By ANDY WOLF

STAFF WRITER

Attack. Attack. Attack.

And attack some more.

The University of Findlay women’s basketball team took nearly everything to the rim and lived at the foul line to hold off rival Tiffin 75-66 in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play at Croy Gymnasium Saturday.

“Tiffin plays an aggressive switching man-to-man, they get out and they isolate on their player,” UF coach Jim Wiedie said. “There’s not a lot of help defense, so there’s opportunities if you’re aggressive.

“If you put the ball on the floor and have that attack mentality and you’re not thinking pass first and ‘I’m going to drive as far as I can until somebody stops me.'”

Findlay (15-5, 11-4 GMAC) was coming off one of its biggest wins of the season Thursday, 73-64 over then league-leading Cedarville.

Wiedie’s biggest fear was his team having an emotional letdown against Tiffin. UF had already beaten the Dragons by 20 points earlier in the season.

Anna Hintz, who had game highs of 26 points and 12 rebounds, nearly set a UF record.

The senior post made all 15 free-throw attempts, one shy of the single-game record without a miss set by Molly Holt in 2002.

“I try to make them when I’m there; my dad always tells me they’re free shots,” Hintz said. “I just try to focus, and it comes down to little plays like that sometimes.”

Hintz moved from seventh place into the top five on UF’s all-time scoring list (1,344 points). She’s 11 points behind Laura (Bardall) Piehl (2009-13) for fourth.

The Oilers got to the line early and often, setting season highs in makes (31) and attempts (39).

Inversely, their six 3-point attempts were a new season low by nine.

The attacking style of game play best suited UF senior Elissa Ellerbrock (Ottawa-Glandorf).

Ellerbrock added 19 points and eight rebounds, scoring six of her seven field goals in the paint.

“She’s so strong and explosive that when there’s contact she’s able to finish,” Wiedie said. “She’s the best player we have at creating a shot for herself, pulling up and shooting off the dribble.”

The Oilers trailed 57-56 after surviving a back-and-forth third quarter with four ties and three lead changes.

In the period, UF committed eight of its 23 turnovers, mostly within Tiffin’s press.

Ellerbrock drove to put UF up 65-63 nearing the 3-minute mark.

Soon after, Hintz got fouled and made both free throws to double the lead.

Tiffin’s Annie Santucci answered on a baseline drive, but UF freshman Sydney Kin got fouled on her bucket in the paint.

The Carey freshman missed the free throw, but Hintz got the rebound and Kin got back to the line to make two more free throws and increase UF’s lead to 71-65 with 1:36 left.

“We knew coming in we always want to have a good game against Tiffin; they’re like little fighters,” Hintz said. “They do the little things, have the hustle plays.

“They played a really good game and it was back and forth the whole game so it came down to the last minute.”

TIFFIN (7-13)

Cummings 6-8 5-7 17, Nichols 1-6 6-8 8, Hiegel 0-3 0-0 0, Miller 6-12 1-2 16, Redmond 0-2 0-0 0, Santucci 7-15 0-0 16, Schirmer 0-3 0-0 0, Perrott-Hunt 1-3 0-0 3, Fire 1-1 0-0 2, Watts 2-2 0-2 4. TOTALS: 24-55 12-19–66.

FINDLAY (14-5)

Hintz 5-9 15-15 26, Puthoff 3-5 1- 7, Thobe 1-5 3-4 5, Ellerbrock 7-13 4-6 19, Stegmaier 3-8 5-7 11, Ruth 0-1 0-0 0, Kin 2-4 3-5 7, Heath 0-2 0-0 0. TOTALS: 21-47 31-39–75.

Tiffin 15 21 15 9 — 66

Findlay 22 15 19 19 — 75

3-Point GOALS: Tiffin 6-20 (Hiegel 0-2, Millre 3-5, Redmond 0-2, Santucci 2-8, Schirmer 0-1, Perrott-Hunt 1-2); Findlay 2-6 (Hintz 1-2, Ellerbrock 1-2, Stegmaier 0-1, Ruth 0-1).

rebounds: Tiffin 25 (Nichols 5); Findlay 42 (Hintz 12, Ellerbrock 8). ASSISTS:Tiffin 14 (Schirmer 4); Findlay 7 (Hintz 2, Stegmaier 2). STEALS: Tiffin 15 (Miller 4); Findlay (Thobe 4, Stegmaier 3). BLOCKS: Tiffin 4, Findlay 4.

TURNOVERS: Tiffin 17, Findlay 23. TOTAL FOULS: Tiffin 27, Findlay 16. FOULED OUT: Hiegel, Tiffin.

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