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UF women’s basketball team closes out year with a win

By BRIAN LESTER
STAFF WRITER

HILLSDALE, Mich. — Senior Karli Beasley and her University of Findlay teammates had high expectations for this season.

Coming off a runner-up finish in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament and an NCAA Division II tourney appearance a year ago, the Oilers had plans to build on that success.

But the season didn’t go as planned as it was filled with plenty of highs and lows, but it did end on a positive note as the Oilers knocked off Hillsdale College 78-66 Thursday night at Jesse Phillips Arena.

“It’s been an up and down road for us, but my team is great,” Beasley said. “I love my teammates, and to go out with a win, makes it all worth it.”

The Oilers (12-14, 9-13 GLIAC) could have packed it against the Chargers (12-14, 11-10), who are headed to the GLIAC tourney next week.

But UF responded like a team on a mission and head coach Jim Wiedie was happy with the effort his team gave in a game that had no postseason hopes riding on it.

“We talked in the locker room before the game that this is a pride game,” Wiedie said. “We could either come out and be ready to play or we could just check out. I was really pleased and extremely proud of our effort.”

Beasley helped stake the Oilers to an early lead as she nailed a trey and scored on a layup for a 17-14 lead. A layup and free throw by Lacey Kessler extended the UF lead to 20-14.

The Chargers closed the gap to 30-28 but Beasley answered with a trey before coming up with a steal that she turned into an easy layup and a 35-28 UF lead.
Two treys by Karli Bonar gave the Oilers a 41-32 lead at halftime.

UF pushed its lead to double digits early in the second half but the Chargers closed the gap to 53-52 after a 3-pointer by Chelsea Farrell.

But the Oilers responded and extended their lead to 62-52 after a layup by Nikki Gunning. UF never looked back as it ended its two-game losing streak and went out a winner.

“It’s been a trend for us to get a big lead and give it back to them,” Beasley said. “This was our last game of the year. We had to leave it all out there. It was good to end on a positive note.”

The Oilers shot 40 percent (26-of-65) from the field and Bonar paved the way with 17 points. Beasley scored 14 points while Gunning finished with 13 points. Margaret Wuebker and Ciara Geiger scored 10 points apiece.

UF only turned the ball over nine times and forced 24 turnovers. HC shot 45.8 percent (27-of-59) from the floor and got 29 points from Megan Vogt.

“When we have a desire to defend, we are in good shape,” Wiedie said. “We went out and showed that tonight. It was a key to our success.”

FINDLAY (12-14, 9-13 GLIAC)
Wuebker 4-6 2-2 10, Beasley 5-14 2-3 14, Gunning 3-10 7-7 13, Geiger 4-9 1-3 10, Bonar 6-9 0-0 17, Klein 0-0 0-0 0, Kenny 0-3 0-1 0, Andrews 0-3 4-6 4, Klausing 1-1 0-0 2, Kessler 2-6 1-2 5, Grevenkamp 0-1 0-0 0, Lewis 1-3 1-2 3. TOTALS: 26-65 18-26–78.
HILLSDALE (12-14, 11-10 GLIAC)
Bisaro 0-4 0-0 0, Fogt 14-15 0-1 29, Cromer 3-11 0-0 8, Landherr 0-1 1-3 1, Lowery 3-9 4-4 12, Moynes 2-4 0-1 4, Farrell 5-11 1-2 12, Borowski 0-3 0-0 0, Geffert 0-1 0-0 0, Lloyd 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 27-59 6-12–66.
HALFTIME: Findlay, 41-32.
3-Point GOALS: Findlay 8-24 (Beasley 2-5, Gunning 0-4, Geiger 1-4, Bonar 5-8, Andrews 0-1, Kessler 0-1, Grevenkamp 0-1); Hillsdale 6-17 (fogt 1-1, Cromer 2-5, Lowery 2-6, Farrell 1-4, Borowski 0-1).
rebounds: Hillsdale 48 (Fogt 21); Findlay 31 (Geiger 7).
ASSISTS: Hillsdale 16 (Cromer 5); Findlay 10.
STEALS: Findlay 17 (Beasley 5); Hillsdale 3
BLOCKS: Hillsdale 2, Findlay 1
TURNOVERS: Hillsdale 24, Findlay 9
TOTAL FOULS: Hillsdale 21, Findlay 17
FOULED OUT: None.

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