CHICAGO – One of the basic concepts of basketball is that if you don’t have the ball, you can’t score. The No. 7 Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team struggled to hold on to the ball against NAIA Div. I Robert Morris University (Ill.) on Saturday, Jan. 19 making it impossible for them to pull out a victory. The Tigers committed 35 turnovers, only 16 of which were credited to the Eagles as steals.
“We didn’t do well taking care of the ball today and they did a great job capitalizing on that,” said head coach Lauren Stamatis. “When the opposing team is getting more shots than us, it’s hard to win games.”
Olivet (17-4, 13-2) attempted 86 shots to Robert Morris’ 98, due in part to the 35 turnovers. The Tigers shot an impressive 19-of-23 (.826) from the free throw line, but were outshot by the Eagles from the field and behind the arch.
Junior Liz Bart (Cary, Ill.) led the Tigers offense with 18 points, shooting 6-of-10 (.600) from behind the three-point line. Junior Miranda Geever (Moline, Ill.) had an impressive afternoon, finishing with 16 points. She also added six assists and six steals. Sophomore Ashley Wilson (Portage, Mich.) added 14 points and six rebounds.
Despite the loss, the Tigers sit alone atop the CCAC standings thanks for Cardinal Stritich University (Wis.) loss. Unfortunately, the loss comes at the hands of Saint Xavier University (Ill.), who handed Olivet just its second conference loss a week ago. The Cougars are currently sporting an 11-game winning streak and could be a problem down the road.
Olivet will host Roosevelt University (Ill.) on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m. The Lakers handed the Tigers their first loss of the season back on Nov. 24, after opening the season 5-0.