Local College Roundup: No. 21 Raiders too much for Heidelberg women

ALLIACE – Heidelberg’s women’s basketball team whittled a 25-point second-half deficit down to nine in the final seconds, but that was as close as it came in a 96-85 loss to Mount Union.

The Purple Raiders, the No. 21 team in Division III, got 26 points off the bench from Amanda Turner, and 21 points from Rosa LaMattina.

LaMattina, as usual, dazzled. Along with her 21 points, she had 10 assists, six steals and four rebounds in 27 minutes.

The Purple Raiders (14-3, 8-2 Ohio Athletic Conference) were especially potent on offense in the first half, when they made 19 of 31 shots from the floor.

For Heidelberg (5-12, 1-9), Kathleen Phillips had a game-high 29 points to go along with four steals, five assists and six rebounds. Jordan Ickes scored a career-high 23 points for the Student Princes.

Graessle goes for 37, TU falls in OT

NORTH CANTON – In the last two games, Tiffin University’s Joe Graessle has scored 84 points.

And yet, the Dragons are 0-2 in those games.

On Saturday, Graessle scored 37 points, and teammate Eric Roby had 26 points and 14 rebounds.

But the Dragons lost at Walsh, 95-89, in overtime, to fall to 6-11, 3-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The loss came two days after Tiffin fell to Malone, 90-85.

“We had two great games of basketball, and we came on the short end of both,” Tiffin coach John Hill said. “We should have won both games.”

Brad Dupont’s layup with 11 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 77. TU’s Isaiah Twine attempted an open jumper at the buzzer, but it didn’t fall.

In overtime, Graessle made a basket on the Dragons’ first possession to put them ahead, but the Cavaliers took over and won going away.

Kenny Kornowski had 27 points and eight rebounds for the Cavaliers (11-4, 7-4).

Hill said his team has played well.

“We just need to be rewarded,” he said. “We’re playing well enough to win.”

TU women lose to Cavaliers

NORTH CANTON – A number of years ago, when Tiffin and Walsh were still members of the NAIA, the programs were league rivals in the American Mideast Conference.

It may not seem like that long ago, but in many ways it was. Pam Oswald, Tiffin’s women’s coach since 2007-08, had never even gone up against Walsh.

On Saturday, the Dragons and Cavaliers met, again as conference rivals; this time as Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference members.

And it was a happy reunion – if you happen to be a Walsh fan.

The Cavaliers played fast and attacked – they attempted just 10 3-pointers all game, and made seven of them, and beat the Dragons, 71-65.

“I think they did a great job pushing the tempo and transition, and we really struggled defensively in transition,” Oswald said after the Dragons fell to 8-8, 5-7. “We’re not working as a team, with talking and defensive help.”

Audrey Badovick had a team-best 15 points for the Cavaliers (6-9, 3-8).

Tiffin was led by freshman Jordan Fraley, who had 23 points off the bench. Stephanie Kelly had 12 points, while Jessica Harris had nine rebounds to go with four points.

For the Dragons, they continued a pattern of winning one, losing one. The Dragons have yet to win back-to-back conference games.

“It’s that whole thing of thriving for consistency,” Oswald said.

Ashland runs away with wins at TU Carnival

Ashland claimed several victories on both sides to easily win both men’s and women’s team titles.

Tiffin’s men finished runner-up with 121 points.

Sebastian Knof captured the 1,000 title (2:34.31) while Eugene Cannaday leaped 6-9 1/2 to win the high jump.

Emmanuel Grembo (60 dash, 6.92) and Cannady (22-7, long jump) were runners-up in their respective events.

The distance medley team of Brent Hunter, Sylvester Watts, Chaz Porter and David Knack also finished second (10:39).

On the women’s side, the Dragons picked up wins from Ashley Dewitt in the 20-pound weight (58-11 inches). Kayla Ellks in the long jump (17-11), Katie Gerhardt in the shot put (46 -2) and the 1,600-meter relay team of Anderson, Candace Longino-Thomas, Ashley Linton and Taylor Deskins (4:01.16). Kiona Anderson added a runner-up finish in the 60 meter hurdles (8.68) and also earned an NCAA provisional qualifying spot.