Harris cleans glass in TU?win
Jessica Harris wasn’t the force she usually is for the Dragon in Thursday night’s game against Lake Erie at the Gillmor Center.
Harris went 0 of 6 from the floor against the Storm, and finished with just three points.
But instead of letting that affect the rest of her game, the senior post went about dominating the boards and helping the Dragons fight past Lake Erie, 73-47.
Harris didn’t score in the first half, but had nine rebounds as Tiffin attained a 37-18 lead at the break. She finished with 13 rebounds, adding a block and a steal.
“There’s gonna be nights when your shot’s on and your shot’s off,” Tiffin coach Pam Oswald said. “You need to do the things you do.”
Harris did that, though she did admit to getting a little irritated.
“Of course it’s frustrating,” Harris said of her offensive struggles. “But we have girls who can [step up].”
In this case, the Dragons were led by Mackenzie Storlie, a freshman guard. Storlie had 16 points and nine rebounds. The scoring total was a game-high.
Just about the only time the Storm got on any kind of a run was with about 11 minutes left in regulation. Down 20, Lake Erie went on a 6-0 run, capped when Sarah Wojciechowski buried a 3 to make it 47-33.
Storlie said she didn’t lose confidence.
“I didn’t lose faith,” she said. “I knew we’d come back and extend the lead more.”
Tiffin promptly went on a 9-0 run that essentially put the game away.
It wasn’t a pretty victory. The Dragons committed 25 turnovers.
Harris said Lake Erie, which committed 17 turnovers itself, had something to do with that.
“Their play is sloppy, not as fundamentally sound as we’re used to,” Harris said. “Adjusting to that is what we did tonight.”
TU played 10 players Thursday, and each had at least three points and a rebound. Jillian Adams had 10 points for the Dragons, while Jessica Farr came off the bench for 10 points, a block and a steal.
For Oswald, the game was somewhat frustrating, despite the victory.
“As the game went on, we got a little lax,” Oswald said,
Lake Erie (3-12, 1-11) was led by Kaeding Skelton, who had nine points.
Tiffin will look to pull a major upset Saturday, when it travels to Ashland to play the best team in the land – the undefeated Eagles.
“Saturday’s gonna be a tough game, but I’d like to win,” Harris said. “It’s anyone’s dream to win that game.”