Tiffin's Mast mystifies Eagles
ASHLAND - Karli Mast was having her best game of the season.
So, down by one with less than a minute left at Ashland, TU women's basketball coach Pam Oswald knew there was one person to turn to.
Mast hit her seventh 3-pointer of the afternoon, giving the Dragons a 79-77 lead with 20 seconds left. Ashland had a chance to tie following a foul on Ashland's Alyssa Miller, but Miller split the free throws.
From there, the Dragons went 4 of 4 from the line and won, 83-80.
Mast made two free throws with less than a second left to help seal the win. The pair of foul shots were her only points that didn't come from a 3-pointer. She finished with 23 points to go with three assists and a steal.
"She was on fire the whole game, wanting the ball, wanting to take that shot," Oswald said.
Mast wasn't the only senior to come up big. Jillian Adams had 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Dragons improved to 6-11, 3-10 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
"(The seniors were) playing hard and giving the rest of the team energy," Oswald said.
Bre Nauman had eight points and nine rebounds for Tiffin, while Katie Miller and Jordan Fraley had 10 points each.
"I thought our players did a really good job of maintaining discipline, sticking with the game plan," Oswald said. "The whole game we were patient and under composure."
Suzy Wollenhaupt scored 29 points for Ashland (10-8, 2-11 GLIAC).
Late comeback attempt comes up short for TU men
ASHLAND - Trailing Ashland by 14 points with about six minutes left in regulation, Tiffin went on a run, but was unable to finish it.
Ashland, behind Cole Krizancic's 20 points and 15 points from Wendell Davis off the bench, held on, beating the Dragons 78-72.
Tiffin started the game on a 12-4 run, and led for most of the game's first 15 minutes.
But even then, TU coach Jerry Buccilla said he thought the Dragons could have put themselves in a better position. But some turnovers killed that possibility.
"I felt we could have had them down and hurt them in the first 10 minutes of the first half," Buccilla said.
Then, Ashland went on an 7-0 run to end the first half, and went to the break with a 34-26 advantage.
"We should have been down five, but didn't handle that last last minute well," Buccilla said.
Still, the Dragons came back. After being down by as many as 16 in the second half, TU, led by Khaleal McCormick, cut the lead to four - 62-56 - with 2:59 left. The Dragons defense then played tough on the following possession, but with a second left on the shot clock, Ashland's Boo Osborne his a 3, extending the Eagle lead back to nine.
Tiffin got the lead down to four in the final minute, but Ashland made 10 of 12 foul shots down the stretch to hold on.
McCormick scored 23 points and added 16 rebounds to pace the Dragons, who fell to 7-11, 3-10 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Joe Graessle had 19 points in the loss.
Ashland improved to 8-10, 5-9 GLIAC.
'Berg finishes sixth at Pete Willson Invite
WHEATON, ILL- The Heidelberg University Wrestling team finished sixth as a team and came away from the Pete Willson Invitational with two individual fourth place finishes Saturday night.
The Student Princes were led by 197-pounder Jason Russell and sophomore heavyweight Nino Majoy.
Russell had two pins and an 8-4 decision victory to advance to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, Russell lost by decision, 7-5 to No.2 ranked Shane Siefert from Wisconsin-Whitewater. After winning a 2-0 decision in consolation semifinal, Russell fell 11-0 to Shane Wozniak of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the finals to take fourth place.
Majoy fought from the consolation bracket to take fourth place after losing in the second round of the tournament. From there he won three matches in a row to reach the quarterfinals.
Start me up: Quakers cruise past HU
WILMINGTON -All five of Wilmington's starters scored in double figures Saturday as the Quakers got past Heidelberg, 71-64.
Wilmington's Malcolm Heard, Ben Vonderhaar,and Klarke Ransome all scored 14 points for the Quakers, who improved to 12-6, 9-3 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Heidelberg (5-13, 1-10) was led by Columbian graduate Cole Williams, who had 15 points and eight boards. Deonte Holder scored 12 for HU.
HU indoor track teams 5th
ADA - Heidelberg's men and women's track teams each finished fifth at the Ohio Athletic Conference North Split at Ohio Northern.
HU's Sophie Goobic won the 1,000-meter run, while also finishing third in the 1-mile race.
On the men's side, Josh Lynch finished second in the long jump and the high jump.