Tiffin women still looking for first GLIAC win

Pam Oswald was disappointed after Tuesday night’s game with Ferris State.

The Dragons lost to the Bulldogs, 79-69, and fell to 3-5, 0-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The TU coach was frustrated because she knows the team is capable of more than it’s producing.

Some coaches might make the excuse of having six freshmen on the roster. But Oswald said it’s not that.

“I feel that this is probably the most talented overall team that I’ve had since I’ve been here,” Oswald said. “I think the biggest part, … youth to me is an excuse. There’s no excuse for not playing hard the entire time.”

Ferris State grabbed the lead early, thanks to a brilliant first half from Sarah DeShone. DeShone scored 19 of her 24 points in the first half. DeShone finished with five 3s.

“She’s a senior who knows exactly what her team needs her to do, and she’s always on the attack,” Oswald said of DeShone, who also had four assists and four rebounds. “She’s always ready to do something, … she’s going to look for whatever little advantage you give her.”

The Bulldogs led 44-38 at the half, and Bulldogs coach Colleen Lamoreaux Tate said she knew her team couldn’t plan on that kind of half again from its star.

“I knew they’d be coming out with something different,” Lamoreaux-Tate said of the TU defense. “(Oswald’s) a sharp coach, so I knew she’s thinking of things, obviously to face guard Sarah the second half, so we just needed other people to step up, and thankfully we did.”

That role fell to Dena Droste, who had 14 points and four assists, much of which came in the second half.

“She’s so capable of it,” Lamoreaux-Tate said of Droste. “So I just got into her, I said ‘Man, we need you offensively.’ She just stepped up.”

Tiffin was led on offense by Bre Nauman, who went 6 for 6 from the floor and had eight boards. She finished with 14 points. Karli Mast had 12 points, but made just 3 of 15 attempts from the floor.

Oswald said her team settled too much on offense, and was tentative. She said much the same on Sunday when the Dragons lost to Grand Valley State.

“I didn’t feel that we tried to post as hard as we could have,” she said. “The whole first half they played us zone, and we just had post players who were willing just to stand there. We constantly as a staff are talking to our players about being aggressive, taking those open shots. I thought there was times that we made that extra pass out there, and players did a double take and wondered if they should shoot or not.”

Tiffin’s best chance to get back into the game came when Jillian Adams connected on a jumper to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 68-63 with 4:33 left. But Droste came back with two free throws and Katie Mavis hit a 3. Ferris State was back up by 10, and was never threatened again.