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UF women’s basketball team soars to eighth consecutive win

By BRIAN LESTER

STAFF WRITER

After an emotional and thrilling win over No. 1 Ashland University Thursday night, University of Findlay women’s basketball coach Kate Cummings wasn’t sure what to expect against Lake Erie College on Saturday afternoon.

The Storm is on the opposite end of the spectrum of Ashland, the 2012 national runner-up, entering the game on a nine-game losing streak.

But the Oilers, riding the high of a 66-51 win over the Eagles, showed few signs of a letdown, taking command from the opening tip and rolling to a 75-37 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win at Croy Gymnasium.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” Cummings said. “So many teams in our position either come out playing well or they flop. We were afraid of the flop.”

Instead of flopping, the Oilers thrived, playing aggressive defense and building a 44-15 halftime lead.

Findlay forced 32 turnovers, including 18 on steals, and scored 40 points off those mistakes. The Oilers made the effort plays as well, scoring 26 second-chance points and limiting the Storm to 27.5 percent (14 of 51) shooting.

“I thought our intensity was really good in the first half,” Cummings said. “We played hard and we made big plays.”

For the Oilers (19-4, 16-3 GLIAC), it was their eighth consecutive win, and another balanced effort was a key to beating the Storm (3-19, 1-18), who have scored less than 60 in 10 consecutive games.

Margaret Wuebker came through with a career-high 12 points and also grabbed six rebounds and tallied two steals. Former Riverdale standout Kayla Brown pumped in 10 points and moved into 12th all-time on the school scoring list (1,143 points).

Seven other players scored at least four points, including Riverdale grad Lacey Kessler, who dropped in nine points.

Kessler drilled one 3-pointer and made a nifty move off a steal where she dished the ball inside to Alyssa Grevenkamp for a layup and a 72-30 Findlay lead in the closing minutes.

The Oilers shot 42.9 percent (24 of 56) from the floor and got 42 points from their bench as they remained in second place overall in the conference standings.

Even with the success, however, Findlay isn’t satisfied.

“We’re still talking about developing and getting better. There is so much more we can do,” Cummings said. “It’s not just about wins. We have the mindset that we want to continue to improve our game.”

Findlay will be back in action at 8 p.m. Thursday against Walsh University at Croy Gymnasium.

The Oilers beat the Cavaliers 68-64 in Canton last month and will be seeking their first 20-win season since the 2009-10 campaign. Walsh (7-15, 4-14) lost 65-60 in overtime to Tiffin University on Saturday.

LAKE ERIE (3-19, 1-18)

Skelton 1-3 0-2 2, Murray 1-8 0-0 3, Carpenter 4-9 0-1 9, Delaney 4-7 3-4 11, Irish 0-5 0-0 0, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Narducci 0-2 0-0 0, Jindra 1-1 0-0 2, Garst 2-5 0-0 6, McNally 0-3 0-0 0, Hebert 0-2 0-0 0, Wojciechowski 1-5 1-2 4. TOTALS: 14-51 4-9–37.

findlay (19-4, 16-3)

Wuebker 3-4 6-8 12, Dotson 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 4-10 1-2 10, Andrews 2-4 0-0 6, Elam 1-4 3-4 5, Maggert 1-1 1-2 3, Beasley 1-8 0-0 3, Klausing 3-4 1-3 8, Grisdela 0-0 0-0 0, Kessler 1-1 6-6 9, Grevenkamp 2-7 0-0 5, Piehl 1-4 2-2 4, Lewis 4-5 0-0 8, Kras 1-3 0-0 2. TOTALS: 24-56 20-27–75.

HALFTIME: Findlay, 44-15.

3-Point GOALS: Lake Erie 5-20 (Garst 2-5, Carpenter 1-1, Wojciechowski 1-2, Murray 1-8, Jones 0-1, Hebert 0-1, McNally 0-2). Findlay 7-24 (Andrews 2-3, Kessler 1-1, Klausing 1-2, Beasley 1-4, Brown 1-5, Grevenkamp 1-5, Piehl 0-1, Elam 0-3).

rebounds: Lake Erie 31 (Delaney 9, Skelton 5); Findlay 46 (Lewis 7, Wuebker 6, Piehl 5). ASSISTS: Lake Erie 8 (Narducci 2); Findlay 11 (Beasley, Kessler & Piehl 2). STEALS: Lake Erie 12 (Carpenter 3); Findlay 18 (Klausing 3). BLOCKS: Lake Erie 4; Findlay 4 (Kras 2).

TURNOVERS: Lake Erie 32, Findlay 26. TOTAL FOULS: Lake Erie 23, Findlay 13. FOULED OUT: Lake Erie, Delaney.

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