The Oilers come back to Findlay for their first home league contests of the year as they welcome the two G-MAC schools from Canton on Dec. 6 and Dec. 8. The Oilers will play Walsh at 5:30 pm on Thursday and then play Malone on Saturday at 1:00 pm.
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Walsh: The Oilers and Cavaliers have played 24 in their history including their first-ever matchup which took place in in the 1983-84 season when the teams matched up in the NAIA District 2 Playoffs, a game Findlay won 69-66. Findlay holds a 16-8 advantage in the series, all-time.
These two teams met three times last season with each team defending home court in the regular season and the Oilers earning an 11-point victory in the semifinals of the G-MAC Tournament, 70-59.
Malone: Against the other team from Canton, Malone, Findlay holds a 25-3 advantage in the series that dates back to the 1991-92 season when the Oilers and Pioneers matched up late in the season, a game Findlay won 66-51.
Last season, both games with Malone were tightly contested, but both ended in wins for Findlay. The Oilers won at home by a score of 53-47 and then went on the road and won 58-53.
Findlay (3-1, 1-1 G-MAC)
The preseason favorite to win the G-MAC, the Oilers dropped their first contest of the season on Saturday in a tough environment against last year's regular-season champion, Cedarville. Findlay returns home for four consecutive games.
Senior Anna Hintz had another good week and is now averaging a league-best in both points and rebounds at 23.3 ppg and 11.3 rpg. Hintz has moved up to 19th on the all-time scoring list at Findlay with 1,061 points. She is chasing Rebecca Whitt (1,067 | 1992-95) and Monica Higgins (1,082 | 1984-87).
Senior Elissa Ellerbrock is also having a good year, scoring 11.0 ppg and pulling in 5.0 rpg while fellow senior Allie Thobe is scoring 10.5 ppg. Against Tiffin last week, Thobe had the best performance of her career as she set career-highs with 18 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.
Walsh Cavaliers (5-2, 2-0 G-MAC)
Last season, Walsh finished the year 21-9 and had a 17-5 record in league play, earning the second in the Great Midwest tournament and had their season end at the hands of the Oilers in the tournament semis. This year, the Cavs have started their season with a 5-2 record and have rattled off three consecutive wins including a pair of conference wins over Ohio Dominican and Ohio Valley, respectively.
The second-best scoring team in the league, Walsh comes into the weekend scoring 80.6 points per game and are led in that department by freshman Quionche Carter who is pouring in a team-high 20.3 points per game, the second-most in the league after Findlay's Anna Hintz. Carter is the reigning Great Midwest Player of the Week and has scored 20 points in each of her previous four contests. The 6-0 forward out of Southfield, Mich. is also leading the team in rebounding at 7.0 per game, fourth in the league.
After Carter, the list of scoring threats continues with sophomore Mayci Sales, who is scoring 11.2 ppg, and junior Jamie Halloran, who is pouring in 10.0 ppg. Sales' assist/turnover ratio of 1.5 ranks third in the league while Halloran, the team's biggest three-point threat, connects on 37% of her shots from deep, sixth-best in the conference.
Malone Pioneers (3-4, 1-1 G-MAC)
Coming off of a 10-16 season with an 8-14 mark in league play, one win shy of making the Great Midwest Tournament, the Pioneers have tallied a 3-4 mark to begin 2018-19. However, three of their four losses have been by less than ten points and the other was by 11.
With no returning all-G-MAC performers, Robin Campbell comes in as the Pioneers' leading scorer at 14.9 points per game and is grabbing 5.6 rebounds per game. She scored a season-high 27 points on Nov. 10 vs. Lake Superior St, a game in which Campbell drained four triples. Campbell also leads the Pioneers in assists at 3.6 per game.
Ellen Doyle is the team's leading rebounder at 6.4 boards per game and is scoring 9.3 points per contest, as well. Chrissie Vaughan scores 9.1 ppg and snags 5.0 rpg while Sydney Wentling is scoring 8.1 ppg.