Olroyd contributes to Blackburn women’s team

By Tom Emery

CARLINVILLE (March 15, 2018) – Carlinville High School graduate Olivia Olroyd enjoyed a solid freshman season with the Blackburn College women’s basketball team this winter.

A 5-foot-7 inch guard, Olroyd appeared in 14 games despite battling injuries throughout the season. She led Blackburn in free-throw percentage at 88.9 percent.

Olroyd finished with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, at Webster in a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game Jan. 13. She also recorded five points at Concordia-Chicago in the teams’ second meeting of the season on Jan. 3.

Blackburn was led by first-year head coach Jim Chandler, who was a three-year starter for the men’s basketball team at the school in the late 1980s. He returned to Blackburn after a lengthy career in coaching and school administration in Missouri.

Chandler coached both boys’ and girls’ basketball and compiled a career record of 203-100 at five different high schools in Missouri, including two Final Four appearances at state tournaments.

Blackburn collected nine SLIAC regular-season and tournament titles between 1990-97 and played in five straight National Small College Athletic Association tournaments from 1990-94, winning a national title in 1993.