CLEVELAND - Tiffin University's women's basketball game with Ursuline was tight for a half, in part because the Dragons hadn't taken control of the glass.
That changed in the second half, and the Dragons, behind a stellar debut from freshman Deidre McKay, defeated the Arrows, 64-54.
McKay finished with a game-high 18 points in 32 minutes, adding five rebounds, two steals and three assists. She also went 6 of 6 from the foul line.
"Deidre McKay was able to get things moving, she's aggressive." Oswald said.
It also was a nice debut for starting center Bre Nauman. Nauman had just two points, but she led the Dragons with nine rebounds, four from the offensive side. Mackenzie Storlie added five rebounds, and 10 TU players had at least three.
TU won rebounding 26-9 in the second half.
"I felt like a number of different people contributed," Oswald said. "It wasn't 'put it on one person's shoulders.'"
Oswald said the team's hope is to be solid on the boards this year.
"That's what our goal is, that's where we want to be," Oswald said. we make it a point every day in practice; we know we have to battle."
Karli Mast, in her first game back after missing most of last season with an injury, scored five points in 21 minutes. Jordan Fraley had nine points, while Jillian Adams had six.
The Dragons scored 24 points off the bench.
"I feel that for us to be successful, our bench has to be in there with us," Oswald said. Sub in and have consistency."
The Arrows were led by Erica Huber and Emma Ricketts, who had 10 points each. Ursuline slipped to 1-1.
One of the things that Oswald said impressed her the most was the way her squad stuck to its game plan. She said she wanted to force Ursuline outside to win. The Arrows were forced into 26 3-pointers, making only 6.
"I felt that my staff did an outstanding job, our kids embraced it, picked it up and kept to (the plan)," Oswald said.