CHICAGO – Dereniece Moton (Senn H.S.), a 2019 Wilbur Wright College graduate and two-year member of the Rams' women's basketball team, received a $1,000 scholarship from the WNBA's Chicago Sky at halftime of its game on Wednesday.
The scholarship was sponsored by the team's Sky Cares Foundation as part of its Greatness Under Pressure initiative, which recognizes students who have overcome adversity. The goal of Sky Cares is to promote diversity and inclusion, empowerment of women, health and fitness, military and veteran support and youth and family education.
Also at halftime, Chance the Rapper, the recipient of three Grammy awards in 2017, garnered a Community Hero award from Sky Cares. He remained on the court to serve as one of the presenters of Moton's scholarship check.
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Moton earned an Associate in Arts degree at Wright in May and graduated with a 3.68 cumulative GPA. She is transferring to Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), where she will major in mathematics and compete on the Scarlet Hawks' basketball team.
Moton, a City Colleges of Chicago STAR Scholar whose goal is to become a math professor, received the National Junior College Athletic Association's Academic Award – Second Team in 2017-18 after producing a 3.88 GPA her freshman year at Wright.
On the basketball court, Moton averaged 5.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.1 steals in each of her 48 games the last two years. In 2018-19, she averaged 3.0 assists and 2.6 steals per game to rank first and second on the team, respectively, while also contributing 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per outing.
A team captain as a sophomore, Moton produced career highs of 18 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and five steals this past season.
IIT competes in NCAA Division III and is a member of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.