TIFFIN, Ohio - After earning two victories in as many days last weekend with wins over Davis & Elkins and Alderson Broaddus, Tiffin women's basketball continues their homestand with Ohio Valley and Ohio Dominican this week.
Tiffin and Ohio Valley have only faced each other one time in women's basketball, with the Dragons cruising to a 90-54 victory on Jan. 3, 2008.
Tiffin and Ohio Dominican have squared off 14 times before tonight, with the Panthers holding a 9-5 advantage in the all-time series.The Dragons have dropped eight of the last nine to the Panthers dating back to the end of the 2012-13 season. The last matchup was played on Feb. 4, 2017, when Ohio Dominican defeated Tiffin 78-70. Alie Miller led the Dragons in scoring in the loss with 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Sarah Cummings (13 pts) and Ali Schirmer (12 pts) also made significant contributions for TU.
Tiffin is coming off back-to-back wins for the first time since the third and fourth games of the season, with both victories also marking the first conference wins as a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. With a win on Thursday, TU would record its first three-game win streak since the Dragons won three in a row from Dec. 18, 2012-Jan. 3, 2013.
The Dragons defeated Davis & Elkins 64-62 on Thursday in a heated battle that went down to the wire. Ali Schirmer was able to break a 62-62 deadlock with a runner in the lane with 12 seconds left, and Aarion Nichols denied a Senator shot attempt as the final buzzer sounded to preserve the win. Mary Redmond scored a Tiffin career-high 14 in the victory, while Jasmine Watts added a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards.
In the victory over Alderson Broaddus, Tiffin did not have much trouble as they lead for the majority of the game en route to an 84-72 victory. Sarah Cummings equaled her career-high in scoring with 17 points while just missing a double-double by grabbing nine rebounds. Nichols added nine points, six rebounds, and six assists to aid the Dragon effort.
After becoming just the ninth player in Tiffin women's basketball history to reach the 1,000-point scoring mark in the Dragons' win over Carlow on Dec. 29, senior Ali Schirmer needs just 15 made three-pointers to become the school's all-time leader. During the win over Alderson Broaddus, Schirmer also broke into the top-10 in TU history with her 239th career assist.
|Team||Rebounds Per Game||38.1||5th|
|Team||Def. Reb. Per Game||27.3||4th|
|Aarion Nichols||Rebound Per Game||6.3||9th|
|Ali Schirmer||Assists Per Game||3.2||9th|
|Jasmine Watts||Blocks Per Game||1.3||T-3rd|
Scouting the Fighting Scots:
Ohio Valley comes into Thursday's game without a win on the season at 0-15 overall and 0-11 in the conference. The Scots have dropped 49 games in a row dating back two seasons, with their last victory coming on Jan. 24, 2017. OVU hosted Trevecca Nazarene and Kentucky Wesleyan last week, falling to the Trojans 68-33 on Thursday and to the Panthers 87-46 on Saturday. Ohio Valley's strength is on defense, as they lead the G-MAC in blocked shots per game with 4.43 and are seventh in steals per game with 7.86. Junior Brittany Hill is the Scots' leading scorer at 10 points per game, while senior Ariel Johnson leads the team with 6.5 rebounds per game (7th in G-MAC) and 1.3 blocks per game (T-3rd in G-MAC).
Scouting the Panthers:
Ohio Dominican enters the week fifth in the G-MAC at 7-4 in conference and 10-7 overall. The Panthers split a pair of games last week, falling to Kentucky Wesleyan 75-44 before defeating Trevecca Nazarene 79-71. ODU shoots the ball well, ranking fifth in the G-MAC by shooting 41.8% from the floor and third at 35.9% from deep. The Panthers are led by sophomore Angela Troyer at 14.4 points per game (4th in G-MAC) and 6.2 rebounds per game (10th in G-MAC) as well as junior Alexa Fisher at 13.8 points per game (7th in G-MAC) and 3.9 assists per game (3rd in G-MAC). Ohio Dominican will face Cedarville on Thursday night before travelling to Tiffin on Saturday.