With so many of our teams playing Tuesday, something had to get sacrificed, particularly when family duties beckoned as well. The unfortunate casualty was the NAIA Division II women's team from Olivet Nazarene, which hosted Illinois Wesleyan, the defending NCAA Division III national champ and currently ranked 10th in the country.
(The Tigers, by the way, were 12th in the most recent NAIA poll.)
This one must have been played at an incredible pace. Olivet Nazarene won 94-81, as I guess the headline gave away, and the teams combined for 197 shots from the field. Yes, that's correct, 197 shots. Oh, and the Titans set a school record with 83 rebounds. Are you kidding me? Man, The System always delivers some numbers.
Miranda Geever filled up the stat sheet for the Tigers, finishing with 10 points, five assists and 10 steals, and Taylor Haymes made five 3-pointers and led the way with 19 points. Ashley Wilson added 15 points and Danielle Tolbert had 12.
Olivet Nazarene was 36-for-99 from the field, 14-for-60 on 3s, and forced 36 turnovers. Illinois Wesleyan stayed within reach by dominating the offensive glass (and defensive, too, apparently), corralling 34 offensive rebounds. Three players ended the game with at least 10 rebounds for the Titans: Lexi Baltes (16), Michelle Bilek (15) and Kaitlyn Mullarkey (10).
The Tigers (7-1, 6-1 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference) stay out of conference this week by hosting their own tournament, the Holiday Inn Express Classic. First up for the home team is Wilberforce University on Friday night (8:30 p.m. EST), followed by St. Catharine College on Saturday (4 p.m. EST).