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Friday, January 04, 2013

Women's Basketball: Riverdale pair star in 70-61 Oilers' win
By BRIAN LESTER

STAFF WRITER

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. -- In the end, all that mattered was that the University of Findlay women's basketball team found a way to hold off Saginaw Valley State in a hard-fought game Thursday night at the Ryder Center.

The Oilers, clinging to a five-point lead in the closing minutes, hit clutch shots from the free-throw line en route to a 70-61 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win.

UF made five free throws in the final minute to seal the deal. Kendra Elam hit four of the shots on a night when the Oilers were 10-of-15 from the line.

"We have shot free throws all year, and part of our offense is getting to the line," UF head coach Kate Cummings said. "It puts us in a situation, where at the end of the game, we are comfortable at the line."

Former Riverdale standout Kayla Brown once again fueled the Oilers (8-3, 5-2 GLIAC), dropping in 19 points as she shot 8-of-11 from the field. Fellow Riverdale graduate Lacey Kessler had 16 points, including two on a drive with 48 seconds left that gave the Oilers a 65-58 advantage.

Tai Dotson added 14 points and eight rebounds as the Oilers shot 49.1 percent (27-of-55) from the field and scored 30 points off 21 SVSU turnovers.

"It wasn't one of our better games, but our field goal percentage was good, we got a lot of inside shots, and we did a much better job with our motion offense against the zone," Cummings said.

UF led SVSU (4-6, 2-4) 38-35 at the half and enjoyed a 54-44 margin with 10:50 to go on a 3-pointer by Kaleigh Kenny.

SVSU shot 43.4 percent (23-of-53) from the floor and got 16 points out of Emily Wendling. Katelyn Carriere and Danielle Carriere dropped in 12 points apiece.

UF must now prepare for a 3 p.m. game Saturday against at Wayne State (6-3, 4-1). The Warriors knocked off Hillsdale 70-66 on Thursday.

"January is a tough month. There is no way around it," Cummings said. "This was a game we had to have if we wanted to achieve our goals. Saturday is another big game and we can't become complacent."



findlay (7-3, 4-2)

Wuebker 2-3 0-0 4, Dotson 6-12 2-4 14, Brown 8-11 0-2 19, Beasley 0-3 0-0 0, Andrews 0-2 0-0 0, Maggert 1-2 0-0 3, Kenny 3-4 0-0 7, Klausing 0-2 0-0 0, Elam 1-4 4-4 7, Kessler 6-9 4-5 16, Grevenkamp 0-2 0-0 0, Piehl 0-1 0-0 0, Lewis 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 27-55 10-15--70.

saginaw valley state (4-5, 2-3)

Zirzow 3-6 3-3 9, Wendling 6-10 4-5 16, Womack 1-5 1-2 3, K. Carriere 5-12 1-2 12, Greene 3-8 1-2 7, Wright 1-3 0-0 2, D. Carriere 4-9 1-2 12. TOTALS: 23-53 11-16—61.

HALFTIME: Findlay, 38-35.

3-Point GOALS: Findlay 6-17 (Brown 3-5, Maggert 1-2, Kenny 1-2, Elam 1-2, Klausing 0-1, Grevenkamp 0-1, Beasley 0-2, Andrews 0-2).

rebounds: Findlay 28 (Dotson 8); Saginaw Valley State 36 (Wendling 14). ASSISTS: Findlay 15 (Kessler 4, Dotson 3); Saginaw Valley State 10 (K. Carriere 3). STEALS: Findlay 9 (Dotson, Brown & Beasley 2); Saginaw Valley State 10 (Greene 4, Zirzow 3). BLOCKS: Findlay 2, Saginaw Valley State 0.

TURNOVERS: Findlay 17, Saginaw Valley State 21. TOTAL FOULS: Findlay 17, Saginaw Valley State 12. FOULED OUT: Saginaw Valley State, Wendling.


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