Local College Roundup: Dragons can’t quite catch Lake Superior State

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Pam Oswald said she’s seen this too often.

Tiffin University’s women’s basketball team gets off to a slow start, then spends much of the game trying to catch up.

Sometimes, like on Thursday against Northwood, the Dragons come back and win.

Other times, like on Saturday at Lake Superior State, the Dragons never really recover.

The Lakers jumped out to a 14-5 lead, and never trailed after that in a 70-64 win.

“I feel like we were able to bring it close; we got away from the game plan,” Oswald said. “We dig ourselves into a hole (then) we dig our way out some way, somehow. There’s only so many times we can do that. We have to put the shovel away.”

Maria Blazejewski had 23 points to lead Lake Superior State (4-8, 3-5 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), while teammate Kandace Crittendon had 15 points.

Tiffin (6-6, 3-5) was led by Stephanie Kelly, who 14 points, and by Jillian Adams and Jordan Fraley, who had 13 points each. Adams led the squad with nine rebounds.

“We have to get back to doing what we do and put ourselves in positions where we play and execute,” Oswald said.

Laker men thrive from 3-point range, knock off Tiffin

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Sometimes, a team just gets going on offense.

Unfortunately for the Tiffin University men’s basketball team, it that was what happened for Lake Superior State Saturday.

In the first half, the Lakers attempted 13 3-pointers.

They made 11.

“They were on fire offensively,” said Tiffin coach John Hill. “We may have given up three or four open looks, and they threw everything in.”

And it wasn’t just 3-point shots. Lake Superior State was 20 of 31 from the floor in the first half, including a desperation jumper by Alex Williams at the first half buzzer that gave the Lakers a 51-28 lead.

Tiffin outscored the Lakers in the second half by nine points, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Dragons lost 85-71.

Tiffin’s best player, Joe Graessle, was stifled for the second-consecutive game. He managed just seven points on 3 of 13 shooting.

“Both teams on the road up here double teamed Joe whenever he had the ball,” Hill said. “We were unable to get the open man to step up to get to the ball.”

Mike Boan led TU with 18 points.

“Mike Boan played extremely well for us, rebounded well, defended well, drove to the basket hard and got (shots) to fall,” Hill said.

Tiffin fell to 5-8, 2-6 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Lake Superior State was led by Williams, who made six 3-pointers and finished with 29 points. The Lakers improved to 7-4, 5-3.

HU women fall to Muskies

NEW CONCORD Kathleen Phillips led Heidelberg with 15 points at the Muskingum Recreation Center Saturday, where the Student Princes fell to Muskingum, 68-54.

Columbian graduate Megan Miller had nine rebounds and Emily Giel added eleven points for HU. The Student Princes followed closely behind throughout the first half, leaving the score to 28-21 at the buzzer.

With just a little more than 10 minutes left in the game, Muskingum jumped to an 11-point lead.

Heidelberg stayed within striking distance, but Muskingum didn’t ease up.

With three minutes left, HU’s (5-8, 1-5 Ohio Athletic Conference) offense went cold, and the Muskies pulled away.

The Muskies took the victory, led by Jendy Weppler with 15 points. Hannah Nelson snatched twelve rebounds and added 13 points of her own for the home team.

Muskingum improved to 6-7, 1-5.