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Women’s basketball: Oilers pull away from Alma in exhibition

By ANDY WOLF
STAFF WRITER
Exhibitions can serve many purposes.
The University of Findlay women’s basketball team played their third one in six days Tuesday and got stronger over the course of the game in topping Alma College 91-43 at Croy Gymnasium.
The Oilers fell to two Division I teams in Cincinnati (77-35) and Dayton (91-65) prior to facing Division III Alma.
UF coach Jim Wiedie felt playing the two D-I teams could expose some improvement areas.
“We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well against Cincinnati (15 of 51),” Wiedie said. “Dayton was just so much bigger than us. We played well; the press gave (Dayton) problems. It was 42-37 in the second half.
“Today, we’re a little disappointed. I thought we would come out with a little more fire, especially on the defensive end.”
On Tuesday, the Oilers actually trailed 13-12 after one quarter, but built a 33-25 halftime edge before exploding for a 35-9 third-quarter advantage.
In that third frame, UF ramped up its press a notch to force 10 turnovers and earn six steals.
Wiedie likes the press to create easy scoring opportunities for his team and take advantage of the depth and quickness he has at guard.
It worked to the tune of 35 Alma turnovers and 24 UF steals with seven players turning in at least two. Madison Stolly, a true freshman, led the way with four swipes.
“If our guards are active up front, good things are going to happen,” Wiedie said. “If they’re not you’re going to get what you have in the first half.
“It’s a work in progress. We haven’t spent a ton of time on it but I’ve been pretty pleased through the first three games on how it’s looked.”
UF’s Lynsey Englebrecht led all players with 17 points after a 5-of-13 night from 3-point range.
Lauren Ruth and Christa Puthoff each had 12 points for the Oilers.
Stolly added nine points in 10 minutes off the bench while Elissa Ellerbrock (Ottawa-Glandorf) also scored nine points.
Starters Anna Hintz (seven rebounds) and Jenna Stegmaier supplied eight and seven points, respectively.
“I didn’t think the starting group played as well as they were capable of playing,” Wiedie said. “I thought we got a spark from that second rotation.
“I think we pass up way too many shots. I’m constantly on them about catching and looking to shoot or driving.”
ALMA
Long 1-6 0-0 2, Barnauskas 5-11 2-2 14, Brandt 1-1 0-0 2, King 2-6 0-0 6, Hill 4-10 0-0 10, Trickey 1-2 0-0 2, Syme 0-3 2-2 2, Johns 0-0 0-0 0, Hengesbach 1-1 2, Phillipson 0-2 0-0 0, Eldridge 1-1 1-5 3. TOTALS: 16-43 5-9–43.
FINDLAY
Hintz 3-7 2-6 8, Stegmaier 2-5 3-5 7, Horstman 0-2 1-2 1, Englebrecht 6-15 0-0 17, Ellerbrock 4-8 0-0 9, Ken. Hinton 0-3 0-0 0, Molnar 0-0 0-0 0, Mercer 1-3 0-0 3, Thobe 1-2 0-0 2, Stolly 4-9 0-0 9, Fricke 3-4 0-0 6, Seger 1-5 0-0 2, Ruth 4-7 2-2 12, Kee. Hinton 1-3 0-0 3, Puthoff 5-6 2-4 12. TOTALS: 35-79 10-19–91.
3-Point GOALS: Alma 6-17 (Barnauskas 2-3, King 2-3, Hill 2-6, Syme 0-3, Phillipson 0-2); Findlay Stegmaier 0-1, Horstman 0-1, Englebrecht 5-13, Ellerbrock 1-2, Hinton 0-1, Mercer 1-3, Stolly 1-3, Seger 0-1, Ruth 2-4, Hinton 1-2).
rebounds: Alma 35 (Eldridge & Long 7); Findlay 42 (Hintz 7).
ASSISTS: Alma 11 (Hill 3); Findlay 24 (Englebrecht, Molnar, Thobe & Stolly 3).
STEALS: Alma 6; Findlay 24 (Stolly 4).
BLOCKS: Alma 2; Findlay 2 (Hinton & Thobe).
TURNOVERS: Alma 35; Findlay 11.
TOTAL FOULS: Alma 20; Findlay 19.
FOULED OUT: None.
HALFTIME: Findlay, 33-25.
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