TIFFIN, Ohio - Tiffin women's basketball will return to Tiffin this week for their final two home games of the regular season. The games, against Ursuline on Thursday and Lake Erie on Saturday, will be played at Heidelberg.
Tiffin Dragons (7-17, 4-14 G-MAC) vs
Ursuline Arrows (8-16, 7-11 G-MAC)
Thursday, Feb. 21 | 5:30 p.m.
Tiffin, Ohio | Sieberling Gymnasium (Heidelberg University)
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Tiffin and Ursuline have played three times since the Dragons joined Division II, with the Arrows holding a 2-1 advantage all-time. Earlier this season on Jan. 10, Tiffin traveled to Ursuline and could not overcome a slow start to fall 83-70. Ali Schirmer and Aarion Nichols led the Dragons with 14 points apiece, while Nichols also pulled down 10 rebounds for a double-double. The Arrows' Ky Crevison led all scorers with 20 points.
Tiffin and Lake Erie have faced off more often, as the Dragons hold a slim 9-8 advantage in the 17 games played since TU made the move to DII. When the teams met back on Jan. 12, Tiffin led for much of the first-half but Lake Erie mounted a comeback and took a 76-63 victory. Nichols was the only Dragon in double figures with 18 points as well as eight rebounds and three steals. The Storm had four in double figure scoring, led by Josie Chaddock's 19 points and eight assists.
After this weekend's games, the Dragons will wrap up their season on the road at Alderson Broaddus and Davis & Elkins next week.
Scouting the Arrows:
Ursuline sits one spot above Tiffin in the GMAC with a 7-11 conference record and have lost five of their last six contests. The Arrows are are a threat from long range, ranking fourth in the GMAC at 34.3% from deep. They also excel at shot-blocking (3rd, 3.88 per game) and assist/turnover ratio (4th, 0.99). Individually, they are led by Julia Caldwell who is third in the conference at 15.4 points per game and ninth with 6.3 rebounds per game. Paige Salisbury is also fourth in rebounding (7.3), third in assists (4.1), and first in assist/turnover ratio (1.9).
Scouting the Storm:
Lake Erie is currently just outside the eighth and final postseason spot in the race for a GMAC Tournament berth as they are 8-10 in conference. They are also on a bit of a skid, having dropped five of their last seven. The Storm are decent defensively, ranking sixth in the GMAC at 2.83 blocks per game and fifth at 8.83 steals per game. Josie Chaddock enters the week ninth in conference at 13.3 points per game, second with 4.1 assists per game, third with 2.3 steals per game, and second with 36.0 minutes per contest.
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 11 made three-pointers to become the school's all-time leader with four games remaining. She is also 12 assists away from reaching seventh-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 a tie for 7th with 122. Freshman Jasmine Watts has been a force on defense down low, and is just five blocks away from entering the single-season blocks top-10 at Tiffin.
|Ali Schirmer||Assists Per Game||3.1||T-9th|
|Jasmine Watts||Blocks Per Game||1.3||2nd|