Category: Women

I made a trip Saturday night to the Peoria Civic Center to get up close to the action and take some snaps from the suicide section (on the floor next to the track, in the danger zone) of Roller Derby action. The Valley Girls defeated the Mall Rats 73-60 in the opener and the Wrecking Crew skated to a easy victory 179-100 over the visiting Decatur Derby Dames.

-Bob

Kankakee Community College played short handed all night with only eight healthy players, but they were able to come from behind and defeat the Illinois Central College Lady Cougars 98-94 in overtime Monday evening in East Peoria. The Cavaliers were led in scoring by sophomore guard Lexi Carson with 33 points. Kendra Pierce added 27 points, while Natalie Turner scored 13 points, and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Lady Cougars were led in scoring by freshman Demeisha Morris with 25 points and 16 rebounds, and freshman forward Jakeyla Ford added 19 points and 19 rebounds.

-Bob

Bradley served up eight aces and limited Nebraska-Omaha to a .138 attack percentage as the Braves improved to 2-0 on the season with a 25-13, 25-20, 25-23 victory against the Mavericks Saturday morning at Renaissance Coliseum to open the second day of play at the CEFCU Classic. Junior Madelyn Ervin matched a career-high with three aces and sophomore Alise Tupuritis tallied a match-high 11 kills to help pace the Braves, who opened the season with a 2-0 record for the third consecutive year.

-Bob

The Peoria Push Derby Dames packed up there skates and traveled 45 minutes east on I-74 to take on there closest rivals the McLean County Missfits Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. It was a great night of fun and hard hitting roller derby action. When the dust settled the scoreboard read 132-112 in favor of the home town MissFits.

-Bob

Illinois State advanced to the second round of the WNIT for the third-consecutive year Thursday night as the Redbirds beat Central Michigan, 72-59, on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. ISU (21-10) remained undefeated at home in 2011, extending its home-court win streak to a program-best 15 consecutive games. ISU’s defense held Central Michigan to its second-lowest point total of the season, forcing the Chippewas to commit 23 turnovers. Illinois State also teamed up to block eight shots, which tied for the second-most blocks by the Redbirds in a WNIT game. ISU shot 48 percent from the field, while Central Michigan shot 29 percent.

Kenyatta Shelton led Illinois State with a 10-point, 14-rebound double-double. Shelton has now grabbed 12 or more rebounds in three of the four WNIT games she has played in. Additionally, Shelton blocked four shots, which tied for the second-most blocks in a Redbird WNIT game. Shelton was also credited with four blocks against Rice in 2007.¬†Shala Jackson was ISU’s top scorer, netting 19 points, while¬†Katie Broadway scored 18.

-Bob

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