Sophomore night win keeps playoff hopes alive for WolfPack


Andres Sanchez

Madison College’s Olivia Marron goes up for a basket during her team’s win over College of DuPage on Feb. 10.

Clarion Staff Report

Madison College women’s basketball team closed its home season with a 65-58 win over the College of DuPage on Feb. 3, giving its sophomores and retiring coach Lois Heeren a victorious send off on sophomore night.

Early in the game, it appeared that DuPage may be on its way to repeating its 11-point victory against the WolfPack earlier this season as DuPage took a 23-18 first quarter lead.

But Madison College went on a 10-0 run and outscored DuPage, 16-6, in the second quarter to take a halftime lead, 34-29.

Although DuPage regained the lead early in the third quarter, Madison College gradually fought back and gained an 11-point lead with just four minutes left.

Freshman Laurissa Pickel had 19 points to lead Madison College. It was her 10th double-digit scoring game of the season. Olivia Marron added 15 points, Taylor Ripp scored 13 points and Brianna Hendricks had 10 points.

At halftime, the team recognized sophomores Lauren Thole, Hendricks and Marron as well as team manager Viola Larson and Coach Heeren.

Madison College is now 6-17 overall and 4-5 in conference play and still has hopes of qualifying for the NJCAA Region 4 tournament, which starts on Feb. 18.

Harper College 56, Madison College 45

Despite staying within striking distance of Harper College all game, Madison College was unable to pull off a win, losing 56-45 on Feb. 12.

Pickel led the WolfPack with 14 points, while Ripp added 13 points and Marron had 10. Ripp led the team in rebounds with eight.

Rock Valley College 66, Madison College 54

Visiting Madison College fell short in its upset bid of No. 9 Rock Valley College, losing 66-54 on Feb. 8. 

The game was tied at halftime, 21-21, and the WolfPack trailed by just three points after the third quarter. But Rock Valley took control in the fourth quarter, outscoring Madison College, 24-15.

Ripp scored 15 points and had a career-best 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Marron added 11 points and Hendricks netted 11 to round out the team’s double-digit scorers.

Milwaukee Area Technical College 68, Madison College 51

A season-high three-game winning streak came to an end for Madison College in a 68-51 loss to Milwaukee Area Technical College on Feb. 3.

Milwaukee took a double-digit lead in the first quarter, 24-13, and never let Madison College get any closer. Ripp scored 13 points to lead Madison College, while Marron added nine points.