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Friday, January 18, 2013

Women's Basketball: Findlay no match for No. 1 Ashland
By BRIAN LESTER

STAFF WRITER

ASHLAND -- Before the University of Findlay women's basketball team could get settled in against rival Ashland University Thursday night, the Eagles had momentum firmly in their grasp.

Six 3-point shots went up and six 3-point shots went in as No. 1-ranked Ashland stormed out to a 20-0 lead and cruised to a 72-41 win over the Oilers in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division game.

The Eagles (18-0, 11-0 GLIAC) made 12 3-pointers in all and had five players in double figures en route to their 43rd consecutive win in the regular season.

Findlay (11-4, 8-3) had its five-game win streak snapped in the loss to the 2012 national runner-up.

"They are a really good team and they came out hitting from the outside," Findlay head coach Kate Cummings said. "Our game plan was to deny the inside as much as possible. They hit their first six threes. They are a very balanced team. You have to pick your poison."

Findlay was down 43-20 at the break and no one cracked double figures. Former Riverdale standout Kayla Brown and Alyssa Grevenkamp scored 8 points apiece to pace the Oilers, who shot 26.7 percent from the floor and were held to their lowest point total of the season.

The Oilers were only 4 of 23 shooting from 3-point range and turned the ball over 16 times.

"I thought we panicked a bit when we got down," Cummings said. "We have to be able to go inside and finish plays. Their physical play intimidated us a little bit, but you have to get the job done on the boards regardless of how physical a team is."

Ashland held a 44-37 rebouinding advantage.

Lindsay Tenyak paced a balanced Eagles attack with 16 points. Alyssa Miller poured in 14 points and Taylor Woods 13.

Kari Daugherty dropped in 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds, although her NCAA-record streak of 34 consecutive double-doubles came to an end as she got injured late in the first half and did not return. But Daiva Gerbec did have a double-double, with 12 points and 19 rebounds.

Still, even with a loss, the Oilers still have plenty to play for, including a potential home game in the conference tournament in March.

Findlay will look to bounce back at 3 p.m. Saturday on the road against Lake Erie College (3-10, 1-9), which lost 51-39 to Hillsdale College on Thursday night. The Oilers and Storm play at 3 p.m.



findlay (11-4, 8-3)

Wuebker 0-0 0-2--0, Dotson 2-3 1-2--5, Brown 4-9 0-0--8, Beasley 0-6 0-0--0, Andrews 1-3 0-0--3, Maggert 0-0 0-0--0, Kenny 1-4 0-0--2, Klausing 2-5 0-0--5, Elam 1-6 1-3--3, Grisdela 0-2 1-2--1, Kessler 1-7 2-2--4, Grevenkamp 3-10 0-0--8, Piehl 0-2 0-0--0, Lewis 1-3 0-0--2. TOTALS: 16-60 5-11--41.

ashland (18-0, 11-0)

Gerbec 5-9 2-7--12, Daugherty 3-6 2-2--10, A. Miller 5-6 2-2--14, Tenyak 6-12 0-0--16, Woods 4-7 2-2--13, Laporte 0-2 0-0--0, Poorman 1-1 0-0--2, Yoder 2-6 0-1--5, Finfrock 0-0 0-0--0, M. Miller 0-2 0-0--0, Wolf 0-0 0-0--0, Dorner 0-4 0-0--0, Mantkowski 0-0 0-0--0. TOTALS: 26-55 8-14--72.

HALFTIME: Ashland, 43-20.

3-Point GOALS: Findlay 4-23 (Grevenkamp 2-8, Andrews 1-2, Klausting 1-3, Elam, Grisdela & Kessler 0-1, Beasley & Kenny 0-2, Brown 0-3); Ashland 12-27 (Tenyak 4-9, Woods 3-6, Daugherty & Miller 2-3, Yoder 1-4, Laporte & Miller 0-1).

rebounds: Findlay 37 (Kessler 5); Ashland 44 (Berbec 14). ASSISTS: Findlay 6 (Maggert 2); Ashland 18 (A. Miller 6). STEALS: Findlay 7 (Klausing 3); Ashland 7 (Gerbec & Daugherty 2). BLOCKS: Findlay 1 (Lewis); Ashland 6 (Daugherty & A. Miller 2).

TURNOVERS: Findlay 16, Ashland 14. TOTAL FOULS: Findlay 15, Ashland 16. FOULED OUT: None.

Lester: 419-422-5151,

brianlester@thecourier.com


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