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Wadsworth heads up Waubonsee post-season awards
Wadsworth named NJCAA All-American for second straight year
For the second straight year Julianna Wadsworth headlines Waubonsee Community College’s post-season basketball honors. The Oswego native was recently named an NJCAA Division II Second Team All-American to become the Chiefs’ first player to ever earn that distinction twice. The Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) and the NJCAA’s Region IV Committee also recognized the Chiefs’ record-setting season. Wadsworth was selected as the ISCC’s Player of the Year, while Coriesha Bailey and Libby Love were also both tabbed to the All-ISCC First Team. Teammate Jenae Rowe was chosen to the All-ISCC Second Team and head coach Jim Sury was selected as the ISCC Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year. Wadsworth was also named to the All-Region First Team, with Bailey garnering All-Region Second Team status and Sury tabbed the Region IV District L Coach of the Year. Men’s basketball player John Stark was named to the All-ISCC First Team, while teammate Naiem Johnson was selected to the All-ISCC Second Team to round out Waubonsee’s post-season recognition.
Wadsworth, a sophomore from Oswego East High School, led unranked Waubonsee to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament for the second straight year. The 5’9” forward averaged 20.3 points per game overall, including averaging 22.6 points in conference play. An all-around performer, Wadsworth also grabbed seven rebounds, handed out five assists and recorded four steals per game. On the season she booked a school record 628 points, eclipsing the program record of 583 which she set last season. She finishes her Waubonsee career as the Chiefs’ all-time leading scorer with 1,211 total points. Wadsworth also was third nationally in free throw percentage at 86 percent, and fourth nationally with 123 steals.
Bailey, a 5’5” sophomore point guard, led all NJCAA Division II players in assists with a Waubonsee single-season record of 241 assists. The Rockford East High School graduate averaged 14.1 points per contest and 6.7 assists per game. In conference play she was even better, averaging 7.9 assists per game. Bailey also set a Waubonsee record for assists in a game when she was credited with 16 in a win at Lake County. She recorded double-digits in assists nine times during the season.
Freshman 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. The 5’8” guard led Waubonsee with 54 three-pointers on the season. Forward Jenae Rowe was selected to the All-ISCC Second Team. The sophomore from Joliet Township High School contributed 10.9 points and 9.1 rebounds in ISCC play. On the year the 5’8” Rowe collected a team-leading 306 rebounds, and posted 16 double-doubles in points and rebounds during the season.
Second-year head coach Jim Sury was chosen as the ISCC’s Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year after guiding Waubonsee to the ISCC title with an undefeated 14-0 record. Sury was also tabbed the Region IV District L Coach of the Year after leading Waubonsee to the Region IV title and a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament for the second straight year. Sury’s crew set a program record for wins in a season as they finished 27-9 overall, and established a school-record with an 18-game winning streak late in the season.
The 6’11” Stark was named All-ISCC First Team after averaging 12.2 points per game while shooting 56 percent from the field in league play. The Oswego High School graduate really came on toward the end of the season, averaging 16.2 points a game over the Chiefs’ final 10 ISCC games. The freshman center averaged only two points per contest the first half of Waubonsee’s season. Johnson, a sophomore from Las Vegas, Nevada, was an All-ISCC Second Team selection as he averaged 11.5 points and two assists in conference play. The 6’1” guard shot 54.5 percent from the field for the season.