Olivet holds off Peregrines; takes sole lead of CCAC
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Friday, January 04, 2013 at 10:19 AM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Despite most of campus still being closed for Christmas break, two hundred faithful fans watched the No. 10 Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team withstand a tough Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) team to take sole ownership of the top spot in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings. Both teams entered the game on Thursday, January 3 tied for first with matching 8-1 conference records, but the Tigers walked away with a 108-100 victory.
Junior Malory Adams (Aurora, Ill.) had a career night, leading the Tigers in scoring with 24 points. She shot an impressive 8-of-19 from the field, seven of which were from behind the arch. She also pulled down eight rebounds and added three blocks and two steals.
“That was a great win for us. Purdue Calumet is a solid team and we knew they were going to be tough,” said head coach Lauren Stamatis after the game. “I thought our girls did a nice job maintaining composure down the stretch when they went on a run. One of the biggest keys to the game for us was offensive rebounding. We talked about that before the game and our girls came through and finished with 51-percent on the offensive boards.”
Leading Olivet (13-2, 9-1) in those offensive rebounds was senior Danielle Tolbert (Pontiac, Mich.) and sophomore Ashley Wilson (Portage, Mich.), both ended the game with seven offensive boards each. Junior Taylor Haymes (Wentzville, Mo.) also added five, while sophomore Dakota Hack (Princeton, Ind.) pulled down four.
Tolbert and Wilson both finished the night with double-doubles, both pulling down 11 rebounds while scoring 13 and 12 points, respectively. Junior Miranda Geever (Moline, Ill.) finished with 17 points and added an impressive six steals and freshman Krystal James (Rockland, Ill.) added 13 points.
Senior Sandy Cabadas (Aurora, Ill.) continues to be a wall in the paint, adding four blocks on the night. She is currently ranked ninth in the NAIA Div. II with 32 blocks on the season.
The Peregrines (11-5, 8-2), who entered the night receiving votes in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Poll, had six players finish the night in double-digits. Alex Star led the way with 22 points, while Tierra Turner and Staci Groom both added 15 each.
Olivet will travel to Joliet, Ill. on Saturday, Jan. 5 for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off against the Saints of the University of Saint Francis.