By ANDY WOLF

Staff Writer

Too many free throws and second-chance points by Walsh University doomed the University of Findlay women’s basketball team Thursday night.

The Cavaliers dominated both categories to post a 70-66 victory in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play at Croy Gymnasium.

“I was extremely disappointed in the way our starters played,” Wiedie said. “Our lack of energy hurt us. Our execution as far as limiting second-chance opportunities which was a major part of the scouting report.”

The Oilers (3-2, 1-2 GMAC) trailed the entire fourth quarter and never made it a one-possession game despite a late spurt.

Thursday’s matchup featured the top two teams in the league in rebounding and rebounding margin.

Walsh (6-2, 3-0), which was 25 of 38 at the line, started three players over 6 feet.

Collectively, they commanded the paint for a 50-38 edge in rebounding and 24-9 in second-chance points.

Six-foot freshman Quionche Carter sank 14 of 14 shots at the line en route to 24 points. She also grabbed nine rebounds, including six offensive.

Shelby Henkel, a 6-2 senior, added seven points and a game-high 17 rebounds for Walsh. Jill Blacksten, another 6-2 senior, added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Cavs.

“Offensive rebounding, two of them were on foul shots which we work on every single day,” Wiedie said.

Findlay never trailed in the first half and led 27-25 with neither team executing well offensively.

Anna Hintz, who averages a 23-13 double-double, picked up her second foul late in the first quarter and sat on the bench through the remainder of the first half.

Her team-high 14 points and six rebounds were both season lows.

Nobody else for UF finished in double figures, although the Oilers did benefit from 28 bench points, including seven from freshman Amber Schweiger.

“Even though we still had a two-point lead, you can’t rely on Anna to score 25 points every single game and get 13 rebounds,” Wiedie said. “… She’s going to have games where she’s off. Well, who’s going to step up and score?”

Walsh took control with a 24-16 edge in the third quarter, holding UF scoreless the first 3 minutes.

The Cavs built a 10-point lead in each of the final two periods at 37-27 and 64-53 — the latter with 3:25 to go.

Wiedie pulled his starting unit minutes into the third quarter once Walsh took the lead and got a boost from his bench.

“They brought energy, they were communicating, did a great job of closing the deficit,” Wiedie said. “They were active on defense and did a pretty good job on the offensive end.

“If I had enough guts I probably should’ve put them back in in the fourth quarter and taken my chances.”

Walsh (5-2)

Carter 5-14 14-14 24, Scarton 6-12 1-6 17, Blacksten 5-11 1-2 11, Henkel 3-5 2-4 8, Halloran 0-9 5-6 5, Newkirk 1-3 2-4 5, Clopton 0-0 0-0 0, Borck 0-2 0-2 0, Blake 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 20-56 25-38 — 70.

Findlay (3-1)

Hintz 6-10 2-3 14, Thobe 4-7 1-2 9, Ellerbrock 3-15 3-4 9, Schweiger 3-6 0-0 7, Ruth 2-4 0-0 6, Kin 3-5 0-0 6, Stolly 2-9 0-0 5, Heath 1-3 1-2 4, Puthoff 2-4 0-3 4, Fricke 1-3 0-0 2, Stegmaier 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 27-67 7-14 — 66.

3-Point GOALS: Walsh 5-25 (Scarton 4-9, Newkirk 1-3, Halloran 0-8, Carter 0-2, Borck 0-2, Blacksten 0-1); Findlay 5-15 (Ruth 2-4, Schweiger 1-2, Heath 1-2, Stolly 1-3, Hintz 0-2, Ellerbrock 0-2).

rebounds: Walsh 50 (Henkel 17); Findlay 38 (Puthoff 7).

ASSISTS: Walsh 12 (Carter 3); Findlay 16 (Thobe, Ellerbrock & Stegmaier 3).

STEALS: Walsh 7 (Carter 3); Findlay 7 (Thobe 3).

BLOCKS: Walsh 6 (Carter & Newkirk 2); Findlay 2.

TURNOVERS: Walsh 21, Findlay 18.

TOTAL FOULS: Walsh 12, Findlay 24.

FOULED OUT: none.

HALFTIME: Findlay, 27-25.

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