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Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Champions

2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004, 1988, 1987

NJCAA Region IV Champions

1988, 1987

NJCAA Region IV Runners-Up

2014, 2009, 2007

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 impressive season.

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.

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 by Waubonsee.

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 out 0-2.

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 victory (71-55).

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 performance.

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 59-55 victory.

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 spirits.

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.