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Colleges: Four players on the floor? That’s enough in win for Prairie State’s women’s basketball team

Mariyah Brawner-Henley Lewis. | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media

Mariyah Brawner-Henley, of Lewis. | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 18, 2014 6:28AM



The Prairie State women’s basketball team finished with just four players on the floor during Tuesday’s 49-47 Skyway Conference win over Morton College in Chicago Heights.

The Pioneers (9-9, 2-2) were without the services of freshman point guard Sydney Lilly and sophomore guard Elyse Jackson because of injuries.

Prairie State started the game with five players, However, sophomore forward Faith Foulks (Thornridge) fouled out of the contest with 2:23 remaining and the Pioneers leading 45-42.

Prairie State was led by freshman guard Chantel Malone, 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 knocked down five three-pointers.

Sophomore guard Nijea Dixon (Joliet Central) also reached double figures with 10 points, to go along with nine rebounds and seven assists. Foulks had 12 points and pulled down a career-best 14 rebounds before fouling out.

Lewis back in top 25

The Lewis women’s basketball team is back in the USA Today Sports Division II Top-25 Coaches Poll at No. 25.

The Flyers (10-2, 4-0 Great Lakes Valley Conference) have won seven straight. They were ranked as high as No. 12 in the Nov. 26 poll.

Lewis is led by sophomore forward Mariyah Brawner-Henley, who leads the GLVC averaging 19.1 points per game and 13.2 rebounds per game. Brawner-Henley leads Div. II with 11 double-doubles and is second in rebounds per game.

“I would challenge anybody if they can stop her one-on-one,” Lewis coach Lisa Carlsen said of Brawner-Henley. “If they do that, she’s going to have success. When we get her the ball on the move and around the basket, she’s very tough to stop. And, our perimeter players know when to get the ball to her and where on the floor to open things up for them, as well.”

St. Xavier streak at 11

The No. 8-ranked St. Xavier women’s basketball team has won 11 straight games and earned some individual accolades this week.

Morgan Stuut, a 5-foot-10 freshman guard, was named the NAIA National Division II Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. She also earned Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Stuut averaged 22.5 points and 17.0 rebounds per game in leading the Cougars to two CCAC victories.

Lewis’ Priesler wins award

Lewis junior Rebecca Priesler (Romeoville) was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week.

Priesler won the pole vault title at the Lewis Open with a career-best mark of 10 feet, 11 inches, the second-best height in school history and third-best by a GLVC pole vaulter this season.

“Rebecca has had a great start to the season,” Lewis coach Dana Schwarting said. “She should hit a national standard in the coming weeks.”

A first for Lewis

The Lewis women’s swimming team earned the program’s first victory over Carthage College by a 151-111 score at the Koenitzer Aquatic Center in Kenosha, Wis.

The Flyers improved to 7-2 in dual meets as freshman Shannon Sullivan and sophomore Montana Clasby each collected three individual victories at the meet.

“I was pleased with the aggressive nature of our races,” Lewis coach Roger Karns said. “The squad is very tired from training over the break but raced well. I am confident the times will follow when we get to the championship season.”



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