By ANDY WOLF

STAFF WRITER

University of Findlay women’s basketball coach Jim Wiedie set his team’s defensive goal at 46 points against Ohio Valley — their season-low allowed so far.

While the Oilers just missed it, Wiedie was otherwise appeased with the overall defensive effort in their 84-50 drubbing over the winless Fighting Scots in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play Saturday at Croy Gymnasium.

“We could’ve done that maybe if we kept certain combinations in later,” said Wiedie whose starters totaled only 7 minutes in the fourth quarter. “I thought we played really well defensively, regardless of what the rotation was, whoever was in.”

Findlay (11-4, 7-3 GMAC) was coming off one of its worst defensive nights Thursday in a 76-71 home loss to Ohio Dominican.

Ohio Valley (0-13, 0-9), which had lost its last 46 games dating back to Jan. 24, 2017, entered averaging 53.8 points per game — the fewest in the GMAC.

The Oilers not only held the Fighting Scots to 29 percent shooting (18 of 62) but stuffed the stat sheet with 26 forced turnovers, 16 steals and 11 blocks — the latter a season-high. Their block total was also their highest since posting 12 against Tiffin in 2005.

UF’s Anna Hintz had a game-high 17 points with seven rebounds.

Allie Thobe racked up a career-high six steals to go with her 12 points. She finished 8 of 10 at the foul line.

“That’s the key to her success is she’s a difference-maker, especially on the defensive end,” Wiedie said. “What I get a little frustrated with her about is, I don’t think she’s as aggressive to the rim as she needs to be.”

Wiedie originally set the target point goal at 40 points but opted for 46 — the Oilers beat Davis & Elkins 50-46 three games prior.

The Fighting Scots started out at a modest pace, hanging with the Oilers only down 13-9, but got stuck on 11 points for nearly 6 minutes and didn’t hit a field goal for another minute later.

By then UF led 36-14 and kept its lead above 18 points the rest of the way.

“It’s one of those teams where they’re athletic, they can create shots for themselves, they can get to the rim,” Wiedie said of OVU.

For UF, Jenna Stegmaier put in a well-rounded game of two points, seven rebounds, four assists and a team-high three blocks.

Christa Puthoff, Bridget Landin (Ottoville) and Sydney Kin (Carey) each swatted two shots. Both of Landin’s came in a 10-second span.

OVU’s Ariel Johnson (10 rebounds), Jordan Fox (three steals) and Akiya Brown each totaled 10 points.

OHIO VALLEY (0-13, 0-9 GMAC)

Kirk 0-2 0-0 0, Johnson 4-8 2-5 10, Simmons 3-10 0-0 6, Fox 2-4 4-5 10, Brown 4-13 1-2 10, Baklund 2-13 2-2 7, Murray 0-4 0-0 0, Morales 2-4 0-0 5, Bush 1-2 0-0 2, Goins 0-1 0-0 0, Browne 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 18-62 9-14 50.

FINDLAY (11-4, 7-3 GMAC)

Hintz 6-12 4-6 17, Puthoff 2-6 0-0 4, Thobe 2-4 8-10 12, 2-3 3-4 8, 0-2 2-2 2, Schweiger 1-2 3-6 5, Mercer 1-4 0-0 3, Landin 2-5 6-6 10, Fricke 2-4 1-2 5, Seger 0-5 0-0 0, Ruth 4-7 1-2 12, Kin 3-6 0-0 6, Heath 0-2 0-0 0, Simon 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 25-62 28-38 84.

3-Point GOALS: Ohio Valley 5-27 (Simmons 0-3, Fox 2-4, Brown 1-7, Baklund 1-7, Murray 0-2, Morales 1-3, Goins 0-1); Findlay 6-19 (Hintz 1-3, Thobe 0-1, Ellerbrock 1-1, Stegmaier 0-2, Mercer 1-4, Landin 0-1, Fricke 0-1, Seger 0-1, Ruth 3-5).

rebounds: Ohio Valley 42 (Johnson 10); Findlay 45 (Stegmaier 7).

ASSISTS: Ohio Valley 8 (Simmons 3); Findlay 18 (Stegmaier 4).

STEALS: Ohio Valley 8 (Fox 3); Findlay 16 (Thobe 6).

BLOCKS: Ohio Valley 3; Findlay 11 (Stegmaier 3).

TURNOVERS: Ohio Valley 26; Findlay 13.

TOTAL FOULS: Ohio Valley 25; Findlay 16

FOULED OUT: Ohio Valley (Bush); Findlay (none).

HALFTIME: Findlay, 45-26.

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