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Women's Basketball - Sat, Nov. 19, 2016
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ELGIN, Ill. - - - It may be early in the season, but the women's basketball team is making program history after their 89-87 upset win over No. 16 ranked Olivet Nazarene University Saturday afternoon. Judson not only beat their third ranked opponent in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in two years, but beat Olivet Nazarene for the first time since ONU joined the Div. II ranks in the CCAC in 2012.

 

Judson (5-4, 1-1 CCAC) made a big statement against No.16 Olivet Nazarene (5-2, 1-1 CCAC) with close 89-87 win. The Eagles channeled a well balanced offense with five different Eagles scoring in double digits while shooting 40 percent from the field. Judson defended their home court and closed out a late come-back from the Tigers to seal the historic win.

 

Diamond Courts (SR/Broadview, IL), Jayla Barrett (JR/Homewood, IL), Bethany Zornow (JR/Algonquin, IL), Melanie Claudio (SR/Chicago, IL), and Maggie Mahar (SO/Mundelein, IL) all played key factors in propelling the Eagles to the upset. Each player reached double digit points with Claudio and Barrett each scoring 18 points a piece. Courts and Mahar tallied 12 points each while Zornow came in just below that at 11 points on the night. Newcomer Starletta Keene (FR/Kenosha, WI) was the sixth man off the bench for Judson and produced a big boost with nine points and two assists while shooting 4-for-7 from the field.

 

The team effort gave Judson an early 28-18 point lead after the first quarter and a slimmer 50-43 point lead at the half. The key to Judson's early success came from controlling the fast paced tempo and holding ONU to shooting 37 percent from the field and 0-for-11 from 3-point range. The Eagles held ONU to numerous one-and-done possessions grabbing key rebounds totaling 46 defensive rebounds and 59 total rebounds throughout the game. 

 

Judson was actually outscored 25-22 and 22-11 in the second and third quarters and the Olivet Nazarene pressure in the front-court gave the Eagles trouble coming out of the half. ONU forced 22 Judson turnovers and the Tigers converted the turnovers for 33 points. But much credit to the veteran guard play from the Eagles that slowed the tempo and overcame ONU taking leads late in the fourth quarter. The Tigers fought back to a 87-85 lead with 26 seconds left, but Barrett's big fourth quarter tied the game at 87-87 with 21 seconds left. Barrett would finish it off with an assist to Claudio for the game winning lay-up. The Eagles' defense stepped up again in the last five second stopping ONU's last chance effort to seal the deal.

 

Judson will be back in action again on Tuesday, November 22nd as they travel to Trinity International University (IL) for a 5:30pm game time.Thanksgiving break will give the Eagles a break from action before they return home on November 30th as they take on Robert Morris University at 5:30pm.