Girls Basketball: Romeoville’s Angelica Osusky to play at St. Francis
By Dick Goss email@example.com February 28, 2013 10:50PM
Angelica Osusky, of Romeoville, looks to pass against Oak Lawn. | File photo
Updated: April 2, 2013 6:25AM
Romeoville senior guard Angelica Osusky said she went to DePaul once early in her basketball career and watched Samantha Quigley run the point for the Blue Demons.
More recent, it was Quigley keeping an eye on Osusky. Now, the two will be together at University of St. Francis.
Romeoville conducted a signing ceremony Thursday as Osusky cast her lot with the Saints.
“She was a good Division I point guard,” Osusky said of Quigley. “Not everyone has a chance to play for someone like that.”
“I’ve been watching her for months,” Quigley said of Osusky, who will major in biology. “The way she led her team to a great year was impressive.”
The Spartans finished 27-5 and reached the semifinals of the Class 4A Oswego Sectional before falling to Valley View School District rival Bolingbrook. Osusky, whose left thumb was severed 10 years ago when she was attacked by a pit bull, averaged 10.8 points and 2.4 assists per game.
“It was a good year,” Romeoville coach Julio Carrasco said. “We’ve got three kids now signed. In addition to Angelica, Kiera (Currie) is going Division I, to Gardner-Webb. Abby (Smith) is going to McKendree, which is Division II, and now Angelica to the local NAIA school.
“We have a fourth starter who may play at COD (College of DuPage) and a fifth who is still weighing her options.”
With the lineup he put on the floor, Carrasco said, “I emailed Sam to see what she was looking for, and she replied quickly about Angelica. Sam being at St. Francis helps their program, and I think Angelica will be a great addition there.”
Quigley said she also has received commitments from Joliet Catholic forward Mary Susan Rouse and Minooka forward Marissa McLemen.
“All three are capable of playing multiple positions,” Quigley said. “How much they will play right away, well, I preach to freshmen all the time they have to earn their time. The work they do in the offseason is really important.”
“I have to work on everything,” Osusky said. “I have to get more consistent with my outside shot and get used to the faster pace of the game.”
The Saints finished 14-17 this season in what Quigley thinks is the toughest NAIA Division II conference in the nation.
“We finished sixth, the five teams that finished ahead of us all are going to the nationals and we competed against them all,” she said. “When we beat St. Xavier, that kind of put us on the map.”