DEERFIELD, Ill. – Every season the Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team picks a theme to represent their season. This year they chose” The Next Generation”. It represents the change in leadership, the new coaching staff leading them into the future. First year head coach Lauren Stamatis wasted no time getting her first win under her belt, leading the Tigers to a 111-106 win over Trinity International University (Ill.) on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Olivet (1-0) had four players finish in double digits. Junior Liz Bart (Cary, Ill.) led the way with 23 points. She finished 7-of-15 from the three point arch and 8-of-17 field goals. Junior Miranda Geever (Moline, Ill.) was right behind with 21 points, four rebounds, four assists and six steals. Junior Malory Adams (Aurora, Ill.) added 16 points and pulled in five rebounds, while sophomore Ashley Wilson (Portage, Mich.) contributed 13 points, three rebounds and three steals.
“TIU is a tough team to play. They’re athletic and they ran with us and finished well around the basket,” said Stamatis. “I thought our girls did a nice job getting after it in the press and although we got a little frazzled at the end, we pulled it together and found some composure to finish when we needed to.”
Stamatis is referring to the last two minutes of the game when Trinity International pulled to within three when they scored seven unanswered points. But, Geever scored four points in the last 12 seconds to finish off the Trojans.
Olivet will travel Saint Xavier University (Ill.) to take on the No. 6 Cougars on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.