By Benjamin Wideman, Director of Communications & Sports Information
Raelyn Woock didn’t just have a good season.
“She had a monster season — an absolute monster season,” said Silver Lake College women’s basketball coach Mike Flentje.
Not only did many of Woock’s stats lead the Lakers, but they were among the best in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.
The 5-foot-11 junior from Burnett led SLC in points per game (17.9), rebounds per game (9.9), free-throw percentage (80.7), free throws made (109), field-goal percentage (55.4), field goals made (205) and blocks (72). She ranked sixth in the USCAA in both points and rebounds per game.
Woock’s impressive production was instrumental in propelling the Lakers to a 23-7 record, including nine straight victories to end the season.
“Raelyn is an extremely hard worker and a true leader for us,” Flentje said. “She was very deserving of being one of our co-captains, because she leads on and off the court. She worked very hard in the offseason to accomplish her goals. She’s really improved the most in consistency in rebounding and finishing shots.”
Woock said even she was surprised to have put up such big numbers this season.
“I think it’s because of a lot of dedication and determination,” she said. “I’ve worked hard to average a double-double (in points and rebounds per game), so I’m proud of that. But I wouldn’t have that without my teammates. Our success is because of our entire team, not just one person.”
One of Woock’s motivating factors dates back several years.
“I was in middle school watching the WIAA tournament on TV and a girl got an award,” Woock said. “And the one thing that stuck out to me was that inside her jersey or shoes she wrote, ‘Next play.’ She was always looking ahead to the next play.
“So I remembered that, and if I make a mistake I look ahead to the next play. And she wasn’t a selfish player either, so I’ve tried to be that same way. I told my mom when they were interviewing her that I wanted to be just like her.”
Woock said her most memorable game this season was a thrilling 59-54 victory over Grace Bible College on Feb. 13. The Lakers jumped out to a 15-2 lead and held on to defeat a Tigers team that entered the game with a 19-6 record and No. 5 ranking in the National Christian College Athletic Association.
Woock finished with one of her best games this season, pouring in 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to help Flentje record his 100th victory as SLC's head coach.
“As a team, we’re doing a better job of utilizing Raelyn inside,” said teammate Amanda Kudick, a sophomore guard. “She had a really great year for us.”