UW-Stout in the first round of the WIAC Tournament on Tuesday night.

Stout took control of the game early, played solid defense, and shot well to get the win. The Falcons did not shoot well in the game which hurt their chances.

The first five minutes of the first half were close with the score tied, 9-9, with 15:26 to play when UWRF’s Brittany Gregorich hit a jumper. But from there Stout went on a 13-0 run to take a 22-9 lead with 11 minutes to play. The Blue Devils hit three straight three pointers during the run.

The Falcons got the lead back down to single digits when Tiffany Gregorich hit a three with 9:12 to play. But then Stout hit another three to put the Blue Devils lead back to 12, 27-15, with 8:20 to play. With 5:39 to play UWRF’s Jenna Hanson hit a jumper to pull the Falcons to within 10, 30-20. With 1:41 to play UWS opened up an 18 point, 40-22 lead when Tricia VanVreede hit a jumper, was fouled, and made the free throw to complete a three-point play. Stout added one more bucket later to take a 42-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Tiffany Gregorich led the Falcons with five first half points. Brittany Gregorich, Maranda Dohrn and Alise Holst all scored four. UWRF shot just 8-26 (.308) from the field, including 1-5 (.200) from behind the arc. They were 5-8 from the line. Julia Hirrsig led UWS with 13 points; she was a perfect 4-4 from the field. VanVreede added six points. UWS shot 14-27 (.519) from the field, including 4-7 (.571) from three-point range. Stout finished 10-15 at the line. UWRF had a 14-13 advantage in rebounds.

UWS started the second half on a 6-0 run to take a 48-22 lead with 17:27 to play. But baskets by UWRF’s Holst and Hanson cut the lead to 48-26 with 16:05 to go. Stout opened up a 30 point, 58-28, lead with 13:11 to go when VanVreede hit two free throws.

But the Falcons played hard over the next few minutes going on an 11-0 run. UWRF got back to within 18 points, 67-49, with 8:49 to play when Katie Theisen hit a layup, was fouled and finished the three-point play.

With just under 10 minutes to play the Falcons got a three from Brittany Gregorich to cut the UWS lead to 25 and make it a 67-42 game. The Falcons kept playing hard and with 5:02 to play trailed by 17, 75-58, when Brittany Gregorich hit two free throws. With 2:15 to play Kelli Hilt completed a three-point play to get the Falcons to within 15, 81-66. But that’s as close as the Falcons could get on this night.

Holst and Brittany Gregorich led the Falcons with 13 points each. Hilt and Theisen each scored 11. Hilt also led the Falcons with three assists and she tied for the lead with three steals. Holst and Dohrn led UWRF with seven rebounds. The Falcons shot 24-66 (.364) from the field and 3-15 (.200) from behind the arc. They were 19-32 (.594) from the line.

Hirssig led UWS with 20 points and nine rebounds. VanVreede was second with 19 points and eight rebounds. Stout shot 25-49 (.510) from the field, including 4-9 (.444) from three-point range. They were 32-42 ( 7.62) from the line. Stout had a slight, 41-39, advantage in rebounds.

The Falcons end their season with a 18-7 record.

Box Score

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Dohrn Named WIAC Basketball Player of the Week

Posted by Falcons Fan on February 23, 2010

Feb. 23, 2010

Forward Maranda Dohrn (So., Lake City, Minn.) had a career best day in the Falcon win at UW-Platteville on Saturday and has been named the WIAC Player of the Week according to league Sports Information Director, Matt Stanek.

Dohrn, 6-0, scored a career high 23 points and grabbed a career high 22 rebounds in the team’s 57-46 win. The 22 rebounds ties the Falcon record for most rebounds in a game. In the team’s two games last week she scored 33 points and had 28 rebounds. She also had one assist, one blocked shot and two steals.

This year Dohrn is fourth on the team in scoring averaging seven points a game. She is the team’s top rebounder averaging 7.1 per game and top shot blocker with 20. She also has 12 assists and 19 steals.

Tuesday the Falcons play at UW-Stout at 6 p.m., in the first round of the WIAC Tournament.

Maranda Dohrn

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Player of the Week (Feb 14- Feb 20) -Forward Maranda Dohrn

Posted by Falcons Fan on February 22, 2010

Feb. 22, 2010

Forward Maranda Dohrn (So., Lake City, Minn.) had a career best day in the team’s win at UW-Platteville on Saturday. Dohrn, 6-0, scored a career high 23 points and grabbed a career high 22 rebounds. The 22 rebounds ties the Falcon record for most rebounds in a game. In the two games she scored 33 points and had 28 rebounds. She also had one assist, one blocked shot and two steals. This year Dohrn is fourth on the team in scoring averaging seven points a game. She is the team’s top rebounder averaging 7.1 per game and top shot blocker with 20. She also has 12 assists and 19 steals.

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UW River Falls Falcon Women Finish Tied for Third in WIAC. Play at Stout Tuesday Night for Playoffs 6 PM

Posted by Falcons Fan on February 21, 2010

The Falcon women’s basketball team has qualified for the WIAC Tournament and will open play on Tuesday at UW-Stout. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.

The Falcons finished the regular season with an 18-6 overall record. UWRF finished 10-6 in the WIAC and tied with UW-La Crosse and Stout for third place. But after a series a tie breakers, La Crosse earned the No. 3 seed, Stout No. 4 and the Falcons No. 5. UW-Whitewater has the No. 1 seed and UW-Stevens Point is No. 2. UW-Eau Claire has the sixth seed.

The Falcons and Blue Devils split in the two games the team played this year. Both teams won on their home court. On Jan. 6 the Falcons took a 68-65 win in overtime at the Karges Center. On Jan. 23 Stout took an 80-67 win in Menomonie.

Guard Tiffany Gregorich leads the Falcons averaging 14.2 points a game. Her sister, Brittany, averages eight points a game and Maranda Dohrn averages seven. Dohrm had a career-best game on Saturday in the team’s 57-46 win at UW-Platteville. She scored 23 points and grabbed 22 rebounds. The 22 rebounds ties the Falcon single game record.

Dohrn is a team’s leading rebounder averaging 7.1 a game. Brittany Gregorich is second with a 5.1 average. Tiffany Gregorich leads the team with 56 assists and Alise Holst leads UWRF with 47 steals. Dohrn leads the team with 20 blocks and Taylor House has 19. The Falcons average about 42 rebounds a game – about eight more per contest than their opponents.

UWS finished the regular season with a 15-10 overall record. Julia Hirssig, a 2009 WIAC Player of the Year finalist, leads the Blue Devils averaging 21.1 points a game. She has led Stout in scoring in all but five games this season. She is the league’s leading scorer. Kim Stokke is second in scoring averaging 11 points per contest.

Hirssig is also the top rebounder averaging 10.5 per game. She is second in the WIAC in rebounding. Hirssig leads Stout with 44 steals and Stokke leads with 83 assists.

Stout averages 74.4 points and 40.3 rebounds a game.

In the other first round game, Eau Claire will travel to La Crosse on Tuesday. The two winners from Tuesday’s games will advance to the WIAC semifinals and those games will be played Thursday. Whitewater will host the lowest remaining seeded team and Stevens Point will host the highest remaining seeded team. The WIAC championship game is slated for Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seeded team.

We hope to see many of you at the Game.

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Video of Falcon win over Platteville 57-46

Posted by Falcons Fan on February 21, 2010

Here are some video clips on the Falcon win.

Nikki for two

Defensive pressure

Brit for two

Defense and Maranda being Chairman of the Board

Maranda for two

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