CEDARVILLE — Hillsdale College snared the lead away from the University of Findlay women’s basketball team early in the second half Saturday and never gave it back.
The Chargers fended off every comeback attempt the Oilers could muster to win 81-70 and capture the Great Midwest Athletic Conference title at Cedarville University.
Findlay (22-7), which was eighth in the last NCAA Division II Midwest regional rankings, learned its postseason fate during Sunday night’s selection show.
Hillsdale (19-10) converted 30 of 60 shots from the floor and had four players in double figures. Brittany Gray led the way with six 3-pointers and 22 points.
Allie Dittmer (6-foot-2) was a force inside, tallying 17 points and 11 rebounds, to help the Chargers dominate the Oilers 34-20 in paint points and 44-38 on the glass. Allie Dewire added 16 points, five assists and three steals, while Makenna Ott had 12 points.
Neither team led by more than six points in the first half as they exchanged the lead five times. Gray’s 3-pointer in the final minute of the second quarter trimmed UF’s lead to 35-34 at the half.
The Oilers didn’t score in the first 2:30 of the third quarter, allowing the Chargers to take the lead.
Hillsdale expanded its margin to 56-50 early in the fourth quarter, but Findlay fired back with jumpers from Haley Horstman and Anna Hintz on back-to-back possessions.
The Oilers never tied it, however, and only came as close as 56-54.
Just a minute later, Hillsdale’s Bree Porter drained a 3-pointer and Dittmer completed a three-point play to push the Chargers’ lead back up to 62-54.
While Hintz countered with a three-point play, the Chargers scored five points on their next two possessions sandwiched around a UF turnover.
The Oilers only came as close as six points the rest of the way.
Findlay hadn’t allowed 80 points in a loss since its season opener — 92-88 in overtime against Wayne State.
Senior Haley Horstman led the Oilers with 23 points to move into 13th place (1,170) on UF’s all-time scoring list.
Anna Hintz recorded 16 points on 6 of 18 shooting and hauled in seven rebounds. Her season totals of 539 points and 251 rebounds rank third and sixth all-time, respectively.
Only Mianda Watts, UF’s career leading scorer and rebounder, put together a season with at least 500 points and 250 rebounds.
Hintz, a junior, ranks sixth (609) on UF’s career rebounding list.

HILLSDALE (19-10)
Gray 7-13 2-2 22, Dewire 5-12 6-8 16, Ott 6-13 0-0 12, Reed 0-1 0-0 0, Dittmer 8-11 1-1 17, Burger 1-4 2-2 4. TOTALS: 30-60 13-15 81.
FINDLAY (22-7)
Horstman 10-20 0-0 23, Thobe 0-2 0-0 0, Hintz 6-18 4-7 16, Englebrecht 5-12 1-2 13, Stegmaier 0-4 1-2 1, Hinton 3-4 0-0 6, Molnar 2-4 1-2 7, Mercer 0-1 0-0 0, Ellerbrock 0-4 0-0 0, Fricke 0-1 0-0 0, Seger 0-1 0-0 0, Puthoff 2-4 0-0 4. TOTALS: 28-75 7-13 70.
Hillsdale 15 19 15 32 — 81
Findlay 17 18 13 22 — 70
3-Point GOALS: Hillsdale 8-23 (Gray 6-10, Dewire 0-2, Ott 0-4, Reed 0-1, Burger 0-2, Porter 2-4); Findlay 7-17 (Horstman 3-7, Hintz 0-2, Englebrecht 2-4, Stegmaier 0-1, Molnar 2-2, Ellerbrock 0-1).
rebounds: Hillsdale 44 (Dittmer 11); Findlay 38 (Hintz 7). ASSISTS: Hillsdale 16 (Dewire 5); Findlay 15 (Hintz 7). STEALS: Hillsdale 3 (Dewire 2); Findlay 6 (Hinton & Horstman 2). BLOCKS: Hillsdale 6, Findlay 0. TURNOVERS: Hillsdale 14, Findlay 6. TOTAL FOULS: Hillsdale 14, Findlay 18. FOULED OUT: None.

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