During the season, sophomore shooting guard Wynonna Wo reached the 1,000-point milestone and helped push the Cougars to qualify for the regional playoffs.
Wo’s milestone is significant in the basketball world, but it holds an even higher honor because she is the first female athlete at LCCC to accomplish this goal.
Wo is a two-time All-Conference Team player and holds the record as the college’s all-time leading female scorer, totaling 1,034 points in two seasons. Wo is also the all-time leader in three-point shooting for LCCC, making 167 points in two seasons.
Family is a big influence and support system for Wo. Her mother played basketball, so Wo was drawn to the game and has been playing since she was 5 years old.
“She’s a great offensive player and has a high scoring average,” Coach Don Delich said of Wo, who averages over 19 points per game for her career and is one of the top three-point shooters in the country.
“Wynonna had a great year as a freshman, scoring 548 points, so she came into the season chasing history,” says LCCC Athletic Director Andrew Johnson. “I give her a lot of credit to go through a season with that type of pressure and still perform. Her pursuit of 1,000 points was entertaining, and I enjoyed watching her play and to be a part of the history.”
On the night of Feb. 8, Berrier Hall was filled with spectators, including Wo’s family and friends, who were anxiously waiting in the stands for Wo to hit the milestone.
“My mom said, ‘You’re going to know when you make your 1,000.’” Wo said. When she shot the ball for her 1,000th point, the team took a short timeout so everyone could celebrate.
Reaching the 1,000-point milestone is a huge personal achievement, but Wo is still very much a team player. She values the bonds that she and her teammates built over the season, saying, “It was (many of my teammates’) first year. It was new for them, so I would show them things and be there to help them out.”
Delich has coached the women’s basketball team for the last four years, and he helped the team reach the title of Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference co-champions last season. The team faced other two-year schools as well as some four-year schools throughout the season. With a small team and tough competition, the Cougars seemed like the underdogs, but the team had many accomplishments this season.
They closed out the season after a loss to Montgomery County Community College on Feb. 23 in the Region XIX Tournament. Delich hopes the team’s and Wo’s accomplishments inspire more students to join the team and continue to help the women’s basketball program grow and find more success.