Pioneers' Season Comes To A Close Following One-Point Loss To Lake County [February 27, 2014]
The Prairie State College women's basketball team was unable to snap a five-game losing streak Thursday, falling to Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference counterpart Lake County 66-65 in an NJCAA Region IV Quarterfinal tilt in Chicago Heights.
The loss marked PSC's sixth straight and closed out its season with a 14-18 overall record.
Prairie State was paced by another sterling outing from sophomore guard Nijea Dixon (Joliet Central H.S.). The 5-foot-6 Dixon closed out her PSC career by pouring in a game-high 25 points on 10-of-22 shooting from the floor. Several of Dixon's buckets came courtesy of hard-driving layups and breakaways.
Sophomore forwards Faith Foulks (Thornridge H.S.) and Mandie Green (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) each delivered strong contest in their final appearances in a PSC uniform, contributing 13 and 12 points respectively.
Elgin Hands PSC Fifth-Straight Setback [February 20, 2014]
Elgin, IL --- Prairie State College sophomore Faith Foulks (Thornridge H.S.) posted her sixth double-double of the campaign, but it just wasn't enough to secure a victory Thursday night.
The Prairie State College women's basketball team fell for a fifth consecutive time, dropping its Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference finale with league foe Elgin by a 51-47 count.
With the setback, PSC fell to 13-17 overall record and closed out its Skyway slate with a 6-8 mark.
Foulks delivered 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. She shot 6-of-12 from the field.
Sophomore guard Nijea Dixon (Joliet Central H.S.) recorded 11 points while snaring six rebounds.
PSC trailed 35-27 at the intermission but did outscore the Spartans 20-16 down the stretch.
The Pioneers will now open postseason play on Thursday in the NJCAA Region IV Tournament Quarterfinals at against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
Pioneers Fall To Arch Rival For Second Time [February 18, 2014]
Despite a trio of double-digit scorers, the Prairie State College women's basketball team was unable to upend longtime Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference rival Moraine Valley, falling to the Cyclones for the second time in three days, 73-54 in Chicago Heights.
The loss dropped PSC to three games under the break-even point at 13-16. They now have a 6-7 mark in Skyway play.
The Pioneers were paced by sophomore guard Nijea Dixon's (Joliet Central H.S.) 15-point, five-rebound, four-assist effort.
Sophomore forward Faith Foulks (Thornridge H.S.) also performed well, dropping in 13 points while snaring nine rebounds.
Freshman forward Symone Hightower (Collins H.S.) posted a double-double, dropping in 10 points while hauling in 10 rebounds.
Sophomore forward Mandie Green (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), along with Dixon and Foulks was honored following the contest on PSC's "Sophomore Night."
The Pioneers went into the intermission on the top side of a 31-29 contest, before being outscored by the Cyclones 44-23 in the second period.
PSC will now close out its Skyway Conference slate with a road trip to Elgin Thursday (5:15 p.m.).
Waubonsee Completes Season Sweep Of PSC [February 13, 2014]
Sugar Grove, IL --- Despite a 16-point, eight-rebound effort from sophomore forward Faith Foulks (Thornridge H.S.), the Prairie State College women's basketball team fell to Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Waubonsee 60-37 Thursday night.
The loss, PSC's second straight and its second of the campaign to the Chiefs, allowed Waubonsee to clinch no worse than a share of the Skyway crown.
The setback also dropped the Pioneers to below the .500 mark (13-14) for the second time in a week. PSC now owns a 6-5 record in Skyway action.
Foulks posted an 8-of-11 effort from the field. She now has 15 double-digit scoring tilts on the season and 12 straight.
Reigning NJCAA Region IV Player of the Week, sophomore guard Nijea Dixon (Joliet Central H.S.), tallied 13 points of her own, while pulling down eight rebounds and dishing out three assists.
The Pioneers fell behind early, heading to the locker rooms on the short side of a 31-15 deficit.
PSC will now travel to Palos Hills for a road tilt against Skyway rival Moraine Valley (Saturday, 1 p.m.).
Three-Game Winning Streak Comes To An End [February 11, 2014]
Crystal Lake, IL --- The Prairie State College women's basketball team came into Tuesday night's contest against Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference opponent Lake County riding the crest of a three-game winning streak.
Unfortunately for PSC, by the time the dust had settled in Crystal Lake, the Pioneers found themselves on the wrong end of a 61-51 final.
The loss dropped Prairie State back to .500 the mark overall (13-13) and 6-4 in league play.
PSC was never quite able to mount a substantial comeback after falling behind 11-0 to open the tilt. The Lancers lead from the opening tip to the closing horn.
The Pioneers were done in by the sister tandem of Amanda and Taylor Davis. The lake County siblings teamed up to total 42 points on the evening. They also combined to knock down 10 three-pointers.
Tuesday's loss left the Pioneers feeling especially sour considering the fact that they had bested the Lancers 54-48 at home on Jan. 21.
Despite the setback, it wasn't all gloom and doom for PSC however.
Sophomore forward Faith Foulks (Thornridge H.S.) led the Pioneers with a 15-point, seven-rebound showing. Tuesday's scoring output proved to be Foulks' 11th straight in double figures. The 5-foot-9 Foulks shot a near-perfect 7-of-8 from the floor.
Freshman point guard Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.) also produced a strong outing, delivering a career-high 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field.
Sophomore forward Mandie Green (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Reigning NJCAA Region IV Player of the Week, Nijea Dixon (Joliet Central H.S.), (5 points) chipped in five assists and five steals.
PSC trailed 32-21 at intermission.
The Pioneers will now travel to Sugar Grove for a road confrontation with Skyway foe Waubonsee on Thursday (5:15 p.m.).
DIXON LOCKS DOWN REGION IV PLAYER OF WEEK HONOR [February 10, 2014]
The Prairie State College Department of Athletics was pleased to learn Monday that Nijea Dixon (Joliet Central H.S.) of the women's basketball team was named the NJCAA Region IV Player of the Week for the week ending February 9.
The award is the first for any PSC men's or women's player this season.
In three games last week, Dixon tallied 48 points, 19 rebounds, 11 steals and eight assists.
PSC currently owns a 13-12 overall record.
Green's 15 Pace PSC In Win Over Mchenry [February 8, 2014]
Crystal Lake, IL --- Sophomore forward Mandie Green (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) led all scorers with a 15-point showing as the Prairie State College women's basketball team rolled to a solid 48-30 victory over Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe McHenry Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Pioneers improved to 13-12 overall and 6-3 in Skyway action.
Sophomore forward Faith Foulks (Thornridge H.S.), delivered another strong contest, dropping in 10 points, while hauling in six rebounds and making off with two steals.
Freshman Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.) also contributed a solid outing, dropping in eight points while handing out six assists.
After a somewhat sluggish start, the Pioneers ran out to a 26-10 lead at the break and enjoyed their biggest lead of the afternoon, at 38-15, when sophomore guard Nijea Dixon (Joliet Central H.S.) knocked down a free throw with 12:43 to go.
Pioneers Knock Off Oakton For Second Straight Win [February 6, 2014]
Paced by a game-high 21 points from sophomore guard Nijea Dixon (Joliet Central H.S.), the Prairie State College women's basketball team triumphed for a second-straight time Thursday night in Chicago Heights.
The Pioneers downed Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Oakton 67-59 in a hard-fought contest.
With the triumph, PSC moved to 12-12 overall and 5-3 in league action.
The 5-foot-6 Dixon shot 9-of-15 from the field and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line.
She also pulled down six rebounds and made off with five steals.
Dixon wasn't the only Pioneer to score in double figures either as sophomore forward Faith Foulks (Thornridge H.S.) continued her strong campaign with an 18-point, eight-rebound showing.
Sophomore forward Mandie Green (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), (8 points, 10 rebounds) and freshman forward Symone Hightower (Collins H.S.), (8 popints, 8 rebounds) also turned in solid outings.
PSC led 25-20 at intermission and enjoyed its largest lead of the tilt at 47-33 following a Dixon field goal with 10:56 to play.
The Pioneers will now take on league foe McHenry in Crystal Lake Saturday (1 p.m.).
Dixon Returns, Drops In 20 As PSC Triumphs [February 5, 2014]
Cicero, IL --- After missing last Thursday's setback against Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference rival Elgin, Prairie State College sophomore guard Nijea Dixon (Joliet Central H.S.) due to an illness, head coach Jeff Boyd wasn't quite sure what to expect upon her return Tuesday night.
What he received was an outstanding performance.
Dixon's 20 points tied her with Morton's Christine Yazzie for game-high scoring honors as PSC picked up a well-earned 55-47 triumph over the Panthers in Cicero.
With the win, PSC moved to 11-12 overall and 4-3 in Skyway action.
In addition to her 20 tallies, Dixon also ripped down nine rebounds, dished out five assists and made off with four steals.
Two other Pioneers also scored in double figures as sophomore forwards Mandie Green (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) and Faith Foulks (Thornridge H.S.) each achieved the feat, totaling 12 points apiece.
Green and Foulks also both recorded a double-double with Green snaring 11 rebounds and Foulks 12.
PSC held a 30-24 lead at the intermission.
The Pioneers will now square off against league foe Oakton on Thursday at 5:15 p.m.
Pioneers Fall Despite Giant Effort With Small Numbers [January 30, 2014]
The Prairie State College women's basketball team came one minute and 33 seconds away from pulling off an astonishing victory Thursday night against improbable odds.
Unfortunately for the Pioneers however, it just wasn't in the cards.
Despite an all-out and outnumbered effort, PSC fell to Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference rival Elgin 55-54 in Chicago Heights, nearly hanging on for the victory, despite competing the final 12:11 with only four players.
Sophomore guard Nijea Dixon (Joliet Central H.S.) did not suit up for the contest due to an illness, thus leaving head coach Jeff Boyd with only five available players for the contest.
The Pioneers (10-12, 3-3) found themselves in their precarious position after sophomore forward Faith Foulks (Thornridge H.S.) fouled out of the contest at the 12:11 mark of the second period.
Making matters worse, after PSC dropped to just four players, freshman guard Chantel Malone (Bloom H.S.) suffered a lower-body injury. To her credit, the 5-foot-5 Malone battled through the pain and remained in the game, helping give PSC a shot to seal the contest late.
Elgin owned a 19-18 lead at halftime.
Both squads tallied equal 36-point second-half efforts.
Before prematurely exiting the contest, Foulks was on pace for a monstrous performance, tallying 13 points, which proved to equal team-high scoring honors with Malone, and pulling down seven rebounds.
Malone shot 3-of-8 from the field (all three-pointers), 4-of-6 from the free-throw and hauled down five rebounds while handing out five assists.
Sophomore forward Mandie Green (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) notched 12 points and recorded seven rebounds, five steals and four assists.
Freshman point guard Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.) also scored in double figures, notching 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
On the defensive side, freshman forward Simone Hightower (Collins H.S.) tore apart both the offensive and defensive glass, securing a career-best 16 rebounds (6 offensive, 10 defensive). The 16 boards are the most by a Pioneer this season.
Malone, clearly in pain, muscled up a clutch free-throw with 1:33 left, giving PSC a 54-53 lead, but a layup by Elgin's Sarah Nelson, with 0:59 left, sealed the contest.
PSC will now take on Skyway counterpart McHenry on Saturday in Crystal Lake (1 p.m.).
Waubonsee Hangs On To Knock Off Pioneers [January 23, 2014]
The Prairie State College women's basketball team outscored Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Waubonsee 29-25 in the second half Thursday night, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 30-19 opening-stanza deficit at the PSC Fieldhouse.
With the 55-48 setback, the Pioneers dropped to 10-11 overall and 3-2 in league play.
PSC sophomore guard Nijea Dixon (Joliet Central H.S.) paced the Pioneers with a 16-point effort. The 5-foot-6 Dixon also pulled down seven rebounds and made off with five steals.
Dixon is currently ranked 15th in steals on the national chart (3.4 per game).
Sophomore forward Faith Foulks (Thornridge H.S.) continued her strong play over the last seven games with another solid outing, dropping in 14 points.
The 5-foot-9 Foulks has now scored in double figures in each of her last six contests. She has nine double-digit scoring efforts on the slate.
Foulks also narrowly missed her fifth straight double-double, courtesy of an eight-carom showing.
Fellow sophomore forward Mandie Green (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) chipped in eight points and eight rebounds. Freshman forward Symone Hightower (Collins H.S.) added seven points and six rebounds.
Waubonsee opened up its biggest lead of the contest at 36-20 with 17:23 to go in the second half.
For the contest, Waubonsee shot 23-of-56 (41.1%) to PSC's 16-of-59 effort (27.1%).
The Pioneers will now face Skyway rival Moraine Valley in Palos Hills on Tuesday (5:15 p.m.).
Foulks Leads The Way Again As Pioneers Roll At Home [January 21, 2014]
Prairie State College sophomore forward Faith Foulks (Thornridge H.S.) tallied in double figures for the fifth straight time Tuesday afternoon as head coach Jeff Boyd's team picked up a 54-48 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference triumph over league foe Lake County at the PSC Fieldhouse.
The win pushed the Pioneers back to the .500 mark overall (10-10) while bumping their league record to a solid 3-1.
Foulks dropped in 17 points on 7-of-19 shooting from the field. She also recorded her fourth consecutive double-double, notching 14 caroms.
Sophomore guard Nijea Dixon (Joliet Central H.S.) also made strong contributions, dropping in 15 tallies of her own. Tuesday's effort was Dixon's 10th double digit scoring contest of the slate.
PSC freshman forward Symone Hightower (Collins H.S.) posted a double-digit scoring performance of her own, tallying 10 points and 13 rebounds, both career bests.
What made Tuesday's triumph even more impressive was the fact that all five of the Pioneers' starters played all 40 minutes of the contest.
Prairie State led 29-23 at the break.
The Pioneers will be in action again on Thursday when they host league foe Waubonsee at the Fieldhouse.
Oakton Outlasts PSC In Defensive Showdown [January 16, 2014]
Des Plaines, IL --- To say that offense wasn't exactly the main focal point of Thursday night's Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference skirmish between the Prairie State College women's basketball team and Oakton would be an understatement, and a colossal one at that.
In a contest which featured just 72 total points and 41 turnovers, it was definitely defense which took center stage for both teams.
Unfortunately for PSC, the Raiders slipped out of their own gym with a 38-34 league triumph.
With the setback, PSC dropped to 9-10 overall and 2-1 in Skyway action.
With a plethora of injuries taking their toll on the Pioneers' roster, Prairie State went into the tilt with just five healthy players.
PSC picked up a pair of 10-point scorers as sophomore forwards Faith Foulks (Thornridge H.S.) and Mandie Green (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) both achieved the feat.
Freshman guard Chantel Malone (Bloom H.S.) also dropped in nine points of her own.
The 5-foot-9 Foulks also pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the slate and her third straight.
Green also ripped down 12 rebounds to secure her first double-double of the campaign.
The Pioneers forced 21 Oakton turnovers. Sophomore guard Nijea Dixon (Joliet Central H.S.) picked up a season-high seven steals to lead the swipe-parade.
Both squads battled back and forth throughout the opening 20 minutes, before the Raiders went to the locker room with a 22-19 edge.
Prairie State attained a 31-27 lead with 9:37 to go when Foulks knocked down a short jump shot. A three-pointer by Oakton's Alicia Gutierrez, with 5:08 left to play, gave the Raiders a 33-31 edge that they would not relinquish.
The Pioneers will hit the floor next on Tuesday when they square off against Skyway foe Lake County at the PSC Fieldhouse (5:15 p.m. tipoff).
Pioneers Hold Off Morton With Four [January 14, 2014]
No coach enjoys having a depleted bench.
Especially when that bench doesn't have enough able-bodies players sitting on it to put five athletes on the floor.
With the odds heavily stacked against them, the Prairie State College women's basketball team held off Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Morton, 49-47 with just four players on the court Tuesday night in Chicago Heights.
With the win, PSC now moves to 9-9 overall and 2-2 in the Skyway Conference.
The Pioneers were without the services of freshman point guard Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.) and sophomore guard Elyse Jackson (Madison West H.S., Wis.) as both high-impact players were sitting out due to injury.
Head coach Jeff Boyd's team fell to just four players when sophomore forward Faith Foulks (Thornridge H.S.) fouled out of the contest with 2:23 remaining in regulation and the Pioneers up 45-42.
Foulks, despite missing the final two minutes of the tilt, delivered another strong performance, dropping in 12 points while hauling down a career-high 14 rebounds.
PSC was paced by freshman guard Chantel Malone (Collins H.S.), who scorched the Panthers to the tune of a career-high 18-point outing on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. The 5-foot-5 Malone also knocked down five three-pointers.
Sophomore guard Nijea Dixon (Joliet Central H.S.) also reached double figures in the scorer's column, delivering , 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
PSC led by just a 22-21 margin at the break and only outscored the Panthers by a single point (27-26) in the second half as well.
Prairie State will see action next on Thursday when they travel to Des Plaines for a 5:15 matchup against Oakton.
PSC Opens Up Conference Slate On High Note [January 10, 2014]
The Prairie State College women's basketball team fired up its 2013-14 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference slate Saturday afternoon with a convincing 44-28 triumph over McHenry at the PSC Fieldhouse.
The win bumped the Pioneers' overall record to 8-9.
Leading the charge for PSC was sophomore forward Faith Foulks (Thornridge H.S.). The 5-foot-9 Foulks reached career highs in both scoring and rebounding, tallying 21 points while ripping down 15 caroms. She shot 10-of-22 from the field and also contributed four blocks, three assists and two steals.
Sophomore guard Nijea Dixon (Joliet Central H.S.) also performed well, tallying 12 points while making off with five steals.
Sophomore forward Mandie Green (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) pulled down a dozen rebounds and tallied four points.
The Pioneers will see action next on Tuesday when they square off against Morton in Chicago Heights.