The Oilers will head to Allendale, Michigan to take on Grand Valley State on Thursday, Dec. 1 and then head to Big Rapids, Michigan to take on Ferris State on Dec. 3. Game times are at 6:00 pm and 1:00 pm, respectively.
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Grand Valley State: The Oilers have matched up with the Lakers 21 times in a series that began in the 1997-98 season. Findlay is 7-14 in those games including a 68-52 loss in that initial meeting.
Last season when these teams met, Jan. 2 of last season, the Lakers ended Findlay's seven game winning streak with a 75-35 win in Allendale. The Oilers struggled to shoot the ball in that game as they made just 13-of-54 (24.1%) from the floor, their lowest percentage in a game all season. Karli Bonar was the leading scorer with eight points.
The Oilers' last win over the Lakers came in the 2014-15 season when Findlay earned a 79-60 victory in Croy Gymnasium.
Findlay has played in the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena 11 times and has a 1-10 record. Their lone win came in the 2000-01 season, a 71-65 victory.
Ferris State: Findlay has tangled with the Bulldogs of Ferris State a total of 22 times in a series that started in the 1997-98 season. The Oilers are 10-12 in those games including a 66-59 win in that first matchup.
The teams last met in January of last season in Big Rapids with Findlay coming away with an 80-67 victory, the final win of a nine-game winning streak for the Oilers. Haley Horstman had a game-high 17 points on 6-of-10 from the field. She also led the Orange and Black with six rebounds. Margaret Wuebker added 14 points while Kelsey Lewis chipped in 11.
The Oilers enter the game with a 4-2 record and are coming off of a 56-47 win over Gannon on Sunday, Nov. 27. Findlay is currently on a three-game winning streak.
Sophomore Christa Puthoff has been leading the team in scoring and on the glass. She is averaging 12.2 points per game and is grabbing 5.8 rebounds per game. In the Oilers' six games, Puthoff is the only player to have recorded a double-double, something she has done twice.
A dangerous weapon coming off the bench has been junior Lynsey Englebrect who is the team's second-leading scorer at 11.5 points per game. Her points often come from deep as she is averaging three made three-pointers per game and is second in the GLIAC in threes attempted and threes made (24-for-49).
Grand Valley State
The Lakers have started the year with a 4-1 record including a 2-1 record at home. The team is playing their first games since returning from a trip to Puerto Rico in which they played games against Lubbock Christian University and Indianapolis University. Those were both wins for the Lakers, who have also won three in a row.
The Lakers are led in scoring by senior guard Bailey Cairnduff who is scoring 13.5 points per game. Cairnduff is in her third full season with Grand Valley after playing her freshman year at Bowling Green State.
Senior Janae Langs is coming into the game scoring at 11.0 points per game and leading the team with 5.4 rebounds per game. Last season, Langs was named the Midwest Region Most Outstanding Player and earned all-tournament honors in the Midwest Region Tournament and the GLIAC Tournament.
The Bulldogs have started the 2016-17 season with an 0-5 record after finishing last season 5-23. They will have their GLIAC opener on Thursday, Dec. 1 when they play Ohio Dominican.
Junior Rachel McInerney is the team's leading scorer and rebounder at 14.8 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game and is playing more than 32 minutes per contest. Her season-high in points was a 33-point performance against Bellarmine on Nov. 11, a game in which she never left the floor, playing all 40 minutes.
Junior guard Haley Horstman was picked as a preseason all-conference performer for the Oilers. Horstman returns to the Oilers after averaging 11.9 points per game during the 2015-16 campaign.
Horstman shot 49.8 percent from the floor and also grabbed 4.1 rebounds per contest. The New Knoxville, Ohio native chipped in 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
Preseason GLIAC Poll
The Oilers were picked to finish third during the 2016-17 campaign in the GLIAC South Division as the league office unveiled their annual preseason poll on Oct. 27.
The Oilers received 25 points in the poll to tie Ohio Dominican for third place. Ashland was picked as the favorite in the South and were followed by Walsh in the poll.
Grand Valley State was picked as the favorite to win the North Division and received a league-high 47 points and five first place votes. They were followed by Saginaw State and Michigan Tech in the poll.