By Andrew Kriz
The Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team sits at 8-1 overall as it approaches the midpoint of the season.
Olivet is second only to Robert Morris University (Ill.), who holds a 9-1 record before conference games have opened.
As an NAIA Division I team, Olivet is first in these categories: three-point field goals (16.2 per game and 146 on the season), offensive rebounds per game (27.2), scoring offense per game (101.8), and steals (24.3 per game and 219 this season).
The team is second in rebounds per game (55.1) and third in assists per game (19.3).
With their 916 points of offense so far, the Tigers rank third in Division I total scoring.
Redshirt junior guard Danielle Tolbert leads the team in points per game, averaging 11.6. She was joined by teammates senior guard Danielle Pipal and sophomore guard Liz Bart on the Holiday Inn Express All-Tournament Team last weekend.
The women are playing with the same energy level and pace as last season which tallied 103 points per game and a final record of 27-7 (9-1 in conference).
Conference play does not open for the Tigers until Jan. 14 against the University of St.Francis (Ill.) at home.
The men are in fourth place with a 6-3 record with 20 games remaining on their schedule.
In the CCAC division standings, Robert Morris University claims the top spot with a 9-0 record.
Senior guard Antonio Marshall has averaged 19.9 points per game, 5 assists per game and 2.3 steals per game to lead the Tigers this season.
Senior forward Jake Hasselbring has taken over the starting role after filling in from the bench last season.
As a starter, Hasselbring is averaging 7.2 rebounds per game and 11 points per game.
The men’s team is transitioning after losing many of their starters from last season but have continued to battle over the first nine game