By BRIAN LESTER
TIFFIN — Kate Cummings was drenched as she emerged from the locker room of the University of Findlay women’s basketball team late Saturday afternoon at the Gilmor Center.
Her players had just emptied their water bottles on her to recognize her 100th win as the head coach the Oilers.
Findlay nailed down that milestone win with a 62-44 victory over Tiffin, stretching its win streak to six games and staying on track for not only the second seed in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament, but perhaps the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional as well.
The Oilers are having a season to remember and a lot of credit goes to Cummings for putting this team in a position to be successful.
A year ago, Findlay finished 15-12 and was knocked out of the conference tournament in the opening round.
The Oilers have played much more determined this season, focused on being a top-tier team in the conference and punching a ticket to the NCAA tournament for the second time in program history.
They already have 17 wins and while they do have room for improvement, the important thing for the Oilers is that they are willing to work to get better week in and week out.
Complacency is not an issue with this team. Sure, the Oilers are happy with what they have accomplished to this point, but they are hungry for so much more.
Perhaps the most notable thing about this Findlay team is something that doesn’t show up in a box score.
It’s called fun. You can tell the players are having a lot of fun being teammates and going through this journey together.
So while Cummings had no idea she had reached the 100-win mark on Saturday, her players did. They had fun with the moment and that doesn’t come as a surprise at all.
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