Here are the top ten stories from the 2009-2010 season. The UW River Falls Falcon women’s basketball team went 18-7 on the year and tied for 3rd in the WIAC. It was an exciting year with many great stories. Here are the top ten from the Falcon’s Eye View.
10-California Dreamin’. Holiday trip to Sunny California between Christmas and News Years. Team went 2-0 and visited Hollywood, the beaches, Disneyland and many other places.
9-Win over the Presidents of Washington Jefferson at the Surf City Classic in California. The Presidents ended the year ranked #18 with a 22-3 record. The Falcons came from behind in the final minutes to claim a 63-59 win.
W&J then went on a 10-2 run win five minutes to go in the game to take a 52-44 lead.
But the Falcons scored the next four points to get back in the game. Three of the points came on a three-pointer by Tiffany Gregorich and the Falcons trailed, 54-50. After Smith hit a jumper to give her team a six point, 54-48, lead with 2:52 to go, the Falcons put on the pressure to get back in the game. UWRF scored the next five points to get within one, 54-53, with 2:06 to go. With 1:32 to play Tiffany Gregorich tied the game, 56-56, when she scored on a layup, was fouled, and made the free throw.
After W&J hit a free throw, the Falcons scored four points to take a 60-57 lead. Kelli Hilt and Tiffany Gregorich both scored on layups to give the Falcons the lead with 46 seconds to play. But W&J’s Alyssa Oursler hit a jumper with 31 seconds to play to pull her team to within one, 60-59. With 23 seconds to play Tiffany Gregorich was fouled and she made both free throws to put UWRF ahead, 62-59. The Falcon defense held and with just eight seconds to go Brittany Gregorich was fouled and she made one of two free throws to seal the victory.
Tiffany Gregorich led the Falcons with 21 points and eight rebounds. She also had three steals and two assists. Holst added 13 points and four rebounds. Tess Lardie added nine points and four rebounds. Taylor House finished with a team-high 11 rebounds and she scored seven points. House finished with six offensive rebounds.
8-Maranda Dohrn Scores 23, Rebounds 22. The Falcons whipped Platteville 57-46, but the story was about Maranda’s “Monster game”. Dohrn scored a career-high 23 points, shooting 11-15 from the field, and ripped down a career-high 22 rebounds on the night, tying the single-game record for rebounds. She also recorded one block and had only two personal fouls in the game.
This was the final WIAC game of the season. The Falcons tied for 3rd place in the WIAC.
7-Tiffany Gregorich hit the winning bucket with just a second to go. The Falcons managed to swing a last-minute victory over Macalester College, 68-67.
Leading the front for the Falcons was Tiffany Gregorich, who finished with 19 points, two steals and three rebounds. She shot 7-8 from the field (.875). She hit the winning bucket with just one second to play.
With 1:26 to play and the Falcons trailing by 64-61, Brittany Gregorich hit two free throws to make it a one point game. With 46 seconds to go Gregorich hit a bucket to gave the Falcons a 65-64 lead. But then MC’s Jessica Rene hit a basket to give her team a one point lead with 27 seconds to play. With 15 seconds to play Tiffany Gregorich was fouled and made one of two free throws to tie the game. With just seven seconds to play MC’s Danielle Johnson was fouled. She made the first free throw, but missed the second and the Scots led, 67-66. That’s when Tiffany Gregorich hit the winning bucket with just a second to go.
6-Falcon’s 64-48 blasting over first place UW-Whitewater. The win over UWW lifted the Falcons into second place in the WIAC standings. UWRF is just a half game behind first place UW-Stevens Point with three games to play. Dohrn finished 7-9 from the floor and 4-4 from the line to lead UWRF. Brittany Gregorich added 14 points to aid the Falcon cause. The 14 points ties her career high. Taylor House led the Falcons with nine rebounds.
The Falcons played tenacious defense the entire game and limited UWW to just 19-55 (.345) shooting from the field. UWW put on full court pressure for most the game and forced 17 Falcon turnovers. But UWRF forced 16 UWW turnovers with eight coming in each half. The Falcons dominated the boards with a 44-31 advantage. UWRF pulled down 14 offensive rebounds led by House with four.
5-Tiffany Gregorich Scores Career High 30 points as Falcons rocket the Blugolds, 83-62. Gregorich had 20 of her 30 points at the end of the first half. She shot 10-12 from the field and 4-5 from the free throw line. In addition, Gregorich went 6-8 from the behind the arc, putting her in possession of the third most three pointers made in a single in UWRF women’s basketball history. She also had five rebounds and three steals.
In addition to Tiffany’s performance, Brittany Gregorich chipped in 10 points, seven boards and a block. Katie Theisen had nine points, and Kelli Hilt and Tess Lardie each recorded seven points of their own. Maranda Dohrn managed to rip down seven rebounds as well. Nikki Guhr tied with Tiffany to lead all players with three steals.
As a team, UWRF shot 31-53 (.585) from the field, 9-17 (.529) from the three-point line and 12-16 (.750) from the free throw line.
The victory puts the Falcons at 16-4 overall, 8-4 in the WIAC. They are one game out of first place (behind Stevens Point) and a half-game out of second (behind Whitewater).
4-Falcons Top Stout in OT to Remain Unbeaten at 13-0. River Falls remains undefeated as they beat UW-Stout in a thrilling overtime game, 68-65, on Wednesday night at the Karges Center.
The Falcons moved to 13-0 on the season and remained perfect in conference play moving their impressive record to 5-0. The Falcons entered the game ranked 13th in the D3hoops.com top 25 poll. UW-Stout entered the contest with a record of 7-5 and was 3-1 in the WIAC play.
The Falcons were lead by a cast of players as well. Hilt scored 10 points in this contest. Lardie scored 12 points and added six rebounds. Maranda Dohrn had a wonderful performance earning a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Tiffany and Brittany Gregorich added nine and eight points respectively.
3-Falcons smash No. 15 UWSP, Remain Undefeated. Ranked No. 15 in the nation, UW-Stevens Point visited the Karges Center to take on the 5-0 Falcons. The Gregorich sisters teamed up for 33 points in the Falcons 72-61 victory over the Pointers.
Tiffany Gregorich finished the night with 19 points, and Brittany Gregorich chipped in 14 points of her own. Tiffany scored 13 points in the second half, and Brittany had nine second-half points of her own. In addition, Tiffany shot 7-13 from the field, 1-3 from the three-point line and 4-4 from the free throw line. She also had a team-high three steals. Brittany shot an impresive 6-8 from the field and 2-2 from behind the arc. Lauren Pellowski and Kelli Hilt finished with 10 and nine points respectively.
With the win over the nationally ranked Pointers, the Falcons advance to 6-0 overall, leading the conference at 2-0
2-Falcons move up to #13 in D3 Hoops poll and #14 USA TODAY ESPN DIVISION III TOP 25 COACHES’ POLL. The Falcons start the year 13-0 and move up the national rankings weekly topping out at #13.
1- So many UW River Falls Falcon women’s basketball records during Record year – Falcons 18-7 overall record is the best winning percentage (72%) since the 1988-1989 season.
The 18 wins are the most since 1988-1989 season, matching the 2000-2001 team with 18 wins.
13-0 start is the best in school history.
#13 rankings highest ever for the Falcon women.
Maranda Dohrn’s 22 rebounds ties a Falcon single game record.
Tiffany Gregorich’s 30 points is one of the tops in Falcon history.
The Falcon fan attendance almost triples from the prior year.
The Frontcourt Club has record membership (first year of the Club so that was easy). Become a member now.
Summer Basketball camps best ever.
Falcon Buddies program has record participation (first year too).
Alumni weekend was special and a fun Alumni game.
The Ball Kids were the best ever always on time and very helpful to the players.
Record number of UWRF Falcon women basketball fans on Facebook. Become a fan of our team now.
Finally, this may have been a record year for players in the training room.
There you have it, the top ten moments from the 2009-2010 from the Falcon’s Eyes.