AUSTIN, Texas - Tiffin's women's basketball team opened its regular season with a thud Friday afternoon in Texas.
The Dragons, coming off one of their best seasons in program history, were defeated by Incarnate Word, 67-52 to open the 2012-13 season.
The Dragons managed just 22 first-half points, and were done in by 24 turnovers overall.
"Our biggest thing is just the fact of being disciplined with the basketball," TU coach Pam Oswald said. "We had 24 possessions, we have to learn to value possessions."
The Dragons were led by Jessica Harris, who started the season with a double-double - 18 points, 10 rebounds.
"Jess was solid for us," Oswald said. "They weren't a real big team, so we were able to get her out there on the block."
Karli Mast added 14 points for the Dragons.
Incarnate Word, also playing its season opener, was led by Lauren McKinney's 19 points and Katy Cooke's 15.
Tiffin will play again today, this time against host St. Edward's at 5:30 p.m.
"I think it definitely allows us to take a quick hard look at what we didn't do well, pick ourselves up and get right back at it (today)," Oswald said. "We want to come home with a W."
Malone knocks back TU
CANTON - Malone bottled up Tiffin's hitting attack Friday en route to a 25-19, 27-25, 25-10 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win.
Danielle McQuade (8) and Mohawk graduate Maureen Kurtz (7) combined for 15 of Tiffin's 31 kills, but the Student Princes (9-19, 2-15 GLIAC) hit at just a .101 clip.
Malone, however, turned in a .281 hitting percentage, with Hannah Haver belting 12 kills and Lauren Townley smacking nine.
Townley added four solo blocks for the Pioneers (18-9, 11-6), Taylor Slauterbeck came up with 10 digs and Kimberly McCracken (14) and Brianna Clegg (13) teamed up for 27 assists.
The Dragons got 27 assists from Tiffany Buchinger, Jordan Jenkins had 12 digs, Columbian graduate Rachel Reamer tallied eight digs and McQuade ended with seven digs.
Jays, Jettinghoff dominate second half
BOWLING GREEN - Tyler Jettinghoff is aptly named.
Jettinghoff sparked a dominating fourth quarter with three long scoring runs Friday as Delphos St. John's throttled Fremont St. Joe 54-21 in a Division VI regional semifinal at Bowling Green State University.
The Blue Jays trailed 21-7 early in the second quarter, but cut the deficit to 21-13 late in the first half when Ben Youngbar reeled in an 8-yard pass from Mark Boggs.
It was all St. John's from there.
Mark Boggs crashed in from 6 yards out midway through the third quarter, and Luke MacLennan scored his second of three TDs later in the period, with Jettinghoff adding a conversion run for a 27-21 advantage.
Then Jettinghoff really went to work.
He broke off a 79-yard scoring run with 9:26 to play, which was followed by long weather delay.
When play resumed, Jettinghoff returned an interception 25 yards for score and sprinted 64 yards for another touchdown after Youngbar halted a St. Joe with another interception.
MacLennan capped the scoring with a 35-yard sprint later in the period.
MacLennan's first score mirrored the last, helping the Blue Jays knot the score at 7 at the 7:16 mark of the first quarter.
The Crimson Streaks opened the scoring on Zach Yeckley's 6-yard toss to Jordan Sessler, then went up 13-7 on a 7-yard pass to Luke Stierwalt.
Yeckley then found Marcus Kerr for a 28-yard touchdown 32 seconds into the second quarter, and Stierwalt hauled in a conversion pass for the 21-7 lead.