* When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
*Average points scored/allowed: Big Walnut (54.0/33.3), Delaware (58.0/42.6)
*Big Walnut (6-0 overall, 3-0 in OCC-Capital; key players: Jodie Jindra, Tabatha Piper )
*Delaware (8-0 overall, 4-0 OCC-Capital; key players: Anasa Matthews, Makeda Matthews, Brittany Skeens)
*Key matchup: Post play will be the difference, but the approach to that interior battle doesn't have to start in the middle. Although the Golden Eagles have no one over 5-foot-10 to match up with the 6-foot-1 Matthews twins, Big Walnut could win that battle on the outside with defensive ball pressure by Piper, Jessi Tutorow and Tara Johnson . That is the matchup that will determine how things go in the paint. The Eagles must keep pressure on point guard Chelsie Burden, shooting guard Skeens and forward Caroline Welker. Skeens has been making outside shots, so defenses slacking off to help in the paint have been getting burned.
*Big Walnut wins if ... it can continue its defensive dominance and keep the score low, forcing the Pacers into a halfcourt game. That would mean no easy points and would put pressure on the Matthews sisters. Both have been foul prone in past seasons ... it is aggressive and drives to the post, trying to get Delaware's big players in foul trouble ... applies ball pressure in the halfcourt defense, making it difficult for the Pacers to pass to the interior.
*Delaware wins if ... converts turnovers into points ... scores before Big Walnut sets its defense ... uses a team-rebounding philosophy. With Big Walnut concentrating on blocking out the Matthews sisters, Welker and Skeens will have opportunities to sneak into the lane for rebounds. ... Delaware, although deeper than past seasons, will need to keep its starters out of foul trouble.