University of Findlay forward Anna Hintz lays in a basket ahead of Ohio Dominican’s Alli Kern (30) and Olivia Fox (24) in Thursday’s Great Midwest Athletic Conference game at Croy Gymnasium (Photo by Matthias Leguire).

By ANDY WOLF

STAFF WRITER

The defensive execution wasn’t one University of Findlay women’s basketball coach Jim Wiedie will be framing any time soon.

The Oilers barely allowed their season average in three quarters before falling in the final minute to Ohio Dominican 76-71 in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play Thursday at Croy Gymnasium.

“We deserve to lose, the way we played defensively today,” Wiedie said. “You give up 75 points, you’re not going to win too many games. Not against the competition in this conference.”

The Panthers shot 51.9 percent (28 of 54) overall, 12 of 25 from 3-point range and improved to 8-6, 5-3 in GMAC play.

The Oilers (10-4, 6-3 GMAC) had been at their best defensively lately. They were the toughest GMAC team to score on at 59.9 points per game, including 56.6 in their last eight games (7-1).

“I think it’s all to the credit of our shooters,” ODU coach Lynsey Warren said. “Findlay is a very long and aggressive team.

“They zone and they pressure you, and that takes away your flow of the game, so we had to stay composed from the outside and knock down shots.”

The offensive tone was set early for both teams as they traded scores on the first nine possessions of the game.

The Oilers fell behind as far as 39-28 in the second quarter but rallied as Jenna Stegmaier and Anna Hintz hit 3-pointers in the final minute to bring UF within 39-34 at halftime.

Findlay even took a 58-56 lead into the fourth quarter and extended that lead to 68-61 with 6 minutes to go.

Yet, ODU never backed down.

Angela Troyer scored eight of the next 10 for the Panthers with two 3-pointers to put them ahead 71-70.

“There was just no sense of urgency tonight, defensively,” Wiedie said. “We went on stretches there, but we’re up 68-61 and you give up wide-open threes in the corner without even being screened.”

UF’s Elissa Ellerbrock split a pair at the line to tie the game with 1:29 remaining. But the Panthers put the game away at the line, making 3 of 6.

Hintz, UF’s leading scorer at 18.8 points per game, missed two 3-pointers in a one-possession game in the final 19 seconds. She finished with a game-high 28 points and 12 rebounds, including 15 points in the third quarter.

Troyer and Kennedy Schlabach, both Berlin Hiland products, co-led ODU with 21 points each.

Schlabach, a freshman, knocked in six 3-pointers in 12 attempts. She was often left wide open on the perimeter.

“Findlay is a very good team and we’ve had a long history of tough games against each other,” Warren said. “We just bring out the best in knowing we have to compete.

“They’re a very talented and composed team. It was big for us to step up and play to their level today.”

Ohio Dominican (8-6, 5-3 GMAC)

Fox 4-7 1-2 9, Overly 2-4 0-0 5, Schlabach 7-14 1-2 21, Troyer 8-13 2-3 21, Fisher 1-8 0-0 3, Clark 4-5 2-3 11, Kern 2-3 2-2 6, Bellard 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 28-54 6-12 76.

Findlay (10-4 6-3 GMAC)

Hintz 12-22 3-3 28, Puthoff 6-11 1-1 13, Thobe 0-1 2-2 2, Ellerbrock 6-8 2-4 17, Stegmaier 2-6 0-0 5, Landin 2-3 0-0 4, Fricke 1-1 0-0 2, Ruth 0-2 0-0 0, Kin 0-0 0-0 0, Heath 0-4 0-0 0. TOTALS: 29-53 8-10 71.

Ohio Dominican 23 16 17 10 — 76

Findlay 21 13 24 13 — 71

3-Point GOALS: Ohio Dominican 12-25 (Schlabaugh 6-12, Troyer 3-7, Overly 1-1, Clark 1-1, Fisher 1-3, Kern 0-1). Findlay 5-19 (Ellerbrock 3-4, Stegmaier 1-5, Hintz 1-6, Ruth 0-1, Heath 0-3).

rebounds: Ohio Dominican 25 (Kern 7); FIndlay 32 (Hintz 12, Puthoff 8).

ASSISTS: Ohio Dominican 21 (Schlabaugh 6); Findlay 22 (Thobe, Stegmaier & Heath 4).

STEALS: Ohio Dominican 7 (Troyer 3); Findlay 7 (Hintz & Thobe 3).

BLOCKS: Ohio Dominican 3 (Fox, Clark & Kern); Findlay 3 (Hintz 2).

TURNOVERS: Ohio Dominican 12; Findlay 14.

TOTAL FOULS: Ohio Dominican 11; Findlay 11.

FOULED OUT: None.

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