Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

2012-2013 National Championship


After making history in 2012 with the women's first ever national championship for basketball, head coach Misty Opat and her Golden Eagles made history once more by winning a second straight championship.


The 2012-2013 regular season was more of the same for RVC as they rolled to a third straight conference championship with a perfect 13-0 record in the N4C, losing only two games all season before entering the Region IV tournament. Although they would receive a scare from College of DuPage in the Region IV championship game, the Golden Eagles found a way to prevail, 54-50, to advance to the NJCAA tournament for the third time overall and second year in a row. 

In round one, #1 RVC dispatched of #8 Ocean County College (N.J.), 84-64, behind 18 points from freshman Shantiera Miller, and 14 points each from sophomores TaRicka Linzy and Revonnia Howard. 

In the NJCAA semifinals, the Golden Eagles took down #5 Montgomery College (MD), 72-60, with Linzy leading the way once again with 23 points. Finally, in the NJCAA championship game on Saturday, March 16, 2013, Rock Valley College made it back-to-back national championships by taking down #2 Mohawk Valley CC (NY), in convincing fashion, 78-60. Howard led the way this time with a monster performance of 22 points and 21 rebounds. Linzy chipped in 15 more points in the title game and would walk away with tournament MVP honors.

The Golden Eagles finished the season with a sparkling 32-2 record and a second straight NJCAA national championship trophy. 




Revonnia HowardRevonnia Howard
  • All-conference (1st team)
  • All-region
  • NJCAA All-tournament team
  • NJCAA All-American (3rd team)
Keshawnee-AlleyKeshawnee Alley
  • N4C Conference Player of the Year
  • All-region
  • NJCAA All-tournament team
  • NJCAA All-American (1st team)
TaRicka LinzyTaRicka Linzy
  • NJCAA Tournament MVP
Marquiesha GrantMarquiesha Grant
  • All-conference (2nd team)
  • NJCAA All-tournament team
Misty OpatMisty Opat
  • N4C Coach of the Year
  • Region IV Coach of the Year
  • NJCAA Division III Coach of the Tournament
  • Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year

Golden Eagle
The RVC women's basketball team celebrates a second straight national championship!
Revonnia Howard posts up at the NJCAA tournament.

Season Leaders

Points (Avg.)
Keshawnee Alley, 13.4 ppg
Revonnia Howard, 354 (10.7 rpg)
Marquiesha Grant, 125
Steals TaRicka Linzy, 65
Blocks Revonnia Howard, 125
FG %
Erica Matthews, 50.5%
3pt %
TaRicka Linzy 39.7%
FT %
TaRicka Linzy, 76.5%

2013 Womens Basketball National Champions