Women’s Basketball Drops Close Game on Senior Night

Senior April Wanagas tallied seven points and three rebounds on her Senior Day (photo credit: Paulo Sassmannschausen).
Senior April Wanagas tallied seven points and three rebounds on her Senior Day (photo credit: Paulo Sassmannschausen).

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Illinois Tech women's basketball team hosted the Mount Mary University Blue Angles Tuesday night at the Keating Sports Center for Senior Night. The Hawks mounted an 11-point comeback in the fourth quarter but were not able to hold on as the Blue Angels came out on top 55-54.

How It Happened

  • It was a back-and-forth first quarter, as both teams traded baskets up until the two minute mark when the Blue Angels took an 11-6 lead. Two consecutive baskets by Kaylee Wicka cut down the deficit as the Hawks trailed 13-12 at the end of the first.
  • The second quarter saw more of the same, but this time around, Tech was able to build a 24-16 lead with 2:24 left in the half. The Angels, lead by Jess Runge, climbed back into the game, trailing only by two (26-24) at halftime.
  • The Hawks started the second half flat-footed and the Blue Angels hit from downtown. Mount Mary's Brooke Uebersetzig went 4-of-4 (12 points) from three-point range to the Blue Angles a 49-38 lead at the end of the third.
  • Tech turned up the defense in the fourth quarter and started to heat up from the field, cutting the lead down to one (49-48) with 6:24 left in the game. Two free throws by Wicka gave the Hawks a one point lead with 1:57 left, but the Angels regained the lead with 23 seconds left on the clock and ultimately claimed victory.

Scarlet Hawk Standouts

  • Wicka led all scorers with 22 points (7-of-19) and had a double-double. She grabbed 12 rebounds to go along with two steals and two assists.
  • Senior Venika Jarvis had a game-high 13 rebounds, scored eight points (4-of-7), and tallied two blocks.
  • Raiven Johnson had an effective game from the field going, 4-of-6 for nine points. She packed the stat sheet, grabbing five rebounds and tallying four assists.
  • Senior April Wanagas played 23 minutes, scoring seven points and grabbing three rebounds.

Stats to Know

  • The Hawks shot a better percentage from the field, going 20-of-63 (31.7%) compared to the Blue Angels' 17-of-57 (29.8%).
  • Tech grabbed 13 more rebounds (51) than Mount Mary (38), leading to 13 second chance points (10 more than the Blue Angels' 3).
  • The Hawks shot 64.3% from the charity stripe (9-of-14). The Angels shot an effective 77.8% (14-of-18).

Up Next

  • The Scarlet Hawks will play the final game of the season on Wednesday, February 23, versus Lincoln Christian at the Keating Sports Center. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. Live video and stats will be available; live audio will be provided by the Illinois Media School.