Tigers leave West Coast with split
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 8:55 AM
LA MIRADA, Cali. – It’s never easy taking a break in the middle of your season, and it’s especially difficult when you run a high-tempo offense like the No. 10 Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team. The Tigers cut their Christmas break short to travel to California to participate in the Biola Classic hosted by Biola University on Dec. 28-29. Olivet leaves the West Coast with a split, falling to Vanguard University on Friday 89-77 and defeating Biola University 112-96 on Saturday.
The opening game matched the Tigers against NAIA Div. I powerhouse Vanguard University (Cali.). The No. 3 Lion were only up by two points at the half, taking a 46-44 lead into the locker room. The Tigers couldn’t hold on in the second half however, getting outscored 43-33.
Junior Miranda Geever (Moline, Ill.) was the only Tiger to finish the opener in double digits, finishing with 11 points. Juniors Liz Bart (Cary, Ill.) and Taylor Haymes (Wentzville, Mo.) each added nine points. Haymes also pulled down three rebounds. Senior Rachel Kearney (Marion, Iowa) added a season-high eight points.
Senior Danielle Tolbert (Pontiac, Mich.) had a season-high 25 points on Saturday in the win over Biola. She also added three assists and three steals. Bart shot 6-of-8 from behind the arch and finished with 18 points. Haymes added 13 points, including three three-pointers. Sophomore Ashley Wilson (Portage, Mich.) finished with 12 points, while pulling down five boards. Junior Malory Adams (Aurora, Ill.) also added nine points, five rebounds, two steals and a block. Geever dished out five assists, while pulling in a team-high six rebounds.
Olivet will return to action at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3 taking on Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.). The Tigers and the Peregrine are currently tied at the top of the CCAC standings, both sitting with 8-1 records.