WolfPack women’s basketball earns first win of the season


Luis Alcala Roblero

Madison College freshman Taylor Ripp, right, drives past a defender during her team’s loss to Western Technical College.

Clarion Staff Report

Four players scored in double figures as the Madison College women’s basketball team earned its first win of the season, beating Prairie State College, 72-53, on Dec. 4. 

It was the highest scoring output for the WolfPack this season. The team’s previous high was 57 in a loss to Anoka Ramsey Community College. 

Olivia Marron led the team with 16 points and seven rebounds. Taylor Ripp scored 13 points, Lauren Thole had 12 points, and Brianna Hendricks added 11. 

As a whole, the team hit 45.3 percent of the shots it attempted, converting on 29 of 64 shots. They also made 12 of 19 free throw attempts. 

After ending the first quarter tied at 17, Madison College took control of the game in the second quarter, outscoring Prairie State 20-17 in the quarter to take a 37-24 halftime lead. 

Madison College’s record now stands at 1-8 overall. 

The WolfPack’s next home game will be Dec. 9 against Loras College JV. 

After that they won’t return home again until Jan. 15, when they host Waubonsee Community College. 

College of Lake County 59, Madison College 49 

A low-scoring third quarter proved costly in Madison College’s game against College of Lake County on Dec. 2. Madison College was outscored 14-5 in the quarter and ended up losing 59-49 after holding a one-point halftime lead. 

Lake County opened the second half with an 8-0 round which gave them a lead they would never surrender. 

Hendricks led the WolfPack with 14 points, hitting 7 of 14 shots and adding seven steals and five rebounds. Marron added 13 points, including hitting 5 of 7 free throws.  

Western Technical College 80, Madison College 55 

Madison College hosted defending NJCAA Division III national champion Western Technical College on Nov. 30 and lost 80-55. 

A tough second quarter allowed Western Technical College to build an insurmountable 21 point halftime lead. Madison College was outscored 23-8 in the quarter. 

Laurissa Pickel led the WolfPack in scoring with a career-best 15 points. 

Two other players reached double-figures, with Marron added 12 points and Amareyna Knox scoring 11 points. 

Turnovers and a below average shooting effort both played roles in the loss. Madison College committed 27 turnovers, resulting in Western’s 26 to 7 edge in points off turnovers. 

In addition, Madison College hit just 35 percent of its shots in the game, converting on just 23 of 64 attempts.