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March 10, 2018

Pioneers Fight to the End, Fall to Kankakee in Region IV Final

2017-18 PSC Women's Basketball TeamSUGAR GROVE, Ill. --- While the outcome of Saturday afternoon’s NJCAA Region IV championship game certainly will sting for awhile, in time the Prairie State College women’s basketball team will eventually be able to look back at the 2017-18 season with pride.

Despite an all-out effort the Pioneers fell to perennial Region IV force Kankakee, 91-62 at Waubonsee.

Following the setback, PSC closed out the season with an outstanding overall record of 19-13 and 2-1 postseason mark.

In their final game in a PSC uniform, it was also only appropriate that the Pioneers would be led by a pair of sophomores who had done it all year long as forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) and guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.).

Irvin and McByrd both turned in 18-point efforts.

Irvin shot 9-of-13 from the floor for her 29th double-digit scoring effort of the slate.

MyByrd shot only 4-of-10 from the field, but did the bulk of her damage at the free-throw line, knocking down 9-of-10 attempts.  McByrd also pulled down 11 rebounds and six assists for her 11th double-double of the slate.

Freshman guard Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa) closed out a productive first season of college basketball on a high note, tallying nine points.

Sophomore point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.) scored seven points and dished out six assists while freshman forward Mariah Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa) pulled down seven rebounds.

Freshman forward Mercedes Trimble (Fort Madison H.S.), (4 points, 2 rebounds) also aided the Pioneers’ cause.

PSC never led in the contest and trailed 22-13 at the end of the first quarter and just 40-32 at the break.

A 25-12 third period turned the tide of the contest for good as Prairie State found itself down 65-44 heading into the fourth.

 

March 3, 2018

Strong All-Around Effort Vaults Pioneers into Region IV Title Game for First Time Since 2013

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. --- Five years turned out to be a little too much time for the Prairie State College women’s basketball team to have been absent from the NJCAA Region IV championship game.

Apparently, the Pioneers felt the same way.

Powered by a plethora of strong overall efforts, PSC pulled itself to within one win of gaining a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament following an exciting 65-59 triumph over Illinois Valley in a Region IV semifinal at Waubonsee Saturday evening.

The win pushed the Pioneers’ overall record to 19-12.

Prairie State will now take on perennial Region IV power Kankakee next Saturday (March 10) at Waubonsee in the title tilt (2:30 p.m.).

The championship game appearance is PSC’s first since 2013 when it lost to local foe South Suburban 55-39.  The Pioneers’ one and only national tournament appearance in program history came during the 2011-12 season.

The Cavaliers advanced to the championship contest by way of a 79-74 victory over Morton in Saturday’s other semifinal.   Kankakee bested PSC in the two team’s annual meeting 68-54 on November 28.

Prairie State was led Saturday in the scorer’s column by sophomore guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.) and freshman guard Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), who both delivered 14-point efforts.

McByrd also pulled down 13 rebounds while making off with six steals while totaled four rebounds and four steals.

Sophomore forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) wasn’t far behind, depositing 13 points.

Sophomore point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.) chipped in nine points while efficiently executing the Pioneers’ offense to the tune of an eight-assist outing.

Freshman forward Mercedes Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (7 points, 4 rebounds), freshman forward Mariah Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (6 points, 5 rebounds) and freshman forward Tiffini Swopes (Rich South H.S.), (2 points, 3 rebounds) also aided the Pioneers’ cause.

PSC trailed 10-8 after one quarter.

Three-pointers by Marshall and Irvin, coupled with a McByrd steal and layup erased the 10-8 deficit and lifted the Pioneers to a 16-10 advantage.

Prairie State went into the intermission on the top side of a 30-16 edge after outscoring the Eagles 22-6 in the second period.

Illinois Valley made things interesting in the fourth quarter, taking a 52-51 lead with 3:28 to play.

Marshall tied the game at 54 with a triple before the Eagles took a two-point lead one possession later.

McByrd knocked down a pair of free throws to tie things at 56 just prior to a Marshall putback giving PSC a two-point edge at 58-56.

A McByrd layup, free throw by Gale and two more free throws by McByrd gave the Pioneers some breathing room at 63-56.

 

February 27, 2018

Pioneers Down Black Hawk, Move On to Region IV Semis

Gale leads the breakCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- The Prairie State College women’s basketball team opened postseason play in resounding fashion Tuesday night, downing Black Hawk 74-45 in an NJCAA Region IV Quarterfinal tilt at the PSC Fieldhouse.

The triumph pushes the Pioneers (18-12) into the semifinal round for the second consecutive season.  PSC, winners of eight out of its last nine contests, will now face Illinois Valley in semifinal action Saturday at Waubonsee (6 p.m. tipoff). 

Prairie State was once again paced by sophomore forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.).  The All-Region IV selection dropped in a game-high 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field.

Sophomore guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.) also performed well, dropping in 15 points while making off with seven steals.  McByrd’s 114 swipes on the slate are good for fourth amongst the nation’s best.

Sophomore point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.) reached the double-digit scoring plateau as well, depositing a season-high 11 points while pulling down a team-high seven rebounds and dishing out five assists.  Gale currently sits 22nd on the national leader board for assists with 120.

Freshman forward Mercedes Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa) made a strong impact as well, turning in an 11-point, four-rebound showing.

Freshman forward Mariah Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (8 points, block) and freshman guard Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (5 points, 6 assists, 3 steals) also made major contributions.

PSC established a 21-14 first quarter lead before heading to the locker room in command of the tilt by a 33-23 advantage.

The Pioneers blew the contest wide open in the third, outscoring the Braves 29-7.

PSC went to the free-throw line 18 times in the game and converted 14 attempts.  The Braves went to the stripe only eight times.

 

February 22, 2018

Share of Skyway Crown Falls Just Short of PSC’s Grasp

PALOS HILLS, Ill. --- Searching for at least a share of its first Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference championship since 2013, only one thing stood in the way of the Prairie State College women’s basketball team: Archrival Moraine Valley.

A win over the Cyclones Thursday night would have guaranteed the Pioneers at the very least a slice of the league crown.

Unfortunately, that just wasn’t in the cards however as, despite its typical all-out effort, PSC fell to its biggest conference foe 83-78 at the Cyclone Center.

With the setback, the Pioneers dropped to 17-12 on the campaign while finishing with a 10-4 mark in conference action.

Leading the way for Prairie State once again was sophomore forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) as PSC’s stalwart dropped in a game-high 38 points while also securing 10 rebounds.

Also turning in another strong effort was sophomore guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.), who notched 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the floor.  She also dished out eight assists and made off with five steals.

Freshman forward Mariah Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa) also reached double digits in the scoring column, dropping in 10 points, courtesy of an efficient 5-of-7 showing from the field.

Sophomore point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.), (7 points, 5 assists), freshman forward Mercedes Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (6 points, 6 assists) and freshman guard Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (5 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists).

Prairie State led 27-21 at the end of the first quarter and 39-37 at the break.

Thursday’s contest endured 10 lead changes and 13 ties.

The Pioneers were outscored 25-19 in the fourth quarter.

PSC outrebounded the Cyclones by a lopsided margin of 45-28.

 

February 15, 2018

Pioneers Exact Revenge Over McHenry, Claim Sixth In a Row

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- The last time that the Prairie State College women’s basketball team faced off against Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe McHenry, things didn’t exactly go the Pioneers’ way as PSC found itself on the wrong side of a 65-45 score on Jan. 23.

On Thursday night at the PSC Fieldhouse, the second meeting this season between the two squads didn’t end up being the same story.

Thanks in part to a 28-point showing from sophomore forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) and another 13-tally outing from sophomore guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.), the Pioneers rolled to a 65-64 triumph over the Scots.

With the win, PSC’s sixth in a row, the Pioneers moved their overall season record to 16-11 with a 9-3 mark in league play.

Irvin, shot 7-of-18 from the field and contributed the bulk of her damage at the free throw line, knocking down an outstanding 13 of 14 attempts.

Also turning in strong outings were freshman forward Mercedes Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (9 points), freshman guard Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (6 points, 3 assists), sophomore point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.), (5 points, 7 assists, 3 steals) and freshman forward Mariah Trimble (Fort Madison H.S. , Iowa), (4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals).

PSC held a 13-11 edge after one quarter and a 35-24 advantage at the intermission.

McHenry stormed back to take a 58-57 lead with 2:57 to play before an Irvin jump shot gave Prairie State a 59-58 edge.

A McByrd three-pointer, courtesy of an assist from Gale, made it a 62-58 contest with 1:58 to go before a Scots triple at 1:12 lifted the visitors to a 64-62 edge.

A pair of clutch Irvin free throws with 20 seconds left sealed the deal for PSC.

The Pioneers will see action next on Saturday when they host Skyway counterpart Waubonsee at the fieldhouse (1 p.m.).

 

February 13, 2018

Irvin and Trimble Set the Tone as PSC Rolls Past Oakton

DES PLAINES, Ill. --- When a team forces 33 turnovers, it is a fairly safe assumption that the aforementioned squad won the game. 

This is exactly what happened to the Prairie State College women’s basketball team Tuesday night.

The Pioneers, who employed a full-court press throughout much of the contest, came away with 28 steals in a convincing 54-37 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference victory over the Owls.

With the win, PSC saw its overall season record improve to 15-11 and 8-3 in league play.

The Pioneers were paced by standout sophomore forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) who delivered a 17-point effort for her 24th double-digit scoring effort of the slate.

Also turning in a strong performance was freshman forward Mariah Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa) who delivered a career-high 13 point outing.  She also tore down seven rebounds.

Sophomore point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.) also played well, dropping in six points while picking up a career-best seven steals while equaling a season-high in assists for the fourth time on the campaign with six.  Gale is currently ranked 48th in helpers on the national charts.

Sophomore guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.) also turned in a well-rounded contest, tallying seven points to go along with her eight rebounds, five assists, and five steals.

The Pioneers led 16-8 after one period and 27-18 at the break.

PSC established its largest advantage at 52-32 following a Gale layup with 1:52 remaining in regulation.

The Pioneers will hit the floor next on Thursday when they host Skyway counterpart McHenry (5:15 p.m.) at the PSC Fieldhouse.

 

February 6, 2018

Irvin and McByrd Set the Pace as PSC Rolls Past Lake County

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Throughout the bulk of the 2017-18 season, Prairie State College sophomores Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) and Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.) have led the Pioneers in the scorer’s column.

Tuesday night was no different.

Thanks in part to McByrd’s 22-point effort and a 14-point showing by Irvin, the Pioneers’ improved to 7-3 in Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference play following an impressive 65-39 triumph over Lake County at the PSC Fieldhouse.

The victory also boosted PSC’s overall record to 14-11.

McByrd fired off a strong 10-of-14 effort from the floor while also securing a double-double, courtesy of a team-high 15-rebound evening.

Irvin chipped in 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field while pulling down seven rebounds.

McByrd and Irvin weren’t the only Pioneers who turned in strong showings either as freshman guard Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa) turned in an eight-point, four-assist, four-steal outing.

Freshman forward Mariah Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa) added an eight-point effort of her own, to go along with five rebounds.

Freshman forward Mercedes Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (7 points) and sophomore point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.), (3 points, 5 assists, 5 steals) also made strong contributions.

PSC led 17-14 after one quarter and 36-27 at the break.

The Pioneers will now take on first place Waubonsee at home on Thursday (5:15 p.m. tipoff).

 

January 30, 2018

Irvin’s 44 Leads Trio of Double-Digit Scorers Past Archrival Moraine Valley

Elexis IrvinCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Reaching the 30-point plateau is not something new for Prairie State College sophomore forward Alexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.). She had done it twice already this season.

But posting a 40-point game?  Now, that ‘s something entirely different.

The 5-foot-10 Irvin could not have picked a more appropriate time to reach that milestone either.

Irvin deposited a career-high 44 points Tuesday night, helping vault the Pioneers to an impressive 79-67 victory over ancient Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference archrival Moraine Valley at the PSC Fieldhouse.

With the win, Prairie State pushed its overall record to 12-11 and 5-3 in league action.

Irvin posted a 17-of-25 effort from the floor with a pair of three-pointers in addition to a perfect 8-of-8 showing from behind the free-throw line.

She also pulled down 11 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the campaign.

Irvin currently sits fifth on the national charts in total scoring (417 points) and 11th in scoring average (20.9 points per game).

Elexis Irvin and Dasia McByrdIn all, head coach Jeff Boyd’s team saw three players reach double digits in the scorebook as sophomore guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.), (18 points) and freshman guard Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (11 points).

McByrd also ripped down 14 rebounds for her eighth double-digit effort in that category on the slate.

Marshall also dished out eight assists.

Freshman forward Mercedes Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa) (8 rebounds), sophomore point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.), (2 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists) and freshman forward Mariah Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (4 points, 4 rebounds) all contributed.

PSC raced out to a 21-8 first-quarter lead and controlled the game 42-37 at the intermission.

The Pioneers, who now sit third in the Skyway Conference standings, will hit the floor next on Thursday when they take on conference foe Morton in Cicero (5:15 tipoff).

 

January 25, 2018

Irvin’s Career-High Helps PSC Exact Revenge

Elixis IrvinCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. ---Falling to Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Elgin by a mere four points just five days prior certainly provided the Prairie State College women’s basketball team with plenty of motivation heading into the two team’s rematch Thursday evening.

If the Spartans felt that coming into the PSC Fieldhouse would produce the same end result as Saturday’s tilt, they were sorely mistaken.

When the dust had settled, PSC walked off its home floor with a solid measure of revenge following a 65-45 victory.

With the win, PSC improved to 11-11 overall and 4-3 in league play.  The win snapped a two-game losing streak.

Playing the lead role in Thursday’s triumph was sophomore forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S) who dropped in a career-high 36 points on 15 of-23 shooting from the field and a 5-of-8 showing from the free-throw line.

The 5-foot-10 Irvin, who has scored in double figures in all 20 games she has played in this season also pulled down 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the slate.

PSC's only other double-digit scorer was freshman guard Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa).  Marshall dropped in 10 points (2 three-pointers) while also handing out a team-high eight assists.

Sophomore guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.) chipped in six points, while pulling in five rebounds and adding another three steals to her already impressive season total of 75, good for fourth on the national charts in that category.

Freshman forward Mercedes Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (6 points), freshman forward Tiffini Swopes (Rich South H.S.), (6 steals), sophomore point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.), (3 points, 5 assists, three steals), freshman forward Mariah Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (2 points, 5 rebounds) and freshman forward Aalyiah Love (Bradley-Bourbonnais H.S.), (2 points, 3 rebounds) also made strong contributions.

PSC went to work on the Spartans early, racing out to a 22-7 lead after one quarter.  The Pioneers went to the locker room on the top side of a 35-16 score.

The Pioneers led by 30 with 8:52 to play after Gale found Irvin under the basket for a layup and a 55-25 advantage.

Prairie State will see action next on Tuesday when they host Skyway rival Moraine Valley in a 5:15 tipoff at the fieldhouse.

 

January 23, 2018

Pair of Double-Digit Scorers Not Enough as Pioneers Fall at McHenry

Elexis Irvin free throwCRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. --- Despite two players reaching double figures in the scoring column, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team fell to Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference counterpart McHenry Tuesday evening.

Even with another strong overall effort turned in by the Pioneers, the Scots walked off their home floor with a 65-45 win firmly in hand.

With the setback, PSC fell to 10-11 on the campaign and 3-3 in league play.

The Pioneers were paced by sophomore forward Elexis Irvin’s (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) 13-point showing.  The 5-foot-10 Irvin now has 19 double-digit scoring showings on the slate.

SDasia McByrd still shotophomore guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.) also tallied 11 points while making off with six steals.

The 5-foot-6 McByrd’s 72 assists on the season are good for fifth on the national leader board.

Freshman guard Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa) also delivered a strong effort, dropping in eight points, while dishing out six assists.

 PSC trailed 12-9 after one quarter and 25-23 at halftime before a 24-13 McHenry third period effectively put the Pioneers away.

Prairie State will see action next on Thursday when it hosts league foe Elgin in a chance for redemption following this past Saturday’s loss to the Spartans (5:15 tipoff).

 

January 20, 2018

Pioneers Fall at Elgin

ELGIN, Ill. --- Despite its typical all-out effort, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team fell to Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Elgin 58-54 Saturday afternoon.

With the setback, PSC’s record fell to 10-10 overall and 3-2 in league play.

PSC was paced by sophomore forward Elexis Irvin’s (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) 16-point, 10-rebound showing.

The only other Pioneer to score in double figures was freshman guard Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa).  The 5-foot-7 Marshall dropped in 12 points for her third consecutive double-digit scoring output.

Sophomore guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.), (9 points, 6 steals, 4 rebounds, 4 assists), freshman forward Mariah Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (7 points, 3 rebounds), freshman forward Mercedes Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (7 points) and sophomore point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.), (4 assists) also aided the Pioneers’ cause.

PSC trailed 12-1 in the early going before a 10-0 Pioneer run tied the game at 16-all,with the scoring spurt highlighted by five points apiece from both McByrd and Marshall.

PSC went into the intermission on the top side of a 28-20 score.

Elgin outscored the Pioneers 16-6 in the third quarter and 22-20 in the final period.

The Pioneers will hit the hardwood next on Tuesday when they travel to Crystal Lake for a 5:15 road date with league counterpart McHenry.

 

January 18, 2018

Irvin and Marshall Set the Pace as PSC Rolls Past Oakton

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- The Prairie State College women’s basketball team got itself back on track Thursday night, upending Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Oakton 67-44 at the PSC Fieldhouse.

With the triumph, the Pioneers pushed their overall mark to 10-9 and league record to 3-1.

Prairie State was paced by double-digit scoring efforts by sophomore forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) and freshman guard Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa).

Irvin turned in another strong outing, dropping in a team-high 18 points while tearing down six rebounds.

Marshall tallied 13 points for her fifth double-digit scoring contest of the campaign.  She also dished out a team-best six assists while picking the Owls’ pockets to the tune of a seven-steal showing.

A trio of Pioneers also recorded eight-point tilts as well as freshman forward Tiffini Swopes (Rich South H.S.), freshman forward Mariah Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa) and freshman forward Mercedes Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa) all achieved the feat.

Sophomore guards Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.), (6 points, 6 rebounds) and Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.), (4 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists) also made strong contributions.

Following a back-and-forth first quarter, the Pioneers opened things up just before halftime, outscoring the Owls 16-8 in the second quarter, heading to the locker room on the front side of a 31-22 advantage.

PSC blew the contest wide open in the fourth, closing out the game with a 20-9 output.

Head coach Jeff Boyd’s defense forced 24 turnovers, accumulating 16 steals.

Prairie State will hit the hardwood next on Saturday when it faces league counterpart Elgin in a 1 p.m. road tipoff.

 

January 11, 2018

Pioneers Move to 2-0 in Skyway Action Following Win Over Lake County

2017-18 PSC Women's Basketball TeamGRAYSLAKE, Ill. --- If there ever were a game that could be described as “a tale of two halves” Thursday night’s contest between the Prairie State College women’s basketball team and Lake County was it.

After struggling to find its collective offensive rhythm throughout the majority of the tilt, the Pioneers exploded to outscore the Lancers 36-11 over the course of the final 20 minutes, lifting PSC to a 55-37 triumph.

With the win, PSC moved to 9-8 overall and 2-0 in Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference play.

As has been the case for most of this season, the Pioneers were once again paced by sophomore forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) and sophomore guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.).

The 5-foot-10 Ervin, who has resided amongst the top 20 scorers in the country throughout most of the campaign, delivered another strong showing, dropping in 18 points while pulling down 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the slate.

McByrd tallied 15 points and secured 13 caroms while dishing out six assists and making off with four steals for her sixth double-double of the season.

The 5-foot-6 McByrd’s 50 steals on the campaign are currently good for 12th on the national charts.

Freshman guard Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa) also turned in a solid outing, scoring eight points, while hauling in five rebounds and dishing out a pair of assists.

Sophomore point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.), (5 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists), freshman forward Tiffini Swopes (Rich South H.S.), (4 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals), freshman forward Mariah Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (2 points, 6 rebounds) and freshman forward Mercedes Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (3 points, 5 rebounds) all made strong contributions.

PSC got off to a sluggish start, trailing 16-10 after one quarter and 26-19 at halftime.

An 8-0 run to close the third period, capped off by a baseline layup from Irvin, gave PSC its first lead of the contest at 34-32.

A 9-0 early-fourth quarter run gave the Pioneers a 43-34 advantage.

PSC would go on to outscore the Lancers 21-5 in a convincing final stanza.

PSC out-rebounded Lake County 57-32.

The Pioneers will hit the hardwood next on Tuesday when they travel to Sugar Grove for a league road tilt against Waubonsee (5:15 p.m.).

 

January 9, 2018

Irvin’s 31 Help Set Pace as PSC Gets Back on Track

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- After suffering a trio of setbacks to three strong squads at the Lakeland College Classic, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team was eager for Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference play to arrive.

Thanks in part to sophomore forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) the 2018 league slate got off to a solid start for the Pioneers following a convincing 64-55 win over Morton at the PSC Fieldhouse.

The 5-foot-10 Irvin dropped in a career-high 31 points on 13-of-25 shooting from the floor, in addition to a perfect 5-of-5 showing from the free-throw line.

She also pulled down seven rebounds.

Through 16 games, Irvin is averaging 20.1 points per contest, good for 15th on the national charts.

Freshman forward Mariah Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa) also turned in a strong effort, narrowly missing a double-double after tallying nine points while securing 10 rebounds.

Ambrea Gale leads the breakSophomore guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.), (8 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals), freshman forward Tiffini Swopes (Rich South H.S.), (6 points), freshman guard Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S, Iowa), (4 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals) ,sophomore point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.), (4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists) and freshman forward Mercedes Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists) all aided the Pioneers’ cause.

Both squads fought back and forth throughout the bulk of the tilt.  PSC held a 13-12 edge after one quarter and trailed 28-23 at the intermission.

The score was knotted at 37 after three quarters before Irvin kicked off the fourth with a converted putback, giving PSC a 39-37 lead.

A Gale layup with 8:18 left gave the Pioneers a 47-37 edge as head coach Jeff Boyd’s team never looked back.

Prairie State will see action next on Thursday when it travels to Grayslake for a road date against Lake County (7:15 p.m.).

 

December 16, 2017

Irvin, McByrd Set the Pace as PSC Blasts Past Malcolm X

Irvin and McBryd vs IVCCCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- All season long, sophomore forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) and guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.) have provided the Prairie State College women’s basketball team with a strong inside/outside tandem.

That trend continued Saturday afternoon as both Irvin and McByrd helped set the tone to a convincing and well-rounded 67-52 victory over City Colleges of Chicago opponent Malcolm X at the PSC Fieldhouse.

The triumph elevated PSC’s overall record to 7-5.

Irvin and McBryd vs IVCCThe 5-foot-10 Irvin tied with the Hawks’ Damaris Green for game-high scoring honors, courtesy of a 21-point showing, powered heavily by a near-perfect 7-of-8 display at the free-throw line.

Irvin also ripped down 10 rebounds to secure her third double-double of the slate.

Irvin has now scored in double figures in all 11 of Prairie State’s games.  Saturday marked her sixth 20-plus-point outing of the campaign as well. 

The 5-foot-6 McByrd deposited 14 tallies on 6-of-14 shooting from the floor. 

McByrd pulled in 13 caroms for her third double-double of the season.  She also made off with seven steals.

Caitlin Marshall vs IVCCAlso scoring in double figures was freshman guard Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S, Iowa) who dropped in 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field.  The 5-foot-7 Marshall also dished out six assists

All 10 of Marshall’s tallies came in a strong fourth quarter effort in which she drained 4-of-5 attempts from the floor, including a pair of deep three-pointers.

Freshman guard Kelsee McGowan (Proviso East H.S.), (7 points), sophomore point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.), (6 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals), freshman forward Mercedes Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (5 points) and freshman forward Mariah Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (4 points, 9 rebounds) also made strong contributions.

The Pioneers led 13-9 after one quarter and 29-24 at the intermission.

Prairie State outscored Malcolm X 19-14 in both the third and fourth stanzas.

A Marshall layup with 6:12 remaining in the tilt gave PSC its largest lead of the afternoon at 61-43.

The Pioneers forced 24 Malcolm X turnovers.

PSC beat the Hawks handily on both the offensive and defensive glass as well, tearing down 56 rebounds to the visitor’s 32.

PSC will see action next until the Lakeland Tournament (Dec. 28-30).

 

December 11, 2017

Pioneers Take Down Triton in Overtime

RIVER GROVE, Ill. --- The Prairie State College women’s basketball team needed an extra session in order to get the job done Tuesday night, but in the end, it doesn’t matter how long it takes to win a game, just as long as you win it.

The Pioneers, pushed their season record to 6-5 courtesy of a 54-47 overtime triumph over Triton.

Leading the charge for PSC was sophomore forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.).

The 5-foot-10 Irvin deposited 21 points on 9-of-23 shooting from the field.  She also pulled down seven rebounds.

Sophomore guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.)  13 points while also hauling down 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the year.  Her eight assists also brought her to within striking distance of the first triple-double of her career.

PSC’s only other scorer in double figures was freshman guard Kelsee McGowan (Proviso East H.S.), who tallied 10 points.

 

December 7, 2017

Pioneers Fall at Ancilla

Elxis Irvin vs IVCCDONALDSON, Ind. --- Despite a double-double from sophomore forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Floosmoor H.S.), the Prairie State College women’s basketball team fell to a tough Ancilla squad 74-54  Thursday evening.

With the loss, PSC saw its overall season mark dip to 4-5.

The 5-foot-10 Irvin powered in a team-high 17 points on 8-of-19 shooting from the field while securing a season-high 16 rebounds for her second double-double of the slate.

Irvin has scored in twin digits in all nine of Prairie State’s contests.

 

Also scoring in double figures was freshman guard Kelsee McGowan (Proviso East H.S.), who tallied 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor.

The Pioneers also picked up solid contributions from freshman forward Mariah Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (8 points, 8 rebounds, block), freshman forward Mercedes Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (8 points, 5 rebounds), freshman guard Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (5 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals) and sophomore guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.), (5 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists).

PSC trailed 19-12 after one quarter and 41-31 at the intermission.

The Pioneers will see action next on Tuesday when they travel to River Grove for a road date with Triton.

 

December 2, 2017

Pioneers Climb Back to .500 Following Win Over Wright

Dasia Byrd with ballCHICAGO, Ill. --- Sophomore forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) tallied a career-high 28 points and sophomore guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.) added 18 more as the Prairie State College women’s basketball team rolled past City Colleges of Chicago foe Wright, 71-38 Saturday afternoon.

With the victory, the Pioneers evened their overall season mark at 4-4.

Irvin has now scored 20 or more points in three straight contests and four of PSC’s last five.

Saturday, the 5-foot-10 Irvin shot 12-of-18 from the field and 4-of-7 from the free-throw line.

She also pulled down six rebounds and made off with four steals.

McByrd shot 9-of-18 from the floor and despite turning in a strong offensive effort, made her biggest impact on the defensive end.

The 5-foot-6 McByrd picked the Rams’ collective pockets all contest to the tune of a career-high 11-steal performance.

The Pioneers produced 26 takeaways for the game as a team.

Freshman forward Mercedes Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa) turned in an eight-point effort while freshman guard Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S.) contributed seven tallies and made off with six steals.

Sophomore point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.) tallied six points and handed out three assists.

The Pioneers wasted little time in jumping on Wright, taking it to the Rams from the opening tip, racing out to a 6-0 edge, thanks in part to consecutive sequences of a steal and layup by McByrd and Marshall respectively.

PSC eventually led 20-6 after one quarter and 39-15 at halftime.

Prairie State’s swarming defensive pressure forced the Rams to commit 40 turnovers for the tilt.

PSC established its largest lead of the contest at 67-27, courtesy of an Irvin steal and layup with 5:18 remaining in the game.

The Pioneers will now make a return trip to Chicago Tuesday when they face City College opponent Kennedy-King (5 p.m.).

 

November 30, 2017

Irvin Leads Trio of Double-Digit Scorers as Pioneers Get Back to Winning Ways

CHICAGO, Ill. --- Thanks in part to three double-digit scorers, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team got itself back on track Thursday night, upending Olive-Harvey 65-30 in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood.

With the win, PSC saw its overall record pull to within a game of .500 at 3-4.

Setting the pace once again for the Pioneers was sophomore forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) who poured in 24 points.

The 5-foot-10 Irvin also made off with six steals while pulling down five rebounds and dishing out three assists.

Sophomore guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.) also turned in a strong effort, tallying 15 points while hauling down 10 rebounds and distributing six helpers.  The double-double was McByrd’s second of the season.

Freshman forward Mariah Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa) totaled 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field while also pulling down six rebounds.

Freshman guard Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (3 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists), freshman forward Tiffini Swopes (Rich South H.S.), (4 points, 4 rebounds), freshman guard Mercedes Trimble (Fort Madison H.S.), (6 rebounds) and sophomore point guard Ambrea Gale (3 points, 3 assists) all made strong contributions.

The Pioneers raced out to a decisive 24-7 lead after one quarter and 40-20 advantage at halftime.

PSC’s defense forced 27 Olive-Harvey turnovers.

 

November 28, 2017

Kankakee Drops PSC, Despite Irvin’s Game-High 25

KANKAKEE, Ill. --- When it comes to tough opponents in the NJCAA Region IV women’s basketball, it is difficult to find one more consistently hard-nosed than Kankakee.

A win over the Cavaliers in any season is major accomplishment.

Unfortunately, for the Prairie State College women’s basketball team Tuesday night, a win over its I-57 rival just wasn’t in the cards.

Despite a hard-fought, buzzer-to-buzzer effort, the Pioneers fell 68-54 in Kankakee.

With the setback, PSC saw its season record fall to 2-4 overall.

Even with the setback, the Pioneers still picked up a pair of double-digit scoring efforts.

Sophomore forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) poured in a game-high 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field.  The 5-foot-10 Irvin contributed a considerable amount of her damage from the free-throw line however as she sank 9-of-10 opportunities.  She also pulled down four rebounds.

Sophomore guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.) contributed another solid outing as well, chipping in 11 points while making off with four steals

Freshman forward Mercedes Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (6 points, 3 rebounds), freshman guard Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S.), (5 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists), sophomore point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.), (6 assists), freshman forward Mariah Trimble (Fort Madison H.S.), (5 rebounds) and freshman forward Tiffini Swopes (Rich South H.S.), (5 steals) all contributed.

PSC hung tough throughout the opening quarter, trialing just 22-16 after one stanza.  A 24-9 Kankakee second-quarter surge gave the Cavaliers a commanding 46-25 edge at the intermission.

The Pioneers will see action next on Thursday when they travel to Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood for a road date against Olive-Harvey (5 p.m. tipoff).

 

November 17, 2017

Irvin Tallies 14, but Pioneers Fall at South Suburban

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. --- Prairie State College sophomore forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) dropped in a team-high 14 points, but it just wasn’t enough as the Pioneers dropped a 56-40 decision to NJCAA Region IV force South Suburban Thursday night.

With the setback, the Pioneers fell to 1-2 on the campaign.

The 5-foot-10 Irvin turned in a 6-of-14 effort from the field while also pulling down three rebounds.

Sophomore point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.), (8 points, 2 steals) and freshman forward Mariah Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (7 points, 3 rebounds) also turned in solid efforts.

The Pioneers hung tough through the opening period, going into the second quarter tied at 10.

A lopsided 15-4 second stanza effectively put the Pioneers away as they trailed 25-14 at the break.

PSC did outscore the Bulldogs 16-11 in the fourth.

Prairie State shot 16-of-41 for the contest (39.9%) to South Suburban’s 20-of-59 (33.9%).

The Pioneers will hit the floor next on Saturday when they square off against DuPage at the PSC Fieldhouse (12 p.m.).

 

November 9, 2017

Pioneers Lead Late, Lose Control in End

Caitlin MarshallJOLIET, Ill. --- Despite leading for the bulk of its NJCAA Region IV contest against Joliet, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team was done in by a four-point fourth quarter Thursday night.

After the dust had settled, the Pioneers found themselves on the wrong side of a 58-53 final score.

With the setback, PSC saw its season record even out at 1-1.

Despite the loss, the Pioneers still picked up several strong performances.

Freshman forward Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa) set the pace for PSC, leading all scorers with a game-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field.  The 5-foot-7 Marshall also shot 3-of-5 from behind the three-point arc.

Dasia McByrdSophomore guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.) wasn’t far off the pace, depositing 14 points while pulling down five rebounds.

Sophomore forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) also added 11 points.

PSC led 19-13 after one quarter and 36-27 at the break. The wheels started to come off the Pioneers’ wagon midway through the third period as the Wolves outscored head coach Jeff Boyd’s squad 13-17 before going on to put the game away in the final stanza by way of a 14-4 outburst.

PSC will see action next on November 16, when it travels to local foe South Suburban for a 5 p.m. tipoff.

 

November 7, 2017

McGowan, McByrd Set Pace as Pioneers Open With Win

McGowan vs DaleyCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- The way in which the Prairie State College women’s basketball team came out against Daley in its season-opener Tuesday night, it became quickly obvious that the Pioneers were eager to get the new season off and running.

A 59-point margin of victory has the tendency to prove that.

PSC (1-0) downed the Bulldogs 86-27 in resounding fashion at the PSC Fieldhouse.

The Pioneers produced a quartet of double-digit scorers in a well-balanced offensive attack.

Setting the pace for Prairie State was freshman guard Kelsee McGowan (Proviso East H.S.), who came off the bench to drop in a game-high 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field.   The 5-foot-6 McGowan also knocked down a trio of three-pointers.

Timeout vs DaleySophomore guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.) wasn’t far behind McGowan in the scoring column, depositing 18 points on an impressive 7-of-8 showing from the field and 4-of-5 effort from the free throw line.

McByrd also locked down PSC’s first double-double of the campaign, pulling down a career-high 19 rebounds, nine of which came on the offensive glass.

Sophomore forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), (14 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists) and freshman guard Mercedes Trimble (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (10 points, 5 rebounds, block) rounded out PSC’s twin-digit scorers.

Freshman forward Tiffini Swopes (Rich South H.S.), (6 points, 4 rebounds), freshman forward Caitlin Marshall (Fort Madison H.S., Iowa), (5 points, 6 assists, 2 steals), sophomore point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.), (4 points, 6 assists, 2 steals) and freshman center Aalyiah Love (Bradley-Bourbonnais H.S.), (4 points, 8 rebounds) all made solid contributions.

PSC raced out to a 10-0 lead to start the contest, highlighted by six points from Irvin.  Prairie State led 22-6 after one quarter.  The Pioneers went into the intermission up 42-10.

Head coach Jeff Boyd’s squad will hit the floor next on Thursday when it travels to Joliet for a road tilt against the Wolves.