Season Record: 22-11
Conference Record: 12-2
All-Region IV first team: Maggie Yandel
All-Region IV second team: Katie McGann
All-Conference first team: Jamilla Jones, McGann, Yandel
All-Conference second team: Nariman Jaber
All-Tournament team: Aileen Gorman, Jones
|Tues.||Oct. 29||Trinity Christian College (scrimmage)||Away||7 p.m.||W 63-62|
|Fri.||Nov. 1||Lincoln Classic vs. Lincoln Land Community College||Away||5:30 p.m.||L 68-73|
|Sat.||Nov. 2||Lincoln Classic vs. Lincoln College||Away||2 p.m.||W 71-57|
|Tues.||Nov. 5||Kennedy-King College||Away||5 p.m.||W 59-55|
|Thurs.||Nov. 14||Harper College||Away||5 p.m.||W 84-70|
|Thurs.||Nov. 21||Malcolm X College||Home||5:15 p.m.||W 71-55|
|Sat.-Sun.||Nov. 23-24||Black Hawk East Tournament vs.
Black Hawk East,
|Away||5 p.m., 2 p.m.||
L 42-45 vs. Black Hawk East
L 55-64 vs. Robert Morris
|Tues.||Nov. 26||College of DuPage||Home||5:15 p.m.||L 60-63|
|Thurs.||Dec. 5||Triton College||Home||5:30 p.m.||W 87-38|
|Fri.-Sat.||Dec. 13-14||South Suburban College Tournament vs. Cincinnati State and Technical College, Lansing Community College||Away||9 p.m., Noon||
L 62-83 vs. Cincinnati
L 45-67 vs. Lansing
|Tues.||Dec. 17||Wright College||Away||5 p.m.||W 86-60|
|Thurs.||Dec. 19||Joliet Junior College||Home||5:15 p.m.||W 61-47|
|Tues.||Jan. 7||Olive-Harvey College||Home||5:15 p.m.||Postponed|
|Thurs.||Jan. 9||Olive-Harvey College||Home||5 p.m.||W 102-71|
|Sat.||Jan. 11||Oakton Community College*||Home||1 p.m.||W 71-52|
|Tues.||Jan. 14||College of Lake County*||Away||5:15 p.m.||W 69-54|
|Thurs.||Jan. 16||Waubonsee Community College*||Home||5:15 p.m.||L 61-67|
|Sat.||Jan. 18||South Suburban College||Away||1 p.m.||L 76-77|
|Tues.||Jan. 21||McHenry County College*||Away||5:15 p.m.||W 88-36|
|Thurs.||Jan. 23||Elgin Community College*||Away||5:15 p.m.||W 60-53|
|Sat.||Jan. 25||Kankakee Community College||Away||1 p.m.||L 59-89|
|Tues.||Jan. 28||Prairie State College*||Home||5:15 p.m.||Canceled|
|Thurs.||Jan. 30||Morton College*||Away||5:15 p.m.||W 77-67|
|Sat.||Feb. 1||Oakton Community College*||Away||1 p.m.||W 68-50|
|Tues.||Feb. 4||College of Lake County*||Home||5:15 p.m.||W 78-64|
|Thurs.||Feb. 6||Waubonsee Community College*||Away||5:15 p.m.||L 59-68|
|Tues.||Feb. 11||McHenry County College*||Home||5:15 p.m.||W 77-39|
|Thurs.||Feb. 13||Elgin Community College*||Home||5:15 p.m.||W 71-52|
Conference Make Up--
Prairie State College*
|Home||1 p.m.||W 74-64|
|Tues.||Feb. 18||Prairie State College*||Away||5:15 p.m.||W 73-54|
|Thurs.||Feb. 20||Morton College*||Home||5:15 p.m.||W 75-57|
|Thurs.||Feb. 27||Region IV Quarter Finals vs. Morton College||Home||6 p.m.||W 74-67|
Region IV Semi-Finals
MVCC vs. South Suburban College- 2 p.m.
|Home||Noon, 2, 4, & 6 p.m.||W 71-70 OT|
|Sat.||March 8||Region IV Finals vs. Kankakee Community College||Away-E.C.C.||Noon||L 56-79|
|Tues.-Sat.||March 18-22||National Tournament @ Johnson County College||Away||TBA||N/A|
* Denotes Conference Game
March 10, 2014
Cyclones outplayed in finals
It was a long season for the Cyclones, cut too short by a 79-56 loss in the
NJCAA Region IV championship game (March 8) to Kankakee Community College.
The Cyclones weren’t at their finest in what turned out to be their last game of the season. Despite the fact that Kankakee was ranked No. 10 in the nation, Moraine Valley had the talent and height to win. They just didn’t have the offense on the day they needed it most. While Moraine Valley was 2-of-2 from the free-throw line in the first half, Kankakee was 19-of-22. There was a game plan to keep Kankakee off the 3-point line, holding them to three attempts, but Moraine Valley had a 35-14 deficit on the glass. The Cyclones were down six just before the half, but a Cavaliers’ run put Moraine Valley down 47-24 at the buzzer.
Playing more evenly in the second half, the Cyclones couldn’t get a good run. Three pointers have saved Moraine Valley in the past, but for the first time all season, they were 0-for-13 from the arc. Out-rebounding the Cavaliers 33-24 after halftime was not enough to upend the deficit.
Nariman Jaber had 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots. She finished second in the nation with 131 blocked shots and a school record. Jamilla Jones added 11 points and seven boards while Aileen Gorman scored eight, grabbed six boards and had four steals. Jones and Gorman were named to the All-Tournament team.
March 3, 2014
Cyclones reach Region IV finals after overtime victory
Moraine Valley tasted sweet redemption March 2 at a home Region IV semi-final
game over South Suburban College (the defending Region IV D champions), who
scrapped a one- point win over them earlier this season. When it counted, the
Cyclones pushed into overtime for a 71-70 win and a trip to the NJCAA Region IV
championship against No. 1 ranked Kankakee Community College on Saturday.
There were a few heroics in overtime from Jamilla Jones, who sank two free throws with 8.1 seconds to go, but also important contributions from several Cyclones. With the lead changing hands throughout the first half, Moraine Valley needed to make a move. Jones had eight points off the bench and grabbed seven boards in only 11 minutes of play. Katie McGann (Providence) hit a couple 3-pointers to help the Cyclones take the 27-20 halftime lead.
Early in the second half the Cyclones continued to charge further ahead with an 18-6 run, leading 45-26 with 12 minutes to go. However, South Suburban went on their own run and led by three with less than a minute in the game. A McGann 3-point shot tied the game at 61, sending the contest into overtime.
More back and forth play ensued before Jones iced the free throws. As the Bulldogs tried to score and take back the lead, Jones blocked a shot while Shavonne Lewis retrieved the rebound to close out the game.
McGann played all 45 minutes, finishing with 24 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and four steals. She had six 3-pointers—a Cyclones playoff record. Jones added 13 points and 14 rebounds. Aileen Gorman (Marist) had 10 points, including a big 3-pointer in overtime, in addition to seven boards. Maggie Yandel (Stagg) finished with nine points, but held a major Bulldogs opponent to 11 points. She also led the team with six assists and grabbed five rebounds.
February 28, 2014
Cyclones headed to semi-finals
The Cyclones will continue their season in the playoffs after a 74-67 quarter
final victory over Morton College (Feb. 27).
This wasn’t an easy win like the other two the Cyclones had over the Panthers this season. Morton was feisty and fought back every chance they had, evidenced by a 30-29 Cyclone lead at halftime. Moraine Valley came out with a 10-0 run in the second half and maintained a lead for the rest of the game. Morton clawed back to within six points a few times, but the Cyclones prevailed.
Katie McGann and Maggie Yandel led with 18 points each. Aileen Gorman added 12 points while Nariman Jaber chipped in 10. Gorman led the team with eight rebounds.
February 21, 2014
Cyclones hit 20 wins
With the regular season officially over, the Cyclones finished with 20 wins
thanks to a 75-57 victory over Morton College on Feb. 20. Not only did Moraine
Valley extend their win streak to five and overall record to 20-10, but also
coach Delwyn Jones earned his 250th career victory.
Playing without starting point guard Aileen Gorman and small forward Maggie Yandel most of the first half, Moraine Valley was still able to jump ahead 32-9. The Cyclones held a 39-17 lead at the break. Morton clawed back to within 12 in the second half before Moraine Valley pulled away for the sizeable victory.
Two players earned double-doubles- Katie McGann (21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists) and Jamilla Jones (10 points, 10 rebounds). Nariman Jaber scored 13 points, grabbed nine boards and added three more blocks to her school record (118 total). Shavonne Lewis added 11 points and five assists.
February 19, 2014
’Clones sweep Pioneers
Round two with Prairie State College on Feb. 18 yielded a fourth straight win
for the Cyclones by an even greater margin than Saturday’s victory. Moraine
Valley won decisively, 73-54.
Although the Cyclones were down 31-29 at the half, they were able to regain momentum for the win after the break. Nariman Jaber added nine more blocked shots, amassing 115 total for her growing Cyclones record. Maggie Yandel was an offensive force with 24 points.
February 16, 2014
Three-pointers key in Cyclones’ win; Jaber breaks blocked shots record
The Cyclones have found their groove, and with playoffs coming up, the more wins
the better. Moraine Valley earned a hard fought 74-64 victory on Feb. 15 over
Prairie State College.
From the start the Cyclones were on fire at the 3-point line, finishing 7-for-10 from behind the arc. Good ball movement led to high percentage shots, and the Cyclones led 43-29 at the half. At their peak in the second half, the Cyclones led by 20 points, but the Pioneers continued to battle back and cut the lead to seven. The three-point barrage, particularly by Shavonne “Bonnie” Lewis, who was 4-for-4 from the 3-point line, kept Moraine Valley ahead for the win.
Lewis led the Cyclones with 14 points and four assists. But Nariman Jaber made a statement with 14 points and six blocked shots to break the Cyclones record for most blocked shots in a season. She smashed Lisa Koschinitzki’s (1988-89) record of 103 by three, and there are still several games left this season. Jamilla Jones had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Nine of 11 Cyclones found a way to score against the Pioneers, who they face again tonight, Feb. 18.
February 14, 2014
Defense makes difference in ’Clones win
Thanks to a defensive push, the Cyclones regained their win streak Feb. 13 with
a nice 71-52 win over Elgin Community College.
Moraine Valley played some of its best defense of the season in the first half, holding Elgin to 20 points. While the Cyclones didn’t shoot as well as they have, the defensive effort helped them take a 36-20 advantage at the half. The rest of the game was a cakewalk for the Cyclones as they cruised to a commanding victory.
It was another balanced scoring effort by Moraine Valley. Maggie Yandel led the team with 14 points, six rebounds and seven steals. Aileen Gorman and Amanda Weiss each added 10 points while starters Jamilla Jones and Katie McGann each finished with nine. Nariman Jaber grabbed 10 boards and continues to close in on some blocked shots records, adding six to make 100 for the season. She is only three blocked shots away from the Moraine Valley record. Lisa Koschinitzki had 103 blocks in the 1988-89 season and 181 for her career. Rhiannon Howard (2005-07) had 154 blocks for her career, and the Cyclones all-time leading scorer, LaVetta Mitchell, had 151 blocks during her career (1987-89).
February 12, 2014
Cyclones demolish Scots
The Cyclones got back to their winning ways on Feb. 11 in a crushing blow to
McHenry County College. In a runaway performance, Moraine Valley earned a
massive 77-39 victory.
Although the Cyclones struggled early on from the floor, they maintained a lead and kept the defense tight. By halftime Moraine Valley was up 35-18. The Cyclones found more offense in the second half, putting up 42 points as they started to find the range from the 3-point line, going 5-for-6.
Five Cyclones scored in the double digits in the balanced attack. Aileen Gorman led with 13 points, six steals and three assists. Ashley Cunningham added 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Shavonne Lewis, Nariman Jaber and Amber Hunter each had 10 points. Jaber nearly missed a triple double with her additional 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots. She moved up to third in the nation for blocked shots.
February 7, 2014
Cyclones take a blow from Chiefs
It was another tough blow to the Cyclones Feb. 6 in a showdown with conference
rival Waubonsee Community College for a share of first place. The Chiefs blew by
the Cyclones, 68-59. Both of Moraine Valley’s conference losses have been dealt
Moraine Valley got off to a slow start, trailing 12-6 early on. Another run put the Cyclones down 28-9 with five minutes to go in the first half. After a timeout, the Cyclones closed the gap with an 11-4 run, trailing 32-20 at halftime. The second half proved equally as frustrating for Moraine Valley. They cut the deficit to six when Maggie Yandel started a late rally; however, clutch Waubonsee free throws pushed the Cyclones back into a hole.
The Cyclones had four players in double digits: Nariman Jaber, Jamilla Jones and Katie McGann each of whom scored 11 points while Yandel added 10. Jones led with 13 boards, and Nariman Jaber had 11 rebounds and six blocks.
February 6, 2014
Cyclones take down Lancers
Every conference win helps, and the Cyclones’ latest matchup was no exception.
Despite their decisive win (78-64) Feb. 4 over College of Lake County, it didn’t
come without a hard-fought battle.
The Cyclones did a better job of taking care of the ball, committing only six turnovers in the first half. This helped Moraine Valley jump to a 12-point halftime lead (44-32). The second half followed suit as the Cyclones held a double-digit lead for most of the game. Lake County had one major run, cutting their deficit to four points before an Aileen Gorman 3-pointer started a 10-0 run to recover the lead for good. Solid defense by Shavonne Lewis really helped set the tone for the game.
Maggie Yandel led the team with 22 points and four assists followed by Gorman who added 13 points and three assists. Lewis finished with 12 points and five steals. Amber Hunter and Megan Beckow really stepped up while starters Jamilla Jones and Colleen Kull nurse injuries. Hunter added 16 rebounds and Beckow was second on the glass with six boards. Nariman Jaber added six more blocked shots to her list and is currently ranked fifth in the nation.
The Cyclones face rival Waubonsee Community College tonight for a showdown to see who will take first place in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference.
February 3, 2014
Cyclones defeat Oakton
The Cyclones added another win to their conference record (6-1) Feb. 1 in a
68-50 win over Oakton Community College.
Both teams played tight ball for the first eight minutes of the game until Moraine Valley surged ahead with a 10-0 run (26-14). The Cyclones maintained their lead into the half (38-24) and coasted to victory after halftime.
With only 25 minutes on the court, Maggie Yandel scored 25 points, going 12-for-19 from the floor. The rest of the Cyclones finished with balanced scoring. Eleven out of 12 players scored in the second half alone. Nariman Jaber had just four points, but grabbed nine boards and blocked five in only 19 minutes of action. Amber Hunter contributed six points and nine rebounds in 14 minutes.
January 31, 2014
Cyclones crush Panthers; several players ranked in NJCAA
Once Moraine Valley had their hands on the ball Jan. 30, they maintained control
nearly the entire way in a 77-67 victory over Morton College.
The Cyclones slowly built a 15-point lead and stayed ahead most of the first half, but the Panthers would not give up. By halftime, Moraine Valley was easily up 39-26. As the second half progressed, the Cyclones primarily held a double digit lead. Only three times did Morton trail by eight points, but each time Moraine Valley responded to claim the win.
Jamilla Jones was on fire with 20 points, seven rebounds and seven steals. She’s 28th in the NJCAA Division II with an average of 10.3 rebounds per game. Maggie Yandel added 13 points and seven rebounds. Aileen Gorman chipped in 12 points while Nariman Jaber finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Gorman averages 3.8 steals per game, ranking her eighth in the country while Jaber is seventh in blocked shots with three per game. Although it wasn’t a big scoring night for her, Katie McGann is ranked 12th for three-pointers per game, averaging 41.4 percent.
January 26, 2014
Cyclones hit road block
Playing on the road is always a difficult assignment for any team, and it proved
to be an even tougher road for the Cyclones Jan. 25 when they faced number
17-ranked Kankakee Community College. It was a rough outing for the Cyclones who
ultimately took a hefty 89-59 loss.
The first half was a battle as the Cyclones clawed to stay close to the red hot Kankakee shooters who hit nine-of-14 threes. A Katie McGann 3-pointer got the Cyclones within four points, 20-16. However, the Cavaliers took a commanding 16-point lead at the half. The Cyclones struggled to gain enough ground to get ahead, falling further behind until the end. McGann led the team with 13 points, going 3-for-3 from the 3-point line.
January 24, 2014
Cyclones overcome Spartans
When Moraine Valley and Elgin Community College get together, you know it’s
going to be a good game. Unlike their domination last season, the Spartans were
no match for the Cyclones 60-53 victory on Jan. 23.
Moraine Valley struggled with scoring in the first half, shooting just 19 percent from the floor, down 25-21 at the half. The Spartans continued leading after halftime until the Cyclones went on a 13-2 run that proved crucial for the ultimate win. Several key steals and a couple of Katie McGann 3-pointers put the Cyclones ahead 36-32. After that, the Cyclones did not relinquish the lead.
Jamilla Jones continues her double-double streak with 13 points and 16 rebounds followed closely by Nariman Jaber, who just missed a triple-double (10 points, 11 rebounds, nine blocked shots). Maggie Yandel scored 18 along with six rebounds and five steals while McGann had nine points all from threes in the second half.
January 22, 2014
Cyclones make statement over Scots
Coming after an upset loss, the Cyclones bounced back with a pounding 88-36
victory over McHenry County College on Jan. 21.
Moraine Valley jumped to an early lead and by halftime was up 51-13. The lead continued to swell in the second half with big numbers and balanced scoring from the Cyclones.
Katie McGann continued her hot shooting, going 5-for-9 from the 3-point line, finishing with 18 points. McGann is now 21 for her last 41 (53 percent) from the 3-point line in the last four games. Jamilla Jones had another double-double with 15 points and 20 rebounds. Amber Hunter tossed in 13 buckets and grabbed seven boards. Nicole Maloney hit three 3-pointers for the night.
January 19, 2014
Cyclones succumb in second half
Some early cold shooting and late back-and-forth play hurt the Cyclones Jan. 18
in their narrow and painful 77-76 loss to South Suburban College.
Within the first 12 minutes of the game, the score was tied at eight. While Moraine Valley kept up the cold shooting, the Bulldogs continued to pull away. Ashley Cunningham scored at the halftime buzzer to bring the Cyclones a little closer, but still down 40-29.
South Suburban came out of the half smoking with a 10-3 run, but Moraine Valley did not quit. Katie McGann started to get hot, hitting three consecutive 3-pointers. This helped an 11-0 Cyclone run. After getting to within three points, Moraine Valley went on a 10-point run for a 62-57 lead with seven minutes to go. The Cyclones held the lead until the two-minute mark when the score flip-flopped. The Bulldogs then hit a “controversial” bucket at the buzzer after an offensive rebound for the win.
McGann finished with 32 points, 24 in the second half. She had eight 3-pointers. Maggie Yandel chipped in 16 points.
January 17, 2014
Cyclones streak stifled at home
Moraine Valley had their winning streak halted Jan. 16 in a home matchup with
Waubonsee Community College. Bringing their conference record to 2-1, the
Cyclones lost 67-61.
At the peak of the second half the Cyclones were down by as much as 18 points, but they kept fighting and came within three points. However, two 3-point attempts came up short for Moraine Valley while the Chiefs continued hitting shots for the win.
Katie McGann was 5-for-12 from the 3-point line and was the leading scorer with 15. Jamilla Jones had her third straight double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Maggie Yandel chipped in 11 points while Nariman Jaber had five points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
January 15, 2014
Fifth straight win for ’Clones
The Cyclones recorded their fifth straight win Jan. 14 in a 69-54 victory over
College of Lake County.
Both teams worked hard, making it a close game all the way through. Moraine Valley held the lead for most of the first half until Lake County went on a 6-0 run to surge ahead 29-26. Once the Cyclones switched to a man-to-man pressure defense, Lake County struggled. This strategy helped Moraine Valley go on an 8-0 run to a 34-29 halftime lead.
The continued man-to-man pressure created more problems for Lake County in the second half as the Cyclones slowly ballooned their lead to an eventual victory.
Several Cyclones had a standout game, including two with double-doubles. Maggie Yandel lead with 19 points, four rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Jamilla Jones had her second consecutive double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Aileen Gorman continued her all-around play with 11 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and six steals. Nariman Jaber had 10 points and seven rebounds while Katie McGann chipped in 10 points, including three 3-pointers.
January 13, 2014
Yandel named Player of the Week
Maggie Yandel was named Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Player of the Week for her two games against Olive-Harvey College (Jan. 7) and Oakton Community College (Jan. 11). She averaged 24.5 points per games including a 29-point game against Olive-Harvey. She was 23-for-35 from the floor with 10 rebounds, six assists and six steals.
January 12, 2014
Cyclones take first conference game
It was cake for the Cyclones in their face-off with Oakton Community College in
their first conference match of the season on Jan. 11. Moraine Valley earned a
solid 71-52 victory.
Early on the Cyclones struggled offensively and could not pull away. The second half saw Moraine Valley start with a 6-0 run to go up 40-29. Eventually the lead swelled to 25 before settling in at the 19-point victory.
Maggie Yandel led with 20 points while Katie McCann added 17. Jamilla Jones had a double-double with 12 points and 18 rebounds. Aileen Gorman added eight points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Nariman Jaber controlled the paint with eight blocks in her second straight game.
January 10, 2014
’Clones hit century mark in victory
The Cyclones broke the century mark for the first time this season after a
commanding 102-71 victory over regional foe Olive-Harvey College on Jan. 9. This
was their first win of the new year and part of a three-game win streak.
Early in the first half the score was close and tied at nine briefly. However, once the Cyclones found their groove, they went on a 14-2 run, never looked back and cruised to the victory.
Maggie Yandel led the team with 29 points in only 21 minutes of action. She was 14-for-20 from the floor with three assists, six rebounds and six steals. Amber Hunter added 13 points and nine boards. Jamilla Jones scored 12 while Bonnie Lewis chipped in 11 points. Aileen Gorman was busy with eight points, nine rebounds, six assists, and seven steals.
December 20, 2013
Cyclones end 2013 on good note
It was a good way for the Cyclones to end the first half of the season on Dec.
19 in a decisive 61-47 victory over Joliet Junior College on their home court.
There was mostly back and forth action between the rivals for most of the game before Moraine Valley exploded offensively down the stretch. The first half was rough with the Cyclones scoring just 17, nine by Maggie Yandel, and trailing the Wolves by five.
After halftime the battle was tight until the six-minute mark when a late 14-2 Cyclone run turned the game around. Moraine Valley found their offensive groove and nearly tripled their first half points, scoring 44 for the win.
Katie McGann amassed 21 points—18 of which came in the second half—going 5-for-11 from the 3-point line. She also had three steals. Yandel finished with 19 points. Nariman Jaber came off a 14-point effort from the floor, but dominated the paint with eight blocked shots and six rebounds.
December 18, 2013
Cyclones dominate Rams on the boards
In five out of their last six wins, the Cyclones have beaten their opponents by
more than 12 points. This latest dominating victory was an 86-60 offensive
barrage over Wilbur Wright College on Dec. 17.
Moraine Valley led 49-18 at the break and seemed to be on cruise control. The Cyclone pressure caused trouble for the Rams, forcing several turnovers and low percentage shots. However, in an attempt to pull the pressure back to start the second half, Wright subsequently went on a 14-2 run and cut the lead to 51-32. The Rams crept back to within 13 points even with the pressure, but the Cyclones hit a few threes and scored on break away layups to finish with a 26-point victory.
The Cyclones had 35 offensive rebounds to Wright's 10 for a complete domination on the boards. Every player scored for Moraine Valley in the balanced attack with Nariman Jaber leading the way with 14 points and eight rebounds. Sam Holler scored 13 while Maggie Yandel finished with 12 points and six steals. Shavonne Lewis and Ashley Cunningham chipped in nine points each. Jamilla Jones was fantastic on the glass, pulling down 12 rebounds, eight from the offensive end.
Before the new year, the Cyclones finish 2013 at home on Thursday, Dec. 19, 5:15 p.m., against rival Joliet Junior College. You also can catch the game online. Just visit the “Watch Live Games” link.
December 16, 2013
Cyclones handed losses at South Sub
It was another tough weekend (Dec. 13-14) for the Cyclones when they competed in
the South Suburban College Tournament. Despite some bright spots, Moraine Valley
dropped two games.
Moraine Valley started the competition against Cincinnati State and Technical College. The score was tight early on, but the Cyclones were turning the ball over at an high rate, missing too many shots. Eventually that approach got Moraine Valley in trouble and they fell behind with a deficit of 25 points by halftime.
The Cyclones did fight back and were within 11 points, closing in even more on the gap. Although they outscored Cincinnati 40-37 in the second half, it wasn’t enough to escape the 83-62 loss.
Maggie Yandel led with 17 points, but had 11 turnovers. Sam Holler and Katie McGann each chipped in 10 points.
The second game was a bit sloppier with the Cyclones falling 67-45 to Lansing Community College.
Like their first game of the tournament, the score was fairly tight in the first half with the Cyclones down 35-27 at halftime. The second half was rocky, and Moraine Valley was outscored 32-18 for the eventual loss. Overall, Moraine Valley shot 30 percent from the floor.
Holler was the top finisher with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks. Jamilla Jones was aggressive on the boards with 10 rebounds (six offensive) and Ashley Cunningham was 3-for-4 from the 3-point line.
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.
August 30, 2013
Open tryouts and info meeting set
The women's basketball team is holding open tryouts on Monday, Sept. 30, 5-7 p.m. in the gym (Building G). Athletes must be full-time students with no more than one year of college experience.
The first workout will be held Sept. 3 at 3 p.m. in the weight room, and an informational meeting will take place in room A109 at 4:30 p.m.
For more information, contact head coach Delwyn Jones at (708) 974-5557 or JonesD@morainevalley.edu.
Season Record: 17-13
Conference Record: 7-7
All-Conference first team: Kelly Foley and Stephanie Karl
All-Conference second team: Katie McGann
|Thurs.||Oct. 25||Trinity International University (scrimmage)||Home||5 p.m.||N/A|
|Sat.||Oct. 27||Black Hawk East Jamboree (scrimmage)||Away||TBA||N/A|
|Tues.||Oct. 30||Indiana Dabney University (scrimmage)||Home||6 p.m.||N/A|
|Fri.||Nov. 2||Lincoln Land Community College||Away||5:30 p.m.||W 64-61 (OT)|
|Sat.||Nov. 3||Lincoln College||Away||2 p.m.||L 47-60|
|Thurs.||Nov. 8||Triton College||Away||5:30 p.m.||W 63-37|
|Tues.||Nov. 20||Kankakee Community College||Home||5 p.m.||L 53-67|
|Tues.||Nov. 27||College of DuPage||Away||5 p.m.||W 57-55|
|Thurs.||Nov. 29||Trinity International University||Away||5 p.m.||L 66-76|
|Sat.-Sun.||Dec. 1-2||Black Hawk East Tournament vs. Highland C.C. and Black Hawk East||Away||4 p.m. & 2 p.m.||
L 48-49 vs. Highland
W 57-52 vs. Black Hawk
|Thurs.||Dec. 6||Joliet Junior College||Away||5 p.m.||W 62-59|
|Sat.||Dec. 15||Black Hawk East College||Home||2 p.m.||W 64-56|
|Tues.||Dec. 18||Malcolm X College||Away||5 p.m.||L 46-71|
|Thurs.||Dec. 20||Harper College||Home||5 p.m.||Canceled|
|Fri.||Jan. 4||Wright College||Home||2 p.m.||W 64-23|
|Wed.||Jan. 9||Lincoln College||Home||5:30 p.m.||W 73-62|
|Sat.||Jan. 12||Morton College*||Away- E.C.C.||Noon||W 57-42|
|Tues.||Jan. 15||McHenry County College*||Home||5:15 p.m.||W 58-55|
|Thurs.||Jan. 17||College of Lake County*||Away||5:15 p.m.||L 42-49|
|Tues.||Jan. 22||Elgin Community College*||Away||5:15 p.m.||L 39-57|
|Thurs.||Jan. 24||Waubonsee Community College*||Home||5:15 p.m.||W 54-48|
|Sat.||Jan. 26||South Suburban College||Home||1 p.m.||W 67-54|
|Tues.||Jan. 29||Prairie State College*||Away||5 p.m.||L 31-63|
|Thurs.||Jan. 31||Oakton Community College*||Away||5:15 p.m.||W 51-33|
|Tues.||Feb. 5||Morton College*||Home||5:15 p.m.||L 55-68|
|Thurs.||Feb. 7||McHenry County College*||Away||5:15 p.m.||Canceled|
|Sat.||Feb. 9||College of Lake County*||Home||5:15 p.m.||W 75-60|
|Tues.||Feb. 12||Elgin Community College*||Home||5:15 p.m.||L 51-63|
|Thurs.||Feb. 14||Waubonsee Community College*||Away||5:30 p.m.||L 62-70|
|Sat.||Feb. 16||McHenry County College* (rescheduled)||Away||1 p.m.||W 57-49|
|Tues.||Feb. 19||Prairie State College*||Home||5:15 p.m.||L 53-58|
|Thurs.||Feb. 21||Oakton Community College*||Home||5:15 p.m.||W 61-53|
|Thurs.||Feb. 28||Region IV Quarter Finals vs. Morton College||Home||5:15 p.m.||L 59-63|
|Sat.||March 2||Region IV Semi-Finals||Away- Illinois Valley||TBA||N/A|
|Sat.||March 9||Region IV Finals||Away- Illinois Valley||TBA||N/A|
|Tues.-Sat.||March 19-23||National Tournament @ Illinois Central College||Away||TBA||N/A|
* Denotes Conference Game
March 22, 2013
Cyclones end season on low note, but forecast bright for next season
It wasn’t the kind of season they wanted, but the Cyclones played an over .500 season with a group of players determined to return next season with lessons learned and stronger skills.
After a 30-game season, you are who you are, said head coach Delwyn Jones, who finished his 13th-year at the helm. Overall the Cyclones were 17-13 and were fourth in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference with a 7-7 record. “We had a decent year. It was a down season for us though because we didn’t win over 20 games. Our record is what it is; we lost 13 but won 17. Some teams we beat are saying the same thing as us. When you play 30 games, you are what you are,” Jones said.
The Cyclones screeched to a halt in the NJCAA Region IV quarter finals in a 63-59 loss to Morton College, which they split wins with this season. In Jones’ tenure, this was the first time since 2002 that the Cyclones have lost in the first round of playoffs.
“It was disappointing because I expected to win that last game. But there were some things we preached all year that haunted us as far as expectations were concerned. There were a lot of mistakes, fouls down the stretch, and that hurt us,” Jones said. “People said we should have been this or that, but we are who our record is.”
Disappointment aside, several players made an impact on the court. Stephanie Karl (Lockport) was one of the best point guards Jones has had on the team. Her smarts during games were invaluable, earning her a nod to the All-Conference first team. Bridget Niemiec (Oak Lawn) was a workhouse who also played smart ball. Kelly Foley (Oak Lawn) averaged 14 points per game and was the leading scorer, in addition to being named to the All-Conference first team. Shaneka Boyd (Rich South) was quite an athlete, keeping Moraine Valley in many games with her defense and rebounds.
The freshmen who intend on returning next season have high character and learned from this year’s mistakes with the knowledge of what needs to be done to improve, Jones said. Katie McGann (Providence), who was named to the All-Conference second team, was an underrated player this season, but demonstrated strength around the basket. Maggie Yandel (Stagg) knew how to put the pressure on and was one of the most athletic players on the team. Ashley Cunningham (Eisenhower) used her high basketball IQ and will be an asset next year. Jamilla Jones (Eisenhower) was the leading rebounder while Camille Byrd (Harlan) was a quick forward. Amber Hunter (Evergreen Park) should return even stronger next season at center.
“We will win 20 games next year, guaranteed, if we stay healthy and keep the core back from this year,” Jones said. “We’ll win 20 and hopefully go further. Any good recruits, and we’ll be dangerous.”
March 1, 2013
Cyclones stalled in playoffs
The Cyclones needed a win Feb. 28 in the NJCAA Region IV playoffs against Morton College to extend their season, but turnovers and missed opportunities did Moraine Valley in, contributing to the 63-59 loss.
The conference rivals split wins in their two meetings this season, so the game could have gone either way. Each squad was within five points from start to finish, but Morton was able to hold off down the stretch. The Panthers’ 37 opportunities at the free-throw line, which yielded 25 points, were tough for the Cyclones to overcome. However, it was critical turnovers, some point-blank missed layups and poor shot selections that cost Moraine Valley.
“I was proud of how the Cyclones fought, especially in the second half, but was disappointed with the execution,” said head coach Delwyn Jones. “In the playoffs it’s do or die, and the team that makes the right decisions down the stretch in a close game normally wins.”
Stephanie Karl played a tremendous game and scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half. Kelly Foley also added 12 points while Maggie Yandel chipped in with 10.
“It was a fun season and a pleasure to work with a good group of young women. We have six talented returning players and some recruits coming in that gives me sincere high hopes for a rebound season in 2013-14,” Jones said. The Cyclones finished with a 17-13 record.
February 20, 2013
Cyclones can’t hang on
In another hard-fought battle, the Cyclones kept things interesting on their home court Feb. 19 but came up short in a 58-53 loss to Prairie State College.
Coming out strong the Cyclones built a 7-0 run to start the game before some back and forth play saw the Cyclones up by a narrow 25-23 lead at halftime. Turnovers and sloppy passing hurt Moraine Valley early in the second half, as they quickly fell behind. The three-point killer, Kelly Foley, helped her team inch back in the game, hitting one at the 1:52 mark so the Cyclones were down 54-51. Shaneka Boyd added a layup to get her team within one. However, some last minute missed shots, fouls and turnovers kept the Cyclones from surging ahead. Foley finished with 17 points, including five 3-pointers, while Katie McGann chipped in 12 points.
February 17, 2013
Charging Cyclones grab win
The Cyclones came out of the gates ready to play Feb. 16, and it showed in their 57-49 victory over McHenry County College.
Moraine Valley built a 10-point lead midway through the half and never was really challenged after that. McHenry got back to within seven a few times, but the Cyclones always responded with a big 3-pointer or a timely steal and led by as much as 14 before settling for the eight-point victory.
Kelly Foley helped the Cyclones out with 15 points while Katie McGann chipped in with 11 including three second half 3-pointers to help secure the victory. Bridget Niemiec scored seven points, but led with 12 rebounds. Shaneka Boyd contributed eight points and seven rebounds.
February 15, 2013
Offensive rebounds hurt ’Clones
Offensive rebounding was a thorn in the Cyclones’ side on Feb. 14, and in large part contributed to their 70-62 loss to Waubonsee Community College.
Overall the Cyclones played well. Defense was solid and the offense moved the ball better. Moraine Valley took care of the ball giving up only 13 turnovers for the game. However, 20 offensive rebounds hurt the squad which gave up 26 points and scored just five points off turnovers. In every other facet of the game Moraine Valley beat Waubonsee, but it still resulted in a loss.
Kelly Foley led the Cyclones with 16 points. Stephanie Karl played another well-rounded game with 14 points, eight assists and five rebounds while Bridget Niemiec chipped in with 11 points, four assists and three steals.
February 13, 2013
Hoopsters fall short
The Cyclones might have had a balanced attack against Elgin Community College on Feb. 12, but fell short in a 63-51 loss.
Moraine Valley came out slow, with a lack of energy or spark, and fell behind 20-7. The offense struggled for the first 12 minutes; however, the Cyclones gained some steam on a 14-4 run. Two costly turnovers in the last 40 seconds of the half allowed Elgin two break-away layups to surge ahead 29-21 at halftime.
The Cyclones found some strength in the second half, getting to within three points with five minutes to go. After two key missed layups by the Cyclones and deep three-pointers from the Spartans, Moraine Valley couldn’t gain ground.
Despite the loss, the Cyclones had balanced scoring. Kelly Foley and Dena Hammad had 10 points each. Raynisha Dent added eight points and Shaneka Boyd chipped in seven—all in the second half. Everyone who played scored. The balanced effort is a good element to maintain going forward in the playoffs, said coach Delwyn Jones.
February 11, 2013
Cyclones avenge earlier loss with big win
Despite the loss of some key starting players, the Cyclones avenged an earlier season loss to College of Lake County in a 75-60 victory on Feb. 9.
The Cyclones were without leading scorer Kelly Foley and second leading rebounder Shaneka Boyd, but Stephanie Karl and Katie McGann stepped up their games. Karl put her foot on the gas with two 3-pointers and 12 first half points to help Moraine Valley jump out to an early lead. The Cyclones led the entire first half, maintaining a 10-point lead that ballooned to 14. However, a 10-0 run by the Lancers before halftime cut the lead to four.
Moraine Valley opened up another double-digit lead to start the second half thanks in part to McGann's three 3-point shots. The Cyclones were up by as much as 19 points before the buzzer.
Karl led the team with 21 points, going 11-for-13 from the free-throw line which highlighted her aggressive play. McGann added 18 points with 13 from the second half, as well as nine rebounds. Bridget Niemiec was steady throughout with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
February 6, 2013
Poor start hurts Cyclones
A horrible start kept the Cyclones down Feb. 5 as they fell 68-55 to Morton College.
Moraine Valley was down 14-1 from the get-go due in part to Morton’s quick scoring on its first five possessions. After that, the Cyclones never really recovered. Down 10 at the half, the Cyclones fought to within three points, but couldn’t get over the hump. Moraine Valley attempted to foul down the stretch, but Morton cashed in at the free-throw line for the 13-point victory.
Kelly Foley led with 12 points while Stephanie Karl and Bridget Niemiec added 10 points apiece.
February 1, 2013
Cyclones handle Oakton
Although the Cyclones still had some offensive struggles on Jan. 31, they were able to hold off Oakton Community College for the 51-33 victory.
Moraine Valley’s offense struggled early, but a few late first half 3-pointers helped put on a late surge for a 29-24 halftime lead. Kelly Foley, Katie McGann and Stephanie Karl led the way in the first half with two three-point shots each.
The second half did not see an offensive explosion by either team, but Oakton had trouble with the man-to-man pressure from Moraine Valley and scored only nine points coming after a 5-0 run to tie the game at 29. After Oakton tied it, the Cyclones went on a 22-4 run to close out the game.
Foley led the way with 14 points while Maggie Yandel and Karl added 12 points each. Karl also added seven rebounds and seven assists.
January 30, 2013
Back to the drawing board for 'Clones
Injuries have recently plagued the Cyclones. A couple more injured players were added to the list Jan. 29 when the team fell 63-31 to Prairie State College.
Moraine Valley struggled on the offensive end to start the game, falling behind early. Down 20-8, the Cyclones went on a 10-2 run fueled by two Kelly Foley 3-pointers and a Kathleen Smock offensive rebound to get back within four by halftime.
However, Prairie State had a 6-0 run to start the second half that put the Cyclones down 10 and kept them chasing the rest of the game. After losing key players Shaneka Boyd late in the first half and Raynisha Dent early in the second half to injuries, the Cyclones struggled defensively in the paint and on the perimeter, losing any momentum. Moraine Valley continued to fight, keeping the deficit to no more than 10 points before the onslaught began at the eight minute mark with turnovers and easy Pioneer baskets on the break.
The leading scorer on the night was Foley with eight points. “It’s back to the drawing board as Moraine Valley is now without five major rotation players that it had to start the season,” coach Delwyn Jones said.
January 28, 2013
Cyclones take Bulldogs
The Cyclones tacked on a solid win to their record in a 67-54 victory over South Suburban College at home Jan. 26.
Moraine Valley started out strong, with an early 31-16 lead. After a three-game shooting slump, several players finally started to hit a few shots from the perimeter, led by Kelly Foley, Bridget Niemiec and Katie McGann. Maggie Yandel got loose on a few break away layups as the Bulldogs struggled to score early. By halftime, Moraine Valley led 34-26.
Starting the second half, the Cyclones scored first to get a little breathing room, but South Suburban hung tight. In those few moments throughout the game when the Bulldogs came within six points, the Cyclones responded with 3-point bombs to extend the lead again. Back-to-back threes by Foley and McGann helped put the nail in the coffin late in the second half as Moraine Valley settled for the 13-point victory.
Foley led in scoring with 18 points while Niemiec was aggressive on both ends of the floor with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Stephanie Karl finished with eight points, 14 assists and five rebounds. Shaneka Boyd and McGann were active defensively all night, each finishing with six points.
January 25, 2013
Narrow win over Chiefs
Moraine Valley moved one game over .500 in the conference Jan. 24 with a 54-48 win over Waubonsee Community College.
Waubonsee jumped to an 11-2 lead as they came out on fire while Moraine Valley missed some point-blank shots. After everything settled down, the Cyclones stormed back to tie things up with a 9-0 run fueled by a string of 3-pointers by Kelly Foley, Katie McGann and Stephanie Karl. Moraine Valley forged ahead and maintained the lead for the rest of the half, but could not extend it by more than eight. By halftime, the Cyclones were holding a slim 25-24 lead. With a series of nifty moves around the basket, Bridget Niemiec led the team in scoring in the first half with eight points.
The second half was more of the same with the Cyclones lead extending to nine points, but never more than that. Moraine Valley was never out of danger, but settled with the six-point victory.
Foley led in scoring with 12 points including three 3-pointers. McGann chipped in with 10 points including three 3-pointers and seven rebounds.
January 23, 2013
’Clones fall to Spartans
Facing Elgin Community College is always a battle for the Cyclones, one they couldn’t conquer on Jan. 22.
Although the Cyclones lost 57-39, it was not indicative of the effort and battle throughout the game. Moraine Valley started out solid, led by Kelly Foley’s 3-point shooting and some effective fast breaks. Initially off to a 9-2 start, the Cyclones offense stalled after that, but fortunately the Spartans also struggled offensively. Moraine Valley continued to lead for the entire first half, but just could not pull away. “Four baskets were waived off from the board due to traveling calls; one on a breakaway layup with no defenders. I estimated just with those possessions, we could have led 33-20 at the half, but only had a 25-20 advantage,” said coach Delwyn Jones.
The second half proved to be atrocious for the Cyclones as they scored only two points during a 15-minute span thanks to a Bridget Niemiec bucket in the paint. The 25-20 lead quickly turned into a 34-27 deficit with five minutes to go. As Moraine Valley started to find the rim, so did Elgin. Down the stretch, Elgin went 9-for-10 from the free-throw line as Moraine Valley fouled to try to get back in the game.
Shaneka Boyd led the Cyclones with 12 points and Foley scored all 10 of her points in the first half. Stephanie Karl chipped in with eight points.
January 18, 2013
Cyclones streak broken
A streak is broken. In their lowest scoring game of the season, the Cyclones fell 49-42 to College of Lake County on Jan. 17, the first time in 22 games they lost to the Lancers.
Both teams struggled to score in the first half as each shot around 25 percent from the floor. A late surge gave Moraine Valley a 21-16 first half lead. However, Lake County came out with a 5-0 run to tie the game after halftime. The Cyclones continued to miss point-blank shots and turned the ball over in transition, helping the Lancers extend the lead to 37-31 with four minutes to go. A Moraine Valley 9-4 run helped the Cyclones close the gap to 41-40. A clutch 2-point short baseline jumper made it 43-40 for the Lancers. After a failed 3-point attempt by Moraine Valley followed by a foul, Lake County hit the free throws to close the game out.
Katie McGann led the Cyclones with 14 points while Stephanie Karl chipped in with 11. Bridget Niemiec added nine points and led in rebounding with 10.
January 17, 2013
Kelly Foley named Region IV player of the week
Kelly Foley was recently named Region IV Player of the Week after a 35-point scoring game, the third highest for a single game in Moraine Valley’s history.
Foley scored 35 points in a Cyclones victory against Lincoln College on Jan. 9. She hit her first nine shots taken including her first four 3-pointers and was 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Her 23 points in the first half ranked second in school history for most points in a half. Overall, she was 11-of-15 from the floor including 5-of-6 from the 3-point line. Foley also led Moraine Valley in scoring against Morton College on Jan. 12 with 12 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals. In two games, Foley scored 47 points and had six rebounds, eight assists and six steals.
"Kelly Foley is capable of scoring 30 points on any night. She has the ability to light it up when she is on. Foley is a pure scorer and that's what we need for her to do for us to be effective. When she is taking good shots, she is one of the best shooters around,” said head coach Delwyn Jones. “Foley scores in a variety of ways: on the break, attacking the basket from a half court set and from behind the arc. When she hit her first shot, I knew she was going to have a good game, but she kept making them until she hit nine consecutive shots from the floor. She also was 4-for-4 from the free throw line. She put in every shot she took in the first half including free throws. Having 35 points on 15 field goal attempts is pretty impressive. She also is a much improved free throw shooter and a very underrated defender. One of the better scorers we've had since Sharnita Lloyd and Nicole Wilk.”
January 16, 2013
Cyclones topple Scots
It was a battle ’til the end, but the Cyclones earned their second conference victory Jan. 15 with a 58-55 win over McHenry County College.
The Scots gave the Cyclones more trouble than expected, and both teams fought hard throughout the game. Each squad took turns going on runs in the first half, but neither led by more than six points resulting in a 28-28 tie at the half. Katie McGann’s two 3-pointers led the way as she totaled eight points.
In the second half, the Cyclones came out strong and hit McHenry with an 8-0 run to lead 36-28, seemingly poised to put the game away. However, McHenry’s 6-foot forward and small forward picked up the scoring slack to get back in the game. At the six-minute mark, the Scots were up by six and seemed to seize all the momentum until an aggressive Raynisha Dent started attacking the basket and created havoc for McHenry’s defense. The increased pressure created a number of steals and a few layups for Moraine Valley. A huge 3-point shot by Kelly Foley gave her team the lead with 1:04 to go in the game, helping keep the Cyclones ahead for the win.
January 14, 2013
Big opening conference win for ’Clones
The Cyclones opened conference play Jan. 12 with a big 57-42 win over Morton College.
The first half saw the Cyclones only up by seven before halftime. An 8-0 run to start the second half put Moraine Valley ahead where they stayed until the buzzer. Shaneka Boyd led the team with 13 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Kelly Foley added 12 while Stephanie Karl dropped nine points. Amber Hunter had eight points and eight rebounds, and Maggie Yandel scored nine.
January 10, 2013
Cyclones score big over Lincoln
The Cyclones continued their winning ways in 2013 with a 73-62 victory over Lincoln College on Jan. 9.
Moraine Valley struggled briefly and fell behind before stepping up the defense. A 26-4 run gave the Cyclones a 39-26 lead by the half thanks in part to Kelly Foley’s 23 points. At its pinnacle, the lead swelled to 23 points in the second half before a late Lincoln rally closed the gap but conceded to the Cyclones.
Foley led with 35 points, the third highest amount scored in one game in school history. Shaneka Boyd poured in 18 points, grabbed seven boards and had five steals while Stephanie Karl had nine assists.
January 5, 2013
Cyclones open 2013 with crushing win
Jumping into the second half of the season, the Cyclones got off to a strong start. An ugly first half did not deter the Cyclones Jan. 4 as they crushed Wright College 64-23.
Moraine Valley struggled in the first half, shooting poorly and uncharacteristically turning the ball over often. After a 15-4 lead, Wright went on a 16-13 run to shrink the lead to eight at the half. After the Cyclones went to man-to-man play in the second half, Wright struggled to score. Moraine Valley surged ahead with a 20-0 run to put the game away and held Wright to only three points in the second half.
December 19, 2012
Tough defeat for 'Clones
From the onset it looked like Moraine Valley suffered a big loss Dec. 18 against Malcolm X, but the 71-46 defeat is not an indicator of the game. Up 17-9 at one point in the first half, some questionable calls continued to plague the game until the final buzzer, said coach Delwyn Jones.
December 17, 2012
Cyclones sparks earn win
It was another win tallied for Moraine Valley. A couple of sparks helped the Cyclones to a 64-56 victory over Black Hawk College at home on Dec. 15.
Both teams got off to a poor start with missed shots and turnovers in the opening 10 minutes. The Cyclones led most of the game, but the lead was small until Maggie Yandel came in mid-way through the first half. With her energetic play off the bench, she created a spark with steals and break away layups allowing Moraine Valley's lead to increase to 25-21 at the half.
It was Shaneka Boyd's energetic defense that sparked the second half thanks to a few steals and deflections. Although Kelly Foley struggled with her perimeter game, her two second-half 3-pointers helped propel the Cyclones to victory.
With Bridget Niemiec in foul trouble the entire game, Dena Hammad and Raynisha Dent stepped up to play some big minutes. Hammad’s two offensive rebounds and put backs helped hold off a late Black Hawk run. Foley led the team in scoring with 15 points followed closely by Yandel with 14.
December 7, 2012
Cyclones edge out Wolves
Despite a slow start and some close calls, the Cyclones eked out a 62-59 win over Joliet Junior College on Dec. 6.
Early on the Cyclones fell behind 9-2 while the Wolves maintained a four to six point lead over most of the game. Shaneka Boyd helped carry the Cyclones with an eight-point scoring barrage in about five minutes of play. At halftime the Cyclones were down 33-28.
Moraine Valley scored the first five points of the second half to tie it at 33, but didn’t take back the lead until 12 minutes to go. Once again Joliet surged with an 8-0 run to go ahead 58-53, seemingly taking control of the game. Several put backs by Jamilla Jones and crafty points in the paint by Bridget Niemiec had the Cyclones roaring back. Joliet had a good look at a failed 3-point shot at the buzzer, sealing the Cyclones win. Kelly Foley and Jones led with 15 points, Niemiec added 10 and Boyd finished with eight.
December 3, 2012
Cyclones split weekend tourney
After a slow start, the Cyclones were able to find their game and split the weekend in the Black Hawk East Tournament, Dec. 1-2.
Moraine Valley faced Highland Community College on Dec. 1. After hitting the first bucket of the game, the Cyclones stalled and shot 2-for-18. By halftime the Cyclones worked their way back into the game and were down 23-22. Leading scorer Kelly Foley was held scoreless in the first half, but freshman Katie McGann picked up the slack scoring eight points along with Bridget Niemiec who scored seven.
The second half was a battle. Moraine Valley was up 48-47 with 20 seconds to go thanks to a driving left-handed layup by Niemiec. Highland came back and scored the game winning bucket after a timeout and a desperate 3-point attempt by the Cyclones at the buzzer. Foley scored 12 points in the second half, but didn't have much help as the Cyclones fell 49-48 to Highland.
Foley led the team with 12 points followed by Niemiec with 11 and McGann who scored 10. Jamilla Jones continued her dominant rebounding with 13 boards. Stephanie Karl had five assists and only one turnover as she continued doing a solid job handling the ball.
After a tough loss to Highland, Moraine Valley bounced back with a 57-52 win against a good Black Hawk East team.
The Cyclones had a better start, going up 7-2 to start the game. Black Hawk East battled back to take the lead, but not for long as the lead went back and forth. Just before the half buzzer, Black Hawk hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 24.
Although Black Hawk started the second half with a 6-0 run, a few Camille Byrd 3-pointers kept the Cyclones close. The game remained tight before the Cyclones got a little breathing room. Some clutch free throws down the stretch kept Moraine Valley ahead for the win.
Byrd finished with 12 points, including three second-half 3-pointers. Foley chipped in with 11 points while Jones contributed 10 points and 15 rebounds. Balanced play by the Cyclones saw nine of 10 players on the court scoring points.
November 30, 2012
Cyclones denied by Trinity
The Cyclones had their work cut out for them Nov. 29 when they faced Trinity International University, a squad that played mostly juniors and seniors. Moraine Valley stayed tough, but lost 76-66.
By halftime the Cyclones tied it up at 30. Throughout the second half, the lead went back and forth until Trinity pulled away on a 12-2 run to close out the game. Kelly Foley led with 22 points while Jamilla Jones and Katie McGann chipped in with 12 points. Playing against upperclassmen was a good learning experience and good preparation early in the season, said coach Delwyn Jones.
November 28, 2012
Cyclones edge out Chaparrals
Although the final score may be tight, the Cyclones led nearly the entire game up until their 57-55 win on Nov. 27 over College of DuPage.
The Cyclones started off on a 22-8 run, but not before the Chaparrals had a 3-point barrage for a 25-24 lead. By halftime, Moraine Valley narrowly led 26-25 and stayed ahead for most of the second half. A big Katie McGann 3-pointer gave the Cyclones a 54-50 lead, propelling them to the win.
Kelly Foley led the troops with 17 points while Bridget Niemiec and McGann chipped in with nine points each. Moraine Valley was 12-for-15 from the line.
November 21, 2012
Cyclones fall in final minutes
Whenever the Cyclones play Kankakee Community College, it’s always a contentious matchup. Despite their fight, the Cyclones fell 67-53 on Nov. 20 against the Cavaliers.
The game was close all throughout until the final six minutes. Moraine Valley struggled to hit shots early and seemed to lack the intensity of Kankakee, which jumped to a 7-0 lead. After a timeout, the Cyclones went on a run and crept back to tie the game at nine. The score went back and forth with Moraine Valley down 35-32 at the half. After halftime, Kelly Foley tied the game with a 3-pointer. The Cyclones fouled in the final minutes while Kankakee made free throws and hit a big 3-point shot down the stretch to shut down Moraine Valley.
Foley led with 17 points while Shaneka Boyd tallied 12 and in her first game back from a concussion Camille Byrd chipped in with 11.
November 14, 2012
Big region win fuels Cyclones momentum
The Cyclones grabbed a big region win Nov. 13 when they crushed Olive-Harvey College 81-38. Although it wasn’t pretty, it was an important NJCAA Region IV victory and good momentum before their next matchup with rival Kankakee Community College.
Moraine Valley started out slow, scoring only 10 points in the first five minutes of the game, but with 15 minutes left they found their stride and never looked back. The team had a lot of easy buckets thanks to steals and fast breaks, especially with the speed of Maggie Yandel, who led with 16 points. Fast breaks helped the Cyclones pull away and lead 39-18 at the half before the eventual win.
Kelly Foley found her rhythm this game for 13 points. Bridget Niemiec returned to the court and after a slow first half finished with 12 points. Katie McGann knocked down a few 3-pointers and finished with eight points. Jamilla Jones had double digit rebounds for the fourth straight game while Stephanie Karl was solid at the point.
November 9, 2012
Solid Cyclones victory
Even with the Cyclones’ two top scorers out with injuries, they played good ball Nov. 8 for a 63-37 victory over Triton College.
Kelly Foley stepped up and led with 18 points, going 4-for-6 from the 3-point line. Jamilla Jones finished with 12 points and 18 rebounds. So far she averages 15.3 rebounds per game. The Cyclones welcomed back starting point guard Stephanie Karl who did a great job running the show and finished with six points. Katie McGann added eight points while Shaneka Boyd tallied seven.
November 4, 2012
Offensive holes hurt Cyclones
The Cyclones missed some offense Nov. 3 in a 60-47 loss to Lincoln College, their first loss of the season.
Lincoln jumped out to a big lead early while Moraine Valley struggled with turnovers. Still missing starting point guard Stephanie Karl, the Cyclones had trouble getting into its offensive sets. Down at one time 34-20, the Cyclones went on a ferocious 12-2 run to close the gap to 36-32 at the half.
The second half remained close as both teams went back and forth and struggled to score, but Moraine Valley could not breach the two-point deficit. At the six-minute mark, back to back 3-pointers put Lincoln up where they stayed for good.
Camille Byrd led Moraine Valley in scoring with 14 points. Jamilla Jones again led the team in rebounding with 11. Shaneka Boyd was next best with eight rebounds along with seven points. Kelly Foley had eight points. Major offensive force Bridget Niemiec did not play after halftime because of an injury, but finished with eight points in 12 minutes of court action. Without Niemiec or Karl, the offense struggled.
November 3, 2012
Cyclones grab first win
The Cyclones officially opened their season Nov. 2 with a 64-61 overtime win against Lincoln Land Community College.
Moraine Valley got off to a fast 6-0 lead and looked poised to run away with the game. But some bad possessions and a few turnovers allowed Lincoln Land to creep back and start to pull away. At halftime the Cyclones were down 36-22.
After halftime, the Cyclones refocus on defense and rebounding inspired a 14-0 run to tie the game at 36. Neither team led by more than four points the rest of the game as the lead changed hands often until a final missed shot by Lincoln Land sent the matchup into overtime in a 55 tie. In overtime, a big 3-pointer by Kelly Foley gave Moraine Valley a 64-61 lead before a final failed attempt at the buzzer by Lincoln Land.
Foley and Shaneka Boyd led the way with 11 points each while Bridget Niemiec added 10 points. Camille Byrd chipped in with nine points and 11 rebounds. Jamilla Jones was dominant on the boards with 17 rebounds in only 21 minutes of floor time along with four points and three blocks.
November 5, 2012
Cyclones ready to prove themselves
At one time the Cyclones took being Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference champions for granted. This season, the team wants to recapture the championship and prove they’ve got what it takes.
After a 2011-12 season that included a 24-9 overall record and 9-5 conference record with elimination in the NJCAA Region IV finals, head coach Delwyn Jones is ready to take his team farther. Jones is back at the Cyclones helm in his 13th season, which includes five conference championships. He is joined once again by assistants Jeff Larson, Kathleen Zulevic—both former Cyclones—and Sean Mackey.
Missing this season are several key players including All-Region and All-Conference guard Kim Young (Argo), who last year broke the single game record for most 3-pointers in a single game—10. All-Conference second team guards Loretta Burton (Crete-Monee) and Natalina Cifaldi (Lake Park) along with forward Jessica Contant (Stagg), center Val Zulevic (Mother McAuley), center Raven Phillips (Bloom), and forward Shekela Quarles (Richards) also will be absent.
All-Region and All-Conference second team leading returning scorer and guard Kelly Foley (Oak Lawn/5’6”) is back to take on a bigger role. Last year she averaged 10 points per game and was the complementary 3-point shooter to Young. Point guard Stephanie Karl (Lockport/5’6”) brings back her basketball intelligence to the Cyclones. Karl was relied on in the last six games of last season, making an impact on the court. Raynisha Dent (Shepard/5’9”) will play every forward position as she is strong in the post, can handle the ball and makes solid choices. Forward Shaneka Boyd (Rich South/5’8”) is back this year and is the most athletic player Jones has coached. She should make an impact with her speed and 10- to 15-foot shots. Forward Dena Hammad (Argo/5’8”) rounds out the sophomores. Although she is undersized at the post, she has a keen knack for rebounding.
New to the Cyclones roster are several players who will be a contributing force. Transfer forward Camille Byrd (Harlan/5’11”) has "Scottie Pippen-like" abilities and is versatile enough to play every position. Another transfer, power forward Bridget Niemiec (Oak Lawn/5’11”), is a heady player who can score 15 feet out, is good around the basket and may play some center. The freshmen contingent includes several strong athletes. Guard Katie McGann (Providence/5’9”) can spread out the defense with her long-range shooting ability; guard Maggie Yandel (Stagg/5’8”) also can play forward, is a phenomenal defender and plays the passing lanes well; forward Jamilla Jones (Eisenhower/6’0”) was coveted by several junior colleges in the area because she is one of the best offensive post players who can play well on the perimeter; center Amber Hunter (Evergreen Park/6’0”) solidifies the team at the post and runs the floor better than people expect; guard Ashley Cunningham (Eisenhower/5’7”) is a former Cyclones volleyball player who is a good perimeter shooter; and Kayla McKinney (Shepard/5’6”) is a backup point guard that is a strong passer and can see the full court well.
The Cyclones have built a strong basketball program and expectations are high, which is why some people were disappointed with the 2011-12 season. Outsiders think Moraine Valley didn’t have a good run. However, Jones argues that they finished with more than 20 wins, were ranked seventh in the nation and were one loss away from advancing to the national championship. “We had a lot of talent last year but didn’t perform at the highest level. We had plans to win conference, but didn’t,” Jones said. “We haven’t won the championship in two years. I hope that changes.”
Although this year’s squad is generally physically smaller and not as talented as last year, the chemistry, character and drive of the team is enough to yield a winner. “We are fairly small in the post, but we have players that can handle the ball well. We can shoot well from the perimeter, and we’re pretty fast. The success of the season is predicated on being technically precise,” Jones said.
Other teams have already written off the Cyclones, but Jones knows his crew has what it takes to go all the way. “We have decent players who have to work differently than last year. If we can maximize our talent, we can be successful and beat teams in the conference and region,” he said. “We are more talented than people know.”