Tigers drop important game to Peregrine
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM
HAMMOND, Ind. – The No. 16 Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball game entered the game with No. 23 Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) tied in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) standings, both with matching 16-4 records. With so much parity within the conference and the regular season coming to a close, every game is essential. Every game can affect whether you play at home or on the road for next week’s conference tournament. The matchup on Wednesday, Feb. 13 was a perfect example. The Tigers suffered a 113-121loss at the hands of the Peregrine, dropping them from second place to fifth place and potentially having to play the majority of the conference tournament on the road.
With the score tied with four minutes left in the first half, The Tigers (21-7, 16-5) struggled to hang on and the Purdue-Calumet started to pull away. The teams entered the locker room at the half with the Peregrine on top 67-53.
Olivet came out in the second half still unable to contain Purdue-Calument’s Alex Star, who ended the game with 45 points. With eight minutes left in the game, the Tigers found themselves down by 28. Olivet continued to battle, outscoring the Peregrine 31-11 in the final eight minutes, but it was too little too late.
The Tigers were led by sophomore Ashley Wilson (Portage, Mich.) finished the night with 18 points, while pulling down a team-high six rebounds. She also added a block and a steal. Junior Malory Adams (Aurora, Ill.) and freshman Cortney Allenbaugh (Morton, Ill.) both added 11 points, while junior Miranda Geever (Moline, Ill.) finished with 10 points and five assists.
Lauren Stamatis, head coach of the Tigers, stated: "Purdue Cal played very well. They came out ready to go and shot the ball very well. We didn't have a very good night on the boards and didn't take care of the ball very well. I thought we had great energy and made a nice run at the end to cut their lead but it wasn't in time to pull it out."
Olivet will honor their seniors at the final home game of the CCAC regular season on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1:00 p.m. as they take on the University of Saint Francis (Ill.) in McHie Arena.