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2014-03-14 Tigers jump to early lead, but can't hold on
2014-03-14 Tigers jump to early lead, but can't hold on

Photo by: Kelly Haymes

Tigers lose early lead, fall to Moundbuilders; TigerBall sets single season scoring record

Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 1:51 PM

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 to expire.

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.