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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Women's Basketball: UF women crush Ursuline College
By BRIAN LESTER

STAFF WRITER

For the first three minutes of its game against Ursuline College Wednesday night, the University of Findlay women's basketball team was out of sync.

Shots didn't go down and the Arrows had the momentum early, grabbing a 7-5 advantage.

But once the Oilers cranked up their defensive effort, they never had to worry about the outcome.

UF fueled an 18-0 run with multiple turnovers, often turning those miscues into baskets and rolled to a 91-49 victory at Croy Gymnasium.

"Our pace was good and we were effective on offense, and when we can do that, we are going to be successful," UF head coach Kate Cummings said. "We still have a lot to improve on but it's always good to win that first game."

Kayla Brown provided the biggest spark, which isn't a surprise as the former Riverdale standout is expected to be the biggest offensive threat for the Oilers.

Brown got into a rhythm early, knocking down three treys in the first half and scoring off of layups set up by turnovers. The senior preseason all-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference forward finished with a career-high 24 points.

"The point guards are more than willing to throw the ball inside and I was able to get some easy shots," Brown said. "To be able to knock down shots from the outside really adds to my game and I was happy with the way I played tonight."

Brown fueled the 18-0 outburst with 9 points and finished the half with 22 points, one shy of her career high of 23. She highlighted her performance with three shots from beyond the arc. By the time the run was over, the Oilers held a 23-7 with just over 12 minutes to go.

UF, which had 10 players score in the opening half, forced 18 turnovers and shot 48.9 percent (23-of-47) from the field in the first half.

"We were able to score off of turnovers and those easy shots build confidence," Cummings said. "I thought it helped that Kayla had a big game, too, because when she is scoring everyone else around her plays more relaxed."

Alysssa Grevenkamp pumped in 13 points, knocking down three treys and Karli Beasley came through with 12 points.

UF capitalized on 17 points from its bench and shot 44.3 percent (35-of-79) from the field. The Arrows shot 40 percent (20-of-50) from the floor, turned the ball over 31 times, and were led by Laura Campbell's 15 points.

"We want to be able to take advantage of our depth and it was good to see so many players step up and score," Brown said. "We are playing at a faster pace this year so we need our bench to play well."

Although the Oilers were never threatened in the second half, they were able to use the final 20 minutes of play as an extended practice, especially for the younger players who will be counted on to provide contributions off the bench.

"It's always good to get those younger players experience," Cummings said. "The experience they get now is going to make a difference once we get into GLIAC play."



Ursuline University (0-2)

Erazo 3-6 0-0 6, Campbell 6-9 0-0 15, Woods 2-10 2-2 6, Cappello 4-9 2-2 10, Jones 0-6 1-2 1, Cook 1-1 0-0 2, Hubbard 1-4 1-2 3, Hare 3-5 0-1 6. TOTALS: 20-50 6-9--49.

Findlay (1-0)

Wuebker 2-5 2-2 6, Dotson 3-6 0-0 6, Brown 10-16 1-1 24, Beasley 4-7 3-4 12, Andrews 0-4 0-0 0, Maggert 0-3 0-0 0, Kenny 3-7 0-0 8, Klausing 1-4 0-0 0, Elam 2-4 1-3 6, Grisdela 0-1 0-0 0, Kessler 3-8 0-0 6, Grevenkamp 4-7 2-2 13, Lewis 2-4 0-0 4, Kras 1-3 2-2 4. TOTALS: 35-79 11-14--91.

HALFTIME: Findlay, 54-20.

3-Point GOALS: Findlay 10-27 (Brown 3-7, Beasley 1-2, Andrews 0-3, Maggert 0-1, Kenny 2-5, Elam 1-3, Grisdela 0-1, Kessler 0-1, Grevenkamp 3-4). Ursuline 3-10 (Campbell 3-5, Woods 0-2, Jones 0-2, Hare 0-1).

rebounds: Findlay 41 (Dotson & Besaley 5); Ursuline 38 (Erazo 8, Woods 6). turnovers: Ursuline 31, Findlay 9. ASSISTS: Findlay 20 (Maggert 5); Ursuline 8 (Woods 4). STEALS: Findlay 23 (Elam 6, Beasley 5); Ursuline 2. BLOCKS: Findlay 4, Ursuline 1.

FOULS: Findlay 15, Ursuline 13. FOULED OUT: None.

Lester, 419-422-5151

brianlester@thecourier.com


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