Cougars too much for Tigers to handle
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:21 PM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Coming off of quite possible their best game of the season, the Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team felt confident entering their Saturday, Jan 18 match-up with No. 8 Saint Xavier University (Ill.). The Tigers couldn’t put it all together, suffering an 80-117 loss at the hands of the Cougars in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action.
The Cougars held the nation’s top scoring offense to their lowest point total of the season. Olivet entered the game averaging an astounding 112 points per game, but entered the half down 42-60 and only added 38 points in the second half. The Tigers also struggled handling the ball, committing 33 turnovers.
The Tigers (13-7, 6-2) were led by senior guard Miranda Geever (Moline, Ill.) who finished the day with 18 points, adding four assists and three steals. Sophomore Holly Carter (Pueblo, Col.) added 16 points, while senior Liz Bart finished with 14. Olivet had three players finish with five rebounds each: senior Malory Adam (Aurora, Ill.), junior Dakota Hack (Bristol, Tenn.) and sophomore Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) but were out-rebounded as a team 32 to 54 by St. Xavier. Adam also added five blocks, bringing her career total to 170, moving her into second place all-time for Olivet.
St. Xavier’s Morgan Stuut posted a triple-double to lead the Cougars, finishing with 40 points, 23 rebounds and 11 assists. Suzie Broski also added 30 points, while Niara Harris finished with 17. Stuut also added seven steals.
Olivet will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 22 when they travel to Trinity International University (Ill.) for another CCAC match-up. The Tigers won both meetings from a year ago, downing the Trojans 111-106 on Nov. 7 and 125-111 on Jan. 8. Olivet currently sits in second place in the South Division of the CCAC behind undefeated No. 24 Purdue University - Calumet, and fourth place overall.