UW-River Falls Falcon sports updateBasketball: 5 Falcons named to men’s All-WIAC hoops team; Four named to All-WIAC women’s teams; Women’s hockey team loses NCAA playoff game at Gustavus
5 Falcons named to men’s All-WIAC hoops teams
The UW-River Falls men’s basketball team’s starting five has all earned spots on the 2012 All-WIAC Team. Senior Shane Manor was named to the first team while seniors Brian Kimble, Wade Guerin and Aaron Anderson, and junior Ollie White earned honorable mention. Anderson was also named to the All-Sportsmanship team.
Manor was named to the All-WIAC first team for the second straight year after leading the Falcons in scoring this season with an average of 17.5 points per game, third best in the conference. He was also averaged five rebounds and led the team in blocked shots with 17.
Kimble led the WIAC in assists this season with 128 while averaging 9.1 points and 4.3 rebounds. He also led the Falcons in steals with 49.
Guerin, who earned honorable mention to the 2010 team, was third in scoring for the Falcons this year averaging 10.1 points a game. He also led the team in rebounding with a 7.6 per game average.
White was second on the team in scoring (12.4) and rebounding (5.4), while Anderson led UWRF in three-pointers with 49 and averaged 6.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
The Falcons finished the season 20-8 overall and 12-4 in WIAC play, and won the school’s first ever WIAC Playoff Championship with a 64-58 win at UW-Whitewater on Feb. 26. The Falcons advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year and hosted first and second round games at the Karges Center for the first time.
Four named to All-WIAC women’s teams
Falcon seniors Tiffany Gregorich and Alise Holst, who both surpassed the 1,000 career point total this season, were named to the 2012 All-WIAC Women’s Basketball first team, while senior Maranda Dohrn and junior Nikki Guhr earned honorable mention. Dohrn was also named to the All-Defensive team while Guhr was selected to the All-Sportsmanship team.
Gregorich and Holst tied for the team lead in scoring this season with an average of 13.1 points per game, seventh in the conference. Gregorich, who finished her career with a total of 1,238 points, was named to the first team for the third straight season while Holst, who finished with 1,065 points, earned honorable mention to the 2011 team.
Dohrn, who earned honorable mention to the 2010 and 2011 All-WIAC teams, led the Falcons and the WIAC in rebounding with an average of 11.1 per game and is the Falcons’ all-time leader in career rebounds with 935. She was third on the team averaging nine points a game and also led the team in blocks with 32.
Guhr averaged 8.8 points and 2.9 rebounds a game.
The Falcons finished the year with a 21-7 record and were 12-4 in WIAC play. UWRF advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in school history and the first time since the 1995 season. The 21 wins are the most by a Falcon team since the 1989 season when the Falcons finished 23-5.
Women’s hockey team loses NCAA playoff game at Gustavus
The Falcon women’s hockey team lost a 4-2 decision at Gustavus Adolphus in a NCAA Tournament first round game on Saturday afternoon, March 10 in St. Peter, Minn.
The Falcons’ leading goal-scorer Katie Batters opened the scoring at 1-0 with her 18th goal of the season near the end of the first period. Gustavus tied the score at 1-1 just 18 seconds into the second period, and went on to add two more unanswered goals to their total before the period ended. Alice Cranston scored her 17th goal of the year at the 7:28 mark of the third period, but the Gusties scored their fourth and final goal a little over 3 minutes later.
“We didn’t stick to our game plan and that hurt us bad,” said Falcon Coach Joe Cranston after the game. “I thought we had a good first period and a great third period. We were very flat in the second period,” said Cranston.
UWRF ended its season with a 23-5-2 record.