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Women’s Basketball: Starting five is fabulous in win over Walsh

By ANDY WOLF
STAFF WRITER
Jim Wiedie is especially pleased with how well his starting five has set the tone at both ends of the court all season long.
The University of Findlay women’s basketball coach saw four of his starters score in double figures Thursday night in its 73-60 win over Walsh in Great Midwest Athletic Conference action at Croy Gymnasium.
“That’s what we need,” Wiedie said. “If you looked at our box scores last year there were a lot of times where our starters were never in double figure, or if they were it was one player.”
Findlay, playing its first home game of the season, improved to 6-1 overall, 3-0 in the GMAC. Walsh fell to 5-4, 2-1.
Lynsey Englebrecht scored a game-high 19 points for UF. Anna Hintz recorded 18 points and 13 rebounds, Haley Horstman added 17 points and Elissa Ellerbrock’s strong fourth quarter ended her with 13 points.
The trio of Englebrecht, Hintz and Horstman — who all average double figures on the season — all had at least 10 points by halftime in combining for 33 of Findlay’s 40 first-half points.
They combined for 41 field goal attempts in helping the Oilers shoot over 50 percent (29 of 54) for the fourth straight game. Each one had four assists as well.
Findlay did have to climb out of an 8-0 hole to start, but quickly answered with a 13-0 run.
The Oilers led 25-13 after one quarter and kept their lead above 10 points for the entire second half.
“This is the first time I think we’ve been behind all year,” Wiedie said. “We usually jump out to a lead and play really well in the first quarter.
“… A little uncharacteristic for us to be behind but this team has learned a lot since that first game against Wayne State (92-88 overtime loss).”
Ellerbrock, an Ottawa-Glandorf grad, scored 10 in the fourth quarter and made all five shots from the field with two 3-pointers.
“Her game is off the dribble and that’s when she’s at her best,” Wiedie said. “When she gets into the paint, pulls up and shoots, offensive rebounds and every once in a while knocks down a three.
“She just hasn’t been on the floor enough because she’s picked up early fouls right out of the gate.”
Christa Puthoff had UF’s only four bench points and starter Jenna Stegmaier had two points.
Alex Hochstedler and Dominique Foley co-led Walsh with 14 points apiece.

WALSH (5-4, 2-1 GMAC)
Hochstedler 6-13 0-0 14, Sales 2-7 3-4 7, Grober 3-7 1-2 7, Foley 5-8 2-2 14, Newkirk 1-6 0-0 3, Blake 0-1 0-0 0, Borck 0-0 0-0 0, Henkel 3-8 2-4 8, Orr 0-0 2-2 2, Blacksten 1-2 1-2 3, Butler 0-2 0-0 0, Westphal 1-2 0-0 2. TOTALS: 22-56 11-16 — 60.
FINDLAY (6-1, 3-0 GMAC)
Hintz 8-13 2-2 18, Horstman 6-15 2-2 17, Englebrecht 7-13 2-3 19, Ellerbrock 5-5 1-2 13, Stegmaier 1-3 0-0 2, Hinton 0-2 0-0 0, Molnar 0-0 0-0 0, Thobe 0-0 0-0 0, Stolly 0-1 0-0 0, Fricke 0-0 0-0 0, Puthoff 2-2 0-3 4. TOTALS: 29-54 7-12 — 73.
3-Point GOALS: Walsh 5-22 (Hochstedler 2-6, Sales 0-3, Grober 0-1, Foley 2-3, Newkirk 1-4, Blake 0-1, Blacksten 0-1, Butler 0-2, Westphal 0-1); Findlay 8-17 (Hintz 0-1, Horstman 3-5, Englebrecht 3-6, Ellerbrock 2-2, Stegmaier 0-2, Stolly 0-1).
rebounds: Walsh 33 (Sales 6); Findlay 31 (Hintz 13).
ASSISTS: Walsh 14 (Hochstedler & Newkirk 4); Findlay 15 (Hintz, Horstman & Englebrect 4).
STEALS: Walsh 9 (Hochstedler 3); Findlay 9 (Horstman & Stegmaier 3).
BLOCKS: Walsh 0, Findlay 4.
TURNOVERS: Walsh 23, Findlay 21.
TOTAL FOULS: Walsh 12, Findlay 15.
FOULED OUT: (UF) Ellerbrock.
HALFTIME: Findlay, 40-29.
Wolf: 419-427-8496,
andywolf@thecourier.com