2011 Chicago State Cougars vs Hampton Pirates

Posted on November 28, 2011. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

CHICAGO-The Chicago State Cougars (0-6) came home, after a rough three-game road trip, to face the two-time defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Hampton Lady Pirates who are sporting a 3-1 record. The Lady Pirates picked up where they left off from their previous midwest game against IPFW (79-62) defeating the Cougars 66-39.

“We wanted to come here and play well,” said third year coach David Six. “We are thankful that they (Chicago State) gave us an opportunity to play here.”

The Lady Pirates maintained the lead the entire contest, including a 34-19 halftime score, and by as much as 32 points (57-25) in the second half. In order to extend their early lead, they held the Cougars scoreless to start the second half for almost five minutes until Natalie Marlow stop the bleeding with layup (43-21).

Tonights victory came thanks to the performance by a pair of seniors, guard Choicetta McMillian who knocked down 21, followed by forward Melaine Warner, who added 19.

One concern of the coach was that “we have to take care of the ball. Period. This could be fatigue but we are not going to make any excuses.”

Hampton’s defense held the Cougars to 29.4% from the field and 20 points in the second half.

Janay Dockery, preseason first-team player, led the Cougars with 16.

This is both teams first-ever meeting and they do have future arrangements for a one-and-one where next season the Cougars will travel to Hampton.

“The one thing I (coach Six) will remember from our stay in Chicago is that traffic. It took the team four hours to get out of Chicago in order to make it to Fort Wayne, Indiana.
And that’s saying something considering he is from New York.

Up next for the Cougars (0-7) will be against Marshall (in Evansville, Ind.), Friday, December 2 at 5 p.m, and Hampton (4-1) will return home for their next matchup against South Carolina State, Saturday, December 3 at 6 p.m.

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2011 Basketball Illini vs Cougars

Posted on November 27, 2011. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , |

Illinois is now 10-0 lifetime in this particular matchup, but this is head coach Tracy Dildy’s first meeting… Can he turn it around and get the Cougars on the road for lots of victories?

Unfortunately, not today, as the Fighting Illini knock off the Chicago State Cougars 90-43. After dominating the first half with a commanding 44-19 lead (51.7%), the team continued their balanced attack shooting 56.5% from the field.

Coach Weber shared with us after the game “I just told the guys to play well and play hard.”

Myke Henry led the team with his personal best of 14 points and grabbing three boards. This all took place after missing four games due to injury. Four of his teammates were also in double digit territory: Meyers Leonard, D.J. Richardson and Nnanna Egwu all had 11, while Tyler Griffey had 10.

“We were in (game) shape but we really weren’t” said a smile Henry after the game talking about his transition from high school to college. “Once we got going and started to get a feel for it. We got better and better.”

Weber shared his thoughts about Henry “that he comes to play. He has no fear.”

It’s safe to say that the team didn’t have jet lag nor were they going to let up after winning the Cancun Challenge title early this week.

As for Chicago State, they shot 34% (first half 34.81%) from the field and were led by Jeremy Robinson who had 14 points.

But as previously stated, the buzz on press row was about the firing of football coach Ron Zook after seven seasons. Official announcement will be made at 4:15pm at the Squad Room of the Illinois Football Complex. For more information on this story visit http://t.co/zTRPtjMU.

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