NJCAA Division II National Tournament
Tough loss ends Chiefs' season at Nationals. Unranked Waubonsee finishes 11th in nation.
Opponent: #9 seed Kankakee Community College (28-6)
67 - 68 (L)
(Overland Park, KS.) – Waubonsee Community College’s fantastic season came to an end as ninth-seeded Kankakee Community College edged the Chiefs 68-67 in the third round of the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament. For the second straight year Jim Sury’s unranked Chiefs finish 11th in the nation. Along the way they set program records for wins in a season and won 18 consecutive games in the second half of the season.
Waubonsee (27-9) led almost the entire way, even going up by as many as 14 points in the second quarter. The Chiefs led 19-17 after the first quarter and eventually went into halftime with a 33-27 advantage. The Chiefs maintained that six-point lead heading into the final period as both teams scored 19 points in the third quarter. Kankakee (29-6) then rallied to grab the lead midway through the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers led 68-66 with a minute to go when Waubonsee’s Jenae Rowe made a steal and was fouled on a drive to the basket. The sophomore made the second of two free throw attempts to bring the Chiefs to within a point with 0:39 left. Waubonsee then made a great defensive stop and got the ball back with 0:08 remaining and called timeout. Julianna Wadsworth’s 10-foot jumper in traffic in the final seconds was off the mark and Elizabeth Skaggs’ put back attempt was blocked as the buzzer sounded, ending the Chiefs’ season.
Wadsworth finished with a game-high 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists. The Oswego East High School product ends her Waubonsee career as the Chiefs’ all-time leading scorer with 1,211 points. Sophomore point guard Coriesha Bailey added 17 points, four steals and five assists. The Rockford East High School graduate finishes the season with 241 assists to lead all NJCAA Division II players in that category. Rowe tallied 15 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Libby Love contributed 10 points and Skaggs chipped in with eight boards and four assists.