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Women’s Basketball: Oilers top Tiffin behind Thobe’s career night

By ANDY WOLF

STAFF WRITER

TIFFIN — Allie Thobe was everywhere in the third quarter.

The senior guard collected nine points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals in the third period to help the University of Findlay women’s basketball team blow the game wide open against Tiffin University on Thursday.

The Oilers won the quarter 34-20 and cruised to an 89-69 victory in their Great Midwest Athletic Conference opener.

“We knew we really needed to pick it up in the third quarter and kind of put it to them,” Thobe said. “So that’s what we were focusing on — having a good first couple of minutes, and that’s what we did.”

Findlay (3-0, 1-0 GMAC) secured their first win at Tiffin since the 2013-14 season.

They eclipsed 50 percent (33 of 60) from the field for the first time this season and were 8 of 15 from 3-point range.

Thobe finished with career-highs of 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists with three steals to boot. She was 5 of 7 from the floor and 8 of 12 at the foul line.

“Being the point guard I know I have to take charge at some points in the game,” Thobe said. “I couldn’t do it without my teammates. So it’s really an all-around team effort.”

UF senior Anna Hintz also posted her third-straight double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds.

Findlay took a 40-27 edge into halftime.

Thobe assisted on 3-pointers by Hintz and Lauren Ruth to start the frame with a bang.

UF worked up a 53-33 lead before unleashing a 15-0 run over 4 minutes.

Despite UF leading by 68-33, Oilers coach Jim Wiedie was unhappy with his team allowing 42 points in the second half.

Tiffin, which attempted one free throw in the first half, went 10 of 12 at the line after halftime.

The Dragons also won the fourth quarter 22-15.

“I don’t think that when you have a 35-point lead it gives you the freedom to not guard anybody at the other end,” Wiedie said. “It started when we subbed and even when we put the first group back in, it wasn’t much better.”

Jenna Stegmaier put in 14 points, making all six attempts from the field with two 3-pointers.

Elissa Ellerbrock (Ottawa-Glandorf) added eight points and three blocks.

Annie Santucci’s 21 points backed the Dragons. She drained six 3-pointers and went for 14 points in the second quarter.

L-B grad and Tiffin sophomore Jensen Hiegel added four points and five assists.

Findlay (3-0, 1-0 GMAC)

Hints 11-17 3-3 — 29, Thobe 5-7 8-12 — 18, Ellerbrock 2-9 3-4 — 8, Ruth 2-7 0-0 — 5, Stegmaier 6-6 0-0 — 14, Schweiger 1-2 0-0 — 2, Landin 0-2 1-1 — 1, Stolly 1-1 0-0 — 2, Fricke 2-4 0-0 — 4, Seger 1-1 0-0 — 3, Kin 1-3 0-0 — 2, Heath 1-1 0-0 — 2. TOTALS: 33-60 16-21 — 89.

Tiffin (2-4, 0-1 GMAC)

Fire 1-6 0-0 — 2, Santucci 7-18 1-2 — 21, Schirmer 4-8 1-1 — 9, Hiegel 2-5 0-0 — 4, Miler 3-9 0-0 — 8, Nichols 1-3 0-0 — 2, Wesner 4-8 1-2 — 10, Perrott-Hunt 1-2 0-0 — 2, Watts 2-2 1-2 — 5, Cummings 0-5 6-6 — 6. TOTALS: 25-65 10-13 — 69.

Findlay 17 23 34 15 — 89

Tiffin 8 19 20 22 — 69

3-Point GOALS: Findlay 8-15 (Hintz 3-4, Stegmaier 2-2, Seger 1-1, Ellerbrock 1-3, Ruth 1-4, Schweiger 0-1). Tiffin 9-27 (Santucci 6-13, Miller 2-4, Wesner 1-4, Hiegel 0-1, Nichols 0-1, Cummings 0-1, Schirmer 0-3).

rebounds: Findlay 42 (Hintz 10, Thobe 6); Tiffin 31 (Santucci 6).

ASSISTS: Findlay 16 (Thobe 7); Tiffin 12 (Hiegel 5).

STEALS: Findlay 9 (Hintz 3, Thobe 3); Tiffin 7 (Santucci 3).

BLOCKS: Findlay 8 (Hintz 3, Ellerbrock 3); Tiffin 3 (Santucci, Watts, Cummings).

TURNOVERS: Findlay 14; Tiffin 16.

TOTAL FOULS: Findlay 21; Tiffin 23.

FOULED OUT: None.

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