SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The No. 25 Olivet Nazarene University
women’s basketball team is in the difficult time between seeing their season
come to an end and realizing what an amazing season they put together. The
Tigers fell 107-112 in the round of 16 at the NAIA National Tournament Friday,
March 14 to Southwestern College (Kan.). Olivet led the majority of the game,
but couldn’t hold on to advance.
The Tigers appeared to continue where it left off against
Concordia (Neb.) in the first round, as the Tigers burst out of the gate with a
14-5 run only three-and-a-half minutes into the opening frame. Southwestern
chipped away at the deficit, eventually taking a one-point, 35-34. However, the
Moundbuilders quickly found themselves trailing again as TigerBall exploded
with a 22-4 run to take a 59-47 lead into the lockerrooms.
The Tigers ended the period shooting 43.5 percent from
the field, including an 81.8 percent (9-for-11) success rate from beyond the
arch. Southwestern shot a respectable 48.6 percent (18-for-37) in the period,
but was hampered by 21 turnovers.
However, the Tigers went cold in the second half, while
Southwestern continued its steady play. The Tigers, who went 2-for-20 from
3-point range in the second half, saw their lead continually fade throughout
the period until a Moundbuilder jumper in the paint tied the score at 97 with
5:02 remaining. The lead bounced back-and-forth over the course of the next
four minutes until the Moundbuilders finally put it out of reach as time began
Senior Miranda Geever (Moline, Ill.) finished her
collegiate playing career on a personal high, scoring 30 points to lead the
Tigers. She finished 10-of-18 from the field and 6-of-9 from the charity
stripe, while adding six steals. Junior Dakota Hack (Bristol, Tenn.) has a
career-high 21 points, going 9-of-12 from the field. She also collected seven
rebounds. Sophomore Holly Carter (Pueblo, Colo.) added 14 points, while
sophomore Cortney Allenbaugh (Morton, Ill.) finished with 12. Senior Malory
Adam (Aurora, Ill.) added 11 points and a team-leading eight rebounds.
The Tigers finished the season averaging 107.545, a new
NAIA Division II record. They also set a new NAIA National Tournament record
with a combined score of 219 points in their final game with Southwestern.