Teamwork Pushes CCSJ Past Rochester College
The Crimson Wave women’s basketball team defeated Rochester College 67-56 on Friday evening. CCSJ was coming off of a great performance against Olivet Nazarene University heading into their match up with Rochester College. The Crimson Wave now move to 4-5 on the season following Friday night’s win.
Rochester College came out of the gate to score four unanswered points to start the game. CCSJ quickly adjusted and put together six unanswered points of their own. From there it was a back and forth game as neither team could hold a lead in the first half. There was plenty of offense to go around as CCSJ got points from six different players. Latoi Merriweather led the way in the first half with 9 points. The Crimson Wave found themselves ahead 26-25 at the end of the first half.
The Crimson Wave offense nearly doubled as the second half went out.
Dominique Edwards took ownership in the second half with 17 points that led the way. She would go on to finish with 20 points that would be a game high. Rebecca Dill had a nice second half with three steals that helped the ladies get out in transition. CCSJ would go on to outscore Rochester 41-31 in the second half.
“Even though we missed a lot of easy buckets, the girls played well together in the second half. When we play as one it brings great results and we proved that tonight,” said Coach Schmidt.
The Crimson Wave will return to action when they compete in the MacMurray College Invitational on Friday December 13th and Saturday December 14th.
Ladies Fall Short to Tigers
The Crimson Wave women’s basketball team fell to the Olivet Nazarene Tigers on Tuesday night at the Rittenmeyer Athletic Center in a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest.
Olivet Nazarene came out strong with five quick points to start the game. The Crimson Wave was able to recover and got back into the game. From there it was a ping pong style match with both teams going back and forth scoring quickly each time up the court. Crystal Daniels was a force to be reckoned with in the first half with 20 points and two steals in twelve minutes of play. Both teams did a great job of hustling to every ball which kept the fans on the edge of their seat. The first half would come to a close 54-45 in favor of ONU.
Right from the start of the second half, CCSJ began to chip away at the Tiger’s lead. The Crimson Wave finally took the lead 62-61 on a great steal from Crystal Daniels giving the Crimson Wave the lead for the first time in the game. The high temp never changed as both teams again went back and forth. Dominique Edwards took charge offensively with 18 points. China Cordova came on strong contributing 14 and Crystal Daniels continued her offensive brilliance with 14 second half points that brought her to a game high of 34. CCSJ battled until the final seconds of the game and fell short to ONU 118-107. The Crimson Wave has a lot to be proud of as they lead in a lot of categories tonight. CCSJ outscored ONU in points off turnovers 38-31, 68-44 in points in the paint, 31-21 in second chance points, 28-16 in fast break points, and 47-41 in bench points.
“This was a great turn around game for us. This can be used as a great stepping stone for us as we continue to move forward. We will definitely grow from here,” said Coach Schmidt.
The Crimson Wave will have three days to prepare as they host Rochester College on Friday December 6th at 5:30pm in the Rittenmeyer Center.
Ladies Takes Easy Win on the Road
The Crimson Wave women’s basketball team took a tough loss to Indiana University-Northwest on Tuesday night 58-46. In what started as a tough offensive night for CCSJ, IUN held the Crimson Wave scoreless for the first few minutes of the game. CCSJ was able come back and the first half ended 23-22 in favor of IUN.
In the second half, it was IUN’s offensive effort that was able to finish the game strong. IUN shot 14-23 from the field which led to 35 second half points. The Crimson Wave offense scored 24 points in the second half which fell short. Senior guard Crystal Daniels had a nice game with 16 points on the night. Senior forward Rebecca Arrendondo had 11 points. The Crimson Wave defense produced 11 steals as well. There were 10 lead changes on the evening as well.
The Crimson Wave will return to action when they return home to host Olivet Nazarene University on Tuesday December 3rd. The game will begin at 7:00pm in the Rittenmeyer Center.