Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Champions
2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004, 1988, 1987
NJCAA Region IV Champions
NJCAA Region IV Runners-Up
December 6, 2013
Cyclones make statement
The Cyclones had all cylinders firing on Dec. 5 as they crushed Triton College
at home, 87-38.
The game may have started out slow with both teams playing sloppy, but after a few minutes the Cyclones pulled away. Moraine Valley held the Trojans to 14 points in the first half while scoring 45. After halftime the Cyclones continued to dominate the court for the win.
Maggie Yandel led the way with 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and four steals. After a five-game absence, Diamond Taylor returned and contributed 11 points. Jamilla Jones broke out of a slump with a double-double (11 points, 17 rebounds—nine on the offensive glass). Shavonne Lewis chipped in eight points and four assists.
November 27, 2013
Cyclones edged out by Chaparrals
There was nothing but back and forth action in the Cyclones’ latest outing Nov.
26. Although they fought the entire way, Moraine Valley came up just short
against College of DuPage in a 63-60 loss.
The Chaparrals played a zone the whole game while the Cyclones struggled at times. With their major 3-point weapon—Sam Holler—sidelined with an injury, the Cyclones were down one of their better options. However, Aileen Gorman hit two first-half threes and Katie McGann also hit two to help propel the Cyclones to a one-point lead.
The opening of the second half was contentious with neither team leading by more than five points at any time. It came down to the last minutes when Moraine Valley made some mental errors, and DuPage executed a little better to grab the narrow victory.
Maggie Yandel led the Cyclones with 22 points while McGann chipped in 12 points, all from the 3-point line.
November 25, 2013
Cyclones handed losses in Black Hawk tourney
The Cyclones had a rough outing Nov. 23-24 at the Black Hawk East Tournament.
From rough calls to tough opponents, Moraine Valley battled all weekend, coming
Their first game was with Black Hawk East College. It was an uphill battle from the start. Along with many tough calls on the floor, the Cyclones were not in top form. Coming in averaging 71 points per game, the Cyclones were slowed down resulting in a 45-42 loss. It was a physical, rough atmosphere where fouls were hard to come by, said coach Delwyn Jones. Maggie Yandel led Moraine Valley with 12 points while Aileen Gorman added nine.
In their second game, the Cyclones suited up against juniors and seniors from Robert Morris University-Springfield. Moraine Valley fought and battled throughout. Playing against third- and fourth-year athletes can be tough. Although they fought hard, Moraine Valley came up short, 64-55. There was a balanced scoring effort with Sam Holler and Katie McGann leading the way with 11 points each. Megan Beckow came off the bench and finished with 10 points. Shavonne Lewis and Aileen Gorman chipped in with nine each.
November 22, 2013
Cyclones handle Hawks
The Cyclones always have their work cut out for them when facing Malcolm X
College. But in their home opener Nov. 21, Moraine Valley didn’t disappoint,
holding their opponent down with defensive pressure to seal a nearly 20-point
Grabbing their fourth straight win, the NJCAA Division II 19th-ranked Cyclones wasted little time from tipoff. Executing offensive plays and hitting open shots helped Moraine Valley jump ahead early. There was enough defensive pressure to create low percentage shots against the 25th-ranked NJCAA Division I Malcolm X squad. By halftime the Cyclones were up 44-22. However, the lead started to dissipate in the second half as Malcolm X pushed and came within 11 points. The Cyclones found some resiliency and pulled away again going up by 20 with about three minutes to go.
Maggie Yandel finished with a team-leading 18 points. Sam Holler added 14 points going 4-for-7 from the 3-point line and grabbing nine boards. Katie McGann was 2-for-3 from the 3-point line and chipped in nine points. Jamilla Jones was a monster on the glass with 15 rebounds against one of the bigger front lines in the region. Amber Hunter played well with eight points.
November 15, 2013
Cyclones net third straight
The Cyclones earned their third straight win Nov. 14, despite a sloppy
Both Moraine Valley and Harper College struggled from the floor, and the Cyclones were only up 35-33 at the half. Despite her initial struggles, Jamilla Jones grabbed 16 boards by halftime. After a defensive switch that put more pressure on the guards, the Cyclones started to pull away, building as much as a 22-point lead to finish with the 84-70 victory.
Katie McGann broke out of her shooting slump with four three-pointers and netted 18 points to lead the Cyclones. Maggie Yandel chipped in 15 points. Jones earned a double-double with 11 points and 18 rebounds. Aileen Gorman added nine points and four assists while Shavonne Lewis finished with 10 points and four offensive rebounds.
November 6, 2013
Free throws seal Cyclones win
Four clutch free throws were key to the Cyclones’ latest win Nov. 5 over
Kennedy-King College. With those final baskets Moraine Valley pulled out the
Things didn’t go Moraine Valley’s way from the start, as they fell behind by as much as 14 points in the first half. At halftime the Cyclones regrouped and persevered to come out with a 20-4 run to start the second half. Moraine Valley led at one time by seven points. However, back-to-back unforced errors helped Kennedy-King tie the game at 55. Sam Holler was fouled after her offensive rebound and hit two free throws. With seven seconds to go, Aileen Gorman was fouled after a steal and hit both free throws to seal the win.
Maggie Yandel led the team in scoring with 18 points followed by Katie McGann with 12. Gorman, playing in her first game since running with the Cyclones cross country team, scored eight points and had six rebounds and four assists in only 20 minutes of play. Jamilla Jones had 12 boards for the night.
November 4, 2013
Cyclones split weekend
In their first tournament of the season (Lincoln Classic Tournament), the
Cyclones earned a split Nov. 1-2, demonstrating their aggression and fighting
The Cyclones faced Lincoln Land Community College and was just eked out 73-68. Control of the ball went back and forth with 11 different lead changes, the largest of which was six points, 49-43, by Moraine Valley with 13 minutes to go. Several questionable calls put the Cyclones in serious foul trouble as freshman Nariman Jaber (six blocks, 10 rebounds) and Sam Holler fouled out with four minutes left in the game. Three other starters were hit with four fouls, which took a toll on the size advantage that Moraine Valley held on the court.
Maggie Yandel amassed 33 points while adding eight rebounds and five steals. Diamond Taylor chipped in 10 points, all from the free throw line where she went a perfect 10-for-10.
The Cyclones had the upper hand in their second game with Lincoln College, winning 71-57. After four lead changes, Moraine Valley maintained a double-digit advantage until the end. Lincoln persisted and dropped the lead into single digits, but a Cyclone run seemed to follow every Lincoln spark. At one point in the second half the Cyclones were up by 16 points.
Holler led the way with 16 points and six rebounds, and she was 4-for-9 from the 3-point line. Yandel, hampered by a twisted ankle, only played 20 minutes but finished with 13 points and four rebounds.
October 30, 2013
Cyclones grab a win in scrimmage matchup
In their first non-tournament scrimmage game on Oct. 29, the Cyclones faced Trinity Christian College and eked out a win, 63-62. Maggie Yandel scored 21 points in only 19 minutes of action. Nariman Jaber had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds while Nicole Maloney added six points. The Cyclones trailed early, but once they started to control the glass, they controlled the game.
October 29, 2013
Cyclones have the talent to win in 2013-14
The height is back and so is the anticipation of returning some championships in
2013-14. These past few years have not yielded the results sought after by the
Cyclones, but a talented squad and a preseason ranking in the 19th spot in NJCAA
Division II are setting Moraine Valley up for an exciting year.
“This year we’re going to be good. There’s a real good combo of talent that will give us the ability to be flexible against other teams and dominate in other areas because we have height, speed and perimeter shooting. Last year we didn’t have all those elements,” said head coach Delwyn Jones, who is in his 14th year at the helm.
Last year the Cyclones had a .500 conference record and 17-13 overall record, not where they wanted to end up. Although All-Conference players Kelly Foley and Stephanie Karl, the latter being one of the best point guards in Jones’ tenure, will be missed this season, a new, exciting lineup should keep the Cyclones in contention.
With four post players over six-feet tall, two with finesse and two power players, there should be enough flexibility at the front line to maintain control of the ball. Sophomore center Amber Hunter (Evergreen Park, 6’0”) is back and so far looks like the best defensive rebounder on the team. She goes strong to the basket and is showing more offensive aggression than last season. Forward Jamilla Jones (Eisenhower, 6’0”) also returns with improved skills. In the first half of last year, she was ranked in the top 10 in the nation in rebounds and hopes for a repeat. New in the post are 6’3” center Nariman Jaber (Argo) and Cyclone volleyball player Colleen Kull (Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 6’1”). Jaber’s deceptively long arms could challenge the Cyclones’ blocked shot record this season. She is skilled on offensive and smart defensively. Not only is Kull tough on defense, but she also can step out and hit a three.
Two solid wing players return in last year’s All-Conference athlete Katie McGann (Providence, 5’9”) and Maggie Yandel (Stagg, 5’9”), combined with newcomer Sam Holler (Sandburg, 5’10”) to make up the top three most athletic players Jones has had on his team. They are quick, making them terrors for opponents with their fast breaks and good finishes. McGann will be a perimeter threat. Holler is an all-around solid player who will make some noise on the court.
There will be a battle between point guards with three vying for the coveted position. Ashley Cunningham (Eisenhower, 5’7”) returns this season and is already playing harder and smarter. Her high basketball IQ will be an asset to the team. Newcomers Aileen Gorman (Marist, 5’7”), who also is the top runner on the cross country team, and Shavonne “Bonnie” Lewis (Eisenhower, 5’5”), sister of former All-American Cyclone player Sharnita Lloyd, both have great vision and speed to push the ball up the court. Lewis is a solid 3-point shooter with a hefty vertical while Gorman was an All-Area player in high school and helped her team advance to the state championship game.
Other newcomers adding to the chemistry are guards Megan Beckow (Evergreen Park, 5’6”), Nicole Maloney (Oak Lawn, 5’8”), Brandi Miner (Chicago International Charter School, 5’8”), Diamond Taylor (Chicago International Charter School, 5’4”), Amanda Weiss (Shepard, 5’7”), and Alex Zelasko (Evergreen Park, 5’8”).
The strategy this season is to play faster thanks to the addition of several speedy players. Jones believes his squad can outrun most opponents and push the game more than in the past. When other teams slow down the pace, the Cyclones plan to feed their post. Although major rivals, such as Kankakee Community College, have improved, the Cyclones have the speed, height and talent to make it far.
“I expect us to win conference, be in the regional championship and go to nationals. I really believe it this year,” Jones said. “There is great chemistry and character that will help team unity. We also want to stay aggressive on the court.”
Jones will once again be joined on the bench by assistants Jeff Larson and Sean Mackey.