Findlay gets revenge, sweep of Dragons

It’s no secret that Tiffin University and Findlay have developed a bit of a rivalry in recent seasons.

Last year, when the Dragons swept the Oilers on their way to a 19-win season, it was a big deal not only to the fans, but to the players as well.

On Saturday, when Findlay beat Tiffin 62-44 to complete a season sweep and return the favor, Findlay coach Kate Cummings didn’t dismiss its importance.

“Not only did (Tiffin) take two from us last year, they beat us like a drum, and kind of embarrassed us,” Cummings said. “We had something to prove there. If you can beat a Tiffin team, Coach Oswald is a phenomenal coach, and I feel like if we can win here, I feel like we’ve stolen one, because they achieve every single year.”

Looking at the stats, it’s easy to see where the difference between the teams was. Tiffin had 22 turnovers, Findlay had 11. Findlay had 22 points off turnovers, TU had five. A 17-point differential in an 18-point game.

“They did a really good job of just being patient in their full-court defense,” Tiffin coach Pam Oswald said, “and we were trying to push it up, and sometimes we didn’t make the best decisions with the ball.”

The Dragons (10-11, 7-10 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) scored the game’s first four points, but then were outscored 23-3 by the Oilers, creating a deficit TU didn’t overcome.

“I don’t feel that some of the shots that we took we really good shots,” Oswald said. “We knew that they were gonna play zone for 40 minutes. I don’t really feel that we attacked that the way that we needed to.

TU made only 15 of 47 shots from the field (31.9 percent). Jessica Harris and Stephanie Kelly finished with eight points each to lead the Dragons in scoring. Erica Mathis had seven points off the bench.

“We’re just lacking having people looking to score,” Oswald said. “Jordan Fraley’s done that for us, and unfortunately she went down today. But we need to have people step. Steph Kelly’s done it before for us, Missy Gilliland has, Jess has. It’s just being able to step up, feel comfortable and hit those shots.”

Fraley left the game with an injury late in the first half.

In Kayla Brown, Findlay had what the Dragons were missing – someone to step up offensively. Brown had 17 points, two steals and three rebounds, helping the Oilers improve to 17-4, 14-3.

“She’s our mainstay and she’s our glue, and she knows that,” Cummings said. “I think we rally around her when she does well, but we also try to keep her in a position to get the shots. I think we worked hard to get her open.

Karli Beasley had 10 points for Findlay. The win was Cummings’ 100th as Oilers coach.

“I love this team, I love our depth and I love that we have balanced contribution,” Cummings said.