Highlights

Owls’ Gonzalez named to All-Region Team
(March 13, 2017) Oakton Community College sophomore guard Mallory Gonzalez (Mount Prospect/Prospect High School) was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Region Team as a second team selection in Region IV, District D.

“Mallory combines athleticism with superior basketball I.Q., and it’s no surprise she was an all-region selection,” said third year Owls head coach Melissa Rauschenberg. “She is a team leader on and off the court and involves the whole team when she is out there.”

Gonzalez played in 16 games for the Owls in 2016-17, earning regional player of the week honors in February. She averaged 17.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, shooting 42.1 percent from the field (96-228). She also blocked 21 shots during the season.

“Mallory has great potential to continue her basketball career in her next two years and to become an even better leader,” Rauschenberg added.

Oakton’s Gonzalez named women’s basketball player of the week
(March 9, 2017) Three Oakton Community College women’s basketball sophomores earned all-conference accolades  in recent postseason balloting by Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) coaches.

Guard Mallory Gonzalez (Mount Prospect/Prospect High School) earned first team recognition, while guard Atorena “T” Michael (Lincolnwood/Niles West High School) and forward Doris Garcia (Wood Dale/Fenton High School) were named to the ISCC second team.

“Our sophomores were keys to our successes this year. Even if we couldn't pull out a win, these girls were always striving to improve themselves on and off the floor,” said third year Owls head coach Melissa Rauschenberg. “As a program, we value education and character, and these three girls will earn their degrees and move on to a bright future.”

Gonzalez played in 16 games for the Owls in 2016-17, earning regional player of the week honors in February. She averaged 17.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, shooting 42.1 percent from the field (96-228). She also blocked 21 shots during the season.

“Mallory was a great scorer for us,” Coach Rauschenberg said. “She was able to get herself to the basket at any time and hit the three-point-shot.  She has high basketball intelligence and was able to create situations for her teammates to be successful as well.”

Michael started in each of the Owls’ 30 games, racking up 1,142 minutes played. She averaged 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while dishing out 84 assists and notching 32 steals on the season.

“‘T’ never stopped working through any situation. She had a killer three-point-shot, and everything facilitated through her on both sides of the floor,” her coach added. “She played almost every minute of every game and will be hard to replace.”

Garcia, who earned regional player of the week honors in November, started each of the 28 games in which she played, averaging 8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. She also had 22 steals on the year.

“Doris was one of the hardest working and most committed girls on our team,” Rauschenberg said of her captain. “Even if she wasn't putting points on the board, she was always doing something to support the team’s success on or off the court.”

The Owls finished 2016-17 with a 7-23 record before falling to Carl Sandburg College in the postseason on Feb. 28.

Oakton’s Gonzalez named women’s basketball player of the week
(Feb. 14, 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.

Oakton women’s basketball takes care of business against Wright College
(Dec. 9, 2016)  Freshman guard Marian Ismail (Niles, Maine East High School) tallied a season-high 20 points, pacing the Oakton Community College women’s basketball team (2-9) to a 55-44 road win over Wilbur Wright College on Thursday, Dec. 8. Ismail also led the Owls with 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Oakton’s stifling defense held the Rams to just 17 first-half points.

“The women left it all out on the floor for a well-deserved win,” said Melissa Rauschenberg, Owls head coach. “Not only did Marian play exceptionally well, the rest of the team contributed all over the stats column.”

Oakton seeks its third-straight win on Thursday, Dec. 15, when it travels to Black Hawk College-Moline. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m.

Oakton Owls women’s basketball forward earns player of the week honors
(Nov. 22, 2016) Oakton Community College freshman forward Doris Garcia (Wood Dale, Fenton High School) was named Division II District D women’s basketball player of the week, according to the latest National Junior College Athletic Association report.

The athletic, 5-9 forward shot 48 percent from the field in losses to Bryant and Stratton College and Lincoln College, averaging 19 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.

On the season, Garcia leads the Owls (0-6) with 11.2 points and 10.4 rebounds a contest.

“Doris can just about be counted on to score a double-double every time she steps on the court for us,” said Melissa Rauschenberg, head basketball coach for the Owls. “She is a dominant offensive player who is tough to guard against.”

Oakton Owls women’s basketball team loaded with talent
(Nov. 1, 2016) Mallory Gonzalez (Mount Prospect, Prospect High School) is up for the challenge that comes with being named captain of the Oakton Community College women’s basketball team for the 2016-17 season. Last year, the multi-talented 5-10 guard averaged 11.2 points, 4 assists and 7.2 rebounds in an injury-plagued season and is eager to improve on those numbers for the upcoming campaign.

“I’ve been working hard with the team and bonding with each player personally,” Gonzalez said during one of the team’s final practices before the start of the season. “Communicating with each other is going to be the key for us to win many games this year. I take my role as captain very seriously, and I’m looking forward to seeing our hard work pay off.”

According to Oakton Head Coach Melissa Rauschenberg, entering her third season with the Owls, Gonzalez is vital to the team’s success.

“Mallory’s extremely knowledgeable, as she can play any position on the floor for us,” Rauschenberg said of her Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) All-Conference player. “She also passes along her understanding of the game to help her teammates get better.”

Atorena “T” Michael (Lincolnwood, Niles West High School), another ISCC All-Conference player, will run the offense as point guard for the Owls. Michael averaged 7.5 points and 4.9 boards last season.

“As point guard I’ve been spending extra time with players so they will trust me and look up to me as a leader. I’m ready to step up my play this year,” Michael said.

Rauschenberg also said she expects newcomer Marian Ismail (Niles, Maine East High School) to make immediate contributions.

“Marian is very talented and has a nice shot,” Rauschenberg said. “She also sees the court well, which is very important since she’ll be playing as a two guard.”

Rauschenberg, who honed her basketball skills playing at Maine South High School, led the Owls to the ISCC title in her first season as head coach in the 2014-15 season.

“Coach is demanding but fair,” Michael added. “She’s young but extremely serious. I like that she engages with us in practice and joins in during scrimmages.”

The Owls tip off the season at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Joliet Junior College.

Oakton’s season ends at the hands of Black Hawk-East
(Feb. 25, 2016) The Oakton women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a 29-point halftime deficit falling to Black Hawk-East College 76-39 in a first round regional playoff tilt on Thursday night. Freshman guard Mallory Gonzalez (Mount Prospect, Prospect) led the Owls with 16 points, while pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out four assists.

“Our team played extremely hard against a talented Black Hawk-East,” said Owls Head Coach Melissa Rauschenberg. “This was the hardest I’ve seen our squad play all season. I was very proud of them for never quitting and working together until the final seconds of the game.”

Rauschenberg is already looking forward to the 2016-17 season. “We had many injuries this year that held us back, causing us to have a hard time jelling as a unit,” she said. “We have high hopes for next season, as we have a good group of recruits coming in and--more importantly--a key core group of returners to take the lead.”

Two of the main cogs next year will be all-conference players Gonzalez (11.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game) and forward Atorena Michael (Lincolnwood, Niles West), who averaged 7.5 points and 4.9 boards per contest.

Bartnicki earns all-region basketball honors; playoffs next stop for Owls
(Feb. 23, 2016) Sophomore forward Rebecca Bartnicki (Chicago, Guerin Prep) earned a spot on the NJCAA Region IV Division II District D All-Region Second Team.

On the season, Bartnicki is averaging a double-double (14.3 rebounds and 13.4 points per game) along with 2.5 blocks a contest. She ranks second in NJCAA Division II in rebounds and seventh in blocks.

“Becky possesses incredible ability, and I’m excited she was voted to the All-Region Team,” said Head Coach Melissa Rauschenberg. “Coaching her has been an honor, and seeing her grow on and off the court has been a pleasure. Becky has been a leader in so many ways and she will make an immediate impact wherever she goes.”

Bartnicki and the Owls travel to Black Hawk College-East (22-8) to play in the first round of the regional playoffs at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25.  

“Black Hawk-East is a great team with very talented athletes,” said Rauschenberg. “We are focusing on giving it all we have and believe that any team can win on any given day.”

Women’s basketball lands three players on all-conference team
(Feb. 22, 2016) Sophomore forward Rebecca Bartnicki (Chicago, Guerin Prep) was chosen to the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Women’s Basketball First Team while teammates freshman captain Mallory Gonzalez (Mount Prospect/Prospect) and freshman forward Atorena Michael (Lincolnwood, Niles West) captured spots on the conference’s second team.

“Becky has been a major asset to the team playing many 40-minute games,” said Women’s Head Coach Melissa Rauschenberg. “She has proven her worth by earning First Team All-Conference honors for the second year in a row. Though Mallory and Atorena only played half the season, it’s an honor to have them recognized for their talent and effort. Mallory is an excellent athlete with an extremely high basketball IQ and court awareness while Atorena took over the point guard role and plays very hard.”