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 February 6, 2013

As far as its destiny inside of the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference standings are concerned, the Prairie State College women’s basketball is in complete control.

And the Pioneers wouldn't have it any other way.

PSC (15-7, 8-0) remained perfect in league play Tuesday, following a convincing 78-37 triumph over Lake County in Chicago Heights.

The win, PSC’s ninth straight, has made the choppy waters of a rough first half of the season all but a distant memory.

The Pioneers picked up another strong all-around effort from freshman guard Nijea Dixon (Joliet Central H.S.). The 5-foot-6 Dixon deposited a game-high 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field. She also snared six rebounds, dished out six assists and made off with seven steals.

Dixon’s quick reflexes have allowed her to post five contests of five or more steals to date. She tallied 11 of her points in the second stanza.

Sophomore center Danielle Zandstra (Heritage Christian H.S., Ind.) also made several key contributions, recording 14 points , while pulling down five rebounds and blocking a trio of shots.

Freshman forward Shanterra Jones (East Chicago Central H.S., Ind.) compiled a 13-point, nine-rebound, three-assist, two-steal effort.

Sophomore guard Tira Ollie (Englewood H.S.), (11 points, 5 rebounds) and sophomore center Amanda Pierce (Simeon H.S.), (10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, assist) both contributed heavily.

PSC’s swarming full-court pressure forced Lake County into 29 turnovers, 19 of which came via the steal.
PSC closed out the opening period in strong fashion and went to the locker room on the top side of a 32-18 advantage.

The Pioneers established a 45-24 edge with 16:32 to play following a layup by Zandstra.

Another Zandstra layup, courtesy of an assist from Latoi Merriweather (Merrillville H.S., Ind.), (7 points, 5 assists, 2 steals) allowed the Pioneers to construct their largest lead at 76-35 with 1:38 left.

Prairie State will now square off against league foe Waubonsee on Thursday (5 p.m.) in Chicago Heights.

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