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Women’s College Basketball: Moraine Valley bows to Waubonsee

Moraine Valley’s Maggie Yandel goes up for layup Thursday night against Waubonsee Community College. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media

Moraine Valley’s Maggie Yandel goes up for a layup Thursday night against Waubonsee Community College. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 16, 2014 10:05PM



Waubonsee Community College’s Ashley Wilk said she was a little nervous when she and her team saw a 23-point lead melt to two with 1 minute, 25 seconds left in Thursday’s game against Moraine Valley.

Wilk was enjoying a career-high 24-point night but had four fouls. And with teammate Alexis Nelson carried off the floor with a knee injury with 53 seconds left, it looked even tougher to get the momentum back.

But Wilk, a 5-foot-10 sophomore forward from Aurora Central, hauled down her 14th and 15th rebounds of the night in the final minute and teammate Bailey Klaas came up with three free throws and the Chiefs escaped Palos Hills with a 67-61 victory.

“For most of the game we were passing the ball well and I was making my shots,” Wilk said. “I was nervous toward the end. It was nerve-racking. But we practice those situations. It was a big win.”

“I don’t know what happened there — we had four minutes where we couldn’t do anything right,” said Chiefs coach Dana Wagner, whose team improved to 12-5 overall and 3-0 in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference. “It’s hard to win on the road in the conference, so we’ll take it.

Moraine (10-7, 2-1) had its winning streak snapped at 5. The Cyclones recorded several steals in the closing minutes and Katie McGann hit three-pointers to close the deficit to 63-61 with 1:25 left but the team didn’t score the rest of the way.

“I like the fight,” Cyclones coach Delwyn Jones said. “That’s something we struggled with early in the season. I like the fact we were able to come back, but technique-wise, we have some work to do. We’ll watch the film of this game. It’s a good video to watch and learn from.’’

Jamilla Jones added 13 points and Maggie Yandel 10 for the Cyclones.



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