The Oilers won their final non-league matchup to end the 2018 calander year and now begin league play when they head to 'Wild n' Wonderful' West Virginia. Findlay will battle Davis & Elkins on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 7:30 pm and then turn around and play Alderson Broaddus on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 2:00 pm.
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Davis & Elkins: The Oilers' series with D&E is only one game old as their first matchup was last season, the initial season of competition for Findlay in the G-MAC. In 2017-18, the Oilers traveled to Elkins on Dec. 30 and outscored the Senators 89-59 to earn the win. In that game Lynsey Englebrecht canned a school-record eight triples on her way to scoring a game-high 26 points. Englebrecht also added five assists, four rebounds, and two steals to her stat line. Anna Hintz scored 21 points and also grabbed four rebounds. That win was Findlay's 11th straight after dropping their season opener.
Alderson Broaddus: Findlay holds a perfect 4-0 record against the Battlers in a series that was first played in the 2003-04 season. That game against AB kicked off the Oilers' season with a 79-54 victory.
Most recently these two teams met last season on Dec. 19 in Croy with Findlay doubling-up the Battlers to the tune of a 90-45 blowout. Four players reached double-figures for the Oilers, led by Anna Hintz who scored 19 and had five rebounds. Off the bench, Christa Puthoff and Dana Fricke scored 14 and 11 points, respectively, while Jenna Stegmaier chipped in ten points and six rebounds.
Findlay (8-3, 4-2 G-MAC)
As the heart of the league slate begins, the Oilers find themselves in third in the G-MAC standings, just a game-and-a-half back of leader Cedarville. This is the third time under head coach Jim Wiedie that the Oilers have started the season 8-3 or better.
Do-everything forward Anna Hintz has been the team's leader in both scoring and rebounding. She is scoring 19.8 ppg which is second in the league and is grabbing a league-best 8.7 reb. Her six double-doubles this season are good for 19th in the country. Hintz also leads the team in blocks per game (1.0) and steals per game (1.9).
Elissa Ellerbrock and Allie Thobe are hovering around the ten-point mark, as well. Ellerbrock is scoring 9.8 ppg, grabs 5.2 rebounds, and picks up 3.5 assists per game while Thobe is scoring 8.5 ppg and dishes out a team-high 3.7 assists per game. Ellerbrock's assist/turnover ratio of 3.5 ranks sixth in the nation.
Davis & Elkins (3-7, 2-3 G-MAC)
Just two years ago D&E had a winning record at 19-10 but that has since changed. Last year Elkins' team went 11-17 and this year the Senators have yet to earn a win over a team with a record better than .500 and head into the weekend with a 3-7 record and a 2-3 mark in league play. The Senators' previous two games ended in losses, but it has been two weeks since those games which were played on Dec. 17 and Dec. 19.
Kali Wilburn is the team's leading scorer at 13.9 ppg and is second on the squad with 4.9 rebounds per game. The senior is adept at getting to the free throw line as she leads the team with 33 made FT. Colleena Burdock is scoring 9.5 ppg and is shooting .875 from the charity stripe (28-of-32). The leading threat from deep is Nicole Armstrong who has made a team-best 18 shots from beyond the arc, making at least one triple in every game this season.
Alderson Broaddus (3-5, 3-2 G-MAC)
Alderson Broaddus has had just one ten-win season in the past decade including a 7-19 campaign last year. This season the Battlers, under the direction of new head coach Roy Boggess, opened the season with four consecutive losses but have since then won three out of four including wins in their previous two games, both road contests, against Ohio Valley and Ohio Dominican.
Jenna Weatherspoon is the leading scorer for AB at 9.6 ppg but is coming off a season-high 20 points against Ohio Dominican. She is also grabbing 5.0 rebounds per game. Yasmin Norman scores 8.3 ppg and is the team's leading rebounder at 6.6 per game.