By ANDY WOLF
The University of Findlay women’s basketball team knows more than anyone how one good or bad quarter can be all the difference.
It made a huge difference in sealing an 86-65 Great Midwest Athletic Conference victory over Lake Erie on Thursday night in Croy Gymnasium.
The Oilers won the third quarter 23-10, getting 14 points from senior Lynsey Englebrecht in it.
“It says a lot about us, especially coming off a tough loss on Saturday,” said Englebrecht after the win and recording a game-high 22 points. “That was pretty much something we talked about over the other losses is putting the little things together. That was something we really wanted to focus on, approaching every practice and carrying it into the next five games — starting with (Thursday).”
Inversely, Findlay (17-5, 14-4) was on the wrong end of an abysmal quarter in their last matchup against Ursuline and were unable to come back from a 24-11 second frame.
The Arrows hung on to post an 80-73 victory on Jan. 4 and give the Oilers their first loss in league play.
Findlay, with four GMAC games remaining, gets its shot at redemption 1 p.m. Saturday as Ursuline (17-6, 14-3) comes to town with huge league title implications in the balance.
Englebrecht is looking forward to the rematch.
“We’re going to come in (Friday) and practice really hard and make sure we focus on their key players and their offensive and defensive norms,” Englebrecht said. “And we’ll just make sure we take care of the little things again.”
Arguably, the two biggest keys are Ursuline seniors Laney Lewis and Camryn Hill.
The pair has been a dynamic duo all season long and such was the case against UF.
Lewis (6-1 forward) played all 40 minutes and recorded a monster triple-double of 25 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists.
Hill (6-2 forward) scored 24 of her 27 points before the fourth quarter and also hauled in nine rebounds.
Ursuline players not named Lewis or Hill combined to shoot only 9 of 31.
Meanwhile, two of UF’s biggest offensive weapons in Haley Horstman (13.4 ppg) and Englebrecht (14.2 ppg) couldn’t get going.
Horstman made just 1 of 10 from the field for a season-low two points.
Englebrecht, who attempts eight 3-pointers per game, made 1 of 2 from downtown en route to seven points.
“We didn’t play our best game of the year up there the first time,” UF coach Jim Wiedie said in an interview after the Lake Erie win. “We didn’t catch them the second game. This will be the first time we’ve had a chance where they’re playing the second game on a short rest and a quick tournaround.
“We’re a little bit deeper. I like to think that our bench is going to play a factor and maybe we’re going to run them into the ground a little bit.”
The Arrows survived narrowly survived Thursday’s game 85-84 at Hillsdale.
Findlay not only trails Ursuline in the league standings, but is behind Cedarville (18-4, 13-3) in the loss column.
The Oilers and Yellow Jackets will square off 8 p.m. Tuesday at Croy Gymnasiun.
UF prevailed 92-83 in a double overtime thriller at Cedarville on Dec. 16 the first time around.
“We’re in a great position,” Wiedie said. “We kind of control our own destiny.
“This is kind of a five-game mini season. We took care of business on the first one.
“We’ve just got to take care of it on the second one.”