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Women’s Basketball: UF hangs tough against Cedarville

Cedarville University’s women’s basketball team suddenly came alive in the third quarter and threw a 12-0 run over 3 minutes at the University of Findlay.
The Oilers, still leading by two points, didn’t crumble.
Instead, they allowed two points over the next 10 minutes, built their lead back up and eventually posted a 73-65 Great Midwest Athletic Conference victory at Croy Gymnasium Tuesday night
“Every time we have a little set back, we find away to come out and play pretty well,” UF coach Jim Wiedie said. “I thought the first half was one of the best first halves we’ve played offensively and defensively. We got a little lax in the third quarter and part of it was Cedarville stepping up their game.”
Findlay improved to 18-6 overall, 15-5 in the GMAC while Cedarville (19-5, 14-4) fell a full game behind Ursuline (18-6, 15-3) in the league standings. The Arrows didn’t play Tuesday night.
The Oilers, who haven’t lost consecutive games all season, rebounded from a 67-65 loss to Ursuline in which they a season-low shot 29 percent (19 of 71).
“We were excited and obviously it was a big game so we were pumped up,” said Anna Hintz who recorded her seventh double-double with 29 points and 10 rebounds. “Saturday, we were pumped up too but just couldn’t hit shots.”
The 6-foot-2 junior forward connected on 10 of 14 shots and even splashed in her fifth and sixth 3-pointers this year.
“Sometimes I get in my head and I keep missing,” Hintz said. “Today I was just like, we’ve got to win. If you miss it, someone else can get the rebound and the putback and everyone needs to look and score. It was a good team win tonight.”
Hintz tallied 14 points in the first half and picked up where she left off by draining a baseline jumper to start the second half.
A few possessions later, she went behind the back on a drive down the lane for a bucket and the foul for a three-point play she’d convert.
“Super aggressive and maybe she should play Cedarville every game,” Wiedie said.
Findlay’s Lynsey Englebrecht chipped in 17 points with four 3-pointers.
Elissa Ellerbrock (Ottawa-Glandorf) came off the UF bench after missing two games with a high ankle sprain.
Cedarville was without its top scorer in Regina Hochstetler (17.8 ppg) who has missed the last two games with injury.
The Oilers also didn’t let Baylee Bennett (14.1 ppg) get many open looks from downtown.
The GMAC’s 3-point leader in makes (83) and percentage (49.7) needed volume to score 14 points, hitting 4 of 14 from the arc.

CEDARVILLE (19-5, 14-4 GMAC)
Watterworth 8-12 0-1—16, Bennett 5-15 0-0—14, Huffman 6-10 0-0—14, Johnting 1-4 0-0—2, Holm 2-6 0-0—4, Poole 6-9 0-0—13, Buckley 1-3 0-1—2, Peek 0-1 0-0—0. TOTALS: 29-60 0-2 — 65.
FINDLAY (18-6, 15-5 GMAC)
Hintz 10-14 7-7—29, Horstman 4-10 0-0—8, Thobe 1-3 1-2—3, Englebrecht 5-12 3-3—17, Stegmaier 4-8 1-2—9, Molnar 0-2 2-2—2, Ellerbrock 0-2 1-2—1, Puthoff 2-6 0-0—4. TOTALS: 26-57 15-18 — 73.
3-Point GOALS: Cedarville 7-25 (Bennett 4-11, Huffman 2-2, Kelly 1-4, Johnting 0-3, Holm 0-3, Buckley 0-2); Findlay 6-19 (Englebrecht 4-10, Hintz 2-2, Horstman 0-4, Molnar 0-2, Ellerbrock 0-1).
rebounds: Cedarville 35 (Watterworth 11); Findlay 30 (Hintz 10).
ASSISTS: Cedarville 10 (Huffman & Holm 3); Findlay 12 (Horstman 4).
STEALS: Cedarville 4 (Poole 3); Findlay 9 (Thobe 4).
BLOCKS: Cedarville 1 (Watterworth 1); Findlay 1 (Thobe 1).
TURNOVERS: Cedarville 17; Findlay 11.
TOTAL FOULS: Cedarville 19; Findlay 8.
HALFTIME: Findlay, 41-29.
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