By ANDY WOLF

staff writer

The extra chances were there all night for the University of Findlay women’s basketball team.

The Oilers eventually ran out of opportunities.

UF got off two shots in the final 10 seconds — the last an off-target second-chance 3-pointer by Jaclyn Heath as time expired and Hillsdale College survived 75-74 in overtime in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference tournament opener Tuesday at Croy Gymnasium.

“I thought our kids played hard; I thought they competed,” UF coach Jim Wiedie said. “They gave their heart and soul.

“It’s unfortunate in a game like this, you look at the faces of those seniors and the emotions that they’re going through, the tears — it’s unfortunate because it’s a hell of a game.

“Congratulations to Hillsdale; well deserved win.”

Elissa Ellerbrock (Ottawa-Glandorf) scored 25 points and hauled in eight rebounds and Anna Hintz had 14 points and nine rebounds for the fourth-seeded Oilers (20-8).

Fifth-seeded Hillsdale (18-12) was led by Allie Dewire’s 22 points. Brittany Gray finished with 17 points and Makenna Ott added 14 points and had a game-high 13 rebounds for the Chargers.

The Oilers got the ball with 29.6 seconds left in overtime after Dewire split a pair of free throws to break a 74-74 tie.

Ellerbrock’s shot was blocked and Hillsdale rebounded, but Hintz came up with a turnover and found a wide-open Heath on the right wing.

But the shot wouldn’t go.

“We at least had a good look at the end, it just didn’t fall,” Wiedie said.

It was that kind of night for the Oilers.

Findlay converted only 31 of 84 shots, including 5 of 22 3-pointers despite having a 21-7 edge in offensive rebounds.

The Oilers largely failed to capitalize those rebounds, generating only nine second-chance points.

Toward the end of regulation, UF was granted another opportunity to tie after Hillsdale’s Ott missed both free throws with 6.7 seconds left.

At other end, Hintz shot off her dribble and banked a basket off the glass to tie the game with 2.2 seconds left.

One of 10 UF seniors, Hintz finished third on UF’s all-time scoring list with 1,493 points and second in rebounds (854).

“I really think the last four years, especially these last two years, they really set the foundation for where this program is headed,” Wiedie said. “They’ve given so much to me, the program, the university.

“… It’s disappointing — for them. As a coach, it happens. We move on to coach another game. For those seniors, it just goes by so fast. They’ve been an incredible group and this program has benefited from them being apart of it — and I have.”

UF freshman Lilly Simon, who had 14 career points entering the game, scored 10 points in 10 minutes off the bench in what Wiedie called a “sign of things to come.”

HILLSDALE (16-12)

Gray 7-14 0-0–17, Chikwe 0-1 0-0–0, Ott 7-13 0-2–14, Burger 2-5 1-2–7, Dewire 10-16 5-9–26, Daffenburg 2-6 1-1–5, Touchette 0-1 1-2–1, Anderson 2-4 0-0–5, Wacker 0-0 0-0–0. TOTALS: 30-60 8-16 — 75.

FINDLAY (20-7)

Hintz 6-16 2-2–14, Puthoff 1-4 0-0–2,Thobe 3-9 1-2–7, Ellerbrock 10-20 3-3–25, Stegmaier 4-10 0-0–9, Landin 0-1 0-0–0 Stolly 1-3 0-0–2, Fricke 0-2 0-0–0, Ruth 1-2 0-0–2, Heath 1-11 0-0–3, Simon 4-6 1-2–10. TOTALS: 31-84 7-9 — 74.

Hillsdale 13 20 17 19 6 — 75

Findlay 17 17 11 24 5 — 74

3-Point GOALS: Hillsdale 7-19 (Gray 3-8, Burger 2-4, Dewire 1-1, Anderson 1-2, Ott 0-2, Daffenberg 0-1, Touchette 0-1); Findlay 5-22 (Ellerbrock 2-6, Heath 1-6, Stegmaier 1-3, Simon 1-2, Hintz 0-1, Thobe 0-2, Landin 0-1, Fricke 0-1).

rebounds: Hillsdale 41 (Ott 13, Dewire 8); Findlay 48 (Thobe 11, Hintz 9).

ASSISTS: Hillsdale 12 (Ott 4, Burger & Dewire 3); Findlay 9 (Heath 3, Ott 2).

STEALS: Hillsdale 2 (Ott & Dewire 1); Findlay 3 (Hintz, Thobe & Stegmaier 1).

BLOCKS: Hillsdale 4 (Ott 2); Findlay 3 (Hintz 2).

TURNOVERS: Hillsdale 12; Findlay 6.

TOTAL FOULS: Hillsdale9 ; Findlay 16.

FOULED OUT: Thobe (Findlay).

HALFTIME: Findlay, 34-33.

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