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UF women’s basketball team tripped up by Ferris State

By BRIAN LESTER

STAFF WRITER

Even though the University of Findlay women’s basketball team had an opportunity at the end to knock off Ferris State University Saturday afternoon, the game was lost well before the final seconds of a 68-66 setback to the Bulldogs at Croy Gymnasium.

UF was beaten on the boards all day, getting out-rebounded 42-33, and it was the Bulldogs’ offensive rebounds in the first half that proved key in this Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference encounter.

“We lost this game in the first half,” UF head coach Kate Cummings said. “They had 10 offensive rebounds and scored nine points off of them. Looking back on it, it was the difference.”

It’s hard to disagree as the Oilers (5-2, 3-2 GLIAC) played well in other phases of the game. They scored 28 points off of 18 turnovers and held a 36-19 edge in bench points.

But rebounding was difficult and the Bulldogs (5-3, 4-1) ended up with a 22-14 advantage in points in the paint.

“It was a lack of fundamentals,” Cummings said. “We didn’t do a good job of boxing out. At one point in the first half, we were shooting around 20 percent in the paint. We didn’t finish plays inside either.”

Yet, through it all, the Oilers still had a chance to win. After trailing 37-34 at halftime, UF never let FSU get ahead by more than six in the second half.

UF’s Karli Beasley tied the game at 58-58 on a 3-pointer with 6:53 to go and UF took a 63-62 lead on a pair of free throws by Kendra Elam.

The Oilers led 64-62 after Tai Dotson split a pair of shots from the line with 2:32 remaining, but the Bulldogs took the lead for good at 65-64 on a trey by Sarah DeShone with 2:03 to go.

Kayla Brown had a 3-point attempt blocked with 13 seconds to play and Elam lost her grip on the ball as she tried to go up for a shot with seven seconds left.

UF shot only 35.8 percent (19 of 53) from the floor and Brown led the Oilers with 14 points.

Elam and Alyssa Grevenkamp clicked for 12 points apiece in a game where the lead changed hands seven times and the score was tied six times.

UF began this season with five consecutive wins, matching the best start since the 2009-10 campaign, but it has struggled as of late.

“We have to do a better job with the fundamentals and we have to play with more intensity,” Cummings said. “We’ve had a problem with focus the last couple of days, too, and we have to work on that.”

DeShone once again led the Bulldogs, pumping in 24 points to go along with nine rebounds. Kylie Muntz clicked for 15 points and Katie Mavis 11 as FSU shot 41.7 percent (25 of 60) from the floor.

The next challenge for UF is Grand Valley State, which plays the Oilers at 8 p.m. Monday at Croy. The Lakers (6-1, 3-1) were scheduled to play Hillsdale on Saturday night.

ferris state (5-3, 4-1)

Hess 2-8 0-0 4, Rando 1-6 0-0 2, Hoffman 1-4 2-2 4, Muntz 4-11 5-6 15, DeShone 9-15 4-4 24, Carmody 0-1 0-0 0, LaCross 1-2 0-0 2, Mavis 4-7 2-2 11, Standley 3-6 0-0 6, Sutton 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 25-60 13-14–68.

findlay (5-2, 3-2)

Wuebker 0-3 0-1 0, Dotson 2-7 1-4 5, Brown 4-11 3-4 14, Beasley 3-6 0-0 7, Andrews 0-4 4-4 4, Kenny 0-3 0-0 0, Klausing 0-1 0-0 0, Elam 4-4 2-2 12, Kessler 0-4 4-4 4, Grevenkamp 4-5 0-1 12, Lewis 1-4 4-6 6, Kras 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 19-53 18-26–66.

HALFTIME: Ferris State, 37-34.

3-Point GOALS: Ferris State 5-17 (DeShone 2-4, Muntz 2-8, Mavis 1-1, Carmody 0-1, LaCross 0-1, Rando 0-2); Findlay 10-23 (Grevenkamp 4-5, Brown 3-8, Elam 2-2, Beasley 1-1, Wuebker 0-1, Klausing 0-1, Kessler 0-1, Andrews 0-2, Kenny 0-2).

rebounds: Ferris State 42 (DeShone 9, Hoffman 8); Findlay 33 (Wuebker & Dotson 6). ASSISTS: Ferris State 12 (Deshone 4); Findlay 16 (Brown 4). STEALS: Ferris State 11 (Rando & DeShone 3); Findlay 13 (Brown & Kessler 3). BLOCKS: Ferris State 4 (Hoffman 2); Findlay 3.

TURNOVERS: Ferris State 18, Findlay 14. TOTAL FOULS: Ferris State 19, Findlay 16. FOULED OUT: None.

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