Saint Xavier upsets Olivet; Tigers stuggle to control tempo
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Sometimes a team just can’t seem to get things started, they just have trouble finding their groove. That was the case for the No. 6 Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team as they took on Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival No. 11 Saint Xavier University on Thursday, Jan. 10. The Cougars’ found the right tempo to stop the fast-paced Tiger offense and went home with a 86-69 victory.
Olivet (15-3, 11-2) entered the game leading the NAIA Div. II in 13 statistical categories, but struggled to maintain any of those. The Tigers finished the game shooting a mere 10-of-49 (.204) from behind the arch and 21-of-71 (.296) from the field. The Cougars, on the other hand, shot 31-of-70 (.443) from the field and 4-of-7 (.571) from three-point range. They also converted 20-of-27 (.741) from the charity stripe, compared to 17-of-24 (.708) by the Tigers.
Sophomore Ashley Wilson (Portage, Mich.) led the Tiger offense with 12 points, while pulling down four rebounds. Junior Malory Adams (Aurora, Ill.) had a game-high six rebounds and added six points, while sophomore Tai Peachey (Galesburg, Ill.) dished out a team-high five assists. Senior Danielle Tolbert (Pontiac, Mich.) and junior Liz Bart (Cary, Ill.) each added nine points.
“Saint Xavier outplayed us tonight, we allowed ourselves to play to their tempo,” commented head coach Lauren Stamatis after the game. “They are very good team and had a good game plan against us. We didn’t take care of the ball well tonight and didn’t run our game.”
Saint Xavier (15-3, 10-3)only had eight players see minutes in the match-up. Four of those were in the game for 30 minutes or more, unusual when facing the Tigers and their running game. The four players all finished the game in double-digits, led by Morgan Stuut’s 26 points and 12 rebounds. Suzie Broski never left the court, seeing all 40 minutes of play, and finished the night with 22 points and seven rebounds. Romisha Taylor and Margaret Wildner added 13 and 11 points, respectively for the Cougars.
“We can’t dwell on this game. We just need to learn from it and move forward,” added Stamatis.
The Tigers now find themselves in a three-way tie atop the conference standings, tied with Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) and Roosevelt University (Ill.). They will travel to South Bend (Ind.) on Saturday, Jan. 12 for a 1:00 p.m. (EST) CCAC match-up with Holy Cross College. The two faced each other on Nov. 14 with the Tigers winning 105.95.