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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.