RCTC Women’s Basketball on being ranked #1 D-III team in NJCAA

This is the first time under Head Coach Jason Bonde that RCTC WBB has been ranked #1.

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(ABC 6 News) — RCTC Women’s Basketball is in new territory as both 8-0 and the number one D-III team in the NJCAA.

On paper, their high-scoring offense and spotless record say a lot. But in talking to the team, getting to this point has been a grind. The Yellowjackets are without a handful of players due to injury, yet still on top despite many obstacles.

“They want to get better,” Head Coach Jason Bonde said. “They’re not satisfied every day, that’s why we’re able to do what we’re able to do. They’re a veteran team, six girls who this is their third year with me. Because of that experience and because of that drive, we’ve been able to do what we’ve done so far this year.”

“It just shows that our bond is unbelievable,” Guard Myia Ruzek said, who has been sidelined the past two seasons due to injury. “We can have injury after injury or different lineups and we still are out there doing what we need to do. Just, it’s crazy how we all bond together and play as a team.”

“We’ve gone through a lot together these past two years: school, basketball, COVID, everything,” Guard Ravyn Miles added. “This isn’t our first time going through struggles, but I think we’re all strong. We all know what we need to do and so I think we just — once we focus on that, we’ll be good.”

RCTC Women’s Basketball’s next game is against Joliet Junior College as part of the Anoka-Ramsey Classic on December 17.