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Monday, February 04, 2013

College basketball: Brown spurs UF women in final minutes
By BRIAN LESTER

STAFF WRITER

HILLSDALE, Mich. -- Kayla Brown got into a zone late in the second half against Hillsdale College on Saturday afternoon.

The University of Findlay senior from Riverdale scored 11 points in the final six minutes, highlighting the effort with a pair of clutch 3-pointers, as the Oilers edged the Chargers 76-70 at Jesse Phillips Arena.

Brown finished with 22 points in a tightly-contested Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference encounter and helped the Oilers (15-4, 12-3 GLIAC) stretch their win streak to four games.

"It's exciting to be able to get on a streak like this," Brown said. "It's definitely what we need at this time of the year. We just need to keep playing together."

It was the sixth time this season Brown has scored 20 or more points, but she had plenty of help. Six players scored at least five points, including Tai Dotson and Ashley Andrews, who poured in nine points apiece.

Brown hit four treys and Karli Beasley knocked down two en route to scoring eight points. The Oilers, who led 32-27 at halftime after a layup by Bailee Maggert, allowed Hillsdale (7-11, 4-11) to get as close as 59-55 with 6:50 to play.

But Brown answered with a 3-pointer and the Oilers managed to pull away. Findlay shot 41 percent (25 of 61) from the field but was just 19 of 30 from the free-throw line.

The Chargers shot 52.2 percent (24 of 46) and had four players in double figures, including Kelsey Cromer's 20.

"We knew it was going to be difficult to play here," Findlay head coach Kate Cummings said. "They shot the ball well, but we did a good job on the offensive boards and gave ourselves extra opportunities."

Findlay held a decisive advantage on the glass, grabbing 39 rebounds, including 22 offensive boards, which translated into 12 second-chance points. The Chargers pulled down 28 rebounds.

The Oilers forced 21 turnovers but hit only 7 of 22 shots from beyond the arc.

"We didn't execute as well as we could have down the stretch, but we have to take that experience and learn from it," Cummings said.

The Oilers own the second-best record in the conference and are in a position to make the NCAA Division II tournament for only the second time in program history. The first was in 2010.

"I told the players we have worked hard to get to this point, and we have worked to be in a good position in February," Cummings said. "We can't be satisfied. We have to want to get better."

Brown was a freshman on the NCAA tourney team three years ago and she would love to get there again.

"I try not to think about it because it just adds extra nerves," Brown said. "I just want to come in and practice and play hard and do what I can to help the team win."

The Oilers return to action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Ohio Dominican (5-13, 2-13), which fell 67-50 to Tiffin on Saturday.



findlay (76)

Kenny 1-3 3-4 5, Dotson 4-7 1-2 9, Brown 8-17 2-4 22, Andrews 2-4 4-4 9, Elam 1-6 4-10 6, Maggert 1-2 0-0 2, Beasley 3-9 0-0 8, Klausing 0-2 1-2 1, Wuebker 2-3 0-0 4, Grevenkamp 0-2 0-0 0, Piehl 1-3 4-4 6, Lewis 2-3 0-0 4. TOTALS: 25-61 19-30--76.

hillsdale (70)

Bisaro 1-4 0-0 2, Lowery 7-11 0-0 18, Landherr 1-3 2-2 5, Geffert 0-4 0-0 0, Fogt 4-5 4-6 12, Cromer 7-10 4-5 20, Theut 0-2 0-2 0, Borowski 3-6 2-2 11, Lloyd 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 24-46 12-17--70.

HALFTIME: Findlay, 32-27.

3-Point GOALS: Findlay 7-22 (Brown 4-9, Beasley 2-5, Andrews 1-2, Grevenkamp 0-1, Piehl 0-1, Kenny 0-1, Elam 0-3); Hillsdale 10-21 (Lowery 4-7, Borowski 3-5, Cromer 2-3, Landherr 1-3, Geffert 0-1, Theut 0-2).

rebounds: Findlay 39 (Dotson 9, Brown 4); Hillsdale 28 (Fogt 10). ASSISTS: Findlay 20 (Maggert 5, Elam 4); Hillsdale 16 (Lowery & Landherr 4). STEALS: Findlay 13 (Andrews 4, Elam & Klausing 3); Hillsdale 6 (Cromer 2). BLOCKS: Findlay 3 (Dotson 3); Hillsdale 8 (Bisaro & Fogt 3).

TURNOVERS: Findlay 14, Hillsdale 21. TOTAL FOULS: Findlay 16, Hillsdale 21. FOULED OUT: None.

Lester: 419-422-5151,

brianlester@thecourier.com


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