Liggett senior Angelia Evangelista, right, has stepped up her game in recent weeks, helping the Knights capture a fifth straight MIAC title. Photo by Renato Jamett
Liggett senior Angelia Evangelista, right, has stepped up her game in recent weeks, helping the Knights capture a fifth straight MIAC title. photo by Renato Jamett.
February 20, 2014The University Liggett girls' basketball team clinched its fifth straight Michigan Independent Athletic Conference championship after winning three games last week.
Head coach Omar Ahart and the Knights had their second straight three-game week. Despite playing on the road for two of the three, they still dominated play in each one and improved to 12-1 in the MIAC and 15-3 overall.
Even if the Knights lose their final division game and Roeper wins, the schools would tie for the title, but the Knights would win since they have a better point difference in head-to-head games against Roeper.
"The girls are simply playing better defense and doing the little things it takes to win," Ahart said. "Everyone is buying in to what we need to go as a team to win games. They played a lot of basketball the past couple of weeks and played well."
The little things resulted in wins last week over Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest, 56-27, Plymouth Christian, 64-51, and Auburn Hills Oakland Christian, 56-30.
In the Northwest contest, junior Jessica Rotzoll had 13 points, while sophomores Anna Majewski and Kendall McConico chipped in with 12 points apiece.
In the home game against Plymouth Christian, freshman Nia Ahart had 20 points and Rotzoll continued her consistent shooting, netting 13 points. Senior Leah Evangelista had 11 on senior night.
The Knights had no trouble dispersing of one-win Oakland Christian as the victory clinched at least a share of the MIAC title.
Junior Lola Ristovski had 15 points and Rotzoll had 13 points.
The last time Liggett didn't win the MIAC was in 2009 when current University of Michigan sophomore standout Madison Ristovski, a ULS graduate, was a freshman and they lost twice to Oakland Christian.
Next for Liggett is its regular season finale at home Friday, Feb. 21, against Novi Franklin Road Christian.
Liggett hosts a Class C district tournament next week.
Joining the Knights are Detroit Edison, Detroit School of Creative Studies, Detroit Marvin Winans Academy and Harper Woods.