BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – It had been a while since the No. 7 Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team had played the type of basketball that their national ranking and record alludes to. The Tigers entered Wednesday’s Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference match-up coming off of a disappointing week that they feel lucky to come out of with a 2-1 record. Against Indiana University-South Bend on Jan. 16 the old Tigers were back, defeating the Titans 118-76.
Olivet (17-3, 13-2) shot an impressive 26-of-64 (.406) from the three-point line, missing breaking their own NAIA record by just one basket. The Tigers also finished the night shooting 41-of-101 (.406) from the field, while forcing 43 turnovers, 33 of which were swiped from the Titans.
Senior Danielle Tolbert (Pontiac, Mich.) and junior Taylor Haymes ( Wentzville, Mo.) let the Tigers with 17 points each. Tolbert also dished out five assists and contributed three rebounds. Freshman Krystal James (Rockford, Ill.) added 14 points and two assists, while junior Miranda Geever (Moline, Ill.) finished the night with 11 points, six assists and four steals.
"We played defense and we made shots," expained head coach Lauren Stamatis after the victory. "We hadn't been doing either of those two things very well lately. Tonight we did and it paid off."
Senior Sandy Cabadas (Aurora, Ill.) continues to be a force in the paint, finishing the night with five blocked shots, tying her career-high. Cabadas is currently ranked 10th in the NAIA Div. II with 42 blocks on the season. Junior Malory Adams (Aurora, Ill.) and sophomore Tai Peachey (Galesburg, Ill.) led Olivet in rebounds with six apiece. Sophomore Ashley Wilson (Portage, Mich.) added five rebounds and 11 points to the winning effort.
Olivet will return to action at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 when the travel to Robert Morris University (Ill.) at the Attack Athletics facility in Chicago, Ill.