Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Champions
2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004, 1988, 1987
NJCAA Region IV Champions
NJCAA Region IV Runners-Up
2014, 2009, 2007
December 10, 2014
Cyclones stalled in second half
With the level of talent on the Cyclones, it’s frustrating to suffer any loss,
especially after holding a lead. In a disappointing fall, the Cyclones were
dealt a 79-64 loss to Malcolm X College on Dec. 9.
Throughout the first half, Moraine Valley was in control, leading by as much as 12 points and maintaining a 28-24 lead at the half. Once the Cyclones started pressing, things regressed. It was like the Hawks couldn’t miss while Moraine Valley could. At one point the Cyclones were down by 20 points, but were able to regain some momentum for the eventual 15-point loss.
Nariman Jaber added 13 blocks to her growing season tally. In a recent NJCAA Division II poll, she was ranked #1 for blocks per game with a 5.7 average.
December 5, 2014
Cyclones stop skid
The Cyclones broke the funk and a losing skid with a big 84-54 win over Triton
College (Dec. 4).
With both teams looking lethargic, play was balanced early on. Although Triton was close on the Cyclones’ heels, they couldn’t grab the lead. By halftime Moraine Valley was ahead 33-23.
A solid 12-2 Cyclone run at the start of the second half proved to be the juice to help Moraine Valley put the game away. At one point the Cyclones led by 35 points before settling on the 30-point victory.
All 12 players who entered the game scored for the Cyclones. Kailey Foster was a game-time decision because of a deep hip bruise, but came through with 18 points, going 6-for-9 from the floor. Megan Beckow earned her first double-double this year with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Bonnie Lewis added nine points while McKayla Smith chipped in eight. Jessica Chaput made her debut for the Cyclones and scored six points with four rebounds in 12 minutes of play. Rachel Ruzevich was out because of the flu.
December 3, 2014
Cyclones take a beating
There wasn’t much to say about the Cyclones’ Dec. 2 loss to Parkland College.
Facing a school ranked fourth in NJCAA Division II, Moraine Valley struggled
from the start with some gain in the second half for the ultimate 82-52 loss.
Off the bat the Cyclones were down 10-2. Parkland continued to win the glass and beat Moraine Valley down the court, keeping the Cyclones down 47-19 at halftime. The Cyclones found their game and slowed down the bleeding in the second half, only being outscored 35-33.
Nariman Jaber led with 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Even with the season down two games over last year, she is on pace to surpass her blocked shots record from last season. She has 44 so far. Shavonne “Bonnie” Lewis chipped in 10 points.
November 26, 2014
In Cyclones defeat, Jaber earns first triple-double
The back-and-forth action was non-stop Nov. 25 in the Cyclones matchup with
College of DuPage, including a career first triple-double by Nariman Jaber. It
was only in the last minutes that Moraine Valley faltered, taking a 73-66 loss.
At one point the Cyclones had a 12-point lead until the Chaparral offense got going. Even with good defensive pressure, DuPage continued hitting their shots. By halftime Moraine Valley was down 31-30. Stepping up their offense, the Cyclones regained the lead at 63-59 with 4:30 to go. However, they allowed DuPage to go on a 14-3 run to close out the game.
Jaber was on fire with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. Sharnita Breeze finished with 12 points—all from the 3-point line—and seven rebounds. In her first game back from an injury, Shavonne Lewis added 11 points while Rachel Ruzevich chipped in 11.
November 21, 2014
Cyclones suffer last-second loss
Aggressiveness is usually a benefit in sports. But for the Cyclones it backfired
Taking the excitement right to the end, Moraine Valley suffered a last second 67-65 loss to Kennedy-King College on Nov. 20.
Leading for most of the game by double digits, the Cyclones were in control, but the Statesmen persisted. With four minutes left, the lead flip-flopped until the last shot. With 18 seconds to go, the score was tied after two missed Kennedy-King free throws. Moraine Valley then attacked the basket but missed. The Statesmen had luck on their side and scored on an offensive rebound after a two-on-one break with no time left on the clock. “I should have called time out to look for the last shot, but I thought we had Kennedy-King on their heels. I was thinking aggressive, and it backfired on me,” said Coach Delwyn Jones.
Nariman Jaber finished with 18 points, Kailey Foster chipped in 17, Rachel Ruzevich had 11, and McKayla Smith scored nine.
November 17, 2014
Solid victory for Cyclones
Moraine Valley jumped to a solid start against Lincoln College on Nov. 15 and
maintained a lead until their 67-55 victory.
Without starter Bonnie Lewis in the lineup due to injury, the Cyclones had some big shoes to fill. That didn’t stop them from jumping to a 10-0 lead. At one point Moraine Valley led by 18 points, but Lincoln fought the whole game and continually cut their deficit to eight. However, the Cyclones had control of the game especially with Lincoln struggling to defend against the blocked shots maven Nariman Jaber, who finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and six more blocked shots. Rachel Ruzevich added 15 points, six rebounds and four steals. Sharnita Breeze led the team with nine assists and seven rebounds. Kailey Foster chipped in 12 points.
November 15, 2014
Cyclones down and out
From the start of their faceoff (Nov. 14) with Black Hawk College-East, the
Cyclones were down. With several attempts to come back, Moraine Valley
eventually took the 56-49 loss.
With 13:58 to go in the first half, the Cyclones were still down 9-0, but by the half were behind 25-18. With every surge to get ahead, the Warriors countered. Duneya Shatat (Oak Lawn) led the attempt with 16 points. Nariman Jaber added 14 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
November 14, 2014
A little rust doesn’t stop ’Clones
After nearly two weeks without a game, the Cyclones were happy to come out with
a win over Harper College (Nov. 13).
Although the Cyclones grabbed the 61-55 win, they still could have played better ball in this tough matchup. Moraine Valley went 6-for-28 from the 3-point line against a 2-3 defense, the same “D” the Cyclones employed. “I predicted teams would struggle playing a 2-3 against us this year, and I still believe that to be the case, but we didn’t show it against Harper,” said head Coach Delwyn Jones. “Being off for 12 days played a role in the rust, but we made a lot of mental errors and had a number of unforced turnovers. Harper played very well, and they work together very nicely. Doesn’t hurt that they have a fantastic player who hit us for 31 points.”
Leading the scoring was Rachel Ruzevich with 18 points, nine rebounds and a couple of steals. Megan Beckow was tremendous and hit a few big baskets down the stretch, finishing with 11 points. Nariman Jaber pulled down 11 rebounds and had six blocked shots and seven points.
November 3, 2014
Two Cyclones fall in defeat
Point guards are a pivotal element of basketball, but when two go down, you’re
in trouble. That was the Cyclones’ plight on Nov. 1 in a 60-49 loss to Lincoln
Land Community College.
Starting point guard Shavonne Lewis sprained her ankle in the first three minutes of the game. In the second half Kailey Foster sustained an injury. With those game changers out, the Cyclones struggled to keep up with a team they should have defeated.
Nariman Jaber ended the night with 10 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks while Megan Beckow had nine rebounds. Rachel Ruzevich led in scoring with 11 points.
November 1, 2014
Cyclones dominate Lincoln
The Cyclones made a statement in their first official game to start the season on Oct. 31 with a dominating 81-44 win over Lincoln College. Freshman Sharnita Breeze had 22 points while Shavonne Lewis scored 17. In 15 minutes of action, Nariman Jaber had nine points and 10 rebounds.
October 31, 2014
Cyclone defense key to big success in 2014-15
With a stacked lineup, including last year’s blocked shots record breaker, the
Cyclones have the tools to bring conference and region crowns back home in the
Last year Moraine Valley went 22-11 overall and 12-2 in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, good enough for second place. They were just one game away from advancing to nationals in a heartbreaking loss in the NJCAA Region IV finals. Even though the Cyclones lost, it was memorable and motivating for five returners from that team.
Sophomore 2013 All-Region players Maggie Yandel and Katie McGann as well as All-Conference player Jamilla Jones are gone this year, but All-Conference center/forward Nariman Jaber (Argo/6’3”) is back with her eyes on breaking the all-time blocked shots record at Moraine Valley. Last season she was ranked second in the nation with 131 blocked shots and the school record. In the off-season she developed her short jump hook and can more easily maneuver around the basket, making her a big asset to the team. Although she had to split time with other guards last year, Shavonne “Bonnie” Lewis (Eisenhower/5’6”) is the best passer head Coach Delwyn Jones has seen in his tenure, and according to him, the best point guard in the region. She’s right-handed, but taught herself to shoot well from the left side. Her quickness and vision on the court are unmatched while her defense can help the Cyclones score. Guard Megan Beckow (Evergreen Park/5’7”) is a two-sport athlete at Moraine Valley, playing softball in the spring. She’s always in the right place on the court and finishes well around the basket, evidenced by being the lead scorer when she competed at Evergreen Park High School. Guard Nicole Maloney (Oak Lawn/5’8”) didn’t see too much action on the court last season, but specializes in the 3-point shot and if opponents get in the zone, she can score. Six-foot center Colleen Kull (Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences) rounds out the sophomores. She has the size and brings a tough attitude to the group.
The dynamic freshmen and transfers are the final puzzle piece to make this team competitive, particularly with their ability to dominate the perimeter. Rachel Ruzevich (Sandburg/5’10”) is a guard/forward, but has the ability to play any position. An all-around player, Ruzevich has a high basketball IQ and energy, is a good shooter and is one of the better defensive players. Kailey Foster (Joliet West/5’8”) is an athletic combo guard with an impressive vertical and strong drive to the basket. It’s hard to stop Foster’s 3-point shot. Forward Duneya Shatat (Oak Lawn/5’8”) was a 3-point specialist at her alma mater, but also drives well to the basket and is a strong passer. Another talented forward joining the crew is Sharnita Breeze (Argo/5’10”). Although she has a strong 3-pointer and drive, she’s even better on defense. Three Cyclone volleyball players also will have an impact on the team. Forward Jessica Chaput (Shepard/5’11”) brings high energy and hustle to the court. Forward Kate Patnett (Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences/6’0”) has potential in the post despite not playing basketball in a couple years. Guard Carly Trinley (Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences/5’6”) is a fighter. She also plays softball for the Cyclones. Some other newcomers include forwards Katie Bass (DeKaney Park/5’10”), Jonie Nard (Evergreen Park/5’8”) and McKayla Smith (Andrew/5’10”) and guard Anita Robinson (Richards/5’7”).
“I think we have a solid team this year. We have well above average individual defensive players. If we come together as a unit, we’ll be tough. Our defense is so good collectively. It’ll be tough to score against us. I think we can win with our defense alone, plus Nariman is our biggest shot blocker,” said Jones, who is in his 15th year at the helm. “As in the past, we have a great shot at conference and region championships this season.”
By his side, Jones has assistant Sean Mackey, who has been with the Cyclones since 2011, and newcomer and former Cyclone Natalina Cifaldi.