Athletic Event

Kankakee Community College

Wadsworth pours in 32, Skaggs and Rowe each post double-doubles as Waubonsee upsets 11th ranked Kankakee

Wadsworth pours in 32, Skaggs and Rowe each post double-doubles as Waubonsee upsets 11th ranked Kankakee

Conference: No

Opponent: Cavaliers at Lady Chiefs
77 - 67 (W)

Waubonsee pulled off a historic upset, knocking off 11th ranked Kankakee Community College for the first time in over 20 years. The Lady Chiefs (6-3) prevailed 77-67 to hand the nationally-ranked Cavaliers (6-1) their first loss of the season. Kankakee, Region IV Division II champions 19 out of the last 24 years, struggled to keep pace with the Lady Chiefs. Despite a clear height disadvantage, Waubonsee out rebounded the Cavaliers for the game 47-40, snagging 17 boards on the offensive end of the floor. Kankakee's bench out scored Waubonsee's 43-16, but it did not matter as the Cavaliers shot just 36 percent (5 of 14) from the foul line.

Returning All-American forward Julianna Wadsworth poured in 32 points and handed out six assists to lead Waubonsee, answering numerous Cavalier baskets with scores of her own. Jenae Rowe booked a double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Elizabeth Skaggs also tallied a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards. Point guard Coreisha Bailey chipped in with nine points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.  

Waubonsee pushed the tempo throughout the game, beating the Cavaliers at what is usually their forte. Kankakee led 19-18 at the end of the first quarter before Waubonsee started to attack the basket aggressively, building a 31-19 lead with three minutes left until halftime. Kankakee head coach Donnie Denson then called timeout and delivered a fiery pep talk that helped spark a Cavaliers comeback. The visitors quickly forced five Waubonsee turnovers and pulled within two points in the final minute of the half. The Lady Chiefs eventually headed to the locker room with a 37-33 lead. In the third quarter Waubonsee again built a double-digit lead (49-38) before ending the period with a 54-46 lead. The Lady Chiefs' lead dwindled down to five points on two occasions before they again built it up to double figures, matching their biggest lead of the game at 70-58 with three minutes remaining. Again Kankakee responded by nailing three consecutive three-pointers to trim the deficit to five points (72-67) with a minute to go. A clutch offensive rebound and putback basket by Rowe and two free throws by Wadsworth in the final minute then sealed the outcome.