Women's Basketball Schedule
|Oct. 12||Saturday||Rock Valley College Jamboree||Away||TBA|
|Oct. 29||Tuesday||Benedictine University Scrimmage||Home||6:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 2||Saturday||John A. Logan Tourny vs JALC||Carterville, IL||8:00 p.m.||W 84-66
Morice 29pts; Cunningham 13 reb, 21pts; Cox 8reb
|Nov. 3||Sunday||John A. Logan Tourny vs. Mineral Area||Carterville, IL||1:00 p.m.||L 91-92 2OT
Davis 37pts, 6 assists; Morice 23pts; Cox 8reb
|Nov. 8||Friday||Kirkwood Classic vs. Iowa Central||Kirkwood, IA||5:30 p.m.||W 85-75
Morice 31 pts; Cunningham 22 pts, 12 reb
|Nov. 9||Saturday||Kirkwood Classic vs. Kirkwood||Kirkwood, IA||3:00 p.m.||L 45-67
Cox 7reb, Wartenbe 4 assists
|Nov. 12||Tuesday||Rock Valley College||Home||5:30 p.m.||W
Cunningham 25pts, 17reb, 6assists; Davis 23pts; Cox 13pts, 9reb
|Nov. 14||Thursday||College of DuPage^||Home||5:30 p.m.||W 75-45
Cunningham 18pts, Ogunjimi 15pts, Cox 9reb
|Nov. 19||Tuesday||Elgin^*||Away||5:30 p.m.||W 73-51
Morice 21pts, 11 reb; Cunningham 17pts, 9 reb.; Green 16 reb.
|Nov. 23||Saturday||College of Lake County^||Away||1:00 p.m.||W 89-51
Green 11pts, Cox 13 pts, Morice 19pts, Cunningham 21pts, 6 assists
|Nov. 26||Tuesday||McHenry^*||Home||5:30 p.m.||W 68-30
Cunningham 17 pts, Green 11 pts.
|Dec. 3||Tuesday||Joliet^||Home||5:30 p.m.||W 80-48
Green 23 pts, 18 rebounds; Morice 18pts
|Dec. 5||Thursday||Kankakee^||Home||5:30 p.m.||W 84-72
Cunningham 23pts, 17 reb, 7 assists; Green 12 pts, 9 reb.
|Dec. 10||Tuesday||Waubonsee^*||Home||5:30 p.m.||W 67-39
Davis 18pts, 5 assists; Green 10pts, 12 reb
|Dec. 19||Thursday||Parkland||Home||5:30 p.m.||W 77-72
Cunningham 26pts,13reb; Morice 18pts
|Dec. 28||Saturday||ICC Christmas Classic||Peoria, IL||4:00 p.m.||vs. Lake MI W
70-63 Morice 21pts; McLain 10pts
|Dec. 29||Sunday||ICC Christmas Classic||Peoria, IL||TBD||vs. Kirkwood L
Cunningham 13reb; Ogunjimi 8pts
|Dec. 30||Monday||ICC Christmas Classic||Peoria, IL||TBD||vs. NIACC L 66-77
Cox 12 reb; Davis 12pts, 10 reb; Cunningham 12pts, 11 reb
|Jan. 4||Saturday||Madison College^||Away||1:00 p.m.||W 75-68
Davis 31pts, 6reb; Wartenbe 10pts
|Jan. 11||Tuesday||Black Hawk||Away||4:00 pm||Forfeit 2-0|
|Jan. 14||Tuesday||Highland ˆ*#||Home||5:30 p.m.||W 76-37
Morice 17pts; Wartenbe 12pts; Davis 20 reb
|Jan. 16||Thursday||Sauk Valley ^#||Home||5:30 p.m.||W 61-56
Davis 21pts, 10reb; Ogunjimi 11pts, 3 assists
|Jan. 21||Tuesday||Black Hawk East ^*#||Home||5:30 p.m.||W 77-48
Davis 20pts, 13reb; Morice 19pts, 6 steals, Ogunjimi 11pts; Green 10pts 15reb
|Jan. 25||Saturday||Carl Sandburg^*#||Home||1:00 p.m.||W 60-36
Morice 16pts; Davis 14 pts.; Green 10 rebounds
|Jan. 30||Thursday||Black Hawk ^#||Home||5:30 p.m.||W 106-27
Davis 19pts;Ogunjimi 18pts; Morice 17pts; Walker 16pts
|Feb. 6||Thursday||Highland ^*#||Away||5:00 p.m.||W 63-57
Cox 10 reb; Davis 23pts.
|Feb. 8||Saturday||South Suburban College^||Home||1:00 p.m.||W 72-52
Cox 17pts, 15 reb, 3 blocks; Davis 16pts
|Feb. 11||Tuesday||Sauk Valley ^*||Away||5:30 p.m.||L 54-58
Morice 29 pts
|Feb. 13||Thursday||Black Hawk East ^#||Away||5:30 p.m.||W 75-36
Morice 23pts; Davis 22 pts, Cox 11 reb.
|Feb. 15||Saturday||Illinois Valley ^*#||Away||5:00 p.m.||W 98-48
Morice 34 pts; Wartenbe 19 pts; Wyde 9 reb., Cox 5 blks, Ogunjimi 7 assists
|Feb. 18||Tuesday||Carl Sandburg ^*#||Away||5:30 p.m.||Win 82-40
Davis 32pts; Morice 19pts; Green 9 reb.
|Feb. 20||Thursday||Illinois Valley ^*#
WBCA Pink Zone
|Home||5:30 p.m.||Win 80-61
Davis 24pts; Walker 15pts; Morice15pts; Cox 12pts, 12reb.
|Feb. 24||Monday||Rock Valley College Scrimmage||Away||5:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 27||Thursday||Region IV First Round^* Sophomore Nite
#8 Black Hawk vs. #1 KC
|Home||5:30 p.m.||W 134-42
Morice 28pts, 7steals; Davis 26pts, 9 assists; Ogunjimi 25pts, 7assists; Wartenbe 18pts
|March 2||Sunday||Region IV Semi-Final^*
#1 KC vs. #5 IVCC
|MVCC||4 pm||W 83-47|
|March 8||Saturday||Region IV Championship^* vs. WCC||Elgin||2:30 pm||W 79-53
Morice 30pts,7reb; Walker 18pts; Green 9pts,12reb. Nwoye Green, Bria Edwards All Region IV Tourny Team; Tami Morice Tourny MVP
|March 19-23||Tue-Sat||NJCAA National Tournament||Johnson County Comm. College Overland Park, KS||National Bracket Info|
|March 19||Wed||#5 Kishwaukee vs. #12 Chesapeake College, MD||1 pm||L 70-88
Davis 28pts, Morice 16pts, Ogunjimi 14 pts-6assists, Cox 15 reb.
|March 20||Thu||#5 Kishwaukee vs. #13 Mercyhurst North East||1 pm||W 75-59 Morice 19pts; Davis 18 pts, 8reb, 4assists; Wartenbe 12 pts; Cox 11reb, 3 blocks|
|March 21||Fri||#5 Kishwaukee vs. #8 Kanakee||1 pm||W 92-74 Davis 21pts, Cox 20pts, 11reb; Morice 17pts, 4 assists; Ogunjimi 12pts, 4 assists|
|March 22||Sat||#5 Kishwaukee vs. #7 Lake Michigan||12 pm||L 68-76 Davis 32 pts, Ogunjimi 10 points, Morice 8 assists, 11 reb.|
|8th Place Tournament Finish
Ashanti Davis Named to National All-Tournament Team
- Complete 2011-12 Season Accomplishments
- Complete 2010-11 Season Accomplishments
- Complete 2009-10 Season Accomplishments
- Complete 2008-09 Season Accomplishments
Kishwaukee’s “Trinity” Inks with Four Years
The three returning sophomores to the 2012-13 squad, better known as the Trinity, have inked with four year institutions today. Rosanna Gambino signed with Iowa State, Valerierose Agnello to Wichita State, and Kelsie Kluck to Ashford University. Kishwaukee College celebrated the careers of three sophomore women basketball players who will be transferring next fall to four-year institutions to continue their academic and athletic careers on full athletic and academic scholarships. Rosie Gambino, Valerierose Agnello, and Kelsie Kluck signed Letters of Intent in front of family, friends, College faculty, and staff.
The sophomores leave a legacy of solid basketball under Head Coach Karen Wiley and Associate Head Coach Kat Martin. For the two years Gambino, Agnelleo, and Kluck wore the Kougar uniform, the women’s basketball team had a 53-17 record that included two back-to-back Arrowhead Conference Championships, the 2012 Region IV Championship, the District L Championship and finished 4th at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament. All three were also named to the Arrowhead Academic All-Conference team and KC Dean’s List. All three are nominated for NJCAA Academic All-Americans and will be graduating Kishwaukee College with academic and athletic honors.
Kishwaukee Inks Four to Incoming Class
A highly decorated class, Kishwaukee hosted a signing day in which four of their incoming eight women’s basketball players were able to attend. The Kougars hosted family, friends, staff, administration, and current team members and alumni to the signing ceremony. They celebrated the outgoing signing of three sophomores and the signing of four freshmen. Present for the signing were Ashanti Davis, Bria Walker, Allison Humes, and Nwoye Green.
Ashanti Davis (Lyons Township) and Bria Walker (Metea Valley) are part of a highly decorated guard class for the Kougars. Ashanti is an ESPN grade guard who was receiving various NCAA DI interest and offers before committing to Kishwaukee in October of her senior year. At 5’10 the athletic guard will be playing the 1-3 for the team. Bria Walker is the all-time leading scorer for Matea Valley and graduates as the first 1,000 point scorer in program history. She is a deadly shooter who will open a lot of space for an inside/outside game for the Kougars. Her basketball IQ and ability to knock down the deep three will make her a dangerous match up on the perimeter.
Playing in the forward/center positions will be incoming two-sport athlete Allison Humes of Somonauk and Nwoye Green of Kenosha Tremper. Allison will also be playing volleyball for the Kougars. A left handed right side hitter and combo guard, she was named First Team All-Conference and All-Area in both sports. She is expected to contribute in both programs right away and will be the first KC student-athlete to be competing for multiple conference, region, and national championships in the same season. Nwoye Green is a member of Wisconsin’s Top 100 prospects for the 2013 class and nominated for the Taco Bell Senior Post Award. Leading her team in scoring, rebounding, assists, and blocks, she will bring a huge presence to the court with her foot speed, agility, and ability to embrace contact.
“We are thrilled to announce the first half of our recruiting class and truly looking forward to the great things they will accomplish both on the floor and off. It is bittersweet to recognize the accomplishments of the sophomores and welcome the freshmen. The standard has been set and the expectations are there. The four young women here are hungry to chase the goals of our program and will no doubt continue our standard of class and excellence. We are honored to welcome the class of 2013 to Kishwaukee College” lauds Head Coach Wiley of her 12th incoming class at Kishwaukee College.
State Farm All-American Agnello to Missouri Valley Champion Wichita State
2013 All-American Valerierose Agnello has accepted a full ride to continue her career at Wichita State University. The 5’10 guard chose Wichita State over offers and interest from Northern Illinois University, Winthrop, St. Joseph’s University, Western Kentucky University, Tennessee State University, Morehead University, Eastern Illinois University, Eastern Tennessee University, University of Tennessee-Martin, and North Florida.
While at Kishwaukee, Valerierose (also known as Forte) complied a 53-17 overall record, winning back-to-back Arrowhead Conference Championships (23-1) and Region IV regular season championships (21-1). The team finished 4th at the NJCAA DII 2012 National Tournament, winning the Region IV tournament championship and District L championship. She was named to the Dean’s List and Arrowhead Academic All Conference her freshman year before being named team captain for 2013. As a sophomore, Forte led the team in scoring throughout the conference season, and was second in rebounds and assists. She was named First Team Arrowhead All-Conference and Second Team All-Region IV while also being named WBCA/State Farm All-American. She was twice named Region IV Player of the Week. A graduate of Brookfield Central High School (WI), she was named a 2011 Wisconsin Top 50 senior and was a three year varsity contributor. She was named to all-conference, all-area, and all-state teams both her junior and senior years of high school and finished in her high school program’s top five records for career scoring, rebounding, free-throws, and assists. Valerierose will continue her academic success as a pre-pharmacy major and hopes to finish her academic career at Kishwaukee College as a NJCAA Academic All-American.
Head Coach Jody Adams is in her fifth season at Wichita State University. She guided the Shockers to a 24-10 overall record and 15-3 in Missouri Valley play. They won the program’s first regular season conference championship and won the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship, leading them to the program’s first NCAA National Tournament bid. Coach Adams’ culture of success began when she was named a high school all-American and completed her collegiate career under legendary coaching icon Pat Summitt and the University of Tennessee. She helped lead the team to a national championship, before continuing her success in coaching and empowering the young women she recruits.
“We are elated for Valerierose and the opportunity she has chosen to accept. She has worked hard throughout her career at Kishwaukee and helped bring the program to a new standard of excellence both on the court and off. Her leadership, passion, and loyalty is so special to program and department and everyone felt Wichita State was the perfect place for her to call home. She is entering their program at a very exciting time and with hard work will continue to help the Shockers reach their team goals. We are honored to have shared in the past two years and look forward to her continued success.” shares associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Kat Martin of the sophomore leader. Forte will schedule an official signing date after April 16th.
Kelsie Kluck accepts full ride to Ashford University
Sophomore point guard Kelsie Kluck has committed to Ashford University to continue her academic and athletic career. Her outstanding academic achievement and decorated basketball career has garnered her a full ride. She chose Ashford University over interest and offers from: University of Illinois-Springfield, Quincy University, Truman State University, Minnesota State Mankato, North Central University, Benedictine University, Olivet Nazarene University and San Diego College, among many others.
While at Kishwaukee, Kelsie complied a 53-17 overall record, winning back-to-back Arrowhead Conference Championships (23-1) and Region IV regular season championships (21-1). The team finished 4th at the NJCAA DII 2012 National Tournament, winning the Region IV tournament championship and District L championship. Kelsie is a two year starter for the Kougars, starting and appearing in 69 of the combined 70 games. Kelsie took over the point guard position in December of her freshman year and guided the Kougars to a fourth and sixth place NJCAA DII National Poll finish. She led the team in assists and assists per game, dishing out 5 assists per game in Arrowhead Conference play. Only the second 1,000 point scorer in Pearl City High School program history, Kelsie garnered conference, area, and state accolades throughout high school. Her success doesn’t stop on the court. Kelsie is an Arrowhead Academic All-Conference selection and Kishwaukee’s February student-athlete of the month. She will be graduating Kishwaukee College with NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American accolades. Kelsie is pursuing a double major at Ashford in education and sport management with career goals to teach, coach, and possibly become a high school athletic director.
Ashford women’s basketball is under new leadership with head coach Amy Egan. Coach Egan is in her second year at Ashford and has signed a prestigious recruiting class which will help bring Ashford to the NAIA National Tournament, a tournament Coach Egan has plenty of experience in at her former intuitions. Kelsie will help round on a decorated class for Ashford. Kelsie’s role includes leadership and ball handling, with the potential to run the point for the team.
“We are thrilled for Kelsie and the decision she made to continue her academic and athletic career at Ashford University. She is not only a talented athlete and diligent student, but also an amazing young woman. Kelsie brings a calming sense to the court and her leadership both on and off the floor make valuable beyond words. Kelsie has been the glue of our program and success and when Ashford said they were looking for the glue to their success, we knew it was going to be a perfect fit. Kelsie has helped lead the team to new levels and we couldn’t thank her enough for her selfless work and efforts for the team and program. We are happy her continued hard work has paid off and have no doubt she will continue to represent Kishwaukee College with great pride and class” lauds Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Kat Martin. An official signing will be scheduled for after April 16th.
Rosanna Gambino Commits to Iowa State
Rosanna Gambino accepts full ride offer to continue her academic and athletic career at Iowa State University. The 6’4 sophomore center chose Iowa State over interest and offers from Michigan State, University of South Florida, North Dakota State University, Fresno State, DePaul, University of Illinois Chicago, Missouri, Indiana State, Kent State, Valparaiso, and Southern Illinois University.
While at Kishwaukee, Rosanna complied a 53-17 overall record, winning back-to-back Arrowhead Conference Championships (23-1) and Region IV regular season championships (21-1). The team finished 4th at the NJCAA DII 2012 National Tournament, winning the Region IV tournament championship and District L championship. Rosanna completes her career at Kishwaukee holding the single game block record (10), single season block record (109), and career block record (206). She was twice named to the Arrowhead Academic All-Conference team and is on track to graduate Kishwaukee as a NJCAA Academic All-American. She is a pre-pharmacy major and Kishwaukee Dean’s List selection. A graduate of Oswego High School, she was a starting member of the 2009-10 4th place IHSA state tournament team. She led her high school conference in blocks per game and averaged 10ppg 8rpg, and 3bpg throughout her high school career.
Iowa State women’s basketball is currently 23-8 and finished 12-6 in the Big XII conference, falling to Baylor University in the Big XII Tournament Championship game. The team earned their 7th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid with a #5 seed in the West Division. They will be playing Gonzaga University on Saturday to open the tournament. Iowa State is graduating three seniors this season, all of which were forward/centers, ranging in height form 6’1-6’7.
“We are thrilled for Rosie and the decision she made to continue her academic and athletic career at Iowa State. She is not only a talented athlete and diligent student, but also an amazing young woman. The family atmosphere Coach Fennelly creates and prides himself in was a huge factor for Rosie. She is a selfless player who wants to fulfill her role in order for the team to be successful. We are happy her continued hard work has paid off and have no doubt she will continue to represent Kishwaukee College with great pride and class” lauds Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Kat Martin. An official signing will be scheduled for after April 16th and will be announced within the next few days.
Kougars Advance to Region Championship
Two Kougars posted double-doubles as Kishwaukee advanced to its fourth straight Region IV Championship game with a 61-32 win over Waubonsee. Freshman Sinclair Cunningham led the team with 23 points and 17 rebounds while sophomore Valerierose Agnello has 14 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. Freshman Tami Morice also added 20 points in the win. The Kougars held Waubonsee to 16 points each half and led by 20 points the entire game. #1 seeded Kishwaukee will face #3 Elgin College on Saturday for the championship game. Elgin upset #2 Illinois Valley to advance. The two teams played in November, with a 63-41 Kougar victory. In that game Cunningham posted 20 points and 23 rebounds while sophomore center Rosanna Gambino set the single game block record at 10. The Kougars are defending their 2012 Region IV Championship, and with a win will advance to their second straight national tournament. Tip is scheduled for March 9th at 2:30pm.
Kishwaukee Women's Basketball opens Region IV Tournament with 78-39 win.
For the fifth time in six years, Kishwaukee is headed to the Region IV Semi-Final. #1 Kishwaukee beat #8 McHenry 78-39 and held McHenry to only 12 second half points. The Kougars were led by Freshman Sinclair Cunningham with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 9 steals, 4 assists, and 4 blocks. Sophomore point guard Kelsie Kluck also just missed a triple-double with 7 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, and 7 steals. Her 12 assists is a career high. The Kougars finished the night with 27 assists on 34 baskets and swatted a season high 15 blocked shots. They shot 46% from the field and forced 34 turnovers. The Kougars will face #4 Waubonsee on Saturday at 4pm at Illinois Valley College for the Semi-Final.
Kish Women earn #1 seed in Region IV Tournament
The Kougar women’s basketball team has earned the #1 seed for the Region IV Tournament for the third straight year. The Kougars earned the top spot by posting an 11-0 District L record, 12-0 Conference record, 23-1 Region IV record, and went undefeated in Region IV DII play. The team is 24-6 entering the tournament and will host #8 McHenry on Thursday, February 28th. Earlier this season the Kougars beat McHenry 77-33 with freshman Tami Morice leading all scoreres with her second of five thirty point games.
Kish completes 12-0 Arrowhead Conference Championship Season
The Kishwaukee College women’s basketball program won their third consecutive Arrowhead Conference Championship with an 89-31 victory over Carl Sandburg. The Kougars completed the program’s first undefeated Arrowhead season, beating their opponents by an average 32 points a game. Tami Morice paced the team with 27 points while Sinclair Cunningham added 23 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomores Valerierose Agenello and Rosanna Gambino added 17 and 15 respectively, while point guard Kelsie Kluck had a career high 10 assists.
Agnello led the conference in scoring at 21ppg while Morice and Cunningham finished right behind her with 19 and 17 respectively. Cunningham also averaged 11rpg and both Agnello and Cunningham paced the Kougars with nearly 4apg. Sophomore Rosanna Gambino led the conference with 3.5 blocks a game and the Kougars not only lead the conference but also the nation with blocks per game.
Today’s game also marked the end of the regular season and the Kougars celebrated the accomplishments of their sophomore class. The three returning sophomores, known as the “Trinity”, have combined for a 23-1 Conference record and are the winningest class in program history with a current record of 51-16. All three sophomores have NCAA DI offers and will announce their decisions in late March. The class has been ranked in the nation’s top 10 for most of their career and is defending a Region IV, District L, and Final Four finish.
2013 Play4Kay Raises Record Donations and Kish clinch Conference Championship!
In a record setting night for Kishwaukee Women’s Basketball, the Kishwaukee College women’s basketball program has set a new program record! Thanks to the outpouring of support and donations through Tuesday's Play4Kay Breast Cancer Awareness Night the team has raised $2,500. This is the 6th year Kishwaukee has participated in the event, with a running total of nearly $15,000!
If you have not donated and would like to participate there is still time! Donations are still trickling in and you can still contribute an online donation at www.play4kay.org/kishThese donations may be made with any credit card, are tax deductible (they will send you an e-mail right away with tax information), and go straight to the Foundation. If you are interested in making a donation online; please visit www.play4kay.org/kishand click My Team Page once you have clicked My Team Page, you may click the button which says donate now. Donations made on the first page will not register to Kishwaukee College.
Kishwaukee College Women's Basketball thanks everyone for their support. It meant a great deal to the team, coaches, survivors in attendance, and to the National Foundation we support.
In addition to setting a program record in current donations, the Kougars also clinched the Arrowhead Conference Championship with a 71-36 win over Highland College. The Kougars move to 9-0 in Arrowhead Conference play. Valerierose Agnello and Tami Morice paced the way for the Kougars with 17 points apiece while Sinclair Cunningham grabbed a team high 19 rebounds. Sophomore point guard Kelsie Kluck had 10 points and 5 assists on the night as the Kougars sailed to their 13th straight victory. Agnello is currently leading the conference in scoring and assists while Cunningham leads the conference in rebounding and is 70 rebounds away from the single season program rebounding record.
Cunningham paces Kougars to 5th consecutive 20 win season
Freshman sensation Sinclair Cunningham scored a team high 32 points in tonight’s victory over Black Hawk College while also grabbing 12 rebounds, dishing out 6 assists, grabbing 3 steals, and swatting a blocked shot. She is the third Kougar this season to pour in a 30+ point game. The Kougars are now 20-6 and 8-0 in Arrowhead Conference play. This is the fifth straight season for Kishwaukee Women’s Basketball to post a 20 win season. The Kougars finished last season 27-10 and fourth in the NJCAA DII national tournament, both a program best.
Kishwaukee hosts Meridian Youth League
Kishwaukee Women’s basketball hosted Stillman Valley 5th grade girl’s youth basketball league on Saturday. The team participated in a Pack the Place and Pizza Party with the Kougars event in conjunction with Kish hosting #2 Illinois Valley. The Kougars beat IVCC 70-59 and celebrated with local youth over pizza and Gatorade! Several recruits, high schools, and alumni were also in attendance. Evanston Township High School was there to support ETHS graduate Sinclair Cunningham as well. Sophomore Valerierose Agnello led the Kougars with 23 points on the win.
Hall of Fame a Huge Success
Kishwaukee Women’s basketball hosted the #2 ranked team in Arrowhead Conference play for the annual Hall of Fame Induction on Tuesday. The Kougars put on a show to a packed house, as they ripped through Black Hawk East 86-32. The Kougars were led in scoring by Tami Morice with 24 and Valerierose Agnello with 21. Three Kougars finished with 6 rebounds on the night and the team collected 31 assists on 34 baskets. Sinclair Cunningham had 8 and point guard Kelsie Kluck had 6. The Kougars forced 39 turnovers and collected 25 steals, Kluck grabbing a team high 6. Rosanna Gambino swatted 5 of the team’s 10 blocks, and the Kougars held the Warriors to only 12 second half points, while pouring in 52 of their own. The team us undefeated in Arrowhead Conference play and hosts #3 Illinois Valley on Saturday at 1pm.
In attendance tonight were women’s basketball alumnus Megan Lawler, who finished 8th in career scoring and 2nd in career rebounding, and long-time friend of the program and Learning Skills Center Director, Karen Fenske. Three 2013 incoming freshmen also joined the team for the night’s activities and many alumni were in attendance to support the inductees.
Second Half Comeback Propels Kish over South Suburban
#13 Kishwaukee College women’s basketball defeated #15 South Suburban on the road this weekend. The Kougars took an early lead before falling eight points at half. The Kougars took the second half by storm, defeating the Bulldogs 42-25 to win by 10. Freshman Tami Morice led all scorers with 23 points while Sinclair Cunningham and sophomore captain Valerierose Agnello both had double-doubles. Cunningham finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Angello had 12 points and a season high 16 rebounds, while also dishing out 5 assists. Sophomore Rosanna Gambino led the Kougar’s mid-half run with six consecutive points, finishing with 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 blocks. The Kougars are 16-5 and 3-0 in Arrowhead Conference play.
Kish Stuns IVCC 72-40 in road victory
Freshmen duo Sinclair Cunningham and Tami Morice combined for 47 of the Kougars 72 points on Thursday, as Kish took IVCC by storm. The Eagles only lead was 2-1 in the opening minute of the game. The Kougars led 32-11 at the break. The Kougars forced the Eagles into 16 turnovers and outrebounded them by nine. Sophomores Rosanna Gambino had 3 blocks and Kelsie Kluck dished out a team high 6 assists. The Kougars host Black Hawk on Tuesday for the conference home opener.
Agnello’s 27 points paces Kish to Arrowhead victory
The Kougars opened Arrowhead Conference play on the road in Galesburg. The two-time defending conference champions were led by sophomore Valerierose Agnello’s 27 point effort. Not only did she lead the team in scoring, she has hauled down 8 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, and grabbed 4 steals. She went 10-11 from the free-throw line, and helped the Kougars explode in the second half; beating the Chargers 43-16. The Kougars next contest is at #10 IVCC on Thursday.
Agnello Named Region IV Player of the Week
Sophomore guard Valerierose Agnello has been named Region IV Player of the week for her performances in the opening round of Arrowhead Conference play. She had a career high 27 points at Carl Sandburg and dropped nine against Illinois Valley. For the week she averaged 18.6ppg 8rpg 4apg 3spg and 2bpg to help lead the Kougars to a 2-0 start. She is the second Kougar to receive the honor this season.
Cunningham named to ICC All-Tournament Team as Kougars are victorious
Freshman Sinclair Cunningham was named to the Illinois Central Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team for her outstanding performance over the three game tournament. Sinclair scored team high 20 points on Friday and 18 points on Saturday, before finishing with 11 points on Sunday. She averaged 17ppg 11rpg 4apg 3spg and 2bpg for the weekend. The Kougars had great performances on the weekend, upsetting nationally ranked South Suburban College and Cincinnati State College. The tournament hosted 12 teams for the weekend, 9 which were nationally ranked and 11 which could possibly be back at ICC for the national tournament in March. The Kougars head into the new year hosting Madison College on Saturday the 5th before opening Arrowhead Conference play with two road games. The Koguars are the two-time defending Arrowhead Conference champions, as co-champions in 2011 and clinching the sole championship in 2012.
Cunningham named Region IV Player of the Week
Freshman Sinclair Cunningham helped lead the Koguars to two key Region IV victories this week. The Koguars defeated District opponent Elgin College before knocking off national powerhouse Kankakee College on the road by twenty points. Sinclair averaged a double-double for the week, posting 25 points a game, 17.5 rebounds a game, 4 assists a game, 3 steals a game, and 2 blocks a game. She has been nominated for NJCAA DII National Player of the Week for her outstanding performance and is the first Kougar recipient of the award for the 2013 season. Congratulations Sinclair!
Gambino breaks single game block record in 63-41 win over Elign
6’4 sophomore center Rosanna “Swat” Gambino broke the single game block record tonight. She swatted a career high 10 blocks, breaking the previous record of 7 set by Coach Kat in 2005. She finished the night with 8 points (including her first career three point field goal), 7 rebounds, and 10 blocks. The Kougars are now 2-0 in District play. Freshman Sinclair Cunningham led the way for the Kougars with her 23 points, 20 rebounds, and 7 assists. The team opened on a 14-2 run in the first half and never looked back. Outscoring the Spartans 40-28 in the second half and winning 63-41. “It was a good team win. We were really proud of Rosie and the defense she played. Her defense fired us and we continued to capitalize off her momentum” shares Coach Kat of the win.
Hall of Fame Class of 2013 includes WBB’s Megan Lawler
The KC Athletic department and hall of fame committee announced the 2013 induction class this week, which includes two sport athlete and All-American Megan Lawler. Megan was a two-time national champion for the Kougars volleyball team and first female athlete to ever be named MVP of the Arrowhead Conference in multiple sports (volleyball and basketball). Megan graduated Kishwaukee as a Distinguished NJCAA Academic All-American and NJCAA DII and WBCA Basketball All-American. She finished her career top five in scoring and rebounding, and second in single game rebounding. She was a two time All-Arrowhead and Region IV Selection, and her sophomore year named All-American status. Megan continued her volleyball career at Winona State, before transferring to Rockford College to play basketball and volleyball for the Regents. Megan is the second women’s basketball player to be inducted, following Jaime Stratchan, the program’s first 1,000 point member and all-time leading scorer.
#4 Kishwaukee defeats #8 College of DuPage in Home Opener:
After playing in two of the most prestigious out-of-state tournaments in the country, the Kougars were hungry for their home opener and playing on a brand new gym floor. Hosting #8 College of DuPage, the Kougars wasted no time displaying their talents and efforts, as they were up as many as 22 throughout the span of the game. Freshman Sinclair Cunningham led the Kougars with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 steals while sophomore point guard Kelsie Kluck dished out 6 assists and knocking down 11 points of her own. “We were excited to be at home and able to play on this brand new floor. We have a lot to look forward to this year and being on the floor was a great feeling” shares the staff of the night. The Lancers of Lake County are up next for the Kougars, as they travel to Malta next Tuesday.
Morice’s 30 points paces Kish to win
Freshman guard Tami Morice scored a team high 30 points on Sunday to pace the Kougars to a 60-48 victory over Scottsdale College. Her efforts put her tied for 12th in single game scoring records for the program.
Kougars to open season at Arizona Western
The first five games of the 2013 season will be on the road for the women’s basketball team. The Kougars are excited to open their season in sunny Arizona, where they will play Mesa College (who finished 6th at the NJCAA national tournament) and DI top twenty Arizona Western before tipping against Scottsdale College.
Kish Debuts as #4 on NJCAA Pre-Season Poll
The Kishwaukee Women’s Basketball Team has opened the season ranked 4th on the DII national Pre-season poll. The Kougars’ ranking is based off their fourth place national finish last season, number of returning players, number of returning starters, and expected contributions from incoming freshmen. Above the Kougars is #1 two-time defending national champions Monroe College, Lake Michigan, and Louisburg College. The Kougars will open their season with #17 NJCAA DI Arizona Western and #5 Kirkwood College. “We are honored with the ranking yet know it isn’t where you start which matters, but where you finish which really matters.” The Kougars head to Arizona at the end of the month where they will play Mesa, Arizona Western, and Scottsdale.
Oswego’s McClain joins forces with Kishwaukee College:
Alexis McClain was the only junior on the Oswego High School team to start both IHSA 3A State championship games. She helped guide her team to a record setting year while averaging 6ppg, 5apg, and 3spg. She was a defensive stopper and played tenaciously, with fire and passion. She started her senior year right where she left off-guiding Oswego to a hot start. During the Oswego Holiday Tournament, Alexis suffered an ACL tear, removing her from the remainder of her senior season. Working hard to rehab, she headed to a DII where she spent a season as a redshirt, rehabbing, and continuing to gain strength and speed. Now, after overcoming the trails of recovery-Alexis is back-and this time-in Kishwaukee green and gold. The guard chose Kishwaukee College to continue her academic and athletic career, in hopes to work toward another chance at her dream of Division I basketball. “It is an amazing feeling to be contacted by a prospective athlete as an avenue for them to pursue and accomplish their dreams, and for them to know those dreams can become a reality at KC”. Alexis is a criminal justice major and will be wearing #24 this season!
ESPN’s #19 Wing , Sinclair Cunningham, joins Kishwaukee:
With an ESPN grade of 92, a four-star prospect, and ranked 19th overall in the wing position, Sinclair Cunningham knew when she found the right fit and a basketball family. Committing to the Kougars during a pizza party to celebrate their 40 point regional win back in March, the guard leads the Kougars recruiting class. Sinclair went 35-9 in her first three seasons at Whitney Young. She was nationally and state ranked throughout her three year career, ending her seasons to Bolingbrook High School each year, in the 4A State championships. As a sophomore she was starting for the Dolphins and averaged 12ppg. She was named to the Nike Tournament of Champions Elite All-Tournament Team her sophomore season and honorable mention All-State both her sophomore and junior year. She is a MaxPreps Top 25 senior in the nation, #12 in the Carolina Nationwide Scouting Report, and a Chicago Public School League three-time All-Conference selection. She was a candidate for the Illinois Player of the Year and named the Evanston High School team MVP this year. She finished her season at Evanston 16-13 with a loss to Loyola High School in the Regional Championship. She led the team in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, and blocks.
“We are thrilled to announce Sinclair’s decision to join our family. She is an outstanding student-athlete and will really compliment the talent we are returning and adding to the team. She whole-heartily believes in the vision for our team and program and wants to be a part of our success. She will help bring the team to another level both on and off the floor. She has a great work ethic and high basketball IQ. She will be able to play the 1-5 for us and will provide a tough match-up for opponents. Her natural athleticism and strength complements our style of play and we truly believe she will thrive in our system. We are excited to see the fulfillment of her endless potential and everything the next two seasons has in store for both her and us as a program” share the coaches of Saint.
Kish Women’s Basketball named a NJCAA All-Academic Team for 2011-2012 Season
Kishwaukee College women’s basketball has been named to the prestigious national All-Academic team for the second time in four years. The Kougars not only posted a 27-10 overall record with a fourth place national finish but also earned the top athletic department G.P.A. The team saw five members named to the Arrowhead Academic All-Conference team and has been nominated for the WBCA Academic Top 25 as well.
When Opportunity Meets the Dream…
Kishwaukee College women’s basketball never stopped believing in the power of their dreams. The theme of the year was opportunity meeting the dream. And boy, did they dream big! The Kougars began the 2011-2012 season hungry to go where the program has never gone before. Returning All-American Devin Mack told the team she came back to Kish to earn a ring and a banner-and the team did both. Winning the program’s first conference championship after sharing it last season was just the beginning. Posting an 11-1 Arrowhead Conference record brought the Kougars back to the Region IV championship game for the third straight year. But this season, it was a new result. Breezing through the championship game with a twenty point win over Illinois Valley College brought the Kougars to the NJCAA DII National Tournament in Peoria. With a thrilling upset over Kirkwood College, the Kougars found themselves in the Final Four in the program’s first national tournament appearance! 27 wins is the new program record and a new standard for the program. With three returners and a very talented group of incoming freshmen and transfers, the Kougars are waiting to pounce on new opportunities…
Mack Named KC Female Student-Athlete of the Year
Devin Mack was named the 2011-2012 KC Female Student-Athlete of the Year after a highly decorated career. She was a two-time All-American and Arrowhead Academic All-Conference Selection. Named to the National All-Tournament Team while averaging 18ppg and 10rpg for her career, she also served as team captain and Dean’s List recipient are only a few of her numerous accomplishments. Devin signed a full ride to the University of Memphis during the early signing period and will begin classes in mid-May.
NJCAA Honors Kish with New Program Record
For the first time in Kishwaukee College women’s basketball program history, the NJCAA has honored two members of the women’s basketball team with All-American status. Devin Mack was named a first team All-American while Brittany Cochran was named to the second team. Devin was the Region IV MVP and 5th overall selection of the national honor while Brittany was the first selection to the second team, 12th overall. Devin finishes her career at Kishwaukee as only the second two-year All-American, second in career scoring, and first in career rebounding. She averaged 17ppg and 9rpg this season, while averaging nearly 18ppg and 10rpg for her KC career. Brittany finishes her season in the top ten for both single season scoring and rebounding. Brittany, a transfer from EIU, averaged 16ppg and 8rpg for the season. Both young women were named to the Arrowhead All-Conference, All-Region IV, Region IV All-Tournament, NJCAA National All-Tournament, WBCA All-America, and now the highest honor, NJCAA All-America teams.
Cochran to South Carolina
Sophomore All-American Brittany Cochran has signed a NLI and full ride to continue her academic and athletic career at NCAA DI South Carolina State University. The sophomore averaged 17ppg and 8rpg for the Kougars who finished 4th at the NJCAA National Tournament with a 27-10 overall record. Brittany was named to the Arrowhead All-Conference Team, First Team All-Region, Region IV All-Tournament Team, WBCA All-American, NJCAA National All-Tournament Team and named the first selection of the second team for NJCAA All-American. Brittany is a sport management major who finished in the program’s top ten for both single season scoring and rebounding. Congratulations Brittany!
WBCA Hall of Fame to Honor Kishwaukee College for the Second Straight Year
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the addition of Brittany Cochran’s jersey to their ‘Ring of Honor’ display. Her jersey will be joining two-time All-American Devin Mack’s, who was the first in program history to receive the honor. Cochran was second on the team in scoring, rebounding, and assists, and was named a WBCA and NJCAA All-American. Her away jersey will hang in the display for the 2012-13 season.
Catie Cox to continue career at Kish
6’0 left-handed forward, Catie Cox, of Dixon signs with Kishwaukee! She has been a varsity starter since her sophomore season and is a three sport athlete at Dixon High School. She was coached by former KC grad and point guard stand out Jamie (Loggins) Brigl for two of those years. Catie is an IHSA State qualifier for track and an ESPN Top 150 track prospect; but chose her true passion in basketball to continue her academic and athletic career.
Catie averaged 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks a game her senior season. She led the team in rebounds and blocks not only her senior year, but throughout her entire varsity career. She was named to the Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division basketball All-Conference team as an honorable mention her sophomore year, second team her junior year, and named to the first team as a senior. She is also an All-Area and Northern Illinois All-Star nominee and IBCA All-State. “We are elated to announce Catie’s commitment to Kishwaukee College! She is such a versatile force both on the perimeter and in the paint and her basketball IQ is outstanding. She understands the game of basketball and sees things before they are happening. Being a dominant lefty will allow us to establish strength and size on both sides of the floor and allow both forwards to work even more to their natural strength" shares Coach Wiley.
All-Conference, All-Area, and All-State Tami Morice Inks with Kish
Waubonsie Valley standout Tami Morice is the first of seven freshmen to sign with Kishwaukee. She is a three time All-Conference, All-Area, and IBCA All-State selection. She was named Conference MVP her junior year and a four year selection of the Beacon News All-Area Team. She spent her entire AAU career playing with the ICE, first of Illinois, than transferring with the program and staff to the Georgia ICE. She finished her four year varsity starter career with a 94-20 overall record, and has either been conference or co-conference champions each year. Her senior year she helped guide the team to a 3A Regional Championship, with a 25-3 record, and finished 12th on the IHSA 3A State Poll. Tami hit her 1,000th career point early in the season and averaged 17ppg and 3.4apg.
We are thrilled to announce the addition of Tami to our team and family. She has already bought into the vision and goals of our program, and has shared in some special moments with us this season. She has a great passion and high basketball IQ and we are honored she chose us over multiple NCAA DI interests" lauds Wiley of her new freshman guard. Tami will be wearing #14 next season as she looks to continue both her academic and athletic success with the Kougars.
Wiley Named IBCA JUCO Women’s Coach of the Year
Finishing her 11th season as head coach of the Kishwaukee Kougars, Karen Wiley is the winningest coach in program history. After celebrating the program’s most wins in history this season, with a 27-10 record, and her fourth straight 20+ win season, Coach Wiley has been named the Illinois Basketball Coaches’ Associate JUCO Women’s Coach of the Year. She was also named the Arrowhead Conference, Region IV, and District L coach of the year while capturing all three championships. Coach Wiley was nominated and one of three finalists for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year. Wiley guided her team to a fourth place finish at the NJCAA DII National Tournament and looks to continue the team’s success next season while the Kougars return four and are signing eight next week!
Mack and Cochran named to NJCAA DII National All-Tournament Team
Memphis bound Devin Mack and WBCA All-American Brittany Cochran were both named to the NJCAA National All-Tournament Team. Mack averaged 22.25 points, 7.75 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block over the four game tournament. Cochran averaged 16 points, 9.25 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and 3.5 steals a game. Congratulations for your hard work and continued success. The NJCAA has not announced the All-American team yet; but, both young women are nominees.
Kish finishes 4th at NJCAA DII National Tournament
Kishwaukee finishes the season 4th in the nation with an overall record of 27-10. Devin Mack had 24 points and 12 rebounds while Brittany Cochran finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Louisburg College. The Kougars set multiple records this season, including wins in a season and defensive average. With their recruiting class finished, and returning five members, the Kougars look to continue their success at the national level again next season!
Mack scores 34 in National Semi-Final:
Sophomore Devin Mack scored 34 points Friday night, hitting 6 3's and placing her 7th in KC single game scoring for the Kougars. The Kougars advanced to the Final Four for the first time in program history after upsetting #3 Kirkwood College on Wednesday night. The Kougars ewre up 32-29 at half but eventually fell to Lake Michigan 63-69. Freshman Valerierose Agnello had a team high 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The Kougars, who were tabbed #5 in the NJCAA Pre-Season Poll will face Louisburg Saturday night for the 3rd/4th place game.
Kish advances to Final Four
The Kish women's basketball team upset third ranked Kirkwood College and will play in the national semi-final Friday at 6pm. The Kougars were led by Memphis bound Devin Mack with 19 points while sophomore WBCA All-American Brittany Cochran had 14 points and 14 rebounds, including the game winning offensive rebound and putback. Freshman Valerierose Agnello dished out a team high 5 assists in the win. The Kougars led 30-27 at the half and maintained their defensive pressure and edge on the boards, out rebounding the Eagles 46-30. Kirkwood has won 4 straight national championships over the past five years and had gone undefeated in DII play this year. Kish improves to 27-8 and into the Final Four!
Kish advances to Elite Eight
The Kish women's basketball team improved to 26-8 and advance to the NJCAA Elite Eight with a 47-37 win over 11th seeded St. Clair County College. The Kougars dominated the glass, finishing with an 18 point advantage on the boards. Brittany Cochran led Kish with 15 points while Kelsie Kluck finished with a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds! The Kougars advance to the Elite Eight where they face a re-match with Kirkwood College at 6:00pm Wednesday night.
KC Region IV and District L Champions!
Kishwaukee College stormed to victory at Illinois Valley, winning the program's first region and district championship and earning their first berth to the national tournament. The Kougars dominated 41-23 at half and breezed to the program's 25th win of the season. All five starters finished in double figures, with Mack leading all scoreres with 17 points. Mack, Todd, and Agnello all posted double-doubles as Kish owned the battle on the boards 43-32. Three sophomores were named to the All-Tournament Team: Michelle Todd and Brittany Cochran were Region IV All-Tournament Team selections while Mack was named MVP of the Region IV Tournament. Coach Wiley was also named Region IV Coach of the Year. The Kougars advance to the national tournament in Peoria, IL March 19-24. They await their seed and schedule but finished the regular season ranked 9th in the nation on the NJCAA DII poll.
Mack and Cochran All-Region and All-Conference
Sophomores Devin Mack and Brittany Cochran were both awarded with post season awards this week. The sophomores lead Kish in scoring, rebounding, assists, and steals. Devin was named to the First Team Arrowhead All-Conference Team, and was also named Region IV MVP and First Team All-Region IV. Brittany was named Second Team Arrowhead All-Conference and First Team All-Region IV.
Kish Clinches Arrowhead Conference Championship
With the Kougars 66-44 win over NJCAA DI Sauk Valley, they have clinched the program's first Arrowhead Conference championship with a record of 10-1. The Kougars were defending a co-championship from last season, where they finished 9-3 and shared the championship with Illinois Valley. This season marks the first time in program history the team out-right owns the conference. Devin Mack and Brittany Cochran currently lead the conference in scoring with 19ppg each. The Kougars travel to Black Hawk East before ending the regular season. They are currently 21-8 overall with a 9-1 District, 17-5 Region IV, and 10-1 Arrowhead record. They are currently ranked 1st in Region IV and 11th in the NJCAA National Poll.
Kish earns 20th win for 4th straight year
Kishwaukee women's basketball hit their 20th win of the season on Saturday verse #14th ranked Illinois Valley. It is their fourth consecutive twenty-plus win season and gives them a 9-1 District K record heading into next weeks Region seeding meeting.
Mack enters elite club as she scores 1,000
Devin Mack is the third women's basketball player to score 1,000 points in her two year career at Kishwaukee College, joining Jamie Strachan (02) and Emily McLain (09). All three reached their milestone under head coach Karen Wiley. Devin needed 15 points coming into the game against Illinois Valley, and finished with 18. She scored her 1,000 point on the free-throw line, where she finished 9-10 on the night. It seemed appropriate for her to reach the record at the line, as she is the single season and career free-throw percentage leader, and also holds the record for most free-throws attempted in a career. She is 11th in single game scoring as she scored 30 points twice as a freshman. She finished her freshman year fourth in single season scoring and is currently third on the career scoring list. Devin is 242 points away from graduating as the all-time leading scorer at Kishwaukee. She was presented with a game ball after the win. Congratulations Devin!
Mack to Memphis
Returning sophomore All-American Devin Mack has signed a full scholarship and National Letter of Intent with the University of Memphis women’s basketball and head coach Melissa McFerrin. Devin is the first women’s basketball player to ever sign in the early signing period. Devin is currently averaging 15ppg and 10rpg for the 5th ranked Kishwaukee Kougars. She is a co-captain for the team and Academic All-Conference Selection.
"As our junior college signee and All-American, Devin brings maturity and poise to our program," McFerrin said. "She is a proven winner with outstanding communication and leadership skills. These intangibles along with her smooth shooting touch give her a chance to make an immediate impact next season." The class has already been called the No. 2 Recruiting class by what ESPN.com's Hoopgurlz classifies as Mid-Major programs.
"The 2012 recruiting class is historic in terms of quantity, but more so in terms of quality," Head Coach Melissa McFerrin said. "This group of six young ladies brings impressive individual credentials to the table. However, it is their collective focus on winning championships at the University of Memphis that excites me the most. For a second-consecutive year we add a local Memphis-metro product to our program in Ariel Hearn. We are also excited to welcome Asianna "Asia" Fuqua-Bey, Courtney Powell, Devin Mack, Jaymie Jackson, and Mooriah Rowser from the talent-rich states of Illinois, Maryland, and Ohio."
Women's Basketball Record Setting Week
Women’s basketball has started the pre-season breaking three program records this week. The NJCAA has released the new national individual and team records and also the 2011-12 pre-season poll. KC graduate Raven Gary has set the national single game record at 19 assists in a Conference win over Sauk Valley last season. After review of stats and game tape from the national basketball committee, the record was approved and announced Wednesday.
With the release of the national poll, Kishwaukee has been ranked 5th in the nation for the pre-season rankings. It is only the second time the program has been named to the Top Ten (7th in November 2009) and the first time named to the Top Five. Although pre-season rankings haven’t proven anything, the team is working hard to be named #1 in the final poll of the season. We have great expectations for Conference, Region, and National championships this season.
Returning sophomore All-American Devin Mack has accepted a full ride to the University of Memphis and will be the first women’s basketball player to sign in the November early signing period. She was heavily recruited by Alabama, Missouri, Illinois, DePaul, Youngstown, UIC, and several other institutions across the nation. Memphis has been picked to win Conference USA and made an appearance on the ESPN Top 40 pre-season rankings. A signing party will be announced closer to the signing period date. We are thrilled for Devin and her continue goals accomplished at Kishwaukee.
NCAA Contact Period Marks Busy Time for Kougars
Kishwaukee women’s basketball has hosted four NCAA DI institutions during the first three days of the NCAA Contact Period. The Kougars have been honored with multiple visits this past week and several more scheduled for the next two weeks of contact and evaluations. The University of Youngstown, Oklahoma State Panhandle, The University of Memphis, and the University of Illinois at Chicago are just a few to have stopped by already. The programs are developing relationships with both freshmen and sophomores and making early signing period offers to multiple Kougars for the 2012-13 season. “We as coaches are thrilled and honored with the attention our program and team has been receiving and the excitement being generated in our gym and on campus. We have a lot to look forward to this season and the team’s hard work is already paying off” shares Coach Kat of the recruiting demands already this fall. The staff will announce continued interest as official dates, visits, and offers are scheduled.
2009 Point Guard Grad heads to Euro Leauge
Another program first has been set as 2009 point guard graduate, Nicole Dames, heads to Germany this week to play overseas! Nicole is the first KC graduate to receive such an honored opportunity. She has signed with an agent and being pursued by several different European countries right now.
After her accomplished career at Kishwaukee, Nicole received a full NCAA DI scholarship and finished her two years of eligibility playing the point guard position. We are thrilled for Nicole and wish her the best of luck in Europe!
Raven Gary signs full ride to Appalachian State University
First Team All-Conference and Region Raven Gary has signed a NCAA DI National Letter of Intent and accepted a full ride to Appalachian State University in North Carolina. The ASU Mountaineers are coming off a program record 25 win season, 17 win SoCon season, and regular season Conference Championship. Raven leaves Kishwaukee as the single game, season, and career assist record holder and 10th in career scoring.
Raven has flourished both on and off the floor, as she will graduate on Saturday with Arrowhead Academic All-Conference honors as well as being twice named to the All-Region IV team, and Arrowhead First Team All-Conference. She leaves Kishwaukee with a 46-20 overall record and also set the program records for most games play and starts (66). She has set the NJCAA national women’s basketball single game assist record at 19. She was nominated for the Kishwaukee College Female Student-Athlete of the Year and has been a Learning Skills Center tutor and receptionist.
“There isn’t a department on campus who hasn’t been touched or blessed by Raven. She has worked so hard both on and off the floor throughout her career at Kishwaukee and it is so bitter-sweet to see her go. We are thrilled for her and the accomplishment she has worked hard to achieve, but will deeply miss all she has brought to the program and department. It was through her faith in us and our system we were able to capture the program’s first Arrowhead Conference Championship, and she brought us to back-to-back Region IV Championship games. We won 46 games and were nationally ranked throughout her career. She is graduating with her Associate’s and moving on to earn her Bachelor’s degree and have it paid for through a game she deeply loves. She has accomplished so many personal goals while at Kishwaukee and we are thrilled for her” lauds Coach Kat of Raven.
Devin Mack chosen for WBHF 'Ring of Honor'
Kishwaukee College womens basketball stand-out Devin Mack has been honored by the Womens Basketball Hall of Fame (WBHF) by the inclusion of her 2010-11 season jersey to the WBHF Ring of Honor, a display of over 100 jerseys from the best women basketball players from across the country. The WBHF is located in Knoxville, TN. <<Read More>>
Mack receives program’s first national player of the week
Devin Mack, a Rockford, posted back-to-back double-doubles in games versus Black Hawk and South Suburban this past week. She averaged 22.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists over both games. Her first double-double effort included 30 points and 12 rebounds. Her second, only three days later, came with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Mack, a 5’10” forward, shot 66.6% from the field on 14-of-21 shooting. She was also named the Region IV Player of the Week. Mack is the first Kougar in women’s basketball program history to be named with NJCAA National Player of the Week honors.
Benninger receives National Award from NJCAA:
Sophomore captain Stephanie Benninger has been named an NJCAA Leader for Life in recognition of her outstanding abilities on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. She is the first Kougar to ever receive such a prestigious award. She was recognized for her talent on the floor, as she is second on the team in scoring, third in assists and steals, and leads the team in 3’s and FT %. In the classroom she is a three-time Dean’s List recipient, Arrowhead Academic All-Conference, and member of Phi Theta Kappa. She is on track to receive Academic All-Conference awards for her sophomore season as well as become an NJCAA Academic All-American. In the community, Stephanie is a volunteer coach at her local high school, when she isn’t practicing or playing herself. She is a mentor to high school students, and runs summer basketball camps for the community. “She is probably the most selfless young woman I have coached in the past twenty years. She is always looking out for the best of the team, never complains, and always does what is asked of her. She has really stepped up in her leadership role this season and we are so proud of her. She is more than deserving of this recognition” lauds Wiley of her sophomore. For more on her award or to see the NJCAA press-release click here: http://www.njcaa.org/newsArticle.cfm?articleId=10422
Cappie Pondexter visits as Kishwaukee College Rolls past JJC
Cappie Pondexter, 2-time WNBA Champion and 2007 WNBA Finals MVP, was on campus Wednesday night as Kish cruised to an 85-47 victory. Stephanie Benninger led all scorers and rebounders as she posted her third double double of the season with 20 points and 13 rebounds. She also dished out 4 assists and had 5 steals to complete the evening. Myreesha Irby chipped in 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds while freshman point guard Raven Gary dished out a team high 5 assists. The Kougars move to 12-2 on the season and look to take on #12 Iowa Central on Saturday.
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