Women’s basketball: Waubonsee hoping to build on previous success
By Bill Kindt For Sun-Times Media October 30, 2012 6:44PM
Aurora Central Catholic graduates Ashley Wilk and Katilyn Rosa are two of the local players on this year's Waubonsee Community College roster. | Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
Date Opponent Time
Nov. 2 Chiefs Invitational 3 p.m.
Nov. 3 Chiefs Invitational 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 6 South Suburban 5 p.m.
Nov. 9 at Black Hawk 5 p.m.
Nov. 10 at Carl Sandburg 1 p.m.
Nov. 13 at Illinois Valley 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 20 at College of DuPage 5 p.m.
Nov. 27 Sauk Valley 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 6 Highland 5 p.m.
Dec. 11 Kishwaukee 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 13 Harper 5 p.m.
Dec. 15 at Triton 2 p.m.
Dec. 18 Benedictine JV 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 at Rock Valley 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 Black Hawk East 7 p.m.
Jan. 12 at Elgin 6 p.m.
Jan. 15 Prairie State 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 Morton 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 at Kankakee 2 p.m.
Jan. 22 at Lake County 5:15 p.m.
Jan. 24 at Moraine Valley 5:15 p.m.
Jan. 29 Oakton 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 at McHenry 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 5 Elgin 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 at Prairie State 5 p.m.
Feb. 9 at Morton 1 p.m.
Feb. 12 Lake County 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 14 Moraine Valley 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 19 at Oakton 5 p.m.
Feb. 21 McHenry 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 28 Region IV tourney begins TBA
Updated: December 1, 2012 4:47PM
If the 2012-13 women’s basketball season pans out anything like last season, Waubonsee Community College will be celebrating long and hearty.
The Chiefs started out slowly, due in large part to the fact that standout sophomore Maxzine Rossler was still playing soccer, but came on fast to finish 18-13 and take second in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference with an 11-3 record.
Oh yes, included in that 18-win season was a school record 11-game winning streak.
“It was the end of November until they were back in the swing of things. It ended exciting,” coach Dana Wagner said.
Rossler graduated but Wagner isn’t left with a complete building process on her hands.
Point guard Sam Alvis (West Aurora) returns to run the offense. Alvis played in 27 games and averaged 8.1 points and 5.0 assists per game. She’s joined in the backcourt by returning sophomore Karla Veitinghoff (Hampshire) who averaged 10.9 points and had 66 steals.
Also returning is backup point guard Michelle Fabricino (Yorkville). She also got a late start a year ago after playing on the highly successful women’s soccer team, but played in 23 games.
The rest of the 11-player roster is new to the program.
“Whether they are transfers or freshmen it is a learning experience,” Wagner said.
Sophomore Emma Darby (Sandwich) will likely open the year as Waubonsee’s post player. The 6-foot Darby was recruited by Wagner but decided to play at Illinois Valley last season.
“We were thrilled when she contacted us about coming here,” Wagner said.
Three players — Ashley Wilk, Tesa Alderman, Katilyn Rosa — off Aurora Central’s outstanding girls team of 2011-2012 are counted on to bolster the inside game. All three stand 5-10.
“They were off a winning program and that makes a lot of difference,” Wagner said. “The chemistry of the three working together has been fun to watch.”
Wilk is a strong rebounder with the ability to score down low, Rosa can hit the outside jump shot and Alderman is a combination of both.
Four other freshmen — Emily Magee (Aurora Christian), Amber Carroll (East Aurora), LaDesha Nelson (West Aurora), Virginia Handley (East Aurora) — are working in the backcourt.
“Emily Magee is probably the most coachable kid we’ve had in a long time. You just tell her one time and she’ll do it. She wants to get better,” Wagner said.
What Wagner has more than anything is a versatile roster. She can go big with Darby, Wilk, Rosa and Alderman or small with an emphasis on the point guards or she can use a combination of the two.
“I have 11 girls and there is no drop off. With this group, you put the next five in and increase the lead,” Wagner said.
The Chiefs open their season at 3 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the Chiefs Invitational.