Seniors Malory Adam, Miranda Geever, Taylor Haymes and Liz Bart. (Photo by: Kelly Haymes)
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Senior day is always a day full of mixed emotions. The happiness of honoring those players who are on their final regular season home game, getting to brag about their accomplishments and what they have meant to the program. Then there are the tears of those seniors and their families realizing that the end is near. On Saturday, Feb. 22 before their important Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) match up with Indiana University – South Bend, the No. 24 Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball recognized their four seniors: Malory Adam, Liz Bart, Miranda Geever and Taylor Hames. The Tiger fought hard and came away with a 90-80 win, securing the second seed in the CCAC South Division entering the conference tournament.
As a group these seniors have amassed a total of over 4,500 points, they have won a CCAC championship, and have a chance of advancing to the NAIA national tournament for the fourth straight year. They have led the nation in scoring for the past four seasons, and are currently averaging 110.4 points per game, having eclipsed the 100 point mark 81 times during the past four seasons and have an overall record of 96-30. Collectively with their teammates, these seniors hold numerous NAIA offensive and defensive team records, and are currently ranked at the top in NAIA Division II in 12 statistical categories.
Geever (Moline, Ill.) led Olivet (20-9, 13-4) with 17 points and six steals. She was followed by Haymes (Wentzville, Mo.) scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Bart (Cary, Ill.) added 14 points and a steal. Freshman Sarah Kearney (Monroeville, N.J.) added 12 rebounds and five blocks. Despite an off night shooting for Adam (Aurora, Ill.), finishing 2-of-15 for four points, she contributed in other ways recording eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and five steals.
The Tigers will be hosting their first CCAC Tournament, taking on Roosevelt University on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. Roosevelt, the defending conference regular season and tournament champions will not be easy to face. Last season, Olivet played Roosevelt twice and came up empty both times. On Nov. 24, 2012, the Tigers lost, 96-112, at Roosevelt. On Jan. 23, 2013 the Lakers downed the Tigers, 88-92. Earlier this season, the two teams faced on Jan. 25 with a much different result as the Tigers came away with the win, 112-99.
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