(3 Mar. 2013, Palatine) - In the Women's Region IV Final from Harper College, COD falls just short of a comeback to Rock Valley, 54-50. The Lady Chaps had been down by as many as 20-points in the second half and got within two.
(2 Mar. 2013, Palatine) - Just one week ago COD hosted the Wolves in its regular season final and won it with relative ease 60-41. However, Saturday afternoon the theory of most coaches that it's very hard to take three straight from one team in one season certainly came into play.
In the end our Ladies did take down JJC, 61-57, but easily could have proven that theory. DuPage shot 21 from the stripe and made just 8. And if not for Sarah Lang’s hot hand returning at just the right time with 16 points, the three game theory would have been proven true as it nearly was.
"I told the young lady’s after today’s game that we proved that saying wrong. It wasn't easy, but yet we still won. What we have to do tomorrow (Sunday) is prove that the saying is true. It's not going to be easy once again, but you know what maybe having a game like today preps us for tomorrow."
The Lady Chaparral's did better between the first and second meetings against Rock Valley this season, and this is the first time since 2008 that COD has been in the Region IV Championship game. Tipoff is tomorrow at noon at Harper College in Palatine.
(23 Feb. 2013, Lisle) - Coach Cris Cotton says the second win of the season over Joliet Junior College, this one by a score of 60-41 was a great example of the players finally enjoying themselves. He said this team was up for the task of being developed in a number of different ways. The coach said these included 'tough love,' and not using the basketball arena reconstruction as an excuse for losing. In his words, "they did a delicious job" of handling the challenges.
Tonight, he says, they came out looking like a team possessed. Tash Walton led all scorers with 20-points, Donna Koerber was next with 13 and Melissa Niggins recorded a double, double with 11-points and assists.
The DuPage Ladies now have a week to get ready for a Region IV semi-final game one week from today at host Harper College. Cotton says he wouldn't be at all surprised if his squad ended up facing these same Joliet Wolves for a third straight time this season.
(20 Feb. 2013, River Grove) - The final score, DuPage 83 and the Madison College Wolf Pack 66. The Chaps outscored the Pack 44 to 23 in the first half. DuPage had a half-dozen players scoring in double figures from Donna Koerber with 25 to Tash Walton with 20, Jazmin Little with 18.
But truth be told, fans and perhaps some players associated with the College of DuPage Women's Basketball Program have been unable to think about Saturday night's battle with Joliet. A Lady Chap's win will give them twenty regular season victories, and assure the teams only regular season conference losses were to defending National Champion Rock Valley.
Tipoff is 5:00 Saturday afternoon the 23rd at the Walker Center in Lisle.
(13 Feb. 2013, Palatine) - At the beginning of the postgame conversation, Coach Cris Cotton was calling it one of the most 'disappointing' games he had ever coached, but by the end of our conversation Coach Cotton had retracted 'disappointed' replacing it with a much mellower 'frustrating.'
While the Lady Chaps coach believes most of his colleagues would be more than satisfied with a 69-33 win over a conference rival (in this case Harper College) and 11 wins in their last 13 games, Coach Cotton is a bit different.
In his words, he "tries to coach perfection." Cotton says he tries to look for something positive out of every game because come playoff time he knows the games get more difficult, and he doesn't want the College of DuPage Lady Hoopsters to be a one and done.
Up next for Cotton's club, a 5:00 tipoff against Madison Wednesday, February
20, at the Triton College Campus.
(9 Feb. 2013, Lisle) - Leave it to master motivator Cris Cotton to keep his Chaparral team from sinking into the basketball abyss after a 26 Point loss at the hands of the Rock Valley Golden Eagles, 90-64. The Coach calls the most recent loss an improvement because the margin of loss is less than in the in the first contest.
Cotton points out the DuPage Ladies have only lost two conference games this season, and both to undefeated conference member Rock Valley. As for the 64-Points the Lady Chaps scored on the Golden Eagles Saturday night, Coach Cotton points out "that's the most points anyone has scored on them in all of 2013, nobody else has come close. Joliet has scored 60, you know we scored 64, but other teams have scored low 30's, high 20's. So we have to use that as a positive. If there is one that potentially is it."
The Coach says his team never gave up and battled their "you know what's off." He says Rock Valley is a very talented team in a basketball and an athletic sense.
Golden Eagles' Head Women's Coach Misty Opat has lost just one conference game in the past two seasons, "we've got a pretty special group of kids defensively. I mean they can defend the shot, they can defend the dribble which sometimes is rare at the college level."
The Chap Ladies did get to the charity stripe 40 times Saturday, making 68% of its foul shots. And a bit of a warning from Coach Cotton: "Maybe I shouldn't say this as a head coach, but I will and if people don't like it they can challenge me on it. I'm going to feel sorry for our next few opponents, because tonight we're not happy and we're going to take it out on our next opponents. Point blank."
That next opponent is Harper College in Palatine Wednesday at 5PM.
(6 Feb. 2013, Chicago) - Despite a date with last season's National Champion, who just happens to be undefeated in conference this season, the COD women seemed fully focused Wednesday night when it shut down Wilbur Wright like snow shuts down a runway. DuPage returned home from the city with a 42-point win, 72-30.
Coach Cris Cotton calls it "the most dominant win and quality game of the season." He also says it was the best start of a game this season for his club. Everyone in a DuPage uniform scored, except Sarah Lang and the Coach says that's his fault. Cotton says he simply forgot to send in any scoring plays for Lang.
The Coach says this Saturday night's game against Rock Valley will serve as a very good barometer on where the Chaparral Ladies stand since the two clubs met in Rockford a little more than five weeks ago. The Golden Eagles have lost just two games the entire season, and COD only six with just one conference loss… to Rock Valley.
Tip-off at Walker Athletics is 5:00PM on February 9, 2013.
(2 Feb. 2013, Lisle) - While Coach Cris Cotton told his players they were "dominant in almost every facet of the game" Saturday night, most fans on hand probably would have used something a little more simple like "blowout" to describe the Lady Chaps 37-point sendoff back to Wisconsin for Milwaukee Tech's Lady Stormers. The final score of the mismatch: COD 76 MATC 39.
Coach Cotton says the defensive play has really improved the last several games. He does point out the team needs to do a better job out of the gate, "the first few minutes it was very lethargic. We looked lost on offense and defense, more on offense and some way somehow the light bulb just clicked and when it clicked it clicked hard and the flood gates opened from there."
From the Lady Chaps Box Score, a couple of interesting notes: 6'3 Forward Melissa Niggins had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. Four players scored in double figures, including Donna Koerber who led all scorers with 14 points.
The College of DuPage women are now 7-1 in conference, and 16-6 overall. They'll tipoff next on Wednesday the 6th at 5:00 at Wright Junior College. Earlier this season when Wright visited COD, The Chaps won that game by 41-points.
(30 Jan. 2013, Joliet) - The most recent victory on the court for the COD women was at the hands of Joliet Junior College, 66-38. Coach Cris Cotton's club is now 6-1 in conference and 15-6 overall.
The coach says the Lady Hoopsters gave 110% effort in what he calls a 'complete game.' In addition, he says their defensive play is worthy of an 'exclamation point.'
Donna Koerber led DuPage with 21-points. The team was 12 of 15 from the charity stripe for 71%.
The Lady Chaps will next play at their home away from home, this Saturday, February 2nd, at Walker Athletics in Lisle. Tip-off against Milwaukee Tech is 5:00.
(26 Jan. 2013, Madison, WI) - When it was over, the ladies from College of DuPage had widened their conference record to 5-1 and overall stood at 14-6. All completed at the hands of a 68-54 win over the Madison College WolfPack. Three of the Chaparrals starting five kicked in a total of 49 points, accounting for 72% of the teams scoring.
A few impressive team stats to point out on behalf of the Chaps, including 26-points scored off turnovers and second half leads upwards of 8-points on 18 different occasions. Jaz Little and Hashika Barral each contributed a half dozen assists, and Little six of 23 turnovers.
Coming up next for the College of DuPage lady hoopsters, a visit to Joliet Junior College on Wednesday, January 30th for a 5:00 tip with the Wolves. The Joliet women are an undefeated 5-0 in conference.
(19 Jan. 2013, Lisle) - When it comes to the intensity of Chaparrals Head Coach Cris Cotton, a smile on the inside is far better than none at all. The Coach has said he's been trying to get the COD Women's team to put together two halves in the same game the entire season. On the 18th game of the regular season Cotton says it finally happened. "Even during the game at one point I looked at the young ladies on the bench and said we're playing dominant basketball, and sure the beginning was a little slow, but this was a complete game. We had a lot of momentum the last three minutes of the first half and it carried over into the second half."
From the decision making to the defense to knocking down shots, the coach was pleased all the way around, including shots made from the free throw line. He only wishes the DuPage Ladies had gone to the line more.
Cotton even called this 77-43 blowout of Harper in his words: "the DuPage brand of basketball. Basketball that is fun to coach, fun to play and hopefully fun to watch."
Tash Walton was firing on all cylinders, including four from three-point range and three from two-point range and a pair from the line to total 20. Donna Koerber added a dozen plus a perfect four for four from the line. Jaz Little added another dozen and dished nine assists. And bench weapon Jackie Bartnicki buried four from three-point land for a total of 15 points.Finally, DuPage only turned the ball over nine times and held Harper to five offensive boards.
Next up for the COD women with its 3-1 conference and 12-6 overall record, an away game against conference rival Triton, Wednesday, January 23rd.
(16 Jan. 2013, Rockford) - It wasn't so much COD losing the second 20-minutes to Rock Valley, 40-35; it was the first-half beating the team took at the hands of the Golden Eagles, 38-11. Final score, the second ranked team in the nation, 78. The eighth ranked team in the nation, 46.
DuPage Coach Cris Cotton felt his team better start playing two solid halves of hoops a game, or they're going to see very little madness in March. In addition, Coach Cotton says the Lady Chaps ought to be playing much more physical by this time in the season.
Tashiana Walton led COD with 21 total points while Donna Koerber finished with a dozen points and six boards. The bench mob contributed a total of just one point.
With the loss the Chaparral Ladies overall record now stands at 11-6. Rock Valley is now 17-2 overall.
Next up is conference foe Harper College (of Palatine) on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00pm at DuPage's home away from home: Walker Athletics in Lisle.
(12 Jan. 2013, Lisle) - With numbers like this who could complain At the half: COD 44, Wilbur Wright 22. Final Score: DuPage: 84, Wright Community College 43. And one more very impressive stat from our ladies team: making 11 of 12 of its free throws in the first half, which translates into 92%.
So even though the Lady Hoopsters up their record to 11-5 overall, 2-0 in conference and are one of the 10 best JuCo teams in the nation, that's not good enough according to Head Coach Cris Cotton: "What we've got to do is a better job of starting these games off. For a while there it was 10-9, 13-12 what not. And we've got to do a better job of starting games and also ending games. Even at the end there we had this large lead and we took our foot off the pedal and they (Wright) scored some easy buckets at the end. So we've got to do a better job of starting these games and then when we have a big lead understand to keep your foot pressed to the pedal, but not let it up until there are zeros on the clock."
Donna Koerber led the Chaps with 16 points and Jasmin Walker knocked down a dozen.
DuPage will travel to Rockford Wednesday night to take on another nationally ranked conference opponent, the Rock Valley Eagles, last year's NJCAA D3 National Champions.
(9 Jan. 2013, Milwaukee, WI) - It was a game that didn't look very good on the court, and looked even worse on paper. But in the national rankings and N4C standings that 'W' looks pretty impressive.
As a matter of fact, the 51-35 final over Milwaukee Tech in what's referred to as "Brew City," ups the Lady Chaparral's overall record to 10-5, and keeps them ranked in the national top ten for yet another week.
While the second half of play was decidedly better than the first half for the COD Ladies, it was still nothing to write home about. Coach Cris Cotton says it's time for a couple of players to step up and take charge when they're on the court, just like a Quarterback on a football team. "It's one thing to be supportive and things like that, and clap hands and tell people it's okay and things like that, but it's another thing for somebody on the court to be a coach and coach these young ladies and help them out in that capacity, recognizing what needs to be done with the ball, how we need to rotate, how we need to box out."
The Coach felt maybe it's time to change up practice because he's seeing very good offensive execution in practice, but in the last two games the offense missed the bus.
Despite shooting just 17% or 6 for 36 from two-point range in the first half, DuPage still led by nine at the half.
The Lady Chaps did bring some energy to the court in the second half, at one point opening up a 26-point lead. But in the end they needed all of that energy to put up all of those outside shots just to get enough to drop to win the game. A few numbers from the Lady Chaparrals Final Box Score: They shot 21% from two-point range hitting 16 of 78 shots. They hit three-three pointers, came away with 8-points from inside the paint and hit just 58% from the line. One more stat: COD turned the ball over 21 times, but the Stormers turned it over 39 times.
Next up for the Ladies is their first game at their new home away from
Athletics in Lisle, on Saturday, January 12th
(5 Jan. 2013, Grayslake) - A steal on the court by COD guard Elieza Claudio, with just 15 seconds left in regulation and the Lady Chaps down by four, triggered a series of events that allowed DuPage to steal a win from the College of Lake County in Grayslake, 49-47.
If the nationally ranked Chaparral women had a player of the game award on this day it would have to be split right down the middle. That's because Guard Tashiana Walton out of Proviso West finished with 18 points, including the winning bucket. Forward Donna Koerber out of St. Joe's in Bensenville hit the tying shot to give her 23 points for the game, and added 15 boards for the double-double. Props also go to Jaz Little who had the assist on both the tying and winning shots.
While Coach Cris Cotton was happy to get the win over another squad with a winning record, he wasn't thrilled with 40 of the team's 49 points coming from just two players. He's also looking for improvement from the charity stripe where the Lady Chaps were just 13 of 24 for 54%, and only 2 for 26 from three point range.
Coach Cotton attributes some of that rust to time away for Winter break, but says the team did practice seven straight days before taking on the Lancers
Whatever the cause it's time for rustproofing because conference play begins Wednesday in Wisconsin, when the DuPage women take on the Milwaukee Area Technical College Stormers.
(15 Dec. 2012, Glen Ellyn) - Actually there's good news and bad news when it comes to the women's basketball team, with its next game not until Saturday afternoon January 5th. Unfortunately, the COD ladies lost their last game heading into the Christmas-NewYear's vacation, thus finishing second in their own holiday tournament.
The good news, however, is the College of DuPage Lady Hoopsters remain in the national Top 10, continuing to hold down the 8th spot in the NJCAA Poll. It's the fifth consecutive week the Chaps have been ranked in the top 10, which began back on November 14th. The 8th position has belonged to the DuPage Ladies all, but one week when they were ranked 7th.
Back to the DuPage Holiday Tournament for a minute, and the Chaps second place finish. In November the COD Ladies played Malcolm X on its home court in the city, and escaped with a four point win. So falling to the Hawks by 11 points on Klaas Court had a real sting to it, and gave the Lady Chaparrals just their fifth loss of the season to go along with eight wins.
As for the 13 days the players have off, Coach Chris Cotton says his biggest concern is their safety and their getting out of shape. "That's why we're going to have seven days of very strenuous practices before we have our first game." That first game is on the road Saturday afternoon, January 5th, against College of Lake County.
Finally the consolation game of the holiday tournament was won by the College of DuPage Alumni team who beat Oakton 65-54.
(14 Dec. 2012, Glen Ellyn) - The current Chaps opened their Holiday Tournament by playing the COD Alumni team, a team they played in the pre-season. "I actually was glad we played them," so says Donna Koerber who plays both guard and post. "I felt we could redeem ourselves because we lost to them (earlier). So we could prove that we are actually good and better. So I was bummed to play them a little bit, but I was more happy."
The Lady Chaparrals ended up with a 67-51 win over the group of who blazed a trail before them. Five current DuPage players finished in double figures, and the team finished a combined 68% from the line.
The ladies will meet Malcolm X for the tournament championship at 3:00
pm on Saturday. The Lady Hoopsters are now 8-4, ranked 8th in the nation
and have been ranked in the Top 10 of the NJCAA poll since the first week
of the regular season.
(27 Nov. 2012, Glen Ellyn) - The College of DuPage Lady Hoopsters didn't take their first lead of the night Tuesday until there was just over three minutes left in the first half. That was a one point lead 25-24, but by halftime Moraine Valley was back in front 26-25.
In the second half, COD would take a one point lead one more time, and tied the game with just three minutes left in regulation. That was as close as it got and when the buzzer went off, the scoreboard read: Moraine Valley 57, DuPage 55.
Coach Chris Cotton says his lady's team is not going to be on the winning side of the ledger by turning the ball over 20 times and shooting 42% from the charity stripe in the second half. "Maybe some of that is the lack of experience playing at the collegiate level, and that definitely happened tonight. We lacked a lot of leadership on the floor especially against the press break. We should have broken that with ease. We just didn't have people helping out others. We just didn't help each other out tonight."
For COD, Freshman Donna Koerber led the team with 13 points. Kelly Foley, a second year guard from Oak Lawn scored 15 to lead the Cyclones.
The Lady Chaparrals drop to 5-3 on this young season, and will hit the road for the next three games. The COD Men will host a four team tournament this weekend, with two games this Friday night, November 30th at 6 & 8, and two more games Saturday afternoon at 1 & 3.
(20 Nov. 2012, Glen Ellyn) - With a win Tuesday night over Waubonsee Community College 61-52, The COD Lady's team moves to 5-2 on the season. It also remains 8th in the country in the NJCAA Division III poll, where the team has been seated since the lady hoopster's record moved to 3-2.
Head Coach Chris Cotton says the national recognition in November is nice, but if there's no recognition when it's time for "March Madness," the props now mean nothing. "You know what, the rankings, it's nice. To be recognized nationally is a wonderful thing. It's never a bad thing it's always a good thing. But yet right now it's just a number. There is still a lot of basketball yet to be played. What we want to focus on is if we can go up, let's go up. The most important thing is where are we in March? Are we going to be number eight in March or are we going to be number eighty. Are we going to be number one or are we going to be number 100?"
While Coach Cotton describes the win as "ugly in capital letters," he believes that could be the mark of a "pretty good team." By that, the coach says he means the Lady Chaps usually beat their opponents by double digits, but got past Waubonsee by just nine. In addition, only made 50% from the free throw line.
The College of DuPage Women did have some balanced scoring. Donna Koerber and Kalie DiNunno each knocked down 14 points and Tashiana Walton scored 13.
The Lady Chaps are back in action next Tuesday, November 27th, hosting Moraine Valley at 5:00.
(17 Nov. 2012, Glen Ellyn) - It was a very good week for Coach Chris Cotton and his primarily freshmen Lady Chaps Basketball Team. So good, that the team is ranked 8th overall in the NJCAA Division III National poll.
On Saturday, Coach Cotton's team put on a run n' gun show that gave the COD squad a 96-45 transitional trouncing of the Olive-Harvey Panthers. "I know that they were low on bodies. My assistant coaches scouting report on them said if we can control the rebounds, if we can run, if we can push the ball, we should be able to get quite a large amount of lay ups and that's exactly what we had. I mean in fast breaks alone we scored 56 points."
12 of the 13 players on the Lady Chaps roster saw playing time Saturday, including 5'11 freshman Donna Koerber, who played her high school ball at St. Joe's in Bensenville. Koerber was good for 25 points against Olive-Harvey. "Our coach has been trying to get us to do more fast breaks and to look up the court more. In this game he wanted a minimum of 20 points off fast breaks. So we tried to achieve that goal and did more."
With the win over Olive-Harvey, The COD women up their record to (4-2) and that includes wins over a pair of City of Chicago College teams, one of whom went to the national tournament last March.
Next up for the Lady Chaps, Waubonsee Community College from Sugar Grove will visit the College of DuPage Campus, Tuesday, November 20th. The game will tip at 5:00.
(10 Nov. 2012, Glen Ellyn) - While the Oakton Lady Raiders have a first year head coach, and the team is comprised of all freshman except for one sophomore, that should take nothing away from the beat down The Lady Chaps laid on Oakton, 72-35.
College of Du Page had its way with the Lady Raiders from the get go, building a 38-15 lead by halftime. Coach Chris Cotton, who is also building a team comprised of all freshman, with the exception of two sophomores, tells us his team continued to hit from the outside and also was able to add an inside game. "Yes the other good observation by you is we need to establish more of a post-game. If it's another team that's coming to watch us, they're going to say Du Page all they do is shoot from the outside, they don't have a post-game. Getting the ball inside more will actually help our outside shooting." Coach Cotton says the inside game is getting better; it's just a slow process. "And sometimes that happens when you have a lot of young bodies, new bodies and the things I'm trying to teach them it's just going to take some time."
For the Lady Chaps, once again Tashiana Walton led all scorers with 21 points, and that includes hitting seven out of ten from the line. And guard Jazmin Little, a transfer from Addison added a dozen points, all from beyond the three point arch.
The 2-1 COD Lady Hoopsters play two on the road this week before returning home for an afternoon contest Saturday, November 17th at 1:00 against Olive Harvey.
(8 Nov. 2012, Glen Ellyn) - The "Cotton Club" or if you prefer Coach Chris Cotton's primarily freshman team seemed to be on its way to a second straight win, after taking care of McHenry County College Tuesday night by nearly 20 points in its season opener in Crystal Lake. And Thursday night's home opener against Elgin seemed to be moving along just fine. The Lady Chaps perimeter shooting was impressive, finishing the night with nine hits from beyond the three point arch.
With about five minutes left in the game, The COD Women were up by two. But Coach Cotton will tell you that's about the time the wheels fell off. "And we lost the control because our ladies did not realize that their team was in the bonus, also in the super bonus. We had too many fouls. We got them to the line shooting free throws and that allowed them to get back into the game. They made their free throws and then we counteracted it by not making ours."
How poor was the free throw shooting? The Lady Chaps made just 10 of 19 from the line in the second half. For the game they hit just 12 of 25 free throws. Final score Elgin 55, the COD Lady Chaps 49. Guard Tashiana Walton (Proviso West) led the squad in scoring with 13 total points.
Catch the Lady Chaps Hoopsters Saturday afternoon November 10th at 1:00 as they host Oakton Community College.