At Missouri State
Tiff Terwelp (pronounced TUR-welp) is the Valley's top returning rebounder after averaging 8.6 caroms per contest as a junior in 2006-07. The Quincy, Ill., product posted eight double-doubles and led MSU in rebounding 16 times last year en route to becoming just the 16th player in Missouri State history to record both 500 career points and 500 career rebounds. She also enters her senior season having played in 91 contests, just 32 games shy of cracking the MSU career top 10 list.
The Lady Bears' third-leading scorer (10.2 ppg.) and second-leading shooter from the field (.444), Terwelp started the season with a bang, posting double-doubles in four of MSU's first five contests. In a four-game stretch against Seton Hall, Arkansas State, UALR and Portland State, she matched or exceeded her previous single-game rebounding high each time out. In that same period, she amassed 57 boards, which represented the best four-game rebounding total for a Lady Bear since the 1974-75 season. The junior forward also led the Lady Bears in rebounding in each of their first seven games and went 10-of-17 from the floor in scoring 26 points to go along with 15 rebounds in MSU's 82-69 win over Portland State (Nov. 29). Terwelp notched her fifth double-double of the season and established another new career rebounding high with a 10-point, 16-rebound effort in a 70-51 loss at Tulsa (Dec. 9). She suffered a lower leg injury that kept her out of the lineup for wins over Oregon (Dec. 16) and Western Illinois (Dec. 21); returned to game action on Dec. 30 vs. Southern Illinois. Terwelp posted another double-double (18/11) on Jan. 1 in the Lady Bears' 82-72 loss at Evansville, converting 8-of-8 free-throw attempts. She grabbed nine boards and posted her second-straight 18-point effort in a 75-67 loss to Wichita State (Jan. 7), before scoring 13 points to go along with six rebounds and a career-high six assists on her 21st birthday in an 83-76 win at Indiana State (Jan. 11). Terwelp registered her seventh double-double of the season vs. Bradley (Jan. 21) with a 14-point, 10-rebound performance and scored her 600th career point in MSU's 61-51 loss at Creighton (Jan. 25). She totaled 13 second-half points and hauled in a team-high nine rebounds in a 68-65 loss at Wichita State (Feb. 3), and notched her eighth double-digit rebounding effort of the season on March 1 in a 60-47 loss at Southern Illinois. In the Lady Bears' home finale vs. Evansville (March 3), Terwelp tallied 16 points and seven rebounds. Terwelp also received recognition for academic and athletic achievement with her selection to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Second Team.
Terwelp started 25 contests for the Lady Bears during her sophomore campaign, averaging 8.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. The 6-2 forward led the squad in rebounding on nine occasions and posted nine double-digit scoring efforts as well. Against Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals of the State Farm MVC Tournament, Terwelp scored 16 points and pulled down eight boards in MSU's 62-59 win over the third-seeded Lady Panthers. Tiff scored a then-career-best 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 64-60 win over Illinois-Chicago (Dec. 19) in the Fun in the Sun Shootout. and followed that effort with a 24 point-effort against Oral Roberts (Dec. 20), in which she went 11-of-13 from the field to help the Lady Bears capture the tournament title. She went on to post four double-digit scoring efforts in a five-game stretch, including an 11-point, 10-rebound game in the Lady Bears' 92-89 overtime loss to Wichita State (Jan. 3).
Tiff was recognized as a member of the 2004-05 MVC All-Freshman team and played a key role in the postseason, shooting .500 (7-for-14) from the field in the Lady Bears' WNIT run, despite fighting through a stress fracture in her foot. The Quincy, Ill., native hit her only two field goals and both free throws for six points vs. Texas A&M and hit her lone shot vs. Iowa in the semifinals. She pulled down five rebounds in five minutes in the WNIT championship game against West Virginia. Terwelp had eight points and 11 rebounds in a career-high 35 minutes vs. Bradley (March 3). She was MVC newcomer of the week (2/21/05) for her stellar performances in road wins at Drake and Creighton. Terwelp was a point away from a double-double with 10 rebounds and nine points at Drake (Feb. 18). Earning her first career start vs. Missouri, Terwwelp responded with six points and five rebounds. She tied Jenni Lingor for the team lead in rebounds with seven vs. Tulsa. Tiff put up double-figure efforts on four occasions. Against Eastern Kentucky, she went 4-for-6 from the field and pulled down three boards and went a combined 5-of-8 from the field against Drake (Jan. 21) and Creighton (Jan. 23). She was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and was 2-of-3 from the foul line for 10 points and pulled down nine rebounds against Wichita State (Jan. 30). Terwelp scored 10 points, was 4-of-6 from the field, and grabbed seven rebounds in 26 minutes in the home win over Indiana State (Feb. 12).
The 2004 Quincy (Ill.) High graduate started all four seasons for the Blue Devils, averaging 15.4 points 9.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game in her senior campaign. She was amed team MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior and broke the Quincy High record for career rebounds with more than 1,000. As a senior, Tiff was named an honorable mention All-American by Street & Smith's Magazine. as well as a McDonald's All-America candidate. Terwelp was named to the Western Big 6 all-conference squad, was a first-team all-area member and was a Chicago Tribune all-state honoree. She helped lead her AAU team to a runner-up finish at nationals as a junior and to a ninth-place showing as a sophomore. In the classroom, Terwelp was a member of the National Honor Society and earned a spot on the Quincy High honor roll all four years.
The daughter of Rick and Debbie Terwelp, Tiffany Ann was born January 11, 1986, in Quincy, Ill. Tiff has one sister, Tawnya, and three brothers, Trent, Travis and Tanner. She is majoring in early childhood education.