Girls Basketball: Baker ready for next step after Kishwaukee College

Former Rochelle student-athlete Morgan Baker averaged over 16 points per game for Kishwaukee College this season. Baker said she plans to continue her career at either Rockford University or Mount Mercy University. (Photo courtesy of Kishwaukee College)

RTHS graduate planning to continue playing career at a four-year university

Morgan Baker made a decision to take her basketball career to another level two years ago, when the former Rochelle Township High School student-athlete signed to play for Kishwaukee College. After leading the Lady Kougars in both scoring and 3-point shooting this season, Baker will be closing the NJCAA chapter of her career and opening a new chapter in the near future.

Baker appeared in 26 games for Kishwaukee College this season, averaging 16.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The sophomore guard greatly improved her 3-point percentage, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a 32 percent rate after averaging 25 percent as a freshman.

Baker said she plans to continue on at either Rockford University or Mount Mercy University.

“My role this season was to be a leader on and off the floor,” Baker said. “I was a leader in my actions and my efforts. Also, my role on the court was to be a scorer and ball handler… I felt we played better as a team this season, and I thought all the sophomores improved and stepped up. While our record may not show it, we definitely played hard and competed this season.”

Baker’s sophomore season started strong. The Lady Hub graduate led Kishwaukee College with 21 points, eight steals and seven assists in a 97-15 season-opening thrashing against Harper College. Baker scored at least 20 points in four of her last six games, totaling a career-high 29 points against both Carl Sandburg College and Harry S. Truman College. Baker grabbed 12 rebounds and recorded double-doubles in each of her last two games.

“I’ve enjoyed the competitiveness and the speed of the college game,” Baker said. “I enjoy playing at a faster pace. This season, I was able to become more of a leader for the freshmen, and I enjoyed the bonds I was able to form with my teammates. I feel that I improved my 3-point shooting and my leadership the most this season.”

Baker was one of two RTHS graduates (Cesca Vardman) who suited up for Kishwaukee College this season. She earned All-Conference First Team honors and currently ranks seventh on the all-time scoring list.

“I will miss being around my teammates and being able to compete with them every day,” Baker said. “I enjoy playing the game, and I love the strategy and knowledge that’s needed in order to become a competitive team.”

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