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Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Champions

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NJCAA Region IV Champions

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NJCAA Region IV Runners-Up

2014, 2009, 2007

March 4, 2015

Cyclones take away lessons and conference crown from 2014-15 season

With all their ups and downs this season, the talented Cyclones finished with an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference championship in hand.

After five years, the Cyclones reclaimed the conference championship but shared the honor with Oakton Community College. Each school finished the season with an 11-3 Skyway record. Along the way there were some close games among the conference rivals, but the Cyclones fought their way to a share of the title.

A few players also received honors for their skills on the court including Nariman Jaber (Argo), who was All-NJCAA Region IV first team and All-Conference first team. She became Moraine Valley’s all-time leader in blocked shots with a career high of 265. She crushed the previous record of 181, and ranked #1 in the NJCAA Division II for most of the season averaging 4.5 blocks per game. Jaber also was ninth in the country for defensive rebounds (205) and 11th for total rebounds (316). Shavonne “Bonnie” Lewis (Eisenhower) and Rachel Ruzevich (Sandburg) joined Jaber on the All-Conference first team. Kailey Foster (Joliet West) was named to the All-Conference second team.

For all their talent, however, the Cyclones finished below their coaches’ expectations. They faltered against teams they should have defeated, such as Morton College in the region quarter finals (Feb. 26), and lost eight games by less than eight points, showing their potential for more wins, said head Coach Delwyn Jones. Although the Cyclones were one of the most talented squads Jones has coached, he explained that they weren’t “blue collar.”

“We were skilled but not blue collar. Teams that aren’t tend to lose in the playoffs. It’s when you put your hard hat on and work hard, do your job,” he said.

Sophomore guard Megan Beckow (Evergreen Park) embodied that characteristic. She was an underrated player in the region, surprising opposing coaches. She also was one of the toughest players under the basket for the Cyclones, despite her shorter stature. “She’s one of the toughest pieces of dynamite. I’m definitely a Megan Beckow fan,” Jones said.

Ruzevich also displayed that hard-working, fighting spirit on the court this season. She was one of the leading scorers and also was a tough defender. When in action, you could expect 40 minutes from her with 100 percent effort. She ranked in the top three in every stat category for the Cyclones. Jones said her work ethic will be missed.

The other two starting sophomores whose presence will be sorely lacking are Jaber and Lewis. Jaber was intimidating in the middle with her 6’3” frame. For someone that tall, she ran the floor better than average and scored because of it, something that four-year colleges and universities are looking at to recruit. Lewis was a solid point guard who was the glue to much of the Cyclones’ success. If she didn’t play well, the team followed suit.

Looking to next season, there is a core of skilled returning freshmen. Sharnita Breeze (Argo) has talent to continue developing. Foster came on strong at the end of this season, becoming the leading scorer in conference play. McKayla Smith (Andrew) played three positions this year and has the versatility to succeed. Duneya Shatat (Oak Lawn) can shoot the three and be a future threat. Carly Trinley (Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences) also should return and give 100 percent, something she couldn’t do this season due to injury stemming from her time with the Cyclones’ volleyball team.

“I hope these young ladies learned from their experiences. We got better throughout the season, but not to the point where we needed to be, mentally more than anything. We did not reach our expectations by any means,” Jones said. “However, we’re in a good position for next year.”

February 27, 2015

Cyclones fall flat in quarter-finals

For all their hard work this season, it all came down to this NJCAA Region IV quarter-final game and ended in disappointment. The Cyclones fell 75-69 to Morton College on Feb. 26.

In both their meetings this season, the Cyclones had defeated the Panthers. The pressure was too much last night. Morton jumped out to an early eight-point lead and stayed ahead for most of the game. With four minutes left in the game, the Cyclones took a 64-61 lead. However, they eventually gave up a 14-5 run to close out the night.

February 20, 2015

Cyclones crowned conference co-champs

It’s been five years, but well worth the wait. Moraine Valley clinched a co-championship in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference last night (Feb. 19) after a 65-30 victory over Elgin Community College. A loss would’ve kept them from sharing the top finish with Oakton Community College, which also won their final conference game. The two finished with an 11-3 Skyway record.

There were no theatrics in this matchup. As they’ve done many times this season, the Cyclones jumped to an early double-digit lead and held on ’til the end. Leading 29-13 at the half, Moraine Valley came out with a 10-0 run before coasting to the win.

Nariman Jaber stole the show with 16 points, 16 boards and five steals. Shavonne Lewis added 11 points and five rebounds. Rachel Ruzevich chipped in 10 points and Carly Tinley banked nine.

Next up for the Cyclones are region playoffs to determine whether they advance to the national tournament, something that has eluded them over the years.

February 18, 2015

Fightin’ ’Clones take down Pioneers

The Cyclones were not going down without a fight. They made that clear Feb. 17 when they grabbed a nail biting 58-54 victory over Prairie State College in their final regular season home game. It also put them in the mix for a conference championship.

In their last meet up, the Cyclones lost to the Pioneers by 10. Both teams also were in a four-way tie for first in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, putting more weight on the outcome.

The Cyclone offense was stunted in the first half with a number of turnovers, keeping the women in green down for most of those first 20 minutes. At halftime, Moraine Valley trailed 29-20.

Right out of the box in the second half, Megan Beckow scored twice and got the Cyclones on a run to get back within three. After some intense back-and-forth action, Nariman Jaber was fouled and sunk a free throw to make it 42-41. Rachel Ruzevich then made a mad steal and scored two to finally give the Cyclones a lead with 10 minutes to go. But the non-stop action continued. Thanks to some drives by Shavonne Lewis, the Cyclones tied things up at 54 with two minutes left. Beckow put Moraine Valley up for good after sinking two charity shots. With 10 seconds to go and the Pioneers scratching at the basket, Sharnita Breeze sunk two free throws and gave the Cyclones some insurance.

Ruzevich led the offense with 16 points while Beckow notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. McKayla Smith was huge as a reserve with eight points, five rebounds and two blocks. Nariman Jaber, marred with foul trouble early, finished with seven points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.

February 16, 2015

Turnovers hurt Cyclones

Turnovers were the Cyclones’ kryptonite on Feb. 14 when they fell to South Suburban, 75-69.

Jumping to an early lead, Moraine Valley stayed ahead for most of the game, even going up by as much as 11 points. But it wouldn’t last. Up by five with three minutes to go, Moraine Valley had three straight turnovers giving the Bulldogs a one point advantage. After South Sub sunk all their free throws, the Cyclones were knocked off course for good.

Rachel Ruzevich (18 points, 11 rebounds, four assists) and Nariman Jaber (14 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks) each posted a double-double while Duneya Shatat finished with 15 points. Sharnita Breeze chipped in 12 points and pulled down 10 boards.

February 13, 2015

’Clones tied for first

Moraine Valley just earned themselves a four-way tie for first place in the Skyway conference after an 82-59 victory over Morton College last night (Feb. 12).

Without starting guard Kailey Foster, the Cyclones jumped out to an early double-digit lead and maintained control of the game. Filling in for Foster was Duneya Shatat who was a huge asset with 15 points and eight rebounds. Nariman Jaber led in scoring with 30 points plus 13 boards and six blocks, tallying 126 blocks for the season (4.7 average). Sharnita Breeze added 11 points and seven rebounds while Shavonne Lewis chipped in 11 points.

The Cyclones are now 9-3 in conference and 15-12 overall.

February 11, 2015

Cyclones in control of Scots

The Cyclones won’t just take their latest 62-49 victory over McHenry County College as another win. Every victory counts as the regular season winds down. Moraine Valley is still in the mix among Skyway conference action.

With starter Shavonne Lewis still out of the lineup and Kailey Foster sustaining an injury early in the second half, the Cyclones were still able to control the game from the start on Feb. 10. Their cohesive flow on the court made this win a little easier.

Sharnita Breeze led the effort with 19 points and six rebounds. Nariman Jaber added another double-double to her season with 10 points and 15 boards along with seven blocks. Rachel Ruzevich chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds.

February 9, 2015

Cyclones can’t stop Chiefs

The Cyclones were hurtin’ without their starting point guard, but even some strong offense couldn’t stop Waubonsee Community College. In their second meeting this season, the Chiefs evened the score and defeated Moraine Valley 74-58.

Starting point guard, Shavonne Lewis, missed the entire first half and seven minutes of the second half with a pregame injury. Sharnita Breeze led the Cyclones with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a hot shooting Waubonsee team. Rachel Ruzevich added 12 points.

The Cyclones are not out of the conference hunt yet. There are several ties in the standings, including the Cyclones tied for second, and four Skyway games left this season.

February 6, 2015

Cyclones take eight out of last nine games

Winning the last eight out of nine games isn’t too shabby and is just what these Cyclones need. They continued their dominance over College of Lake County last night (Feb. 5) with a 73-58 victory.

As they’ve done with several conference opponents, the Cyclones jumped ahead early (11-2) and maintained a lead until the end.

Megan Beckow and Shavonne Lewis led the scoring effort with 12 points each. Beckow also added seven rebounds. Rachel Ruzevich had a complete game with 11 points, six rebounds, five assists, and four steals. Sharnita Breeze continued her improved play with 11 points and nine boards.

February 4, 2015

Cyclones hold on to victory

What the Cyclones wanted was revenge. What they got was a big 84-68 victory over Oakton Community College and one game out of first in the conference.

Jumping out ahead early on Feb. 3, Moraine Valley forged and then maintained a double-digit lead through the first half, going up 41-30 at halftime. Right out of the second half, Oakton hit back-to-back threes to close within six points. The Cyclones answered with a couple baskets of their own. That lead held at about 10 to 20 for the rest of the game.

Moraine Valley lost their last matchup with Oakton last month. In a tight race to take the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, the Cyclones already had two losses and couldn’t afford anymore. Now they need to keep winning down the stretch if they want a shot at a championship.

Kailey Foster led the charge with 23 points. Double-doubles were on tap for both Sharnita Breeze (19 points, 10 rebounds.) and Nariman Jaber (10 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks). In only 16 minutes of action, Megan Beckow produced 10 points and five rebounds.

January 30, 2015

Cyclones take care of Spartans

The Cyclones got back on track Jan. 29 with a big 67-49 victory over a typically strong Elgin Community College squad.

Moraine Valley jumped out to an early double-digit lead and maintained it until the buzzer. Kailey Foster led with 19 points. Nariman Jaber posted another double-double with 13 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. Bonnie Lewis chipped in 10 points.

January 28, 2015

Cyclones knocked off win streak

It just wasn’t the Cyclones’ night. Too many missed shots cut their win streak short in a 71-61 loss to Prairie State College (Jan. 27).

Moraine Valley was down early and stayed that way most of the night. By halftime the Cyclones were down 30-20 after a half of too many missed shots and opportunities lost, being outplayed in every aspect of the game. Although the Cyclones, scored 41 points in the second half, they matched the Pioneers and were dealt the loss.

Moraine Valley was led by Kailey Foster with 21 points. Sharnita Breeze had a big double-double with 12 points and 16 boards while Megan Beckow chipped in 10 points.

January 26, 2015

Cyclones take down the mighty Cavaliers

The Cyclones got back to .500 basketball on Saturday with a monumental win over the defending Region IV champs, Kankakee Community College. In a display of what they’re capable of, Moraine Valley put all the pieces together for the 82-69 victory. Not only did they defeat the mighty Cavaliers but also earned their fifth straight win.

Right from the start the Cyclones felt the pressure, going down early, 12-4. Moraine Valley went on an 8-0 run of their own leading to back and forth action the entire first half, ending in a 30-all tie at halftime. Minute-by-minute the Cyclones inched away in the second half, leading by as much as 22 and scoring 52 points.

Up to this point in the season the Cyclones have struggled to play to their full potential; this game proved otherwise. The Cavaliers are still a solid team and viable option for the regional championship. If Moraine Valley continues to work this well, they too could be a viable contender for the regional title.

Six players scored in double digits. Leading the Cyclone charge was Rachel Ruzevich with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Shavonne Lewis added 15 points and five assists while Nariman Jaber and Megan Beckow each chipped in 12. Sharnita Breeze finished with 11 points and eight boards, and Kailey Foster had 10 points, five assists and three steals.

January 23, 2015

Cyclones dominate, again

There was more dominance Jan. 22 by the Cyclones as they took an 88-78 victory over Morton College.

Moraine Valley has a knack for jumping to early leads, and a double digit one over the Panthers remained consistent throughout the matchup. Going up by as many as 25 points late in the second half, the Cyclones coasted to the win.

Kailey Foster led the effort with 25 points, going 8-for-13 from the floor including 3-for-4 from the 3-point line. Sharnita Breeze and Rachel Ruzevich each added 13 points while Shavonne Lewis netted 11.

January 21, 2015

Clutch free throws give Cyclones third conference win

The Cyclones are rolling on a three-game win streak and hoping it continues in their remaining month of regular season action. Their latest 62-54 victory over McHenry County College at home (Jan. 20) gave them a 3-1 conference record.

Both teams were a little sluggish at the start, but the women in green built an eight-point lead, going up 27-19 at the half. Leading by as much as 13 at one time, the Cyclones had to continuously tame a fighting Scots’ squad that kept the game too close for comfort. Some clutch Cyclone free throws down the stretch closed out the matchup.

Nariman Jaber and Shavonne Lewis led the scoring with 11 points. Sharnita Breeze added 10 points while Rachel Ruzevich led in rebounding with 12 in addition to eight points and six steals.

January 18, 2015

Balanced attack give Cyclones victory; Jaber still #1 in nation for blocks

The Cyclones are finding their groove again, and with conference play in full force it couldn’t be a better time. Moraine Valley’s latest 71-62 victory came over Waubonsee Community College at home (Jan. 17).

Jumping to an early 10-point lead in the first five minutes, that momentum catapulted the Cyclones to a double-digit lead. A slight breakdown near the half only saw Moraine Valley up 36-32 before their 7-0 run started the second half. The Chiefs had a run of their own to close the gap to six, but the Cyclones consistently battled back, leading by as much as 14 points.

Sharnita Breeze led a balanced attack with 17 points and two blocks. Shavonne Lewis and Kailey Foster each netted 15 points while Nariman Jaber had 12 points, 19 rebounds and five blocked shots. Rachel Ruzevich chipped in 10 pts and four blocked shots. Jaber is still #1 in NJCAA Division II women’s basketball for blocks (88) and 10th for defensive rebounds (124).

January 16, 2015

Cyclones stop skid with big win

The Cyclones needed to snap a losing skid. They did that in a big way. Not only did they defeat College of Lake County at home, but dominated them in the 94-48 victory.

Moraine Valley jumped out to an 11-1 start and never looked back. Sailing on a 41-21 halftime lead, the Cyclones came out hot again in the second half to outscore the Lancers 52-27.

Rachel Ruzevich led the domination with 20 points and five steals. Nariman Jaber finished with impressive numbers—18 points and 14 rebounds—in 24 minutes of play. Shavonne Lewis also scored 18 points, but added four assists and six steals, going 8-for-12 from the floor including 2-for-2 from the 3-point line.

January 14, 2015

Jaber earns triple-double in Cyclone loss

The Cyclones are in a rut. On Jan. 13, they fell 62-55 to Oakton Community College in the first Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference matchup of the season. Despite the overall lackluster performance, several players made some noise, particularly Nariman Jaber with her second triple-double this season. She had seven blocks in the first half alone, finishing with 10 along with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Rachel Ruzevich finished with 11 points while Shavonne Lewis added 10.

January 12, 2015

Cyclone woes continue

The Cyclones were missing their big guns Jan. 10 in a third straight loss, this time to Black Hawk East College.

In the 63-46 defeat, Moraine Valley had some big numbers from a couple players despite the absence of Shavonne Lewis and Jessica Chaput. Rachel Ruzevich had a double-double for the night with 17 points and 12 boards while Nariman Jaber scored eight in addition to eight rebounds and four blocks. Jaber tops the NJCAA Division II in blocks where she averages 5.2 per game.

January 6, 2015

Rough start to 2015

This was not the way the Cyclones wanted to start 2015—with a loss. In one of their hardest fought battles this season, Moraine Valley was dealt the 69-65 loss on Jan. 5 by Rock Valley College.

There was a chance to surge ahead in the last 14 seconds of the game when the Cyclones had possession of the ball and were down 67-65, but turnovers, again, hurt their shot at a victory. Nariman Jaber had six blocks on the night.

December 23, 2014

Added games to season schedule

The Cyclones added a couple of home games to their schedule to reach the maximum 30 games in a season. Additions:
Monday, Jan. 5, 5:30 p.m., Rock Valley College, at Moraine Valley
Saturday, Jan. 10, 1:30 p.m., Black Hawk East College, at Moraine Valley

December 22, 2014

Cyclones stalled by free throws

Just a few more free throws could have meant a win for the Cyclones. Going 9-for-20 from the line didn’t help Moraine Valley on Dec. 20 in their narrow 73-69 loss to Joliet Junior College.

The game was close with Moraine Valley only behind 34-31 at the half. The second half was another story as the Cyclones fell behind by as many as 13 points. With 3:40 to go and down 63-50, the Cyclones put on the pressure to get within three. However, there wasn’t enough time for Moraine Valley to make a good run and surge ahead.

Rachel Ruzevich led in scoring with 18 points, going 4-for-5 from the 3-point line, along with five steals. Shavonne Lewis also scored 18 and added four assists. Nariman Jaber chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds.

December 19, 2014

Determined Cyclones take down Rams

This wasn’t a guaranteed win for the Cyclones, but they persevered against their region playoff opponent, Wright College, for the 79-69 victory (Dec. 18).

Moraine Valley jumped to a quick 21-2 lead to start the game and were hoping that meant an easy victory. However, the Rams continued to fight and were only trailing 38-23 at the half. The Cyclones kept the pressure on and let the Rams only get within seven before the eventual 10-point victory.

Rachel Ruzevich came out of her shooting slump to finish with 21 points, going 5-for-10 from the 3-point line. Nariman Jaber added 18 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots. In her first start since finishing the Cyclones volleyball season, Jessica Chaput finished with 15 points, nine boards and threw in a blocked shot. Sharnita Breeze chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds.

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 this time.

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 2014-15 season.

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.