Every coach at Chicago State has the same task year after year. Try to win a game. The Cougars have 15 total wins since the new WAC was formed in 2013-14. And under first-year head coach Tiffany Sardin, the Cougars were winless in 14 contests in 2020-21.
The 2021-22 season is the final in the WAC for Chicago State. The Cougars announced in July they would be leaving the WAC. So, now more pressure mounts for the Chicago State basketball programs. The Cougars must show prospective conferences they can be a viable and competitive NCAA Division I program. And with a ton of roster turnover, it makes the job on the Southside even tougher.
Head Coach: Tiffany Sardin (2nd Season)
Last Season: 0-14 Overall, 0-10 WAC
Postseason: Lost in 1st round of WAC Tournament
Precious Adediran, 5-10, JR, G (Georgian Court>>D2)
Tyeshia Bowers, 5-5, SR, G (Governors State>>NAIA)
Kourtney Crane, 5-7, SR, G
Ifunanya Okoye, 5-11, SR, F
Nadia Thorman-McKey, 5-10, JR, F
Ra’shamani Webb, 5-8, SO, G (Miami Dade College>>NJCAA)
Wynter Webb, 5-10, SR, G
Charlotte Carvalho, 6-0, FR, G
Aalyiah Collins, 5-7, FR, G
Nafatoumata Haidara, 6-5, JUCO, F
Quentarra Mitchell, 5-9, JUCO, F
Janiah Newell, 5-5, JUCO, G
Taylor Norris, 5-10, FR, F
Aminata Tal, 5-8, FR, G
Allysah Boothe, 5-4, GR, G
Christina Britter, 6-1, SR, F – 8.5 points and 5.6 rebounds, third-leading scorer in 2020-21
Ana Haklicka, 5-6, SO, G – 7.2 points and 3.3 rebounds, had team-high 32 assists
Laura Segues, 5-10, SO, G/F – 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds, 2nd on team in rebounds with 50
Predicted WAC Finish
Second-year head coach Tiffany Sardin has her hands full once again. The Cougars lost All-WAC 2nd team selection and leading scorer Nadia Thorman-McKey who hit the transfer portal. Six other players are gone from an 0-14 team in Sardin’s first season as a head coach.
Sardin got seven newcomers to come to the Southside. Four are true freshmen with three JUCO transfers. Success for the Cougars following the 2021-22 season will be not seeing a single player hit the portal. However, for Sardin and company, I’m sure they’ll tell you the measure of success is wins.
In fourteen games last season, the Cougars lost by an average of 22.6 points. That number dropped to 19.6 points in WAC play with five of Chicago State’s ten losses by fifteen points or less.
They’ve been competitive at times but the Cougars need to show that they’re capable of beating teams in their final season.
It’s a virtual certainty they’ll be last in preseason media & coaches polling.