Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Champions
2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004, 1988, 1987
NJCAA Region IV Champions
NJCAA Region IV Runners-Up
2014, 2009, 2007
July 14, 2014
It may be the offseason for the women’s basketball team, but they have been
• The Cyclones signed 5-foot-9 guard Kailey Foster (Joliet West). “Foster is very athletic and a tremendous defensive player with high character. She is mostly a shooting guard, but can play some point,” said head coach Delwyn Jones.
• Former player Jessica Groszek (2007-2009), graduated from Bradley University with honors—Summa Cum Laude.
• The Cyclones are holding an open gym on Mondays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., and they scrimmage on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. against area colleges. Any Moraine Valley female student can participate, but must contact head coach Jones first. Call him at (708) 974-5557 or email JonesD@morainevalley.edu.
April 24, 2014
Cyclones sign four players
Coming off a solid season, the Cyclones are adding to their arsenal for a
stronger charge next season. Five athletes are joining the squad starting this
McKayla Smith (pictured from left), Gerda Sliuzaite, Sharnita Breeze, and (not pictured)
Duneya “DeeDee” Shatat have signed to play at Moraine Valley next year.
Smith (Andrew) is a forward and simply a good player. Her ability to spread the floor with her outside shooting will be valuable for the Cyclones this coming year.
At 6-foot-3, center Sliuzaite (Stagg) has athleticism that will prove beneficial. She is already a good shot blocker and rebounder, but her offense will improve.
The 5’9” guard Breeze (Argo) brings versatility to the squad. She can play multiple positions and her defense is underrated. She is a talented shooter, can drive well to the basket and has a knack for rebounding.
Shatat is a forward known for her outside shooting at Oak Lawn, but she is a much better ball handler and passer then she gets credit for.
March 13, 2014
Cyclones end season in region finals with promise for 2014-15
There are always great expectations for the talented Cyclone squad. They met
those high standards, but faltered in the NJCAA Region IV finals to end an
Winning 10 of their last 12 games, including a nail-biting 71-70 overtime win over South Suburban College in the NJCAA Region IV Semi-Finals, the Cyclones were playing at an efficient, high level of ball going into their final matchup. They secured a second place slot in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference with a 12-2 record and had an overall 22-11 record. Their tough loss in the region finals was a step above their defeat in the semi-finals last season, but shy of their goal to advance to nationals. After that finals game, freshman Aileen Gorman (Marist) and sophomore Jamilla Jones (Eisenhower) were named to the All-Tournament team.
“Finishing 22-11 and getting to the region finals was not a bad season. We had a good group of sophomores who I know will find success in their lives. All five have a good chance to continue their career at the next level,” said head coach Delwyn Jones, who finished up his 14th season at the helm.
Sophomores Maggie Yandel (Stagg) and Katie McGann (Providence) were named to the All-Region IV first and second team, respectively, while also getting a nod to the All-Conference first team with Jones. Yandel was ranked 15th in the nation for points per game with an average 15.5; and in January was named conference Player of the Week. McGann was seventh in the NJCAA for three-pointers with a 36.3-percent average. Nariman Jaber (Argo) was named to the All-Conference second team while smashing school records. She recorded 131 blocked shots this season, obliterating the previous record of 103, and ranking second in the nation. In addition to her honors, Jones had 10 double-doubles this season and was second in the nation for offensive rebounds (161) and eighth for total rebounds (331).
With the core freshmen expected to return, next year promises to be another exciting and successful endeavor. Both dynamic guards, Shavonne "Bonnie" Lewis (Eisenhower) and Gorman, are a great start. The 6-foot-3 center Jaber will control the middle along with underrated 6-foot Colleen Kull (Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences). Megan Beckow (Evergreen Park) will play a larger role next year as well with her off-the-chart efficiency rating.