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March 5, 2017

Pioneers Season Comes to Close Following Overtime Loss to Carl Sandburg

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. --- Despite an all-out, wire-to-wire effort, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team suffered a season-ending overtime setback to NJCAA Region IV foe Carl Sandburg in a region semifinal contest Saturday afternoon at Waubonsee Community College.

PSC dropped the tilt by a 68-65 final count in overtime.

With the setback PSC closed out the 2016-17 campaign with an overall record of 15-12.

Leading the charge in the scorer’s column for PSC was sophomore shooting guard Amber Gaynor (Lincoln-Way North H.S.).  In her final game as a Pioneer, Gaynor dropped in a team-high 20 points, courtesy of a 5-of-14 showing from the field  She also shot a perfect 8-of-8 from behind the free throw line.

Gaynor wasn’t the only Pioneer to turn in a strong showing either as freshman point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.) dropped in 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field.  She also contributed a 3-of-6 effort from the free throw line while pulling down four rebounds and handing out a trio of assists.

Sophomore guard Ariana Dampier (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) also performed well, tallying 15 points while snaring 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Freshman guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.) closed out her season on a high note from a statistical standpoint as well, scoring 12 points while securing nine rebounds and making off with five steals.

The Pioneers led 20-17 after one quarter and 32-30 at the break.

 

February 14, 2017

McHenry Knocks off PSC on Road

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. --- Despite its typical, hard-fought, all-out effort, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team fell to Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe McHenry 55-48 Tuesday night.

With the setback, PSC dropped to 14-9 overall and 4-4 in league play.

Setting the pace for PSC was sophomore guard Ariana Dampier (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.).  The 5-foot-9 Dampier dropped in 19 points to go along with six rebounds.

Not far off of Dampier’s pace was freshman point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.) who turned in a career-high 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field.  She also dished out five assists and made off with a quartet of steals.

Also turning in a strong effort was freshman guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.).  The 5-foot-6 McByrd recorded eight points and six rebounds while picking the Scots’ pockets to the tune of four steals.

Sophomore forward Jala Wilson (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), (11 rebounds) also contributed.

PSC led 16-6 after one quarter and 28-24 at the intermission.

Unfortunately, however, the Pioneers would only score 20 additional points for the contest.

A Kristy Darling three-pointer with 8:54 to play gave McHenry a 29-28 advantage as the Scots would never look back.

The Pioneers will hit the court next on Thursday when they face off at home against Skyway nemesis Elgin (5:15 p.m.).

 

February 9, 2017

Gaynor, Dampier & McByrd Set the Pace as PSC Moves Past Oakton

Ambrea Gale DribblesCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Sometimes the best thing that can happen to a team following a heart-wrenching defeat is to get back on the floor and compete as quickly as possible.

This was definitely the case for the Prairie State College women’s basketball team Thursday evening.

The Pioneers, fresh off a disappointing 65-64 loss to Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference counterpart Waubonsee on Tuesday, stepped out onto their own home floor determined to climb back into the win column.

That they did. 

And in commanding fashion.

The Pioneers rebounded (literally) nicely from the Waubonsee setback, downing ISCC foe Oakton 65-36 at the PSC Fieldhouse.

With the win, PSC moved to 15-8 overall and 5-3 in league action.

Setting the pace for Prairie State was sophomore guard Amber Gaynor (Lincoln-Way North H.S.).  The Pioneers’ top three-point shooter tallied a game-high 20 points while adding another four trifectas to her season ledger.

Gaynor, who is currently 10th on the national charts in free-throw percentage (84.4%) also went 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.  Gaynor is currently averaging  15.6 points per tilt.

Not far behind Gaynor was fellow sophomore guard Ariana Dampier (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), who contributed another strong, overall outing.

The 5-foot-9 Dampier tallied 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season.

Dampier has now scored in double-digits in seven consecutive contests.  She is currently averaging 16.1 points per game.

Freshman guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.) also performed well, dropping in 14 points while securing 11 caroms and dishing out six assists for one of her best all-around games of the campaign. 

Thursday’s effort marked her sixth double-digit scoring contest of the season.

Fellow freshman guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.) narrowly missed her first career triple-double after compiling a nine-point, seven-rebound, eight-assist showing.

Sophomore forward Jala Wilson (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), (5 points, 9 rebounds) and freshman guard Hailey Williams (Washington H.S.), (3 rebounds) also aided the Pioneers’ cause.

PSC never trailed in the game, leading 19-10 after one quarter and owned a 33-24 edge at halftime.  Prairie State blew the game wide open courtesy of a third period which saw it outscore the Owls 25-5.

The Pioneers will hit the hardwood next on Tuesday when they square off against Skyway opponent  McHenry in Crystal Lake (5:15 p.m.).

 

January 26, 2017

Pioneers Run Into Quality Opponent in Moraine Valley

Dasia McByrd with ballPALOS HILLS, Ill. --- Riding high on a three-game winning streak, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team was primed and ready to take on its fiercest Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference rival: Moraine Valley.

And while the Pioneers fought hard from wire to wire, it was the Cyclones who scored a big 68-48 triumph on their home floor Thursday night.

With the setback, PSC fell to 13-7 overall and 3-2 in Skyway action.

The Pioneers held just one lead in the contest, 7-5, following a converted putback by sophomore forward Ariana Dampier (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) at the six-minute mark of the opening stanza.

Dampier paced PSC with a 22-point, seven-rebound effort, courtesy of a 7-of-19 shooting performance.

The 5-foot-9 Dampier has now scored in double figures in eight straight contests.

Sophomore shooting guard Amber Gaynor (Lincoln-Way North H.S.) recorded a 13-point outing on 5-of-16 shooting from the field, including a 2-of-2 effort from the free-throw line.

Freshman guards Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.), (9 points, 3 assists, 4 steals) and Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.), (3 points, 6 steals, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) both made contributions as well.

PSC will hit the floor next on Tuesday when it hosts league foe Morton (5:15 p.m.).

BOX SCORE: http://www.njcaa.org/sports/wbkb/2016-17/div2/boxscores/20170126_6epl.xml?tmpl=bbxml-monospace-template

 

 January 24, 2017

Pioneers Post Three in Double Figures in Win Over Elgin

Dampier Gaynor with ballELGIN, Ill. --- Of the many hurdles that an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference women’s basketball team must clear on its way to a league crown, Elgin is always amongst the toughest.

Thanks in part to a trio of double-digit scorers, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team was able to find its way past the Spartans Tuesday night, downing the hosts 54-47.

With the win, PSC’s third in a row, the Pioneers now find themselves with a 14-5 overall mark and 3-1 record in conference play.

Prairie State was paced by sophomore guard Ariana Dampier’s (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) 20-point, 13-rebound effort.

The outing was Dampier’s seventh straight in double figures.

Sophomore shooting guard Amber Gaynor (Lincoln-Way North H.S.) also chipped in an 18-point contest for her 11th consecutive tilt in double figures.

Freshman guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.) continued her strong play as well ,delivering 11 points, while pulling down six rebounds and handing out four assists.

Sophomore forward Jala Wilson (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), (10 rebounds) and freshman guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.), (8 assists) also made strong contributions.

The Pioneers raced out to a 17-5 advantage after one quarter and held a 20-16 edge going into the intermission.

PSC constructed its largest lead at 29-12 on a Gaynor three-pointer, courtesy of an assist by Gale with 4:03 remaining in the second period.

PSC will hit the floor again on Thursday when it squares off against local rival Moraine Valley in Palos Hills (5:15 p.m.).

BOX SCORE: http://www.njcaa.org/sports/wbkb/2016-17/div2/boxscores/20170124_wr1n.xml?tmpl=bbxml-monospace-template

 

January 19, 2017

Gaynor Sets the Pace as PSC Rolls Past McHenry

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Fueled by a trio of double-digit scorers, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team rolled past Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference opponent McHenry Thursday night, downing the Scots by a 65-52 final tally at the PSC Fieldhouse.

With the triumph, the Pioneers saw their season mark improve to 13-5.  They are now 2-1 in Skyway Conference action.

Leading the way for PSC was sophomore shooting guard Amber Gaynor (Lincoln-Way North H.S.).  The 5-foot-4 Gaynor deposited both a career and game-high 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field.  She also knocked down a trio of three-pointers.

Not far behind Gaynor was freshman guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.) who also delivered a career-best effort, via the first 20-point outing of her collegiate career.  The 20-point outing also allowed the 5-foot-6 Byrd to produce the first double-double of her career, thanks to an 11-rebound showing.

Sophomore guard Ariana Dampier (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) also turned in a strong showing, dropping in 19 points, while pulling down 13 caroms for her eighth double-double of the slate.

The 5-foot-9 Dampier also made off with five steals.

Freshman point guard Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.), (2 points) also notched a six-assist evening.

PSC led 13-9 after one quarter and 37-21 at the intermission.

The Pioneers owned their largest lead of the tilt at 57-39 after a McByrd jump shot with 6:21 remaining.

PSC will hit the floor next on Tuesday when it travels to Elgin for a road date against the Spartans (5:15 p.m.).

 

January 17, 2017

Dampier Sets the Pace With 18-point Outing

DES PLAINES, Ill. --- The Prairie State College women’s basketball team evened its Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference record at 1-1 following a decisive 61-40 triumph over league counterpart Oakton Tuesday night.

With the victory, the Pioneers moved their overall record to 12-5.

Leading the charge for PSC was sophomore guard Arianna Dampier (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.).  The 5-foot-9 Dampier led all scorers with an 18-point showing.

She also recorded her seventh double-double of the slate, courtesy of a 10-rebound showing.

Sophomore guard Amber Gaynor (Lincoln-Way North H.S.), (15 points) and freshman guard Dasia Byrd (Thornton H.S.) also dropped in a 15-point showing.

The Pioneers raced out to a 12-6 lead after one quarter and 27-18 at the intermission.

PSC will the floor next on Thursday when it hosts Skyway foe McHenry at the PSC Fieldhouse (5:15 p.m.).

 

January 12, 2017

Pioneers Fight to the Wire, Fall in Conference Opener

Amber Gaynor Jump BallCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. ---Year and year out, every member institution of the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference knows full well, that when it comes to women’s basketball, Waubonsee always puts a tough team on the floor and the Chiefs will most certainly have a say in whomever claims the league crown.

The Prairie State College women’s basketball team knew this entering its Skyway Conference opener Thursday night at the PSC Fieldhouse.

Despite an all-out effort, the cards just did not fall in favor of the Pioneers as the Chiefs escaped with a 60-56 triumph.

With the setback, PSC fell to 11-5 on the campaign.

The Pioneers posted two players in double figures as sophomore guards Ariana Dampier (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) and Amber Gaynor (Lincoln-Way North H.S.) each achieved the feat.

Dampier continued here torrid second season of collegiate basketball by registering her 10th outing of the year in double figures.

The 5-foot-9 Dampier deposited 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field and a 8-of-10 effort from the free-throw line.  She also pulled down 15 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the slate.

 Gaynor scored in double figures for the 11th time on the campaign, dropping in 14 points.

Freshman guards Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.), (8 rebounds, 4 assists) and Ambrea Gayle (Rich South H.S.) (7 assists) both aided the Pioneers’ cause.

PSC led 14-11 after one quarter but trailed 20-15 at halftime.

The Chiefs led 57-48 with 3:20 to play before the Pioneers stormed back, cutting the deficit to 57-44 with 38 seconds left thanks in part to a baseline jumper out of the hands of freshman guard Hailey Williams (Washington H.S.).

Unfortunately, Waubonsee was able to salt the game away in the closing seconds as PSC was forced to foul.

The Pioneers will see action next on Tuesday when they square off against Oakton in Des Plaines (5:15 p.m.).

 

December 13, 2016

Dampier, Irvin and Gaynor Lead the Charge as PSC Runs Past Triton for Fifth Straight

Elexis Irvin looks to scoreCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Throughout the course of its four-game winning streak heading into Tuesday night’s clash against NJCAA Region IV counterpart Triton, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team was besting its opponents by an average margin of victory of 34.8 points per game.

That trend continued at the PSC Fieldhouse against the Trojans.

Paced by three phenomenal efforts from freshman forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), sophomore guard Arianna Dampier (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) and sophomore guard Amber Gaynor (Lincoln-Way North H.S.), the Pioneers rushed past the visitors from River Grove by an 87-54 final count.

With the triumph, PSC bumped its season record to an impressive 8-3 overall mark.

Irvin, who shared this week’s Region IV Player of the Week honor with Dampier, tallied a game-high 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field.  The 5-foot-10 native of Chicago Heights also recorded her fifth double-double of the season after tying her career high of 12 rebounds.

She has now scored in double figures in 10 of the Pioneers’ 11 tilts and five straight.

Ariana Dampier brings ball upDampier wasn’t far off the pace, chipping in 23 points and 17 rebounds for her eighth double-digit scoring effort and fourth double-double of the slate.  She also narrowly missed her third triple-double, following a seven-assist showing.  Her 56 helpers on the season are good for ninth on the national charts.

Gaynor dropped in 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the floor and a sterling 6-of-6 performance from behind the free-throw line.  She also made off with four steals.

Sophomore center Nadia Jean (Rich South H.S.), (12 points) and freshman guard Ambrea Gayle (Rich South H.S.), (8 assists) also contributed heavily.

Following a strong start, PSC led 24-11 after one quarter and 46-26 at the intermission.

The Pioneers established their largest lead of the contest at 77-41 with 7:47 left in the third, following a Gaynor free throw.

Prairie State will see action next on Saturday when they travel to Chicago’s west side for a road date with City Colleges of Chicago foe Malcolm X (1 p.m.).

 

December 10, 2016

Irvin Does It Again as PSC Rolls On

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Freshman forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) delivered her fourth consecutive 20-plus-point game and the Prairie State College women’s basketball team rolled on, besting NJCAA Region IV counterpart Harper, by an 86-41 final tally.

Irvin, deposited 24 points while pulling down 11 rebounds, en route to her fourth double-double of the campaign.

With the triumph, PSC improved to 7-3 overall.

Not far off Irvin’s pace was sophomore shooting guard Amber Gaynor (Lincoln-Way North H.S.).  The 5-foot-4 Gaynor chipped in 18 points and three steals.

Sophomore guard Ariana Dampier (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) also delivered another sterling effort, dropping in 16 points while securing a career-high 19 rebounds and dishing out a career-best 11 assists for her second triple-double in three games.

Sophomore center Nadia Jean (Rich South H.S.) also scored in double figures, tallying 12 points while hauling in 10 rebounds.  Jean’s double-double was her second of the slate.

PSC took control of the contest early, opening up with an 18-0 run before leading 22-5 after one quarter.

The Pioneers led 43-15 at halftime.

Prairie State will hit the floor next on Tuesday when it squares off against Region IV counterpart Triton at the fieldhouse (5:30 p.m.).

 

December 8, 2016

Irvin Blasts Way to Career Night in Triumph Over Ancilla

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- With seven double-digit scoring efforts in the season’s first eight games, Prairie State College freshman forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) has both quietly, and steadily been putting together a sterling season.

Thursday night at the PSC Fieldhouse, she added to it.

The 5-foot-10 Irvin tied her career-high scoring record with a 26-point showing while setting a new personal high water mark of 19 rebounds in the Pioneers’ dramatic 62-60 triumph over Ancilla (Indiana).

The outing proved to be her third double-double of the campaign.

With the victory, PSC moved to 6-3 on the slate.

Irvin turned in a 7-of-18 effort from the field, but did the bulk of her damage from behind the free-throw line, knocking down 12-of-14 from the charity stripe.  Irvin is currently ranked 16th nationally in converted freethrows.

Ten of her rebounds came in the second half of play.

Prairie State also picked up a twin-digit scoring performance from sophomore Amber Gaynor (Lincoln-Way North H.S.).  The 5-foot-4 Gaynor deposited 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor.  Like Irvin, Gaynor also shot well from the line, chipping in a 6-of-8 evening.

Sophomore center Nadia Jean (Rich South H.S.), (6 points, 13 rebounds), freshman guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.), (7 points, 5 rebounds), sophomore guard Ariana Dampier (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), (5 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals) and freshman guard Ambrea Gayle (Rich South H.S.), (4 assists) also made strong contributions.

Both squads battled to a 16-all deadlock after one quarter before the Chargers headed into the intermission with a 19-14 edge.

PSC fought back late in the third quarter and seesawed back and forth throughout the fourth period before Irvin stepped up late to seal the game first, with a pair of free throws to give PSC a 59-57 edge. She later hit a layup with 1:26 left, lifting the Pioneers to a 61-58 lead.

A free throw by Gaynor with eight seconds left and block from Jean in the low post with two ticks remaining, snuffed out any chance of an Ancilla comeback.

The Pioneers will see action next on Saturday when they square off at home against Harper (3 p.m.).

 

December 6, 2016

Career Night for Dampier Sets the Pace for PSC

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Posting a career-high in any one statistical category of a basketball game is always a big deal for any player.  But posting personal bests in four separate categories? In the same game?  Now, that’s something altogether different.

A performance like that is simply known as monumental.

Prairie State College sophomore guard Ariana Dampier (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) achieved exactly this on Tuesday evening in the Pioneers’ 87-61 triumph over Kennedy-King at the PSC Fieldhouse.

With the win, PSC moved to 5-3 on the campaign.  The triumph was Prairie State’s second straight.

The 5-foot-8 Dampier registered 29 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists, all collegiate high-water marks, for her first career triple-double. 

The Glenwood native shot 9-of-15 from the field, with two three-pointers, and 9-of-11 from behind the free-throw line.  She also picked up a career-best seven steals and blocked one shot.

Tuesday’s effort was Dampier’s sixth twin-digit scoring contest of the season and second of 20 or more points.  It also represented her second double-double of the slate.

Dampier wasn’t alone in the double-digit scoring column either.

In all, PSC witnessed four players post double-figure offensive efforts as freshman forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), (21 points, 7 rebounds), sophomore guard Amber Gaynor (Lincoln-Way North H.S.), (17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals) and sophomore center Nadia Jean (Rich South H.S.), (11 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals) all achieved the feat.

Freshman guard Ambrea Gayle (Rich South H.S) also contributed six assists and four steals.

Fellow freshman guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.) made off with a quartet of both rebounds and steals.

The Pioneers ran out to a 23-10 advantage after one quarter before constructing a convincing 47-22 edge at the intermission.

The Statesmen did outscore PSC 29-18 in the final stanza, but that effort did little in placing a dent in the Pioneers’ substantial lead.

Prairie State established its largest advantage of the night at 69-25 when Dampier found Irvin under the basket with a crisp pass, which went for a layup, with 3:01 remaining in the third.

PSC shot 32-of-65 from the field (49.2%) to Kennedy-King’s 25-of-79 (31.6%).  The Pioneers outrebounded the Statesmen 51-43.

The Pioneers will see action next when they square off against Ancilla Thursday night at the fieldhouse (5:30 p.m.).

 

December 3, 2016

Irvin, Gaynor’s Strong Efforts Propel PSC to Convincing Triumph

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Coming off of a lopsided setback against one of the NJCAA Region IV’s most powerful programs, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team was in serious need of a victory.

Thankfully, that victory came Saturday afternoon at the PSC Fieldhouse.

Thanks in part to a pair of 20-plus-point scoring efforts, the Pioneers locked down a commanding 97-31 triumph over City Colleges of Chicago opponent Wright.

The Pioneers (4-3) were paced by freshman forward Elexis Irvin’s 26-point, eight-rebound showing.

Sophomore shooting guard Amber Gaynor (Lincoln-Way North H.S.) also performed well, dropping in 24 points while making off with three steals.

Sophomore center Nadia Jean (Rich South H.S.) recorded a double-double, tallying 15 points and 12 rebounds to go along with her six assists and five steals.

Freshman forward Arianna Dampier (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) contributed a double-double of her own, dropping in 15 points while pulling down a dozen rebounds.

Freshman guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.) came off the bench to record a career-high 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field.

PSC stormed out of the gates and established a 22-4 lead after just eight minutes of play.

The Pioneers owned a 55-14 advantage at halftime.

PSC will now take on Kenned-King Tuesday evening at the fieldhouse in a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.

 

November 29, 2016

No. 16 Kankakee Knocks Off PSC in Lopsided Affair

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Sixteenth-ranked Kankakee invaded the PSC Fieldhouse Tuesday evening and took control of its NJCAA Region IV contest with the Prairie State College women’s basketball team from the opening tip and never looked back.

The Cavaliers, downed the Pioneers by an uncharacteristic 89-37 final count.

The setback was PSC’s second straight and evened the Pioneers’ season mark at 3-3.

Prairie State, which posted its lowest offensive output of the slate, did pick up a fine effort from sophomore shooting guard Amber Gaynor (Lincoln-Way North H.S.).

The 5-foot-4 Gaynor, dropped in a team-high 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field.  Head coach Jeff Boyd’s top long-range shooter also delivered a 3-of-5 showing from behind the arc.

Freshman guard Ambrea Gayle (Rich South H.S.), (8 points, 3 assists), sophomore center Nadia Jean (Rich South H.S.), (6 points, 6 rebounds) and freshman forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), (6 points, 3 steals) also made strong contributions to the Pioneers’ cause.

Kankakee led 35-16 at the intermission.

The Pioneers will hit the hardwood next on Saturday when they take on Wright (1 p.m.) at the fieldhouse.

 

November 19, 2016

Gaynor Leads the Way as Pioneers Claim Third Straight

PSC Women's Basketball Team Player: Amber GaynorCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- After dropping its season-opener to Joliet on November 10, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team has made a concerted effort to step up its game on both ends of the floor.

The results have been quite dramatic, to say the least.

That continued on Saturday as the Pioneers dropped NJCAA Region IV opponent DuPage by a 58-41 final count at the PSC Fieldhouse.

The win pushed head coach Jeff Boyd’s squad to a 3-1 overall record.

Leading the charge for the Pioneers was sophomore shooting guard Amber Gaynor (Lincoln-Way North H.S.), who’s 16-point outing set the pace.

The 5-foot-4 Gaynor shot 6-of-18 from the field, while also pulling down six rebounds, dishing out a pair of assists and coming away with a steal.

Freshman forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) also performed well, dropping in 15 points, courtesy of a 5-of-9 showing from the floor and 5-of-6 effort from behind the free-throw line.  The 5-foot-10 Irvin also hauled down 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the slate.

Sophomore forward Jala Wilson (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), (11 rebounds), freshman forward Arianna Dampier (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), (10 points) and freshman point guard Ambrea Gayle (Rich South H.S.), (6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists) all made strong contributions as well.

PSC led 14-11 after one quarter and 36-20 at the break.

The Pioneers established their largest lead of the contest at 54-35 with 2:44 left in the fourth, following a layup from sophomore center Nadia Jean (Rich South H.S.).

PSC will hit the hardwood next on Tuesday when they travel for a road date against Illinois Valley in Oglesby (5:30 p.m.).

 

November 17, 2016

Dampier, Irvin Set the Pace as PSC Rolls Past Olive-Harvey

2016-17 PSC Women's Basketball TeamCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Prairie State College freshman guard Ariana Dampier (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) and freshman forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) contributed more than enough offense to get the job done Thursday as the Prairie State College women’s basketball team knocked off NJCAA Region IV counterpart Olive-Harvey 70-40 at the PSC Fieldhouse.

With the win, PSC moved to 2-1 on the campaign.

Dampier, for the second consecutive contest, paced the Pioneers with a 19-point outing, courtesy of a 7-of-9 shooting effort from the floor and 5-of-8 showing from behind the free-throw line.

The 5-foot-8 Dampier also pulled down six rebounds while dishing out four assists.

Irvin tallied 18 points while pulling down eight rebounds.

Dampier and Irvin weren’t the only PSC scorers to reach double figures as sophomore center Nadia Jean (Rich South H.S.) also dropped in a season-high10 points, to go along with her five rebounds.

Freshman point guard Ambrea Gayle (Rich South H.S.) also performed well, delivering eight points while handing out a game-high seven assists.

Sophomore forward Jala Wilson (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) ripped down seven rebounds.

Prairie State raced out to a 16-2 advantage and never looked back, thanks in part to a 14-0 first-quarter run, highlighted by five points from sophomore guard Amber Gaynor (Lincoln-Way North H.S.), (8 points) and three more from Jean.

The Pioneers led 28-4 after one quarter and 36-15 at the break.

PSC established its largest lead of the evening with 3:02 remaining in the third when and Irvin layup made it a 54-18 game, thanks in part to an assist by Dampier.

The Pioneers will see action next on Saturday when they host DuPage at the Fieldhouse (1 p.m.).

 

November 15, 2016

Dampier Fills Up Box Score as Pioneers Win on “Vets Night”

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- On a night where the Prairie State College Athletic Department honored all U.S. military veterans in attendance, Pioneer freshman guard Ariana Dampier (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) gave an overflow crowd at the PSC Fieldhouse plenty to cheer about.

Behind Dampier’s box-score-filling 21-point, five-rebound, four-assist, four-steal, two-block effort, the Pioneers downed local rival South Suburban 58-52.

With the triumph, PSC evened its season mark at 1-1 overall.

Dampier wasn’t the only Pioneer to reach double figures, as freshman forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) and sophomore guard Amber Gaynor (Lincoln-Way North H.S.) both achieved the feat.

Irvin notched the first double-double of her young collegiate career, tallying 14 points while pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds.

Gaynor tallied 12 points while knocking down a trio of three-pointers.

Freshman guard Ambrea Gayle (Rich South H.S.) also contributed heavily, dropping in six points, while hauling down six rebounds and dishing out a pair of assists.

PSC led 18-15 after one quarter but trailed 29-28 at the intermission.

A long three-pointer by the 5-foot-8 Dampier with 25 seconds left in the third stanza, courtesy of an assist by Irvin, cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 43-42.

An Irvin field goal tied the game at 44 with 8:54 to play in the contest, just prior to Gaynor draining a triple of her own, lifting PSC to a 47-44 advantage. A Gaynor free-throw, coupled with an Irvin field goal, pushed PSC to a 50-46 edge with 5:41 left.

A Gayle layup, thanks in part to a Dampier assist, made it a 56-50 contest, officially salting the tilt away in favor of the Pioneers.

PSC will hit the floor next on Thursday when it takes on City Colleges of Chicago foe Olive-Harvey at the Fieldhouse (5 p.m.).

 

November 10, 2016

Joliet Drops PSC in Season-Opener

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Despite a pair of double-digit scorers, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team was unable to garner a win over NJCAA Region IV foe Joliet at the PSC Field House Thursday night.

The Pioneers dropped the season-opener by a final count of 81-53.

Leading the charge for PSC was freshman forward Elexis Irvin (Homewood-Floosmoor H.S.), who dropped in a team-high 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 showing from behind the free-throw line.  She also pulled down seven rebounds while making off with a trio of steals.

Sophomore guard Amber Gaynor (Lincoln-Way North H.S.) also performed well, delivering a 13-point, three-steal, three-rebound effort.

Freshman forward Ariana Dampier (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), (8 points) and freshman guard Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.), (6 points, 7 rebounds) also played well.

Joliet led 22-13 after one quarter and 38-28 at intermission.

The Pioneers will see action next on Tuesday when they square off against local rival South Suburban at home on Veteran’s Appreciation Night ( 5 p.m.).