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2013-02-07 Tigers overcome slow start to take Wave
2013-02-07 Tigers overcome slow start to take Wave

Liz Bart drives to the basket.

Tigers overcome slow start to take Wave

Author: Jenna Haenni/Wendy Reid
Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2013 at 4:16 PM
WHITING, Ind. – The No. 17 Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball brought home a 109-74 win against Calumet College of St. Joseph on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Olivet continued their climb back towards the top of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) as they reach second in the standings, just one game behind Roosevelt University (Ill.).

The game started out with the Crimson Waves leading 15-5 at the fifteen minute mark, but the Tigers started to come back after a three-pointer by junior Liz Bart (Cary, Ill.). The team began to rally points, with more three-pointers made by freshman Jessica Gerig (Stillman Valley, Ill.) and junior Miranda Geever (Moline, Ill.). By the time the first half ended, the Tigers were leading by twelve, 50-38.

“We started out slow in the first half, but picked it up and shot the ball much better from behind the arc than we have been,” commented head coach Lauren Stamatis.

Coming back from the locker room, the Tigers added to their lead thanks for hot shooting by senior Danielle Tolbert (Pontiac, Mich.), freshman Krystal James (Rockford, Ill.) and senior Nikki Dier (Temperance, Mich.). The team played aggressive; led by freshman Cortney Allenbaugh (Morton, Ill.) with five steals. The team began to tear through points at the seventeen minute mark with Dier sinking another three, continuing the momentum as the time expired.

The Tigers excelled in steals, snatching the ball away from the Crimson Waves a total of fifteen times. Top scorers of the game were Bart and sophomore Ashley Wilson (Portage, Mich.) with 15 each, while junior Malory Adam (Aurora, Ill.) added 11.

Olivet will take on Judson University (Ill.) at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 in McHie Arena February 9.