By ANDY WOLF
The more rebounds the University of Findlay women’s basketball team grabbed, the closer it got to grabbing a win.
The Oilers had a strong team effort in that facet with six players chipping in at least five boards.
Findlay outrebounded Hillsdale College 44-29 overall, 11-6 in the fourth quarter, to help earn a 70-63 victory in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play Thursday at Croy Gymnasium.
“We had to be active because we thought they didn’t do a good job of boxing out,” Jim Wiedie said. “I thought our threes and fours in particular were very active, especially late in the game.
“Any time you win the rebounding battle, that’s a key component to winning.”
It was a stark turnaround from the first time the Oilers (11-12, 5-10 GLIAC) and Hillsdale met Jan. 12, when the Chargers (12-10, 6-9) won the when the rebounding battle, 43-34, and the game, 73-56.
UF’s Elissa Ellerbrock, an Ottawa-Glandorf graduate, came off the bench for a game-high nine rebounds, three offensive, while Jenna Stegmaier had seven rebounds to go with her eight points.
Ellerbrock had five rebounds in the fourth quarter alone as the Oilers outscored the Chargers 13-8.
Findlay opened the final period on an 8-1 run to take a 65-56 lead.
Hillsdale shot 3 of 14 from the field in the fourth quarter.
Christa Puthoff backed UF with 15 points, hitting 7 of 10 attempts from the post.
She was held to four points in the first meeting at Hillsdale, thanks to a combination of poor entry passes and close-range misses.
On Thursday, her counterpart, Hillsdale center Allie Dittmer, had just five points and three rebounds. Brittany Gray made four 3-pointers to lead the Chargers with 14 points.
Dittmer was first in the GLIAC in offensive rebounds (3.7) and second in total (8.6).
“Today, we wanted to go inside early, try to get Dittmer in foul trouble,” Wiedie said. ”Christa did a great job of attacking and finishing, kicking the ball out when they doubled her.”
Haley Horstman and Anna Hintz each had 11 points and five rebounds for UF, and Lynsey Englebrecht chipped in 10 points.
hillsdale (12-10, 6-9 gliac)
Gray 5-0—14, Ott 5-0—13, Reed 4-0—9, Dewire 3-0—16, Jessica DeGree 3-0—6, Dittmer 2-1—5, Blair 2-0—5, Wacker 2-0—5, Chikwe 0-0—0, Porter 0-0—0, Anderson 0-0—0. TOTALS: 26-63 1-4 — 63.
findlay (11-12, 5-10 gliac)
Puthoff 7-1—15, Hintz 5-0—11, Horstman 5-0—11, Englebrecht 4-0—10, Stegmaier 3-1—8, Thobe 2-1—6, Bonar 1-0—3, Ellerbrock 0-3—3, Fricke 1-0—3. TOTALS: 28-62 6-11 — 70.
3-Point GOALS: Hillsdale 10-25 (Gray 4-6, Ott 3-7, Reed 1-3, Wacker 1-3, Blair 1-5, Dewire 0-1); Findlay (8-21 (Englebrecht 2-5, Hintz 1-2, Horstman 1-2, Stegmaier 1-2, Fricke 1-1, Thobe 1-1, Bonar 1-5, Ellerbrock 0-3).
rebounds: Hillsdale 29 (Reed 5), Findlay 44 (Ellerbrock 9).
ASSISTS: Hillsdale 18 (Blair 4), Findlay 14 (Thobe 5).
STEALS: Hillsdale 9, Findlay 5 (Horstman 3).
BLOCKS: Hillsdale 3, Findlay 0.
TURNOVERS: Hillsdale 11, Findlay 15.
TOTAL FOULS: Hillsdale 12, Findlay 6.
FOULED OUT: none.
HALFTIME: Hillsdale, 38-35.