No. 13 Tigers upset No. 6 Cougars
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 6:08 PM
CHICAGO - Despite rolling through the Chciagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) with an undefeated season a year ago, the No. 13 Olivet Nazarene Univeristy women's basketball team found themselves ranked second behind No. 6 Saint Xavier University (Ill.) in the conference preseason poll. On Saturday, Nov. 10, just two games into the 2012 season the two teams were paired up for a head-to-head battle to see if the polls were correct. The Tigers came away with an impressive 100-88 victory on the Cougars home court.
"I am so proud of our girls and the effort they put into tonights game," said head coach Lauren Stamatis. "Saint Xavier is such a tough opponent and it is always a battle evertime we play. We made a few adjustments at half time and I think our girls did a nice job following through on those."
The Tigers (2-0, 2-0) entered the locker room with just a two point lead at the half, 53-51.
Saint Xavier had obviously done thier homework as they shut down junior Liz Bart (Cary, Ill.), the Tiger's leading scorer in their opening game with Trinity International Univeristy (Ill.). Junior Miranda Geever (Moline, Ill.) picked up for Bart, leading the team with 20 points, three assists and three steals. She also pulled in nine rebounds. Junior Taylor Haymes (Wentzville, Mo.) added a season-high 16 points.
Sophomore Ashley Wilson (Portage, Mich.) finished the night with the Tiger's first double-double of the season, pulling in ten rebounds and ending with 15 points. She shot an impressive 7-for-8 in field goal attempts.
"The game was really intense, but we buckled down and started playing our game to get the vicotry," added Wilson.
Olivet will return to McHie Arena for a 5:30 p.m. CCAC match-up on Wednesday, Nov. 14 against Holy Cross College (Ind.).Holy Cross enters the game with a 1-3 record, 0-1 in the CCAC having lost to Indiana University-South Bend. The two teams last faced each other on Feb. 7, 2012 with the Tigers winning 120-62.