Regents Ready to Tip in NAC Tournaments
Monday, February 23, 2009
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
With 50 games under their collective belts, the Rockford College basketball teams are set for post-season play. For the first time in the short history of the Northern Athletics Conference, both Rockford basketball teams have spots in the tournaments. This year’s tournament salso have added meaning, with the champions getting automatic bids to the NCAA tournaments.
The Regents men enter the tournament with a 16-9 overall record (10-6 NAC), their best record since 2004-05. Rockford has won their last five games by an average of 16 points. The number three seed, Rockford will host Concordia University Wisconsin on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Seaver Center. Home cooking has been good for the Regents who have won six of their last seven at the Seaver Center. Concordia WI and Rockford split their two meeting this year, each winning on the other’s home court.
Rockford boasts a balance scoring attack with seven players averaging at least 8.3 points per game. The Regents are led by two of the NAC’ stop five scorers, senior Rennell Taylor (Chicago, IL/ Hales Franciscan) and junior Danny Armelin (Gonzales, TX/ Gonzales), both averaging 17.9 points per game. Juniors Garrett Staniec (Glenview, IL/ Glenbrook South) and Andrew Weber (Roscoe, IL/ Boylan) also rank among the conference’s best on the glass to the tune of 7.7 and 7.3 rebounds, respectively, good for sixth and eighth in the NAC.
The Regents ladies solidified the eighth seed in the NAC post-season tournament with a record of 8-17 overall (6-10 NAC) under first year head coach Jessica Stanek. The Regents will travel to Milwaukee on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. to face top seed Wisconsin Lutheran College. This is Rockford’s second appearance in the tournament after last year’s 53-41 loss at Concordia Chicago in the tournament’s opening round.
The Regents are led by three seniors, Amber Lee (Rockford, IL/ Auburn), Kim Nielsen (Evergreen Oak, IL/ Evergreen Park), and Tori Turman (Winnebago, IL/ Winnebago) who combine for 22.7 points, 14.9 rebounds, and 9.5 assists per game. But it’s two freshman that may have the biggest effect for Rockford. Britney Curry (Merrillville, IN/ Merrillville) and Erin Decker (Naperville, IL/ Waubonsie Valley) average 14.0 and 9.5 points respectively, both among the best in the NAC for freshman.
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