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Oakton’s Gardner selected NJCAA Region IV Player of the Week
(Feb. 27, 2018) Oakton Community College freshman guard Ava Gardner (Park Ridge, Maine South High School) was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region IV Division II District D All-Region Team as well as the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) All-Conference First Team.

Gardner led the Owls in points (14.7), assists (2.4) and steals (2.0) per game. She also averaged 5.8 rebounds per contest on the season.

“We are excited about Ava’s accomplishments as a freshman and for her potential with the Owls next season,” says Head Coach Melissa Rauschenberg. “She has pure talent and athleticism on both ends of the floor with her solid defense, smooth left-handed shot and her ability to drive to the basket. We enjoyed watching Ava this year and look forward to her continued growth.”

In addition, center Maddie McTague (Des Plaines, Maine East High School) earned a spot on the ISCC Second Team. The sophomore averaged 10.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks during the season.

“Maddie has grown so much as an athlete and leader in the last two years,” Rauschenberg adds. “She overcame many adversities and injuries to be one of our strongest players. We will miss Maddie and wish her good luck as she pursues her dream of becoming a police officer.”

Oakton’s Gardner selected NJCAA Region IV Player of the Week
(Jan. 25, 2018) Oakton Community College freshman guard Ava Gardner (Park Ridge, Maine South High School) was selected National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region IV Division 2 player of the week for District D, according to the latest regional report.

Gardner averaged 18 points, 6 rebounds and three steals in two Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference games last week.

“Ava has been continuously finding new ways to get herself to the basket on offense, making it very difficult for other teams to guard her,” says head coach Melissa Rauschenberg. “She is working at a new level and truly grasping the guidance from her coaches and teammates.”

Gardner scored 14 points in a 53-43 loss against Elgin Community College Jan. 16, shooting 46 percent from the field (6 of 13 and 2 of 4 three-pointers) with 4 rebounds, 2 steals 1 block, and 1 assist.  Two days later, she shot 64 percent on 9 of 14 shooting and 4 of 6 three-point shots tallying 22 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists and a blocked shot in a 67-44 loss at Prairie State.

Gardner is averaging 17 points per game, shooting 54.5 percent through Jan. 23. Her efforts earned her player of the week accolades for the second time this season. She was player of the week in mid-December 2017.

“Ava is playing very well in her first year, and we know she has a big future ahead of her,” Rauschenberg adds.

Oakton Owls women’s basketball guard captures player of the week honors
(Dec. 20, 2017) Oakton Community College freshman guard Ava Gardner (Park Ridge, Maine South High School) was selected women’s basketball District 4 player of the week, according to the latest Region IV National Junior College Athletic Association report.

Gardner led the Owls, which compete at the Division II level, in scoring in contests against Illinois Valley Community College on Tuesday, Dec. 12, and Black Hawk College-Moline on Thursday, Dec. 14. For the week, she averaged 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Gardner currently leads the Owls in scoring (14.1 points per game) and steals (1.9 per contest). On the season, she is also averaging 5.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

“Ava has unique talents, including a beautiful three-point shot, along with great speed and vision to get to the basket,” Melissa Rauschenberg, head basketball coach of the Owls, said. “She is truly deserving of this honor as she pushed herself to a new level physically and mentally. I believe she has many more weeks like this to come during the remainder of the season.”