TIFFIN, Ohio - After a pair of tough losses last week, Tiffin women's basketball will venture south this weekend to take on Trevecca Nazarene and Kentucky Wesleyan.
Tiffin and Trevecca Nazarene have played each other just once since the Dragons joined Division II, and that meeting came earlier this season in Tiffin on Dec. 8. The Trojans used a 19-10 third quarter advantage to pull away and take a 72-64 win. Ali Schirmer (18 points) and Annie Santucci (16) were the only Dragons in double figures, while the Trojans had four with more than ten points, led by Callie Hackett's 17.
Similarly, Tiffin and Kentucky Wesleyan's only meeting came earlier this season as well on Dec. 6. TU led by six after the first quarter, but the Panthers came alive in the second and third to run away with an 82-65 win. KWC shot over 50% from deep, led by Emma Johnson going 4-5 from the three-point line and scoring a game-high 21 points. Santucci and Allie Miller each had 18 to lead the Dragons.
Tiffin's four-game win streak came to a close last weekend in a pair of defeats to Hillsdale and Findlay.
On Thursday, Hillsdale jumped out to a 31-15 first quarter lead and never looked back in a 90-72 win. Tiffin was able to have five players in double-figures though, led by Jensen Hiegel with 14. Aarion Nichols also added 10 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists for her second career double-double.
Tiffin took Findlay down to the wire on Saturday, as they were tied at 63 with three and a half minutes to play, but the Oilers pulled away late for a 75-66 victory. Sarah Cummings led TU with a career-high-tying 17 points, while Annie Santucci and Allie Miller tallied 16 apiece.
Scouting the Trojans:
Trevecca Nazarene enters Thursday's contest having won three in a row and six of their last eight, and the Trojans currently sit in fifth in the G-MAC with a conference record of 8-6. TNU is second in the conference with turnover margin of 3.35, which is a direct result of leading the G-MAC in steals per game with 10.45. Brittin Boyer is second on the team with 11.5 points per game and leads the Trojans and is second in the conference with 8.3 boards per game.
Scouting the Panthers:
Kentucky Wesleyan enters the weekend as perhaps the hottest team in Division II women's basketball, as they have won 13-straight and not lost since Dec. 13. The Panthers sit atop the GMAC with a conference record of 13-1 and an overall record of 17-3. KWC leads the G-MAC with 78.3 points per game and is third with 61.6 points allowed per contest, leading to a conference-topping 16.8 scoring margin. The Panthers are also in the top three in the conference in assists, field goal percentage, three-point percentage, steals, and turnover margin. Jenna Martin leads the team and is ninth in the conference with 13.5 points per game, is second with a 44.8 three-point percentage, and fifth with 1.9 steals per game. Shayla Wright is also a threat from deep at 44.2% on the year (fourth in G-MAC). KWC will host Cedarville on Thursday before welcoming Tiffin on Saturday.
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 14 made three-pointers to become the school's all-time leader. She is also five assists away from reaching eighth-place in the Dragon record books for career assists. Allie Miller broke into the TU career made three-pointers top-10 list in the Ohio Dominican game a few weeks ago, now sitting in eighth with 122. Freshman Jasmine Watts has been a force on defense down low, and is just 10 blocks away from entering the single-season blocks top-10 at Tiffin.
|Aarion Nichols||Rebounds Per Game||6.4||7th|
|Allie Miller||3PT Made Per Game||1.8||T-8th|
|Ali Schirmer||Assists Per Game||3.3||T-8th|
|Jasmine Watts||Blocks Per Game||1.2||4th|