By BRIAN LESTER
CANTON — In the blink of an eye, the February portion of the regular season is in the books for the University of Findlay women’s basketball team.
It was capped Saturday afternoon inside Osborne Hall with a 62-51 win over Malone, a victory that serves as the exclamation point on a 7-0 run through a month where every game counts for a little more and the grind of a long season really begins to take its toll.
So now the No. 25 Oilers shift their attention to March, one more regular season game awaits and then the postseason.
Findlay is in the midst of a special season. The kind of season every team hopes for but only a select group gets to experience.
One by one, the wins have piled up, 21 in all, including 10 consecutive during a win streak that is the longest since the 1999-00 team won 12 in a row.
Not every win is a thing of beauty, but in the end, it doesn’t matter how you win the game as long as you find a way to win it.
Against the Pioneers, the Oilers shot 51.1 percent from the floor, scored 17 points off turnovers and capitalized on 15 second-chance points.
Ten players scored, including 21 by former Riverdale standout Kayla Brown and 11 from Tai Dotson.
For the Oilers, their win over the Pioneers was a huge step in the right direction as they prepare for the madness of March.
“This was a big step in learning how to play on the road,” Findlay head coach Kate Cummings said. “The postseason is going be on the road. Can you find a way to win those games? It’s not always pretty, but can you find a way to make the simple plays and get the job done?”
So far the Oilers have done a good job of finding ways to win no matter what situation they are in. They have won 15 of 16 and continue to make strides.
It’s been a special year up to this point, and as long as the Oilers continue to stay motivated and make improvements, anything is possible for this team.
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