Tiffin moved the ball with efficiency Tuesday night, making the extra pass, finding the open player, and making an easy shot.
It didn’t matter who the player was. The Dragons’ 76-60 win over Mercyhurst didn’t have one standout scorer. In fact, TU had five players score in double figures. Three players – Karli Mast, Jordan Fraley and Jessica Farr – tied for the team lead with 11 points each.
Anya Masko and Deidre McKay added 10 points apiece for TU, which improved to 3-1 this season.
The Dragons made 13 of 24 shots from the floor in the first half, building a lead that was as big as 15 in the first half, and went to the break up 43-30.
“Our offense works so much better when we have an in-and-out game,” Farr said. “Getting (the ball) in will open it up for the outside, and vise versa. Everything just flows a lot better when we make that extra pass, or we do all the other little things that get the people open.”
Tiffin coach Pam Oswald said she was encouraged by the team’s distribution of scoring.
“The one thing I like even more is the fact that they’re not always the same people [who score],” she said. “We have different people stepping up. I thought Anya Masko came in that second half, and she had some and-1’s for us that were huge. If we can be that team where different people are stepping up for us every night, that’s what’s gonna help us in the long run.”
Someone who stepped up Tuesday was Mast, who connected on three 3-pointers.
“I’m grateful to have really good teammates who set really good screens and really good passes,” Mast said. “Early on, I was wide open, and I’m just happy my teammates found me.”
But the game wasn’t smooth for TU. The Dragons began giving the Lakers second shots – Mercyhurst won the offensive rebounding 15-4 – and Tiffin turned the ball over 21 times.
“My biggest goal with this team is to get them to understand that when you have a lead, no matter how big or how small, that we have to be able to continue not to let a team have hope, not to let them have a glimmer,” Oswald said. “I felt that we were passive on that end, that we were not boxing out and getting those rebounds. Most of those possessions were, like, two, three offensive rebounds, and we were not getting it done.”
That’s troubling for Oswald, since her team starts its Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference slate a week from Thursday against a tough Wayne State team.
“That’s not going to cut it,” Oswald said. “We have to have that killer instinct on those rebounds to take away possessions.”
The Dragons were led on the boards by Farr, who had nine in just 16 minutes of play.
“It’s just all the little things we’ve been working on,” Farr said. “It’s one of our goals to out-rebound the opponents, and having such a competitive and big post group, it just makes us all better, because we all compete well.”
Oswald said Farr, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, is getting more and more comfortable on the court.
“(Farr) has the potential to become a really good post player for us,” she said. “She’s been doing a lot of different things that we didn’t see out of her last year, from her rebounding, like really getting up on those rebounds. But also I think she’s finally found some comfort in being able to play in the post. I’ve always said when you go to college, for a post player it’s a huge adjustment (with) the physicality of the whole game. I think she’s kind of gotten a better rhythm and a better feel for it.”
Mercyhurst (1-3) was led by Alayna White, who had 20 points and six rebounds.