Athletic Event

Aurora University Junior Varsity

Chiefs' cold shooting leads to loss to Aurora's JV's 

Chiefs' cold shooting leads to loss to Aurora's JV's 

Conference: No

Opponent: Spartans at Chiefs
59 - 65 (L)

(Sugar Grove, IL.) –  Waubonsee Community College’s women’s basketball team could not overcome a cold shooting performance and fell to Aurora University’s Junior Varsity 65-59. The Chiefs struggled in the second quarter and allowed the visiting Spartans to take control of the game. Waubonsee missed an opportunity to reach the .500 mark as the loss dropped them to 4-6 on the season.

Aurora led 15-13 at the end of the first period courtesy of a few defensive lapses by Waubonsee. The Spartans then held the Chiefs to just six second quarter points to build a 28-19 lead at the intermission. Waubonsee shot just 20 percent from the field in the first half, missed all 11 of their three-point attempts and were out rebounded by the Spartans 28-14.

The Chiefs’ struggles carried over into the second half as the Spartans were a step quicker to the ball and continued to control the boards. An offensive rebound and put back by Aurora’s Imani Clark with four minutes left in the third quarter gave the visitors their biggest lead at 43-29. Highlighted by a pair of three-pointers by Emily Uplegger in the final minute, the Chiefs pulled within seven points. Dajashina Clark then made the second of two free throw attempts with 0:07 left in the period. A moment later Uplegger stole the ball and scored on a lay-up just before the buzzer to end the quarter with Aurora holding only a 47-43 lead.

A see-saw final period ensued before Aurora built its lead back up to double digits midway through the quarter. The Chiefs fought back to within five at 61-56 with two minutes to go and seemed to finally have some momentum after Clark scored and was fouled. However the Chiefs misfired on four shots from the floor, missed a pair of free throw, committed three fouls and turned the ball over twice down the stretch as the Spartans held on for the road win.    

Uplegger led Waubonsee with 14 points and three assists. Clark finished with 12 points and four assists, while Lauren Goff added 11 points to go along with six steals, and Mo Kempiak chipped in with 11 points. The Spartans finished the game with a 57-25 edge in rebounding and made 12 of 14 free throws in the second half to help offset committing 30 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Chiefs shot only 56 percent (15 of 27) from the foul line, 30 percent (19 of 63) from the floor and finished just six of 29 (21 percent) from beyond the arc.

Waubonsee hosts the College of DuPage this coming Thursday, December 7. Coach Jim Williams’ women’s team tips off at 5:00 p.m. against the Chaparrals, while Coach Dave Heiss’ men’s team is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. (CDT). Both games can been seen ‘live’ on-line at www.Waubonsee.edu/athletics or locally on cable television. Check with your local cable provider for the channel in your area. For more information on Chiefs’ Athletics you can also go to NJCAA.org.