Photo by Kelly Haymes
TigerBall struggles in opening tourney
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Sunday, November 03, 2013 at 9:59 AM
CLINTON, Iowa – The Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team opened up the 2013-14 season at the Ashford Classic, facing off against two teams ranked in the top-15 of the NAIA Preseason Coach Poll. Fighting youth and injuries, the Tigers came away from the weekend a little wiser, but with a 0-2 record.
In the season opener against No. 12 Briar Cliff University (Iowa), the Tigers fought back from an early large deficit to pull within 10 at the half, entering the break down 58-68 before falling 107-121. Sophomore Jessica Gerig (Stillman Valley, Ill.) finished with a career-high 20 points, including shooting 3-for-6 from behind the arc and a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. Senior Miranda Geever (Moline, Ill.) posted 19 points, seven of which were from the free-throw line. She also added four steals. Three more Tigers posted double-digit scoring totals: sophomore Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) finished with 14, while seniors Malory Adam (Aurora, Ill.) and Liz Bart (Cary, Ill.) each added 12. Senior Taylor Haymes (Wentzville, Mo.) led the Tigers with six assists.
As a team, the Tigers shot just 15-for-50 (.300) from the three-point line, but 27-for-43 (.628) from the free-throw line. They forced 26 turnovers, but committed 43 of their own.
Saturday’s matchup didn’t get any easier for Olivet, this time facing No. 3 Morningside College (Iowa). The Tigers kept things close in the opening half, trailing just 50-59 at the half. Injuries and fatigue caught up with the Tigers in the second half with the Mustangs pulling away to take the win 131-88.
Adam finished with 19 points, including an impressive 6-for-8 from behind the three-point line. She also pulled down six rebounds, five on the defensive end. Geever added 15 points, while Bart and Stuart finished with 14 and 10 respectively. Haymes added nine points and three assists.
Olivet (0-2) will travel to Lindenwood University-Belleville on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to take on the Linx. The game is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. The Tigers will have their home opener on Friday, Nov. 8 at 5:00 p.m. as they take on No. 4 University of Saint Francis (Ind.) at Homecoming.