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TU women vs. SVSU

February 13, 2010 - Zach Baker

Early on, it's 7-2 Saginaw Valley State. Tiffin's lineup features Jonette McQueen. It's the first time I remember the 6-3 frosh getting a start. 

Dragons have opened 1 of 7 from the floor, and trail 11-2 with 14:37 to go in the half. Slow starts have been a large part of TU this season.

Jenna Saarela gets an offensive board, dribbles back to the right corner and buries a 3 for SVSU. TU coach Pam Oswald calls timeout and starts screaming. It's 16-6 at the 12:50 mark.

-At 9:45. SVSU leads, 24-13. Jaeb is starting to assert herself offensively (she had 35 the last time these teams met), but the Dragons are allowing too many easy baskets, which has been another thing that's been an issue this season.

-SVSU gets a left wing 3 from Jasmine Kennedy, a layup from Aysha Boston, and a steal and layup from Boston again. It's 35-20 SVSU, causing Oswald to burn a timeout just moments before the 5-minute media timeout. Right now, Tiffin is being outhustled. (4:41)

It's gotten ugly. Cardinals went on a 17-1 run, upping their lead to 24. It's 45-25 with less than a minute left.

Considering the Dragons beat this team in Michigan, this has to be extremely disappointing to Oswald. At the half, TU trails, 49-28.

At the 14:57 mark of the first half, it's 60-39 SVSU. TU's showing more energy, but the hole is so big it will need more than that.

- A Karli Mast jumper moments ago made it 66-53, as close as the Dragons have been in a long time. But with 9:06 left, TU still trails, now b y 15. It's 68-53 with 9:06 left.

Mandy Jaeb's 3 from the right corner makes it 72-60 at the 6:11 mark. TU (and Jaeb, who has 24) have played tough here in the second half. The question is, can the Dragons sustain it and make it close.

And now it's really starting to get interesting. Mandy Jaeb's layup makes it 74-67. On the next possession, SVSU loses the ball. 4:32 left. We've seen TU do this. Can it finish?

The incredible has happened. After being down 24 points, the Dragons have a 78-77 lead after a Stephanie Kelly left wing trey with 1:20 left.

Saginaw Valley won, 82-78. Kelley Wesp's jumper-turned 3-point play with 25 seconds left was the difference. TU had a chance to tie, but Jaeb's layup attempt across her body rattled around the rim and fell off.

Despite the furious finish, Oswald was more concerned in the postgame interview with her team's bad start, which has been a theme this year.



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