By ANDY WOLF

STAFF WRITER

The University of Findlay women’s basketball team dug in on defense to cool down a red-hot Ohio Dominican University team on Thursday night.

The Oilers held the Panthers to just 30 percent from the field en route to a 74-63 win in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play at Niekamp Arena.

“We knew coming in they were on a hot streak,” UF sophomore forward Bridget Landin said. “We knew we had to step it up on offense and defense and really play our game to be able to win.”

The Panthers (14-11, 9-6 MAC), who had won eight of nine, hit 21 of 69 attempts from the floor, 10 of 33 from downtown.

The Oilers, who had all five starters play at least 30 minutes, improved to 13-11 overall, 9-5 in league play.

Sydney Kin led four UF starters in double figures with 22 points and also 11 rebounds. Paige Bellman added 13 points, Lauren Ruth had 10 and Amber Schweiger tallied nine points, 11 assists and four steals.

Landin nearly missed a triple-double at 14 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. She also rounded out with two steals and two blocks.

Quiet offensively through the first three quarters, Landin erupted for 12 in the fourth quarter.

The 6-foot sophomore forward scored 10 straight to start the frame, including two open 3s, to give the Oilers a commanding 58-47 lead with 7:18 to go.

“We’re all really good about finding each other and getting each other the ball, making sure we each get the shots we can take,” Landin said.

While the Panthers came as close as 68-63 with 55.5 seconds to go, they never pulled within one possession in the final eight minutes.

Findlay finished at 48.2 percent overall (27 of 56), 5 of 13 from 3.

The Oilers still committed 22 turnovers — reaching that total in five of their last six games.

“That’s the biggest thing,” UF coach Jim Wiedie said of the turnovers. “I don’t know when it’s going to click.

“We have too many empty possessions. … It’s the offensive second-chance opportunities that are driving me crazy (too).”

ODU was outrebounded 41-36 but used 16 offensive boards to create 13 second-chance points.

Angela Troyer’s 15 points led the Panthers. Olivia Fox had 14 points off the bench.

The Oilers host rival Tiffin University (11-14, 6-9) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Niekamp Arena in league play.

With only four GMAC games to go for Findlay, every win matters for conference tournament seeding.

“Hopefully we can capitalize on this momentum and pick up a win against Tiffin,” Wiedie said. “(Tiffin) is right there and fighting for a tournament spot.”

OHIO DOMINICAN (14-11, 9-6 GMAC)

Macaulay 2-7 0-0 4, Schlabach 4-15 0-0 12, Troyer 4-14 5-5 15, Fisher 2-6 0-0 4, Kern 3-10 0-0 9, Thomas 2-6 0-0 5, Clark 0-2 0-0 0, Fox 4-8 6-6 14, Schroeder 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 21-69 11-11 — 63.

FINDLAY (13-11, 9-5 GMAC)

Landin 5-9 2-2 14, Kin 8-15 6-6 22, Bellman 6-10 1-2 13, Schweiger 2-9 4-4 9, Ruth 4-10 0-0 10, Utterback 0-0 0-0 0, Flynn 1-1 2-2 4, Cooke 0-0 0-0 0, Sammarone 1-2 0-0 2. TOTALS: 27-56 15-16 — 74.

3-Point GOALS: Ohio Dominican 10-33 (Macaulay 0-1, Schlabach 4-11, Troyer 2-6, Fisher 0-3, Kern 3-6, Thomas 1-4, Clark 0-2); Findlay 5-13 (Landin 2-4, Schweiger 1-4, Ruth 2-5).

rebounds: Ohio Dominican 36 (Kern 11); Findlay 41 (Landin 13).

ASSISTS: Ohio Dominican 18 (Schlabach 5); Findlay 22 (Schweiger 11).

STEALS: Ohio Dominican 11 (Troyer 5); Findlay 9 (Schweiger 4).

BLOCKS: Ohio Dominican 3 (Fox 3); Findlay 3 (Landin 2).

TURNOVERS: Ohio Dominican 19, Findlay 22.

TOTAL FOULS: Ohio Dominican 19, Findlay 17.

FOULED OUT: None.

HALFTIME: Findlay, 28-27.

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