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Women’s Basketball: UF tops ODU for 8th straight win

Staff Writer
COLUMBUS — Lynsey Englebrecht’s 3-pointer to start the second half not only gave the University of Findlay women’s basketball team a 53-37 lead, but it also matched the Oilers’ entire offensive production from the previous game.
The Oilers didn’t let up and preserved that edge for a 85-72 Great Midwest Athletic Conference victory Wednesday night at Alumni Hall in Columbus.
“We’ve had a lot of success early on the road,” UF coach Jim Wiedie said of the Oilers being 5-0 in true road games. “We’ve turned that situation completely around from last year (2-11).
“…It’s a veteran team and we’re just playing with a lot of confidence right now.”
Findlay (8-1, 5-0 GMAC) upped its win streak to eight in a row. ODU fell to 6-3, 3-1.
The Oilers shot 60 percent in producing their highest first-half point total of the season and a 50-37 lead.
Anna Hintz dropped 14 of her 20 points in the first half and was one of four starters to tally eight points by halftime.
Englebrecht matched her career-high with six made 3-pointers in 10 attempts. She finished with 20 points.
Haley Horstman added 12 points, Elissa Ellerbrock had nine points and Jenna Stegmaier scored eight points to mark all five starters with at least that many.
“It’s a good balance,” Wiedie said. “We’re getting great production inside with Anna and Christa (Puthoff).
“We’ve got the shooters on the outside. The only thing that frustrates me is we pass up shots. We overpass sometimes.”
Wiedie isn’t a firm believer in passing the ball “eight or 10 times” either.
Yet UF’s starting five also shared the ball well for a season-high 23 assists.
Ellerbrock (Ottawa-Glandorf) led with six assists while Englebrecht, Horstman and Stegmaier each had four of their own.
“The key to our success so far is the way our starting five has played,” Wiedie said. “Offensively and defensively they have to set the tone and they’ve done that this year.”
Yet it was the UF bench that opened up the game in their favor.
Puthoff scored on a post move in the paint and Kendyl Hinton buried a 3-pointer to give Findlay some breathing room at 16-12 midway through the first quarter.
Dana Fricke ended the frame with a bucket that spotted the Oilers a 24-17 lead.
“When we sub, that second and third rotation that’s coming in is giving us positive minutes, they’re bringing us energy,” Wiedie said. “You look at (guard) Allie Thobe tonight. You put her in the game and it just changes the whole complexion of the game.”
Sarah Futscher and Darian Rose each scored 13 points to lead the Panthers who shot 9 of 26 from 3-point range.
Emily Thomas added 12 points.
“We were doubling the post and they were getting some good looks on the three because we were late rotating out,” Wiedie said of the first half. “They hit some tough threes. They had some kids late in the fourth quarter that hit tough threes but for the most part I thought our defense was pretty solid.”
Findlay (8-1, 5-0 GMAC)
Hintz 7-9 6-6 — 20, Englebrecht 7-12 0-0 20, Horstman 5-15 2-2 12, Ellerbrock 3-7 1-2 9, Stegmaier 3-7 0-0 8, Puthoff 2-3 1-1 5, Fricke 2-2 0-0 4, Stolly 1-1 2-2 4, Hinton 1-2 0-0 3, Molnar 0-1 0-0 0, Thobe 0-0 0-0 0, Seger 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 31-59 12-13 — 85.
Ohio Dominican (6-3, 3-1 GMAC)
Futscher 5-9 2-3 13, Rose 5-7 0-0 13, Thomas 4-10 2-2 12, Conley 3-5 1-2 9, Macaulay 2-5 2-2 6, Eyre 3-7 0-0 6, Fisher 2-7 0-0 5, Troyer 2-4 0-0 4, Fox 1-1 2-2 4, Overly 0-3 0-0 0. TOTALS: 27-58 9-11 — 72.
3-Point GOALS: Findlay 11-22 (Englebrecht 6-10, Ellerbrock 2-4, Stegmaier 2-4, Hinton 1-1, Horstman 0-2, Molnar 0-1); Ohio Dominican 9-26 (Rose 3-4, Thomas 2-6, Conley 2-4, Fisher 1-4, Futscher 1-3, Eyre 0-2, Overly 0-1, Troyer 0-1, Macaulay 0-1).
rebounds: Findlay 30 (Hintz 8); Ohio Dominican 30 (Eyre 7).
ASSISTS: Findlay 23 (Ellerbrock); Ohio Dominican 15 (Fisher 6).
STEALS: Findlay 8 (Englebrecht 3); Ohio Dominican 4 (Rose 2).
BLOCKS: Findlay 2 (Hintz 2); Ohio Dominican 2.
TURNOVERS: Findlay 14, Ohio Dominican 18.
TOTAL FOULS: Findlay 16, Ohio Dominican 16.
FOULED OUT: Ellerbrock, Findlay; Macaulay, Ohio Dominican.
HALFTIME: Findlay, 50-37.