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Four Regents Honored for NAC Hoops

Wednesday, March 02, 2011  
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ROCKFORD, Ill. – Though the season may be over for the Rockford College women’s and men’s basketball teams, the individual efforts of several players did not go unnoticed. On Tuesday, two women and two men were honored by the coaches of the Northern Athletics Conference as members of the All-NAC basketball teams. Seniors Megan Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./ Pearl City) and Robert Malone (Stephens, Ark./ Stephens) were named to their respective NAC 1st teams, while freshman Tory Minnifield (Blue Island, Ill./ Eisenhower) was named NAC Men’s Co-Freshman of the Year and junior Britney Curry (Merrillville, Ind./ Merrillville) was named to the women’s All-NAC Second Team. Lawler and Minnifield were also named to the NAC All-Sportsmanship Teams.

Lawler, a physical education major, provided the stability for the Regents inside game posting 14 double-doubles on the season. The senior averaged 13.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Her 63.8% field goal percentage currently ranks second in the nation. She also ranked tenth in the NAC in scoring and second in rebounding. Lawler recorded the school’s fifth game of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds on January 15, 2011 when she recorded 22 points and 20 rebounds. After her two years as a Regent, Lawler ranks #15 in points (718), #10 in rebounds (488), #1 in field goal percentage (64.6%), and #6 in free throw percentage (72.0%). Lawler was named to the All-NAC Second Team following the 2009-10 season.

Malone, also a physical education major, was the offensive force for the Regents, averaging 25 points per game, the fourth best average in the country. The senior was named the NAC Student-Athlete of the Week twice and was named to the National Team of the Week twice this season. Malone became the 21st player in the history of the program to reach the 1,000 career point plateau during a season in which Malone recorded at least 30 points six times and played all 40 minutes 10 times. Malone finished his senior season among the NAC’s leaders in points (#1) and minutes (#1-37.0), rebounds (#4-9.6), steals (#3-2.9), and blocks (#5-1.0). Malone was named to the All-NAC Second Team last season.

Minnifield made and immediate and profound impact on the Regents season. The freshman led NAC rookies in scoring (12.0 points), rebounds (6.0), and steals (1.4). The Blue Island, Ill. native was second on the Regents in scoring and one of just three players to start all 25 games this season.
For Curry, a biology major, this is the third All-NAC honor. The junior led the Regents in scoring for the second time in her three years with 15.6 points. Earlier this season, Curry became the ninth woman to surpass the 1,000 point mark in a Regents jersey. After three years, Curry ranks statistically among the best ladies to play in the program, including points (#8-1082 points), rebounds (#13-456), steal (#7-174) and blocks (#7-39).

Both Rockford’s women’s and men’s teams closed their seasons with losses in the opening round of the NAC post-season tournament. The ladies finished their campaign 13-13 (10-7 NAC). The men closed their season 10-15 (6-10 NAC).

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