Oakton’s Gonzalez named women’s basketball player of the week
(Feb. 13, 2017) Oakton Community College sophomore guard Mallory Gonzalez (Mount Prospect/Prospect) was selected women’s basketball District 4 player of the week, according to the latest Region IV National Junior College Athletic Association report.
Oakton, which competes in Division II, went 1-1 last week, beating Elgin Community College, 62-56, and falling to Prairie State College, 65-36. Against ECC, Mallory scored 28 points on 58.8 percent from the field, with 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. She scored 18 points on 50 percent shooting with 3 assists and 2 steals at Prairie State.
“Mallory’s athleticism and basketball I.Q. allow her to put up double-digit scoring numbers like she has in more than 20 games in her career,” said Oakton head coach Melissa Rauschenberg.
In 12 games this year, Gonzalez is averaging 17.2 points per game, and her 19.5 points per 40 minutes ranks 32nd in the nation. She also ranks No. 32 in blocked shots with 14.
“We are very proud of what she does on the court for herself and her teammates,” Rauschenberg added. “She really engages her whole team. She builds up her teammates in their confidence and assists them in successes of their own. They, in turn, reward her with extra passes to which they know she will score.”
Gonzalez earned player of the week honors as a freshman last season en-route to getting second team all-conference accolades in 2015-16.