By ANDY WOLF

Staff Writer

The University of Findlay women’s basketball team played one of its best first quarters of the season when it needed most.

The Oilers opened up an 18-point lead and never let league-leading Cedarville get over the hump in earning a 73-64 Great Midwest Athletic Conference win Thursday at Croy Gymnasium.

“We definitely felt focused all this week, worked really hard,” UF senior Elissa Ellerbrock said “We buckled down and the biggest part, was our defense.

“We got stops on defense and ran them off the 3-point line and got scores on offense.”

Cedarville (16-4, 12-2 GMAC) fell a game behind Kentucky Wesleyan (16-3, 12-1) in the loss column.

Anna Hintz scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Oilers (14-5, 10-4).

Her dagger of a 3-pointer doubled Findlay’s lead at 66-60 with 1:48 to go. It came on a second-chance opportunity and as the shot clock expired.

Ellerbrock also tacked on a fast-break layup in the final minute once the Yellow Jackets pulled within 67-64.

The Ottawa-Glandorf grad finished with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Jenna Stegmaier added 12 points and seven rebounds; Allie Thobe had 10 points.

Baylee Bennett backed the Yellow Jackets with 17 points and five 3-pointers.

She put up the same numbers when Cedarville won the first matchup 74-70 back on Dec. 1.

It was all Findlay to start on Thursday night.

The Oilers scored the first eight points and opened up a 27-9 first-quarter lead.

In it, they knocked down 10 of their 12 shots and held the Yellow Jackets to just 3 of 14 from the floor.

“That was one of the best first quarters we’ve played, especially against a team like that,” Ellerbrock said. “We came out hot, we came out aggressive.

“We played with energy on defense and that was the biggest part of it.”

UF coach Jim Wiedie is hoping Thursday’s intensity carries into Saturday’s 1 p.m. game against rival Tiffin (7-13, 4-10), which has won four of its last five games.

The Oilers took the first meeting 89-69.

“The one thing we need to guard against is the fact we beat them by 20 at their place and are coming off a huge emotional win,” Wiedie said. “Is there some type of letdown because you know that team is going to come in here jacked up and hungry because it’s a rivalry.”

CEDARVILLE (16-4, 12-2 GMAC)

Peek 1-1 1-2 3, Wolford 2-6 2-2 6, Bennett 5-14 0-0 17, Huffman 6-12 0-0 13, Hochstetler 5-15 2-4 16, Johnting 1-4 0-0 2, Roh 3-5 1-1 7, Juengel 0-3 0-0 0. TOTALS: 24-60 5-9 64.

Findlay (14-5, 10-4 GMAC)

Hintz 7-11 3-4 20, Puthoff 3-4 2-3 8, Thobe 4-7 2-3 10, Ellerbrock 7-9 1-2 16, Stegmaier 3-8 5-7 12, Schweiger 0-1 0-0 0, Fricke 1-3 0-0 2, Ruth 0-1 2-2 2, Kin 1-1 -0- 2, Heath 0-3 1-2 1. TOTALS: 26-48 16-23 73.

Cedarville 9 22 15 18 — 64

Findlay 27 12 16 18 — 73

3-Point GOALS: Cedarville 10-33 (Bennett 5-12, Hochstetler 4-10, Huffman 1-3, Wolford 0-4, Johnting 0-2, Juengel 0-2); Findlay 5-14 (Hintz 3-4, Ellerbrock 1-1, Stegmaier 1-2, Heath 0-3, Fricke 0-2, Ruth 0-1).

rebounds: Cedarville 33 (Roh 11); Findlay 28 (Hintz 9. Stegmaier 7).

ASSISTS: Cedarville 12 (Huffman 4); Findlay 17 (Ellerbrock 4).

STEALS: Cedarville 7 (Huffman & Hochstetler 2); Findlay 7 (Thobe, Ellerbrock & Stegmaier 2).

BLOCKS: Cedarville 1 (Roh); Findlay 4 (Hintz 2).

TURNOVERS: Cedarville 10; Finlday 10.

TOTAL FOULS: Cedarville 21; Findlay 15.

FOULED OUT: Cedarville, Wolford.

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