Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

2011-2012 National Championship

The 2011-2012 season was a historic one for the RVC women's basketball team. After rolling to an 8-0 conference record and a second straight conference title, the Golden Eagles set their sights on avenging the previous season's regional championship loss at the hands of Joliet Junior College. RVC first disposed of College of DuPage in the regional tournament, 72-63, to set up the championship rematch with Joliet. Behind freshman Revonnia Howard's 19 points and 15 rebounds, the Golden Eagles hammered Joliet by a final score of 83-65 to advance to the NJCAA national tournament.

In the first round at the national tournament, Rock Valley defeated Montgomery College- Rockville, 67-62 in overtime. Howard tied an NJCAA tournament record in that game with 28 rebounds. The record was originally set in 1979. Howard gave the Golden Eagles a three point lead with under 20 seconds to play in overtime with a bucket in the paint. Jessica Gamble later sealed the win by sinking two free throws to make it a five point lead.

In the national semifinals, RVC knocked off top seeded Anoka Ramsey Community College, 63-55, to advance to the national championship game against #3 seed Roxbury Community College. Sophomore Erin Ryczek finished her career at RVC in spectacular fashion by scoring 24 points and Howard put together another monster performance with 23 points and 25 rebounds as the Golden Eagles won the first NJCAA national title in the program's history, defeating Roxbury Community College 82-64.



Revonnia HowardRevonnia Howard
  • All-conference (1st team)
  • Region IV Tournament MVP
  • NJCAA Tournament MVP
  • Tied NJCAA tournament single game record with 28 rebounds
Marion ThompsonMarion Thompson
  • All-conference (1st team)
  • All-region
  • NJCAA All-tournament team
  • NJCAA All-American (1st team)
Erin RyczekErin Ryczek
  • All-conference (2nd team)
  • All-region
  • NJCAA All-tournament team
  • NJCAA All-American (Honorable Mention)
Keshawnee AlleyKeshawnee Alley
  • All-conference (2nd team)
Jessica GambleJessica Gamble
  • NJCAA All-tournament team
Misty OpatMisty Opat
  • N4C Coach of the Year
  • Region IV Coach of the Year
  • District B Coach of the Year
  • NJCAA Coach of the Tournament

Golden Eagle
Jessica Gamble with NJCAA championship trophy
Head coach Misty Opat tears down the net after winning the national championship!

Season Leaders

Points Erin Ryczek, 524 (15.4 ppg)
Marion Thompson, 428 (12.6 rpg)
Jessica Gamble, 110
Steals Revonnia Howard, 49
Blocks Revonnia Howard, 64
FG %
Revonnia Howard, 48%
3pt %
Erin Ryczek, 38%
FT %
Jessica Gamble, 80%

2012 WBB National Champions