By ANDY WOLF

STAFF WRITER

With a lineup full of youth and a disadvantage in experience, University of Findlay women’s basketball coach Jim Wiedie was proud of how his team competed against No. 14 Walsh University.

Down two starters, the Oilers saw the Cavaliers eventually pull away for a 96-79 win in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play on Saturday at Niekamp Arena.

“I was just really pleased with our young ones today and the way we competed,” Wiedie said. “We got it handed to us pretty good last week at their place (100-58 loss).

“They never stopped competing today, they never stopped competing on Thursday when we were down 15 against Malone. That’s a really good sign heading into (Kentucky) Wesleyan next week.”

Junior guard Madison Stolly (broken ankle) and senior guard Lauren Ruth (death in family) — both starters and the only two third-year UF players — missed their second straight games.

Findlay’s Sydney Kin (Carey), one of four starting sophomores, dominated the paint for 22 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks.

Freshman guard Serena Sammarone went into attack mode for 14 of her career-high 16 points in the second half for the Oilers. She finished 8 of 9 from the foul line.

The 5-foot-6 backup point guard had totaled just 17 points in her previous nine games.

“That’s Serena’s game. You saw it today. Her strength is getting to the rim,” Wiedie said. “… The last two games she’s let herself play free. She’s not thinking as much as she was earlier and today is the type of kid that we recruited.”

Walsh (19-2, 12-0 GMAC) never fully broke the game wide open — building its peak lead at 17 points early on in the fourth.

Sophomore Quionche Carter scored a game-high 25 points for the Cavaliers and tallied seven rebounds, three assists and five steals.

Carter’s quickness was key in leading to four buckets off turnovers. Walsh outscored UF 21-13 in that department.

Tyler Newkirk added 17 points — scoring twice off steals in a 10-2 run to start the third quarter for the Cavaliers. The spurt gave Walsh some comfort leading 53-40 after holding a 43-38 halftime edge.

Findlay finished with 25 turnovers, including 16 Walsh steals.

“It’s a great way to get easy points in transition,” Walsh coach Kate Bruce said. “That was an attribute to our girls really getting up and pressuring them and fronting the post.”

WALSH (19-2, 12-0 GMAC)

May. Sales 5-8 0-2 10, Borck 3-4 0-0 9, Carter 10-15 5-6 25, Ball 3-8 0-0 7, Newkirk 7-11 1-2 17, Halloran 2-6 5-6 11, Blake 1-1 0-0 3, Maj. Sales 0-0 0-0 0, Pooler 0-1 0-0 0, Scarton 1-4 0-0 3, Dean 3-10 4-4 11. TOTALS: 35-68 15-20 96.

FINDLAY (11-10, 7-4 GMAC)

Landin 5-7 2-2 13, Kin 9-16 4-5 22, Bellman 2-4 2-2 6, Schweiger 4-15 2-2 10, Utterback 0-1 0-0 0, J. Simon 0-0 0-0 0, Harris 0-2 0-0 0, Organ 0-0 1-2 1, Flynn 0-1 0-0 0, Cooke 0-2 3-3 3, L. Simon 2-6 4-4 8, Sammarone 4-5 8-9 16. TOTALS: 26-59 26-29 79.

3-Point GOALS: Walsh 11-23 (Borck 3-3, Ball 1-3, Newkirk 2-5, Halloran 2-4, Blake 1-1, Scarton 1-3, Dean 1-4); Findlay 1-9 (Landin 1-1, Bellman 0-1, Schweiger 0-2, Utterback 0-1, Cooke 0-2, L. Simon 0-2).

rebounds: Walsh 33 (May. Sales 10); Findlay 38 (Kin 18).

ASSISTS: Walsh 23 (Newkirk 9); Findlay 11 (Bellman 5).

STEALS: Walsh 16 (Carter 5); Findlay 12 (L. Simon & Sammarone 3).

BLOCKS: Walsh 4 (Borck 2); Findlay 8 (Kin & Bellman 4).

TURNOVERS: Walsh 15; Findlay 25.

TOTAL FOULS: Walsh 22; Findlay 20.

FOULED OUT: Walsh (Ball); Findlay (none).

HALFTIME: Walsh, 44-38.

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