Local College Roundup: TU women unable to close out upset

HOUGHTON, Mich.- One team was 6-0 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. The other came in 0-6.

The result was what was expected. Michigan Tech defeated Tiffin University’s women’s basketball team 68-61 Saturday.

But the Dragons, still in search of their first conference win, gave the Huskies all they could handle.

Behind a stellar effort from senior Karli Mast, Tiffin played Michigan Tech tough and close, actually taking a 62-61 lead when Mast converted a four-point play with 2:25 left.

Mast finished with a game high 25 points. The 3-pointer was her sixth of the afternoon, and she added four rebounds.

“We had a major goal, our expectation is we have to fight together,” said TU coach Pam Oswald. “I felt today was a day where we took that step.

“I feel Karli was able to give us a lot more because her teammates were doing a good job setting screens,” Oswald said. “Karli’s a pressure type of person.”

But Tiffin wasn’t able to finish the comeback, and Michigan Tech went on an 8-0 run to finish the game.

We have inexperience in those tight situations, and Michigan Tech capitalized on our miscues,” Oswald said.

The duo of Mackenzie Perttu and Kylie Moxley was dynamite for the Huskies, who improved to 8-2 overall. Perttu had 20 points, nine rebounds and four steals, while Moxley collected 19 points and four rebounds.

Tiffin (3-7) got eight points from Jillian Adams and seven points from Kaylee Patton.

TU men left in cold

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Tiffin men’s basketball coach Jerry Buccilla said his team was ready for Michigan Tech to take plenty of 3s, and did a nice job defending them.

The problem was the Huskies – even under pressure – made 12 of 30 treys.

Not a terrific percentage, but enough to impact the game, as Michigan Tech grabbed a 10-point halftime lead and added to it throughout the second half, winning 67-44.

The Huskies could afford to shoot a low percentage. They had 16 offensive rebounds.

Austin Armga led Michigan Tech (8-2, 4-2 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) with 19 points, while Ben Stelzer had 16.

Tiffin’s leading scorer was Joe Graessle, with 10 points. Tiffin lost both ends of its Upper Peninsula trip and fell to 5-6, 1-5 in the GLIAC.

“Again they focused on Joe,” Bucilla said. “They did a real nice job assuring Joe didn’t get space.”

Buccilla said Graessle needs offensive support from his teammates. There was a six-minute stretch in the second half where the Dragons didn’t score.

“Our guys still believe and I believe we’ll come back, get back at home and compete hard and start having success,” Buccilla said.

Wilmington wins big

WILMINGTON – Heidelberg and Wilmington came in with identical Ohio Athletic Conference records, but sure didn’t play like that Saturday.

Hannah Haeseker and Makenzie Wippel each had double doubles, and the Quakers roughed up the Student Princes, 80-51.

Haeseker had 10 points and 11 boards, while Makenzie Wippel had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Neither of them were the Quakers’ leading scorer. That honor went to Haley Howard, who had 16 points and six rebounds as Wilmington improved to 6-6, 3-2 in the OAC.

Heidelberg (9-3, 2-3) got 20 points from Kathleen Phillips.