By BRIAN LESTER
PAINESVILLE — Hope of making the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament hangs by a thread for the University of Findlay women’s basketball team.
All the Oilers can do at this point is win and hope it’s enough.
They did that Saturday afternoon, bouncing back from Thursday’s 88-80 loss to rival Ashland and taking down Lake Erie College 85-68 at the Osborne Center.
“I thought in the first half and the first eight minutes or so of the second half, we had high energy, we were very active on defense and the pace was good on offense,” UF head coach Jim Wiedie said. “But after we got up 24, we played to the score.¨
The fact that the Oilers did let up from an intensity and effort standpoint once they built up the big lead against the Storm did not sit well with Wiedie.
“We got sloppy, we lost our focus and our intensity, and we let them hang around a little bit,” Wiedie said. “I’m not a big fan of playing to the score. I’m a stickler to playing your game.”
In the end, though, all that mattered was that UF (11-12, 8-11 GLIAC) won the game.
Senior guard Karli Beasley had a lot to do with the win, turning in one her best performances. She scored a career-high 22 points, knocking down four treys along the way, and also tallied four assists and four steals.
“She played outstanding,” Wiedie said. “It was good to see her knock down some 3-pointers, and she was very active on defense. It was a great effort.”
Beasley nailed two treys late in the half that extended the Oilers’ lead to 45-28 and UF went into halftime with a 45-30 advantage.
The Oilers pushed their lead to 20 at 54-34 after Margaret Wuebker hit two free throws and UF rolled from there as it came through with a much-needed road win and remained in 10th in the conference standings. The top eight make the tournament.
Karli Bonar added 14 points for the Oilers. Chrissy Delaney led LEC (9-16, 4-15) with 22 points. Sam Narducci added 12.
UF heads back out on the road Thursday when it battles Walsh in a 5:30 p.m. game in Canton. The Oilers won the first meeting 56-51 last month at Croy Gymnasium.
“We’ve been playing well lately and we look forward to next week,” Wiedie said. “The key for us is to be consistent. When we focus defensively and play with energy, we can beat anyone we play.”
FINDLAY (11-12, 8-11 GLIAC)
Wuebker 3-2–8, Beasley 7-4–22, Gunning 3-2–10, Geiger 3-1–8, Bonar 4-3–14, Klein 2-0–4, Kenny 1-0–3, Andrews 0-3–3, Klausing 1-0–2, Lessler 2-4–8, Grevenkamp 0-0–0, Lewis 0-3–3. TOTALS: 26-57 22-29 — 85.
LAKE ERIE (9-16, 4-15 GLIAC)
Delaney 8-6–22, Irish 1-1–3, Jindra 1-0–2, Narducci 5-2–12, Shagovac 2-1–6, Jones 4-0–9, Garst 0-0–0, Trushel 0-0–0, Brumbaugh 1-2–5, Weichler 0-0–0, Skelton 2-3–7, Walker 1-0–2. TOTALS: 25-57 15-24 — 68.
3-Point GOALS: Findlay 11-30 (Beasley 4, Bonar 3, Gunning 2, Geiger & Kenny); Lake Erie 3-14 (Shagovac, Jones & Brumbaugh).
rebounds: Findlay 29 (Wuebker & Bonar 4); Lake Erie 43 (Delaney & Jones 8).
ASSISTS: Findlay 18 (Andrews 5); Lake Erie 12 (Brumbaugh 3).
STEALS: Findlay 17 (Beasley 4); Lake Erie 10 (Irish & Narducci 3).
BLOCKS: Findlay 4 (Wuebker, Beasley, Geiger & Kessler); Lake Erie 2 (Irish & Jindra).
TURNOVERS: Findlay 13; Lake Erie 27.
TOTAL FOULS: Findlay 21; Lake Erie 22.
FOULED OUT: Findlay (Wuebker); Lake Erie (Skelton).
HALFTIME: Findlay, 45-30.
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