Not sure what coach Doug Porter has been telling his women's team at Olivet Nazarene, but he needs to bottle it. The Tigers made quick work of Holy Cross 134-67 in the quarterfinals of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament Tuesday night. That makes ONU (15-16) a perfect 3-0 against the Saints (5-26) this season, with the average score 128-64. Yikes.
Coach Porter's team put up some huge numbers in this latest victory, pretty much across the board. Six players reached double figures, led by Lexie Heinold with 21 points, all on 3-pointers. She was joined by Holly Wiersema (20 points, six 3s), Rachel Kearney (17), Simone Coburn (15), Jaimie Buckman (14, four 3s) and Nikki Dier (10). Guards Danielle Pipal (14 assists, eight steals) and Lisa Beyer (eight assists) helped out, too, as the Tigers finished with 35 assists on 46 baskets. Overall, they were 46-for-112 from the field, 24-for-76 from beyond the arc, and finished with 34 steals.
Believe it or not, the game actually was close for a good part of the first half; when Tanesha Vanardo made a 3 with 7:32 remaining until halftime, Holy Cross trailed only 40-30. ONU ripped a 17-0 spurt in about three and a half minutes to pull away, and the margin only got worse from there.
The Tigers move on to the semifinals of the CCAC tourney, traveling to the University of Saint Francis on Thursday night. We wish them the best of luck.
In high school "System" play, the Whitmore Lake (Mich.) boys' team saw its 10-game winning streak end -- and the Tri-County Conference regular season title go bye-bye -- with a 92-83 loss to Clinton. Remember, the Trojans had given Clinton its only conference loss earlier in the season, so this game decided the championship.
Clinton appeared to have been just a little too strong. Nic Greenwood had 36 points and Nate Dreslinkski added 34, good enough to allow both of them to set personal bests. Whitmore Lake (14-6, 11-3) didn't shoot the ball with its normal accuracy, finishing 11-for-57 on 3-pointers and 30-for-87 overall. Colton "The" Judge (my own nickname) led the way with 19 points, Alex Cattley had 18 and Tim Avey scored 14 for the Trojans, who appear to be done with the regular season until facing Clinton again the district tournament. That's next Wednesday at Clinton, and I'll let you know if the schedule I have is incorrect.
Meanwhile, go Trojans.