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UF women top Tech on Horstman’s buzzer-beater

By ANDY WOLF
staff writer
Sophomore guard Haley Horstman buried a game-winning jumper as time expired to propel the University of Findlay’s women’s basketball team to 73-72 victory over Michigan Tech in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play Thursday.
“As a team, we just ran our play like we were supposed to do,” Horstman said. “We ran our main offense and just knew we had to get a shot off.”
Horstman finished with a team-high 17 points and hit 8 of 10 attempts from the field to help the Oilers improve to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in GLIAC play.
“Haley stepped up big; I’m really happy for her,” UF coach Jim Wiedie said. “I’m hard on her about shooting the ball because she doesn’t shoot it enough.”
The Huskies, the preseason favorites in the league coaches poll to win the North Division, fell to 4-3 and 2-1 in league play.
UF, which led 62-50 heading into the final frame, never trailed until the 2:03 mark at 70-68.
Michigan Tech’s leading scorer Danielle Blake (14.2 points per game) had been held to just two points through three quarters but scored eight in the fourth to fuel a rally.
Each of her final two buckets gave the Huskies the lead, the last with 40 seconds remaining to cap a 19-8 run.
The Oilers held possession for the remainder of the game, getting a key rebound from Kelsey Lewis to keep their hopes alive with 10 seconds remaining.
“I’m a little disappointed giving up the led there in the fourth quarter, but sometimes with a young team that happens,” Wiedie said. “We gave up some easy baskets on drives and got a little out of sync on the offensive end. We were able to make plays when we needed to and were fortunate to be in the position to take the last shot.”
Lewis, a 6-foot senior forward, finished with 15 points and four rebounds, and even drained her third 3-pointer of her career in as many attempts.
Margaret Wuebker added 15 points and five rebounds for the Oilers, hitting 7 of 9 attempts from the floor. Emily Molnar added eight points and three assists off the bench.
The Oilers were able to get great looks inside all game long, outscoring the Huskies 46-28 in the paint. They shot 52.5 percent (32 for 61) while attempting only eight 3-pointers.
Kylie Moxley and Morgan Anderson co-led Michigan Tech with 17 points. Moxley finished with a double-double by grabbing 11 rebounds, while Anderson knocked down 5 of 8 attempts from 3-point range.
Findlay will return to action at 3 p.m. Saturday for another home GLIAC clash with Northern Michigan (2-5, 1-2) at Croy Gymnasium.

michigan tech (4-3, 2-1 GLIAC)
Moxley 8-13 1-1 17, Anderson 5-9 2-4 17, Winter 5-7 0-0 13, Blake 4-7 2-2 10, LewAllen 2-4 0-0 6, Gardner 2-8 0-0 4, Stoll 1-2 1-2 3, Pertty 1-3 0-0 2, Kelliher 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 28-53 6-9—72.
findlay (6-1, 3-0 GLIAC)
Horstman 8-10 1-3 17, Wuebker 7-9 1-1 15, Lewis 5-6 4-4 15, Molnar 4-7 0-0 8, Hinton 3-9 0-0 6, Bonar 2-8 0-0 5, Hintz 2-5 0-0 4, Englebrecht 1-3 0-0 3, Zajec 0-1 0-0 0, Stegmaier 0-1 0-0 0, Puthoff 0-2 0-0 0. TOTALS: 32-61 6-8—73.
3-Point GOALS: Michigan Tech 10-23 (Anderson 5-8, Winter 3-5, LewAllen 2-4, Gardner 0-4, Perttu 0-2); Findlay 3-8 (Lewis 1-1, Englebrecht 1-2, Horstman 1-3, Molnar 0-1, Zajec 0-1).
rebounds: Michigan Tech 32 (Moxley 11); Findlay 25 (Wuebker 5).
ASSISTS: Michigan Tech 18 (Gardner 6); Findlay 11 (Bonar & Molnar 3).
STEALS: Michigan Tech 5 (Blake 2); Findlay 7 (Horstman 3).
BLOCKS: Michigan Tech 4 (Anderson, Gardner, LewAllen & Perttu); Findlay 3 (Hintz 2).
TURNOVERS: Michigan Tech 14; Findlay 9.
TOTAL FOULS: Michigan Tech 15; Findlay 10.
FOULED OUT: none.
HALFTIME: Findlay 39-29.
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