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2013-02-20 Tigers make early exit from CCAC Tourney
2013-02-20 Tigers take early exit from CCAC Tournament

Sophomore Ashley Wilson finished with 21 points to lead the Tigers, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Peregrine. Photo by: Kelly Haymes

Tigers make early exit from CCAC Tourney

Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM
HAMMOND, Ind. – It was just one week ago that the No. 23 Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team travelled the same path to take on the same team, No. 19 Purdue University-Calumet. That time the Tigers were the higher ranked team and the Peregrine needed the win to remain in the hunt for a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season title. That night, Purdue-Calumet pulled off a 121-113 upset, only to fall in overtime to Roosevelt University, the eventual regular season champion three nights later. This time both teams needed the win to remain alive in the CCAC Tournament and earn an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament. The Tigers were unable to get the revenge they were looking for, falling 112-99 in the quarterfinal game on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Olivet (23-8) struggled offensively shooting just 33-of-103 (.324) from the field and 14-of-52 (.269) from behind the arc. Purdue-Calumet finished the night with a better shooting percentage (.444), three-point percentage (.444), free-throw percentage (.828) and more rebounds (63).

Sophomore Ashley Wilson (Portage, Mich.) led the Tigers with 21 points, while pulling in five rebounds. Junior Liz Bart (Cary, Ill.) added 15 points and finished with four steals. Senior Danielle Tolbert (Pontiac, Mich.) and junior Miranda Geever (Moline, Ill.) ended with 12 each, and Tolbert had a team-leading eight rebounds and six steals.

Olivet’s defense finished the night with nine blocked shots, junior Malory Adams (Aurora, Ill.) leading with a career-high six. Senior Sandy Cabadas (Aurora, Ill.) added two and senior Rachel Kearney (Marion, Iowa) had one.

Olivet will now sit and wait as their fate is out of their hands. The Tigers have an outside chance at earning an at-large bid to the 32 team national tournament. The 22nd Annual NAIA Division II National Championship is scheduled for March 6-12 at the Tyson Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The selection committee will announce the final brackets on Sunday, Feb. 24.