Mary Lengemann, an Imlay City grad, drives to the hoop for Embry-Riddle in a NCAA Division 2 South Regional contest.

IMLAY CITY — The Embry-Riddle women’s basketball team, which counts Imlay City’s Mary Lengemann among their ranks, closed out an outstanding season with a 76-70 loss to Tampa in the first round of the NCAA Division 2 South Regional Tournament on Friday, March 15.

Valdosta, Georgia is where the action unfolded.

It marked the second NCAA Division II tournament appearance for Embry-Riddle’s in the program’s nine-year history.

With the outcome, Tampa improves to 29-6 overall. Embry-Riddle winds up at 20-10.

In Friday’s encounter, Embry-Riddle spotted Tampa a 22-19 edge after one quarter was over with.

Embry-Riddle then bounced back with a 17-15 second quarter advantage, closing the gap to 37-36 at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Tampa struck with an 18-17 third quarteer edge. That staked them to a 55-53 cushion at the time.

Tampa followed it up with a 21-17 fourth quarter advantage, putting the finishing touches on a 76-70 win.

The 5-11 sophomore forward, provided Embry-Riddle with a season-high performance of 20 points. Lengemann drained three trifectas along the way.

She also contributed four rebounds, one steal and one assist to Embry-Riddle’s cause.

Lengemann played a total of 25 minutes.

She completed the season with 226 points over 30 games, an average of 7.5 points per game.

Lengemann also pullled down 128 rebounds, handed off 32 assists and registered 24 steals.

She averaged 18.9 minutes of playing time a game.

Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.