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Conference title remains in reach for women’s team

Bailey Ayres and Lucy Smith, Sports Editor & Managing Editor

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With six games remaining in North Central Community College Conference play, the Madison College women’s basketball team remains close in the chase for a conference title.

Madison College is third in the conference standings with a 6-2 record, while Milwaukee Area Technical College leads at 7-1 and Rock Valley College is at 6-1.

While the WolfPack lost to those two teams earlier this season, they get a second chance at them in the next few weeks. Madison College plays at Milwaukee on Feb. 3 and at Rock Valley on Feb. 17.

There is reason to be hopeful about the WolfPack’s chances to move up in the conference standings. The team is slowly returning to health and recently added some more depth to the line up to help with what had become a short bench.

Recent Games

Madison College has won three of its last four games, with a 79-64 loss to Rock Valley on Jan. 24 being the only blemish. The WolfPack lost the battle of the boards in that game, getting out-rebounded 38 to 29 which made it tough to battle back.Cheyanne Jo Udelhoven hit 6 of 8 shots from 3-point range to score 18 points in an effort to rally her team to victory.

Lopsided Score

It didn’t take long to realize that Madison College was in for a big win against the College of DuPage on Jan. 20. The WolfPack raced out to a 24-0 first quarter lead and never let up on their way to a 75-26 victory. Udelhoven again led the team with 24 points, while Megan Corcoran added 18 and Peyton Trapino had 13.

Hot hand

Udelhoven kept up her scoring pace in the team’s most recent game, netting a team-high 20 points in a 72-51 win over Triton College on Jan. 27. She now is third on the team in points scored per game at 13.3 and has scored a whopping 62 points in the last three games.

Reinforcements

Prior to the game against the College of DuPage, women’s basketball coach Lois Heeren added four new players to the roster. All of them were on Madison College soccer team this past fall.
“They’re on campus and taking classes, and they were interested in playing so…” Heeren said.
The new additions are Brandie Gospodarek, Breanne Kreklow, Tierra Sackett and Tianna Sackett.

Without the added players, the team would have been down to five available players for the College of DuPage game due to a rash of injuries.

Now the team will have enough depth to afford other players breaks and to protect against foul trouble.

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