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Friday, January 11, 2013

Women's Basketball: Brown reaches milestone
By BRIAN LESTER

STAFF WRITER

Kayla Brown has made more than 100 3-pointers in her four-year career at the University of Findlay.

So perhaps it was only fitting that she reached a milestone by knocking down a trey.

In a game against Ohio Dominican that had long been decided, Brown pulled up from the corner near the Findlay bench and let fly. The ball swished through the net, putting Brown over 1,000 points for her career.

The former Riverdale standout only needed 15 points to hit the mark. She finished with 18, becoming the 19th player in program history to reach the milestone and lifting the Oilers to a 67-37 victory Thursday night at Croy Gymnasium.

"I wasn't really thinking too much about it," Brown said. "But as soon as it went in and the crowd went wild, I knew I had it. It's an amazing feeling. It's awesome."

Brown didn't come to Findlay as someone destined to be a big-time scorer. Sure, Brown was first-team All-Ohio as a senior and she led her team to the state tourney in 2008.

But getting to 1,000 points didn't seem likely. She scored 175 points as a freshman.

"When I came here, I was all about running transition, setting screens. I wasn't worried about shooting the ball. It's amazing to think that I got to 1,000 points."

Brown also pulled down four rebounds, had two assists and tallied five steals.

"She didn't come to Findlay with a scoring mentality," Findlay head coach Kate Cummings said. "She has really developed that over the years and has taken on a leadership role. She is good in all aspects of the game and is a great model for our younger players."

Findlay (10-3, 7-2 GLIAC) pounded the Panthers (4-8, 1-8) early, leading 35-19 at the half. They forced 35 turnovers and turned those miscues into 35 points.

Tai Dotson clicked for 10 points on a night when 10 players scored. Findlay shot 39.7 percent (25-of-63) from the floor and racked up 20 assists.

Ohio Dominican shot 35 percent (14-of-40) from the floor as it lost for the eighth time in its last nine games. Melissa Scherpenberg scored led the Panthers with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The Oilers will now host Tiffin (7-6, 4-5) at 3 p.m. Saturday.



ohio dominican (4-8, 1-8)

Scherpenberg 6-10 0-0 12, Cnudde 3-10 0-0 9, Liddane 0-4 0-0 0, Torey 1-6 3-4 6, Hallenbeck 1-1 1-4 3, Miller 2-3 0-0 5, Stuckey 1-6 0-0 2. TOTALS: 14-40 4-8--37.

findlay (10-3, 7-2)

Wuebker 3-6 2-2 8, Dotson 4-9 2-5 10, Brown 5-10 6-6 18, Beasley 1-5 2-2 5, Andrews 0-0 0-0 0, Maggert 0-0 0-0 0, Kenny 2-5 0-0 5, Klausing 0-1 0-0 0, Elam 4-7 0-0 9, Grisdela 0-0 0-0 0, Kessler 1-3 0-2 2, Grevenkamp 1-7 0-0 2, Piehl 3-6 0-0 6, Lewis 0-3 0-0 0, Kras 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 25-63 12-17--67.

HALFTIME: Findlay, 35-19.

3-Point GOALS: Ohio Dominican 5-17 (Cnudde 3-9, Miller 1-2, Torey 1-4, Scherpenberg 0-1, Liddane 0-1); Findlay 5-20 (Brown 2-6, Kenny 1-2, Beasley 1-3, Elam 1-3, Piehl 0-1, Grevenkamp 0-5). rebounds: Ohio Dominican 36 (Scherpenberg 12, Hallenback 7); Findlay 33 (Wuebker & Kenny 5). ASSISTS: Ohio Dominican 9 (Liddane 4); Findlay 20 (Andrews 7, Klausing 4). STEALS: Ohio Dominican 7 (Scherpenberg & Torey 2); Findlay 28 (Wuebker, Brown & Kessler 5). BLOCKS: Ohio Dominican 5 (Scherpenberg 4); Findlay 5 (Lewis 3).

TURNOVERS: Ohio Dominican 39, Findlay 18. TOTAL FOULS: Ohio Dominican 10, Findlay 12. FOULED OUT: None.

Lester: 419-422-5151,

brianlester@thecourier.com


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