Geever sinks game winner; TigerBall advances to CCAC Semifinals
Author: Charlton Garr/Wendy Reid
Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 9:02 AM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball teams knew that the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament Quarterfinal match-up on Wednesday, Feb. 26, against defending champion Roosevelt University could be their last game of the season if they couldn’t pull off a win. Both teams entered the game receiving votes in the latest NAIA Top-25 Coaches Poll and advancing to the NAIA National Tournament would require either winning the CCAC Tournament or earning a coveted at-large bid. A loss would most likely take both options away.
The Tigers (21-9, 14-4) took advantage of probably the largest, loudest crowd of the season, coming away with an exciting, high-energy 109-107 win to advance to the semifinals and keep their season alive. With the score tied with just 4.7 seconds on the clock, senior Miranda Geever (Moline, Ill.) drove past a Laker defender sinking the go-ahead lay-up to put the Tigers up by two. A Tiger foul on the inbound pass put Tori Clarke on the line with a chance to win the game. Clarke missed the front-end of the two, and the Lakers failed to pull down the rebound on the failed second shot as time expired.
Geever finished the night with 33 points and four assists. Seniors Taylor Haymes (Wentzville, Mo.) and Malory Adam (Aurora, Ill.) both surpassed the 1000 career point milestone within minutes of each other in the first half. Haymes finished with 16 points, while Adam added nine. Senior Liz Bart (Cary, Ill.) scored 12 points and had three steals. Freshman Sarah Kearney (Monroeville, N.J.) grabbed six rebounds, while sophomores Holly Carter (Pueblo, Colo.) and Cortney Allenbaugh (Morton, Ill.) grabbed 5 rebounds apiece.
Olivet advances take on No. 5 Saint Xavier University (Ill.) on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the semifinals of the CCAC Tournament. The semifinals and the finals will be hosted by the top seeded Peregrine of Purdue University – Calumet in Hammond, Ind. The Peregrine will take on Indiana University-South Bend in the other semifinal game. In their earlier match-up of the season, the Cougars came away with a 117-80 win.