As I mentioned, System veteran (and System book author) Doug Porter retired from his job as coach of the NAIA women's team at Olivet Nazarene following last season. He quickly came out of retirement to help friend (and fellow coach) Michelle Roof install the most wonderful style of basketball the world ever has seen at North Central College.
So how would Olivet Nazarene fare in its first game without the man who made the program a perennial national contender? Quite well, thank you.
Liz Bart made seven 3-pointers on her way to 23 points and Miranda Geever made a jumper in the final seconds to help the Tigers hold on for a 111-106 victory over Trinity International University on Wednesday night in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
ONU led 90-71 with 8:37 left after a three-point play (not a 3-pointer!) by Tammy Ellis before Trinity International rallied. The margin was down to three before Geever converted her shot with 12 seconds remaining, and after Trinity International again got within three, Geever converted a pair of free throws to close out the scoring.
I guess we should mention The Formula stats, which for you newbies might seem odd. This is the way System teams track success. Here are the Tigers' number:
- Attempted 99 shots
- Attempted 61 3-pointers
- Rebounded 41 percent of their own misses
- Forced 47 turnovers (yowza!)
- Attempted 21 more shots than Trinity International
Geever filled up the stat sheet with 21 points, six steals, four assists and four rebounds, all in 18 minutes of run. Malory Adam added 16 points and made four 3s and Ashley Wilson scored 13 for ONU.
Great start for new coach Lauren Stamatis, who served as an assistant for Coach Porter for five years before taking over the program. She doesn't have much time to savor the victory, however, with a trip to longtime rival St. Xavier on Saturday. Tip is 2 p.m. EST, and we'll be watching. Or, at least, I will. I don't know what you'll be doing.