Women’s Basketball: Oilers blow out Storm, 86-65

By ANDY WOLF
STAFF WRITER
The University of Findlay women’s basketball team managed to outshoot its defense in the first half and build a 48-36 edge.
They put together a dominating third quarter at both ends to blow the game open and roll past Lake Erie 86-65 in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play Thursday at Croy Gymnasium.
“Lake Erie was shooting 50 percent in the first half and it was basically layups,” UF coach Jim Wiedie said. “We were a little slow in our rotations, we weren’t getting over where we needed to be.
“We cleaned that up in the third quarter.”
The Oilers (17-5, 14-4 GMAC) opened the third quarter on a 17-5 run to pull ahead 65-42.
They eventually outscored the Storm 23-10 in the frame.
Lynsey Englebrecht drained three 3-pointers in a row midway through and later threw a bounce pass in traffic to Emily Molnar who finished under the bucket.
Englebrecht broke out for 14 of her game-high 22 points in the third and finished with six 3-pointers in 10 attempts.
She’s now three 3-pointers away from breaking the UF single-season mark of 78 set by Trisha Lauck (1997-98).
“It definitely felt good, trying to get back into the mojo,” said Englebrecht who went 1 of 7 downtown in Saturday’s 77-73 loss at Walsh. “Saturday I was feeling good, obviously not 100 percent (car accident). It just felt good to be out here and 100 percent.”
Lake Erie (11-2, 7-10) had no answer for UF’s Anna Hintz, as well, who scored 10 points in the first 3:14 of play.
She finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Haley Horstman supplied 17 points while Christa Puthoff recorded a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, seven offensive.
Allie Thobe (four assists, four steals) started for injured junior and Ottawa-Glandorf grad Elissa Ellerbrock (high ankle sprain).
Molnar put together a well-rounded night of four points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal. The 5-foot-7 senior guard had only six points all season coming in but made both shots Thursday.
“Emily’s strength is her defense, her basketball IQ — she’s always in position,” Wiedie said. “She’s probably our best help defender and she just runs the show.”
Kayla Gabor, the GMAC’s No. 2 scorer at 19.5 points per game, tallied 19 points to front the Storm but committed seven turnovers. Farrah Benner added 13 points.
LAKE ERIE (11-12, 7-10 GMAC )
West 3-3 1-2 7, Dawson 4-4 0-0 8, Chaddock 1-7 4-4 6, Gabor 7-15 2-3 19, Benner 5-12 0-0 13, Joseph 0-0 0-2 0, Lepore 0-0 2-2 2, Sonneman 2-5 0-0 4, Bauer 3-3 0-0 6, Tranchida 0-2 0-0 0, Barrett 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 25-52 9-13–65.
FINDLAY (17-5, 14-4 GMAC)
Hintz 6-10 4-4 16, Horstman 6-12 3-4 17, Thobe 1-3 0-0 2, Englebrecht 8-12 0-0 22, Stegmaier 1-8 2-2 4, Hinton 0-0 0-0 0, Molnar 2-2 0-0 4, Mercer 1-4 0-0 3, Kin 1-1 0-0 2, Stolly 2-5 1-3 6, Fricke 0-3 0-0 0, Seger 0-0 0-0 0, Puthoff 5-5 0-4 10. TOTALS: 33-65 10-17–86.
3-Point GOALS: Lake Erie 6-15 (Gabor 3-6, Benner 3-9); Findlay 10-24 (Horstman 2-2, Thobe 0-1, Englebrecht 6-10, Stegmaier 0-4, Mercer 1-3, Stolly 1-3, Fricke 0-1).
rebounds: Lake Erie 27 (Dawson & Gabor 5); Findlay 39 (Puthoff 10).
ASSISTS: Lake Erie 9 (Dawson 3); Findlay 15 (Molnar, Thobe & Englebrecht 4).
STEALS: Lake Erie 6 (Bauer 2); Findlay 13 (Thobe 4).
BLOCKS: Lake Erie 3; Findlay 0.
TURNOVERS: Lake Erie 19; Findlay 13.
TOTAL FOULS: Lake Erie 18; Findlay 14.
FOULED OUT: None.
HALFTIME: Findlay, 48-36.
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