Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

Olivet Nazarene Tigers

One of the No. 1 seeds in the 2016 NAIA Women’s Division II National Basketball Championships are the Tiger of Olivet Nazarene University. Out of Bourbonnais, Illinois, the Tigers earned a No. 1 seed after winning the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament in a 24-point win over St. Ambrose. With a 27-5 overall record, ONU returned to the bracket after missing out on the tournament last year.

Led by Lauren Stamatis in her fourth season at the helm of the Tigers, ONU has been able to pick up many quality wins this year, while only suffering one bad loss. The Tigers won eight games against ranked teams this year, most notably defeating Saint Francis twice, both by double digits.

The Tigers are a high scoring team, leading NAIA Division II scoring 110.94 ppg, and leading in assists with 23.50 apg. Senior, Abbey Hengesbach, leads the Tigers in all categories, averaging 22.3 ppg (third in nation), 5.3 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 3.52 steals per game.

The Tigers will put their No. 1 seed on the line when they take on the Red Wolves of Indiana University-East in the first round of the championship on Thursday, March 10th and 3:30 pm at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 2016 Roster

Player ImageNumberNamePositionHeightYearHome Town ()
Lauren StamatisStamatis, LaurenHead Coach4th Season ()
Brooke PetersonPeterson, BrookeAssistant Coach5th Season ()
Chase DeatonDeaton, ChaseGrad Assistant1st Season ()
Ashley Freeman3Freeman, AshleyG5-6Jr.Hartford (Wis.)
Lauren Rouse4Rouse, LaurenG5-7So.Mundelein (Ill.)
Carlee Nicolas5Nicolas, CarleeG5-6Jr.Momence (Ill.)
Stef Bazigos10Bazigos, StefG5-6So.Glen Ellyn (Ill.)
Sierra Riley11Riley, SierraG5-6Fr.Rockford (Ill.)
Ally Giampapa12Giampapa, AllyG5-7So.Bartlett (Ill.)
Maggie Schmidt14Schmidt, MaggieF5-9So.Eldridge (Iowa)
Chelsea  Rhodes15Rhodes, Chelsea G5-5So.Milwaukee (Wisc.)
Jayne Stuart20Stuart, JayneG5-8Sr.Jackson (Mich.)
Tori Lemke21Lemke, ToriF5-10So.Brillion (Wisc.)
Abby Hengesbach22Hengesbach, AbbyG5-9Sr.Westphalia (Mich.)
Amelia Denison23Denison, AmeliaG5-8So.Dearborn (Mich.)
Trinity Davis24Davis, TrinityG5-8So.Sheppard Air Force Base (Tex.)
Jess Learned25Learned, JessF5-10So.Washington (Ill.)
Kayla Krassman30Krassman, KaylaF5-11Jr.Hartford (Wis.)
Capriana Christian44Christian, CaprianaG5-8So.Vacaville (Cal.)