AU women’s basketball pulls off stunner, 79-63, against Tiffin

Maloney hits five 3s in route to team-leading 15 points


AU Athletics

The Eagles battled hard to separate themselves from the Dragons down the stretch.

Cade Cracas, Sports & Digital Editor

The Ashland University women’s basketball team got the job done on the road in a 79-63 victory over the Tiffin Dragons to improve its record to 20-0.

While the contest remained close until the fourth quarter, the Eagles mounted a dominant quarter outscoring the Dragons 27-14 after struggling through the first three.

In the first quarter of play, the Eagles outscored the Dragons 18-14 and mounted a solid start. Within the first four minutes, the Eagles led 9-0, but the Dragons were not ready to give up. In the second quarter, they brought the game back within one point Dragon guard Savanah Richards dropped in a layup with five seconds left making the score, 33-32.

At halftime, it was clear adjustments needed to be made, but to start the third quarter the Eagles remained in hibernation. The Dragons outscored the Eagles to start, 9-5, through the first five minutes and looked like they may separate themselves from the No. 1 team in the country.

With a rally after a timeout, the Eagles slowly took back their strong pace of play with a 52-49 lead heading into the final segment of the game.

In the fourth quarter, they outscored the Dragons 27-14 with guard Maddie Maloney knocking down four three-pointers, guard Hallie Hiedemann grabbing two momentum-shifting steals and the team shooting 10 of 13 from the field to finish the game.

While the contest was close up until the fourth, the quick turnaround showcased how the team can adapt and improvise on the fly.  Both upperclassmen, Annie Roshak and Hallie Heidemann scored 14 points in the victory.

To finish the contest, they shot 55% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc while forcing 15 Tiffin turnovers.

The Eagles now prepare to take on the Malone Pioneers on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 5:30 P.M.