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Waubonsee set to play at Nationals

Chiefs make second consecutive trip to Nationals

The unheralded Waubonsee Community College women’s basketball team will once again look to prove people wrong at the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament. The Chiefs (26-7) received the 13th seed and are set to take on fourth-seeded Kansas City Kansas Community College (29-3) this coming Wednesday, March 16, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The Blue Devils are the local favorite after upsetting the tournament host school and nation’s top-ranked team Johnson County (KS) Community College in the Region VI District B title game 63-56. All the tournament games can been seen ‘live’ on-line at NJCAA.TV. For more information go to www.jccc.edu/cavs/njcaatournament.  

Waubonsee is making its second consecutive appearance at the 16-team, double elimination National Tournament after edging South Suburban College 57-55 in the Region IV District L title game. Last year the unranked Chiefs advanced to the tournament for the first time ever and finished 11th in the nation. This time around they may not be as big an underdog. Waubonsee captured the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) title for the second time in the last three years, going undefeated in the process. The Chiefs also reached the Region IV title game for the third straight year, winning it the last two. Second-year head coach Jim Sury has guided his squad to 18 straight wins and a new program record with 26 wins thus far.  

Waubonsee is led by returning NJCAA All-American Julianna Wadsworth who is averaging 20.6 points per game, placing her 18th nationally among Division II junior college players. The Oswego East High School product is 12th nationally in points with 576 and needs just seven more to eclipse her own Waubonsee single-season mark of 583 set last year. The ISCC’s Player of the Year, Wadsworth also averages seven rebounds, five assists and four steals per game. The sophomore forward’s 117 steals this season places her fourth nationally in that category. In 28 games played she has connected on 84.5 percent of her free throw attempts to rank seventh nationally. Earlier this season Wadsworth became Waubonsee’s all-time leading scorer and currently has booked 1,159 career points.  

Sophomore point guard Coriesha Bailey, also an All-ISCC First Team selection, averages 13.6 points per contest and 6.9 assists per game, placing her fourth nationally in that category. The Rockford East High School graduate has set Waubonsee records for assists in a game (16) and in a season with 227 and counting, which currently puts her second nationally in total assists. In addition Bailey has registered 110 steals, the fifth most nationally.

Freshman guard Libby Love was also named to the All-ISCC First Team. The Plano High School alumnus averaged 16.1 points per game in conference action and leads the team with 52 three-point baskets. Sophomore forward Jenae Rowe was selected to the All-ISCC Second Team. The Joliet Township High School alumnus contributes 10.9 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Aurora West High School graduate Elizabeth Skaggs also averages 10.9 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Chiefs. Second-year head coach Jim Sury was chosen as the ISCC’s Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year, and for the second straight year he was tabbed the Region IV District L Coach of the Year.