Findlay will hit the road after a four-game home stand with a Thursday, Jan. 12 trip to Hillsdale College. The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest will begin at 6:00 pm.
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Hillsdale: Findlay and Hillsdale have met a total of 39 times with the Oilers holding a 20-19 edge in the series that dates back to their first meeting in 1985-86, a 74-47 win. The Oilers have won three straight against the Chargers with an average margin of victory of 14 points. The last loss to Hillsdale was on Feb. 3, 2014, a 66-61 defeat in Croy Gymnasium.
These teams last met on Jan. 9 of last year and Findlay won 79-60 after ourscoring the Chargers 29-13 in the fourth quarter. Lynsey Englebrecht scored what is still her career-high of 21 points on 8-of-10 from the floor (5-of-6 from deep).
Karli Bonar scored 17 points with five triples made while Margaret Wuebker scored eight points, grabbed 11 boards, and had four blocks.
Haley Horstman had eight points, career-high eight rebounds, career-high eight assists, and four steals.
After going 3-1 over the previous four games, the Oilers are now 8-8 overall and have a 2-6 record in GLIAC play and are in sixth place in the GLIAC South.
The Oilers have been led offensively by a quartet of players who are all within a half a point per game of each other. Tied at 9.3 points per game are junior Lynsey Englebrecht and sophomore Christa Puthoff. Englebrecht has connected on 39 threes, second in the league, while Puthoff picks up her points from the paint.
Not far behind is sophomore Anna Hintz and junior Haley Horstman at 9.2 and 8.8 points per game, respectively. Hintz is coming off one of the best games of her career, a game last Saturday against Wayne St. In that contest, Hintz scored a career-high 23 points, tied a career-high with two three-pointers made, tied a career-high with 11 rebounds, and tied a career-high with three assists. She is leading the team with 6.1 rebounds per game.
Horstman is scoring 8.8 points per game, grabbing 3.4 rebounds per game, and is dishing out 1.8 assists per game. She has played and started in all 16 games this year and leads the Oilers with 445 minutes played.
The Chargers open divisional play with a 3-5 record in GLIAC play and sit in fourth place in the GLIAC South. They have been successful on their home court, posting a record of 5-1 in Dawn Tibbetts Potter Arena.
Averaging just over 68 points per game at home, the Chargers are led in scoring by sophomore guard Allie Dewire at 13.1 ppg. She is coming off a 19 point performacne against Lake Superior St. and set a career-high with 27 on the road against Michigan Tech on Dec. 15. She is shooting .484.
Two others are averaging double-figures; sophomore Makenna Ott (11.1) and junior Allie Dittmer (11.0). Dittmer is also the team's leading rebounder at 8.3 boards per game, good for third in the GLIAC.
The Chargers lead the GLIAC in offensive rebounds per game at 15.3 and are third in total rebounds per game at 40.9.
Hillsdale does not have any players with all-GLIAC credentials.
Senior guard Karli Bonar has made 235 career three pointers at Findlay, the most in school history.
In high school, Bonar set Ohio state records for most three pointers made in a season (110) and most made triples in a career (350).
Junior Lynsey Englebrecht is also a major factor from behind the arc. Last season, she led the GLIAC with a three-point percentage of .524, making 45-of-84 from deep.
This season, she is seventh in the league with a .448 shooting percentage from deep and is second in the league with 39 threes made.
Between Bonar and Englebrecht, they have taken 233 shots, 178 of which have been from behind the arc. Of their 85 made field goals, 68 have been triples.
This season, Christa Puthoff and Anna Hintz each have a 20+ points / 10+ rebound performance. It's the first time under Jim Wiedie that two different players have had a 20+/10+ game in the same season.
Race to 70 Points
This season, the Oilers have scored 70 or more points on five occasions. Findlay is 5-0 in those games while going 3-8 in games where they fail to reach 70.