Women’s College Basketball: South Suburban hopes risk has reward
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media January 23, 2014 10:48PM
Moraine Valley's Jamilla Jones shoots over South Suburban's Melissa Blanco. | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 25, 2014 6:29AM
South Suburban has played a difficult schedule this season in hopes of being considered for a No. 1 seed when the Region IV tournament rolls around.
“At times I wonder why I make out a schedule like this,” coach Darrell Scott said. “It will play out in the end. That’s what we hope for, and that’s what we hope the girls understand and take advantage of it.”
South Suburban (13-8) is 1-5 against teams ranked in the NJCAA Division II Top 20 this season, its win a 67-63 decision over No. 12 Lake Michigan College (14-3). Three of the five losses were by single digits.
“We’ve played a tough schedule, which has put us in position to be in tight games,” Scott said of the Bulldogs, winners of four of five heading into Thursday night’s home game against No. 20 Kankakee (15-5). “If you look at our schedule, we’ve been in close games and been beaten by good teams. We’ve played some monsters. That’s going to help us down the road.”
Sophomore guard Megan Majors (T.F. South) is the lone Bulldog averaging in double figures (14.7 ppg).
Cyclones on right track
Moraine Valley (11-8) improved to 3-1 in the Skyway Conference via an 88-36 mauling of McHenry earlier in the week.
Providence alum Katie McCann (18 points) continued her hot shooting, going 5-of-9 on three-pointers. McCann has hit 21 of her last 41 (53 percent) from the three-point stripe over the past four games.
“I like the way we’ve been playing lately,” Moraine Valley coach Delwyn Jones said. “We still have some things we need to work on.”
Moraine Valley begins a stretch of nine consecutive Skyway games Tuesday vs. Prairie State. A good showing in the Skyway will give the Cyclones a chance at a high seed in the Region IV Tournament.
“That’s what it’s about: the Region IV Tournament,” Jones said. “We just have to continue to try to get better.”
Saints are streaking
St. Francis is riding a season-best three-game win streak after its 67-61 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference win over Judson 67-61 in Elgin. The Saints (6-16, 4-5) hit 25-of-33 free throws in beating Judson for the fifth straight time.
Lewis glad to be home
No. 23 Lewis is hoping some home cooking will dilute a bad taste after a 51-50 loss at Wisconsin-Parkside. The loss snapped a nine-game win streak.
The Flyers rebounded nicely Thursday night with 95-85 Great Lakes Valley Conference win over Southern Indiana (11-5, 5-3). Jamie Johnson scored a career-high 27 points for Lewis (13-3, 7-1), which is 8-0 at home this season and had won its last 19 games at Neil Carey Arena. Mariyah Brawner-Henley added 16 points and 11 rebounds
Lewis hosts Bellarmine (8-7, 4-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday.