The Tigers of Olivet Nazarene, coached by Doug Porter, scored early and often in a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference game against Holy Cross College on Tuesday and won going away 133-57. Yep, that's right, a 76-point margin of victory. Of course, the Saints aren't very good this year, falling to 5-25 overall and 0-10 in the conference. Still, ONU (13-16, 5-4) really has it going as we get to the end of the season.
Where to start? Well, the Tigers finished 47-for-117 from the field -- including 21-for-61 on 3-pointers -- and had 25 steals. Lexie Heinold scored 24 points (all on 3s) in only 14 minutes of playing time to pace six players in double figures, with Simone Coburn adding 22 points in 12 minutes of run. The others doing the scoring included Jaimie Buckman (15 points, all on 3s), Holly Wiersema and Rachel Kearney (12 points apiece) and Danielle Tolbert (11 points, along with eight boards). Point guard Danielle Pipal and Sandy Cabadas each finished with five steals as Holy Cross turned it over 41 times.
ONU has won four of its past five games while averaging 118 points in that span. Coach Porter and his squad have an important game Saturday at home against Indiana-South Bend, with the winner finishing third in the conference. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. EST, and I'll give you an update as soon as I can.