Lourdes (9-19, 6-14 WHAC)
Game #29: Wednesday, February 13, 5:30 p.m. EST
at Northwestern Ohio (9-19, 6-14 WHAC)
Racer Gymnasium - Lima, Ohio
Game #30: Saturday, February 16, 6:30 p.m. EST
vs. Cornerstone (17-11, 11-9 WHAC)
Owens Community College (SHAC) - Perrysburg, Ohio
Upcoming in Gray Wolves Basketball: Lourdes University will wrap up its second season of intercollegiate women's basketball this week with a pair of Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference games. The Gray Wolves will travel to Northwestern Ohio on Wednesday evening before hosting Cornerstone on Saturday for Senior Night in a game that will be played at the Student Health and Activities Center on the campus of Owens Community College.
On the Air: Saturday's contest against Cornerstone will be broadcast live locally on BCSN2, which is part of Buckeye Cablesystem. The game is also scheduled to re-air on BCSN Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1:30 a.m. as well as 9:30 a.m.
Head Coach Zareth Gray: In her second season on the Lourdes bench, Zareth Gray has a 14-44 (.241) record at the helm of the Gray Wolves. In her sixth season overall as a women's head coach, Gray has a 44-139 (.240) career mark. She is the only head coach in Lourdes program's history.
Series Notes: Lourdes is 0-3 all-time against Northwestern Ohio, having dropped the previous meeting this season 57-47 at Tam-o-Shanter. The Gray Wolves also fell in both meetings last year, dropping an 83-48 decision at home before losing 88-68 to the Racers in Lima, Ohio. Lourdes is 0-3 all-time against Cornerstone after falling to the Golden Eagles 63-51 earlier this year in a game played in Grand Rapids, Mich. Lourdes fell 82-59 on the road against Cornerstone last season before dropping a 72-64 decision at Tam-o-Shanter.
This Year's Previous Meetings: Lourdes cut a 13-point second half deficit to one midway through the second half, but that would be as close as the Gray Wolves would get in a 57-47 loss to Northwestern Ohio on Jan. 9 at Tam-o-Shanter. Tarynn Hampton led Lourdes with 13 points and nine rebounds while Shaye Warman paced the Racers with 12 points and eight boards. Cornerstone led the entire way on Jan. 12 in Grand Rapids on the way to a 63-51 win over Lourdes in the schools' first meeting. Lauren Tilden scored 14 points and Tiffani Blackman had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards to pace the Gray Wolves. Jill Hendrickson and Kathy DeYoung scored 14 points each for the Golden Eagles.
Wrapping Up Recent Action: Lourdes fell on Wednesday to #24 Siena Heights 59-35 at Tam-o-Shanter as the Gray Wolves shot just 21.3% for the game. Tiffany Scott led Lourdes with 12 points. The Gray Wolves then posted a 91-63 win over Marygrove at home on Saturday. Tarynn Hampton scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Lauren Tilden added 17 points.
Scouting Northwestern Ohio: The Racers have lost five straight games following a 90-77 loss at Indiana Tech on Saturday afternoon and are playing at home for the final time this season against Lourdes. Shaye Warman leads the team in scoring averaging 14.8 points per game. Madison Coldren is the team's top rebounder, pulling down 6.5 boards per game. Defensively, UNOH ranks fifth in the nation allowing opponents to shoot 25.5% from three-point range.
Scouting Cornerstone: The Golden Eagles enter the week following a 54-52 loss at Concordia (Mich.) on Saturday afternoon and host Indiana Tech on Wednesday night before traveling to face Lourdes. Robyn Veltkamp leads Cornerstone in scoring, averaging 17.9 points per game on the season. As a team the Golden Eagles rank fourth nationally allowing opponents to shoot just 33.4% against them while surrendering just 54.1 points per contest.
Thanks Ty!: Ty Ali will be honored prior to tip-off on Saturday evening as the lone member of the 2012-2013 senior class. In fact, she is the first senior to finish her career in a Gray Wolf uniform. Transferring to Lourdes prior to this season, Ali has averaged 10.1 points and 2.6 assists per game for the Gray Wolves.
Lighting Up the Scoreboard: Lourdes matched its school record for points in a game on Saturday afternoon, scoring 91 against Marygrove in the victory. All 12 players that dressed in the victory scored for the Gray Wolves. The Gray Wolves previously had scored 91 points on Nov. 18, 2011 in a 91-52 win over Pittsburgh-Titusville.
Looking to Double Up Last Year's Win Total: Lourdes looks for its 10th win of the season this week, a mark that would double last year's total of five. In the Gray Wolves' inaugural season of 2011-2012, Lourdes went 5-25 overall but was 0-18 in WHAC play. This year the Gray Wolves have won six conference games already.
Captains: Lourdes has four captains on the roster this season. Serving in the leadership role for 2012-2013 are Lauren Tilden, Ty Ali, Tiffani Blackman, and Tarynn Hampton.
Lourdes Tabbed Ninth in Preseason Poll: The Gray Wolves were selected to finish in ninth place in the WHAC this season in the preseason poll conducted of the league's head coaches. Lourdes was picked just ahead of Michigan-Dearborn, and just behind Indiana Tech. Concordia (Mich.) was tabbed as the conference's preseason favorite for 2012-2013.
Hampton Named to All-WHAC Preseason Team: Junior forward Tarynn Hampton has been named to the All-Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference Preseason Team in a vote of the league's head coaches. A member of the WHAC All-Newcomer Team one season ago, Hampton led Lourdes averaging 15.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest.
This and That: Tara Yurek pulled down a career-high nine rebounds in just 12 minutes of action against Marygrove ... Tarynn Hampton scored 20 points against Marygrove, her fourth 20+ point game of the season.