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Women’s Basketball: Waubonsee clinches share of conference title, posts 20th victory

Since this kind of thing has never happened before, Waubonsee Community College women’s basketball coach Dana Wagner didn’t really know how to react.

“I told them (the Chiefs) I don’t know what to say,” Wagner said.

Her team said it all Thursday night in a 60-37 victory over visiting Prairie State.

The win clinched no worse than a tie for the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference title for Waubonsee, now 11-0 in conference play. It also was the 20th victory for the Chiefs (20-6) — the first time in school history a women’s team has won 20 games.

“The one thing I’m most proud about is how hard they work day-in and day-out,” Wagner said. “This group bought into what we were preaching early. We’ve had our ups and downs but this team, for whatever reason, has stuck together.”

The Chiefs made Thursday’s game a no-brainer early, jumping to a 31-16 halftime lead. The Pioneers (13-14, 6-5) just didn’t have enough firepower to mount a comeback.

As she’s done all season long, Wagner substituted early and often. She played all 10 of her girls and seven dented the scoring column.

Freshman guard Dakota Collins led the way with 16 points and three assists, but sophomore Ashley Wilk added 14 points and seven rebounds, sophomore LaDesha Nelson had nine points and freshman Bailey Klaas had three assists and five rebounds.

Sophomore Faith Foulks led the Pioneers with 16 points and eight rebounds and sophomore Nijea Dixon chipped in with 13 points and eight boards.

Wagner was presented a vase filled with roses by her happy players following the game.

“We told them that the first part of our schedule was rough and we told them to keep working hard (because) we play these tough teams to prepare us for the second part of the season,” Wagner said.

The roses showed how nicely it all worked out.



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