Findlay looks to get back on the winning track as they host a pair of games this weekend. The first game will be Thursday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 pm against Ohio Dominican University and the second will be on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1:00 pm against Lake Erie College.
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Ohio Dominican: Findlay and Ohio Dominican have met 22 times all-time with the Oilers holding a 15-7 advantage. The teams first met in the 1991-92 season, a game which Findlay lost by a score of 77-69.
After dropping the first meeting, the Oilers ripped off nine straight wins against Ohio Dominican and won 13 of the first 15 meetings with the Panthers from 1991-2013. However, ODU has flipped the script since then, winning five of the last six games dating back to the 2013-14 season. Findlay's lone win over that span was a 70-57 road victory on Jan. 15, 2014.
Lake Erie: The Oilers have seen nothing but success against the Storm and have a 17-2 record against the squad from Painesville. The teams first met in the 1988-89 season when Findlay dominated by a score of 106-54. The Oilers would win the first ten meetings before their first loss in the 2011-12 season. Findlay has won seven of the last eight meetings with Lake Erie.
In their most recent matchup, Findlay won on the road by a score of 61-56. Defense was key as the Oilers held Lake Erie to just 28.1% shooting. Margaret Wuebker posted a double-double with 11 points and ten rebounds. She also had five assists. Haley Horstman was the leading scorer with 13 points to go along with six rebounds.
After a 73-56 loss at Hillsdale in their most recent game, the Oilers are a game below the .500 mark at 8-9 overall with a 2-7 record in GLIAC play.
The Oilers have been led offensively by a quartet of players who are all within a half a point per game of each other. Leading the way is sophomore Anna Hintz who is scoring 9.4 points per game. She is also the leading rebounder at 6.3 boards per game. Hintz was solid in her previous game as she scored 12 points and had nine rebounds, nearly collecting another double-double, something she has done twice this season.
Junior Lynsey Englebrecht and junior Haley Horstman are scoring 9.2 and 9.0 points per game, respectively. Englbrecht has seven games this season where she has scored 10+ points and has made at least three triples in seven of the team's 17 games. She has at least one three-pointer in all but three games.
Sophomore Christa Puthoff is fourth on the team at 8.9 points per game but has the ability to get hot in a game as she has a pair of 20+ point performances this season.
The Panthers have won four of their previous five games with the only loss coming on the road at #1 Ashland. In their latest contest, ODU took down Tiffin at home by a score of 79-65. ODU has a 4-5 record on the road and are 6-4 at home.
The Panthers are led by senior Lauren Bates, the lone returning all-GLIAC performer from a season ago, at 13.0 points per game. She has scored at least 10 points in all but three of the Panthers games this season. Bates earned second team all-league last year and was also an all-GLIAC defender.
Senior Madi Rittinger is the second leading scorer at 12.4 points per game although she has been better than average lately as she is scoring 18.5 points per game over the previous four games. She is also the team's leading rebounder at 6.2 boards per game.
The Storm begin the weekend with a 7-9 record overall and a 5-5 mark in GLIAC play and will take on the nation's #1 team, Ashland University, on Thursday before coming to play Findlay on Saturday. Lake Erie has won three of it's last four games with those wins coming over Walsh, Tiffin, and Ferris State.
Junior Kayla Gabor is the only player in the GLIAC averaging more than 20 points per game at 20.4 ppg. She has scored 326 points this season, 31% of her team's total offensive performance of 1,066 points. The Mentor, Ohio native has nine 20+ point games this season, two of which ended up being 30+ point games including her season high 33 points on Jan. 5 against Ferris State. She is shooting .486 from deep, third-best in the GLIAC. Gabor is grabbing 6.6 rebounds per game, second on the team.
Junior Christine Dawson is second on the team, averaging 13.9 points per game. Gabor and Dawson have combined for 52% of the Storm's points this season (549 of 1,066). Dawson is the leading rebounder on the team at 7.1 boards per game.
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 eighth in the league with a .435 shooting percentage from deep and is third in the league with 40 threes made.
Between Bonar and Englebrecht, they have taken 243 shots, 184 of which have been from behind the arc. Of their 88 made field goals, 69 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. Hintz is one of nine players scoring at least 9 points per game and grabbing at least 6 rebounds.
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 3-9 in games where they fail to reach 70.