By ANDY WOLF

STAFF WRITER

Cedarville University lived by the 3-pointer, making 16, yet faded by the 3.

On a night the Yellow Jackets attempted 45 triples, the University of Findlay women’s basketball team survived four misses in the final three minutes, including one at the buzzer, to prevail 70-67 in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play on Thursday at Niekamp Arena.

Any one of Cedarville’s missed 3s in the last three minutes would have given it the lead or tied the game.

With 3.1 seconds left on an inbounds play and the Oilers burning fouls, Cedarville’s Abby Wolford launched an off-target 3 from the volleyball line as time expired.

“That shot Wolford took at the end was way out there, but it looked good,” University of Findlay coach Jim Wiedie said. “I thought it was right on line.

“I thought the way we played took them out of their game, even though offensively they shot a lot of 3s.”

Findlay improved to 9-7 overall, 5-1 in the GMAC. Cedarville is 11-4, 4-2.

UF’s Sydney Kin (Carey) finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds — scooping up missed 3-pointer after missed 3-pointer in the paint.

Bridget Landin added 11 of her 15 points in the second half, including nine straight into the fourth quarter for the Oilers.

“She stepped up and played big, especially in the second half,” Wiedie said. “I can’t say enough just about the whole team effort.”

Cedarville sank 16 of its season-high 45 3-point attempts.

To no surprise of Wiedie, the Yellow Jackets came out chucking and made 10 of 25 from downtown to lead 37-35 at halftime.

The Oilers kept pace all game long by winning the battle in the paint (38-10) and scoring at the line (20 of 24).

The teams swapped nine lead changes to start the fourth quarter. Findlay seized the last one on Lauren Ruth’s drive to the bucket that hung on the rim before falling in with 2 minutes to go.

After several defensive stops, Ruth tacked on a free throw with 9.4 seconds left.

Ruth totaled 13 points. Amber Schweiger had 12 points, five assists and three steals for UF.

For Cedarville, Isabelle Bolender hit four 3-pointers en route to 22 points. Wolford hit 5 of 15 from downtown and totaled 15 points and four steals.

“Defensively in the second half, we made a couple of adjustments,” Wiedie said. “Our kids defended really well. The energy level was better. Usually in a situation where a team makes 16 3’s, you would think you’d lose the game.”

Cedarville (11-4, 4-2 GMAC)

Roh 1-2 0-0 2, Wolford 5-16 0-0 15, Huffman 3-6 3-4 11, Bolender 8-17 2-2 22, Mader 1-3 0-0 2, Chapman 3-11 0-0 9, Garr 0-2 0-0 0, Johnting 2-5 0-0 6, Peek 0-0 0-0 0, Moore 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 23-62 5-6 — 67.

Findlay (9-7 5-1 GMAC)

Kin 5-13 5-5 16, Bellman 2-8 3-3 6, Schweiger 3-8 6-8 12, Stolly 1-7 0-0 2, Ruth 4-6 4-5 13, Uttberback 1-3 0-0 3, Landin 6-8 3-4 15, Flynn 1-5 0-0 3, Cooke 0-1 0-0 0, Simon 0-0 0-0 0, Sammarone 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 23-60 20-24 — 70.

Cedarville 14 23 16 14 — 67

Findlay 11 24 19 16 — 70

3-Point GOALS: Cedarville 16-45 (Wolford 5-15, Bolender 4-9, Chapman 3-10, Huffman 2-3, Johnting 2-5, Mader 0-2, Garr 0-1). Findlay 4-15 (Kin 1-1, Ruth 1-2, Utterback 1-2, Flynn 1-3, Bellman 0-4, Stolly 0-1, Cooke 0-1, Landin 0-1).

rebounds: Cedarville 33 (Huffman 6); Findlay 43 (Kin 16, Landin 6).

ASSISTS: Cedarville 23 (Huffman 11); Findlay 14 (Schweiger 5).

STEALS: Cedarville 11 (Wolford 4); Findlay 9 (Schweiger 3, Flynn 3).

BLOCKS: Cedarville 7 (Roh 4); Findlay 3 (Kin 2).

TURNOVERS: Cedarville 17; Findlay 13.

TOTAL FOULS: Cedarville 23; Findlay 11

FOULED OUT: Moore (Ced).

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