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Women’s Basketball: Oilers get big road win at ODU

By ANDY WOLF
STAFF WRITER

COLUMBUS — Road wins have been hard to come by all season for the University of Findlay women’s basketball team.

But when they needed one badly, they got it.

The Oilers put forth a strong fourth quarter in topping Ohio Dominican 62-53 Thursday for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory at Alumni Hall.

The victory, the 600th in the 38th year of women’s basketball, keeps UF (12-12, 6-10 GLIAC) in the mix for a spot in the conference tournament.

UF trails Walsh by two games for the eighth spot with four games remaining.

“We know who’s ahead of us and I think it’s going to take a minimum of eight (league wins) to have a shot to get in,” UF coach Jim Wiedie said, feeling even stronger about nine wins. “This was a big one. To go on a 3-game winning streak to get us to six, especially on the road against a team that beat us by 30 at our place.”

Findlay is now 2-9 on the road, picking up its first GLIAC win away from Croy Gymnasium.
ODU (16-8, 11-6) defeated the Oilers 82-51 in the first meeting.

Junior Haley Horstman scored a game-high 18 points, including 10 to help the Oilers win the fourth 22-16.

She had eight points, two 3-pointers, in an 11-4 run as UF pushed its lead to 51-41 with five minutes remaining.

The Panthers never pulled within seven the rest of the way.

“Our biggest problem is we pass up shots, way too many wide open shots,” Wiedie said. “You’re not going to get too many open shots against a team that likes to defend and ODU is a good defensive team.”

Elissa Ellerbrock (Ottawa-Glandorf) matched her career high of 12 points — all in the first quarter.
Karli Bonar made three 3-pointers for nine points.

The Oilers led 17-9 after one, 31-17 at half but survived a lackluster third quarter that ODU began on a 16-2 run to gain a tie.

The scenario was nothing new for UF.

“We’ve had some quarters that we’ve given up a lot of points, had leads and let teams come right back in it,” Weidie said. “… But we were able to settle down enough to get enough stops, weather that storm and keep doing what we had done in the first half.”

Madi Rittinger, Megan Eyre, Alexis Overly and Tori Beth Leader each co-led ODU with 10 points apiece.

FINDLAY (12-12, 6-10 GLIAC)
Hintz 3-11 0-0 6, Puthoff 2-3 2-4 6, Horstman 7-10 2-4 18, Thobe 0-0 1-2 1, Bonar 3-7 0-2 9, Molnar 0-1 0-0 0, Englebrecht 3-6 0-0 8, Ellerbrock 4-12 1-1 12, Fricke 0-1 0-0 0, Stegmaier 0-2 2-2 2. TOTALS: 22-53 8-15–62.

OHIO DOMINICAN (16-8, 11-6 GLIAC)
Futscher 1-3 0-0 2, Rittiger 5-10 0-0 10, Eyre 4-9 1-1 10, Bates 1-5 0-0 2, Rose 0-5 4-4 4, Overly 4-10 2-2 10, Cook 2-6 1-1 5, Leader 2-6 4-4 10, Blanford 0-4 0-0 0. TOTALS: 19-58 12-12–53.

Findlay 17 14 9 22 — 62
Ohio Dominican 9 8 20 16 — 53

3-POINT GOALS: Findlay 10-23 (Ellerbrock 3-6, Bonar 3-7, Horstman 2-4, Englbrecht 2-3, Hintz 0-2, Stegmaier 0-1); Ohio Dominican 3-18 (Leader 2-4, Eyre 1-6, Rittinger 0-1, Overly 0-1, Cook 0-2, Blanford 0-2, Rose 0-2).
REBOUNDS: Findlay 38 (Hintz 9); Ohio Dominican 37 (Eyre 6, Futscher, Rittinger & Blanford 5).
ASSISTS: Findlay 14 (Stegmaier 5, Horstman 3); Ohio Dominican 9 (Eyre 3).
STEALS: Findlay 6 (Hintz & Ellerbrock 2); Ohio Dominican 10 (Cook 3).
BLOCKS: Findlay 3 (Hintz 2); Ohio Dominican 2 (Rittinger 2).
TURNOVERS: Findlay 17, Ohio Dominican 18.
TOTAL FOULS: Findlay 18, Ohio Dominican 19.
FOULED OUT: None.