Bre Nauman is not your prototypical 3-point shooter.
The 6-foot freshman center is known for scoring in the paint and rebounding. But on a night when just about everything else was working for her, Nauman had an opportunity to add something to her repertoire.
With the Dragons leading Northwood 50-46 with about 10 minutes left in regulation, Nauman was fed a pass deep on the right wing.
Tiffin University’s Bre Nauman shoots over Northwood’s Emily Kutch Thursday at the Gilmor Center.
She never hesitated, burying the shot, putting her team up seven, and prompting a Timberwolves' timeout.
"I'm lucky enough to have a have a coach that trusts me to hit the 3," Nauman said "[TU coach Pam Oswald] says a blind squirrel always finds a nut, and I found a nut tonight."
Nauman also helped the Dragons find their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win of the season. She had 22 points and nine rebounds as TU defeated Northwood, 78-69.
"Bre has the ability to do some really great things. The biggest thing, though, is she's gotta be aggressive all the time," Oswald said. "She's gotta be that person that wants the ball and is just gonna keep working and working until she gets that ball. It was nice tonight to see her be able to demand the ball. To constantly keep posting and wanting the ball down low."
Of course, most of Nauman's scoring was in the paint. Led by Nauman, Jillian Adams and Anya Masko, Tiffin outscored the Timberwolves, 26-14 in the paint. Even when they didn't make baskets, TU drew fouls, and went to the foul line 27 times, making 24.
"I feel like our season has turned around," Adams said afterward. "We know what we have to do, we just have to go out and do it."
Adams finished with 10 points and five rebounds, going a perfect 6 for 6 from the stripe.
It was a night of strong freshman performances. The Dragons trailed by as many as nine in the first half. They trailed 34-31 at the break, but sparked by Nauman and Deidre McKay - another freshman - they quickly gained the lead after a Jordan Fraley layup with 18:04 left in regulation and never lost it.
McKay finished with 17 points.
"We all came into this game really wanting it," McKay said. "We were all in it together and we just kept pushing through."
Northwood (5-6, 3-4) got 22 points from Sarah Susan and 21 points from Lauren Robak. But it was out-rebounded 41-33 and shot just 37 percent (10 for 27) from the floor in the second half. Tiffin (4-7, 1-6) shot 60 percent (14 for 25) in the second half.
Anya Misko had six boards for TU, while Kaylee Patton had eight points off the bench.