By ANDY WOLF
University of Findlay women’s basketball coach Jim Wiedie called it both a “God-awful” and a “fluke” shooting day.
It was one the Oilers couldn’t power through.
The Oilers put up a season-high 71 field goal attempts, but made a season-low 19 and fell just short of league-leading Ursuline College 67-65 on Saturday in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play at Croy Gymnasium.
“It’s tough from the standpoint that we shot 26 percent from the field,” Wiedie said. “… What else can you do? You can’t play any better defense than what we played. We gave ourselves second-chance opportunities and the ball just didn’t go in the basket and you lose by two.
“If you can’t score, you can only play defense for so long. I thought our defensive effort was outstanding.”
Findlay (17-6, 14-5 GMAC), which already has qualified for the league tournament, fell two games behind Ursuline (18-6, 15-3) with three games remaining.
The Oilers’ fourth-most efficient offense in Division II (47.9 percent) converted less than 30 percent of their field goal attempts for the first time this season and went below 40 for only the third time.
They did get the chance at a final shot, down 67-65 with 15.3 seconds left.
Wiedie called a timeout deep into the possession, leaving 3.9 seconds on the clock.
As the Oilers set up an inbounds play from the baseline, Dana Fricke was called for charging on a cut into the lane before the ball was tossed in.
“We’ve got a play where we’ve got a kid cutting to the basket which Dana was the first option,” Wiedie said. “Then we get Lynsey (Englebrecht) coming off a staggered screen, and then our post player pops on that play.
“Unfortunately, we never got an opportunity to run the play through with the call there at the end.”
A 3-for-24 start from the floor put UF in a 26-16 hole early in the second quarter.
Still, the Oilers battled back to within 36-34 at halftime and never let the Arrows get too far ahead.
From the start of the second half through the first 5 minutes of the fourth quarter, the Oilers missed eight attempts that either would have tied the score or given them the lead.
Anna Hintz, who finished with 18 points, finally knotted the score midway through the fourth on a three-point play created by a fast-break steal.
Seconds later, Englebrecht gave UF its only lead at 59-57 on an easy layup off a Christa Puthoff offensive rebound.
Ursuline needed only 23 seconds to respond.
Late in the shot clock, Camryn Hill banked a 3-pointer from the right corner high off the glass and in.
After Hintz missed a layup, Morgan Mattimore canned an open 3-pointer from the other corner and the Oilers were playing catch-up again, down 63-59.
Wiedie was pleased with his team’s defensive effort in limiting the GMAC’s top scoring duo of Hill (17.1 points per game) and Laney Lewis (19.4 ppg) to a combined 24 points.
Mattimore, filled the gap with 21 points, 11 above her season average.
Meanwhile, UF’s big scoring three of Hintz, Englebrecht and Haley Horstman, who led the Oilers with 19 points, struggled through an off shooting night.
“We’re not going to go too many games where Anna Hintz goes 3 for 14, Haley goes 7 for 23 and Lynsey goes 4 for 16 and you lose by 2,” Wiedie said. “It’s a tough way to lose but that’s the game.”
Englebrecht did make three 3-pointers to break the UF single-season mark of 78 previously held by Trisha Lauck (1997-98).
Findlay has a short turnaround with another key GMAC game against visiting Cedarville (18-4, 13-3) at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The Oilers won the first meeting 92-83 in double-overtime on Dec. 16 at Cedarville.
“It always comes back to our defense,” Weidie said. “Today was just uncharacteristic on the offensive end but our kids will be ready to play.”
URSULINE (18-6, 15-3 GMAC)
Lewis 4-7 5-8—13, Hill 5-7 0-0—11, Salisbury 1-5 0-0—0, Mattimore 10-15 0-1—21, Koncz 3-8 0-0—8, Crevison 3-5 0-0—8, Lairson 0-0 0-0—0, Cardwell 1-3 0-0—3. TOTALS: 27-50 5-9 — 67.
FINDLAY (17-6, 14-5 GMAC)
Hintz 3-14 12-13—18, Horstman 7-23 4-4—19, Thobe 0-1 2-2—2, Englebrecht 4-16 0-0—11, Stegmaier 1-4 0-0—2, Molnar 1-2 2-2—4, Stolly 0-0 0-0—0, Fricke 2-5 0-0—5, Puthoff 1-6 2-4—4. TOTALS: 19-71 22-25 — 65.
3-Point GOALS: Ursuline 8-18 (Hill 1-1, Salisbury 1-4, Mattimore 1-2, Koncz 2-6, Crevison 2-3, Cardwell 1-2); Findlay 5-23 (Horstman 1-6, Englebrecht 3-13, Stegmaier 0-1, Molnar 0-1, Fricke 1-2).
rebounds: Ursuline 33 (Lewis 13); Findlay 46 (Hintz 15).
ASSISTS: Ursuline 14 (Lewis 9); Findlay 10 (Horstman 5).
STEALS: Ursuline 4 (Salisbury & Mattimore 2); Findlay 9 (Horstman 3).
BLOCKS: Ursuline 5 (Lewis 2); Findlay 2 (Hintz & Puthoff).
TURNOVERS: Ursuline 16; Findlay 8
TOTAL FOULS: Ursuline 19; Findlay 16.
FOULED OUT: Findlay (Stegmaier).
HALFTIME: Ursuline, 36-34.