After a week layoff, the Oilers will be taking on their preseason companions at the top of the G-MAC poll, the Hillsdale College Chargers. That game will be played on Saturday, Jan. 19 and will tip off at 11:00 am, two hours earlier that was originally scheduled.
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Hillsdale: The all-time series with Hillsdale could not be any closer. The two teams have met 44 times in the series which first started in the 1985-86 season, a game which Findlay won 74-47. In those 44 games, each team has earned 22 wins.
Last season Findlay and Hillsdale squared off three times. The Chargers won the first matchup of the year in Hillsdale by a score of 75-67 and the Oilers returned the favor in Croy in the final game of the regular season, winning 81-55. The teams again met in the G-MAC Tournament Championship on March 3 in Cedarville, a game which Hillsdale won 81-70.
In the three games against the Chargers, Anna Hintz averaged 21 ppg and 6.7 reb.
Findlay (11-4, 7-3 G-MAC)
Midway through the season, the Oilers women still have regular season and tournament aspirations in front of them as they sit just one and a half games back of Cedarville who is currently in first place.
Findlay has been led by their do-it-all forward Anna Hintz who is scoring 19.1 ppg, second in the league, and is grabbing a league-best 8.7 reb/game. Her field goal percentage of .530 is the best in the league while her .414 three point percentage is tops on the team.
Senior Elissa Ellerbrock is also averaging double-figures at 10.5 points per game and has an assist/turnover ratio that ranks 18th in the country (2.4). She is also corralling 4.6 rebounds per game and is dishing out 3.1 assists per game, as well.
Allie Thobe is scoring 7.3 points per game, getting 2.2 steals per game, and giving out a team-best 3.5 assists per game while Jenna Stegmaier is scoring 6.1 ppg, grabbing 4.5 rebounds, and dishing out 2.9 assists per game.
Hillsdale (8-8, 6-4 G-MAC)
A year after finishing 19-11 overall with a G-MAC Tournament Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, the Chargers are off to a .500 start to the 2018-19 campaign and are hanging around the middle of the pack in the conference, just as they did a season ago.
This season began with a 1-5 record through six games for the Chargers, but Hillsdale followed that up with a 5-1 record in December to pull even at .500. In January, the Chargers have gone 2-2 with wins against Alderson Broaddus and Ohio Valley and losses to Davis & Elkins and Ohio Dominican.
A second team all-conference player last season, senior Allie Dewire is the team's leading scorer at 13.2 ppg. She has scored 20 points or more on three occasions this season. Dewire is tied for the team lead with 2.9 assists per game and is also third on the team with 5.2 rebounds per game.
Senior Makenna Ott and senior Brittany Gray are scoring 12.6 and 12.5 points per game, respectively. Gray ranks third in the league with 2.9 three-pointers made per game while her three-point percentage of .356 is good for sixth in the league. Ott leads the squad with 7.1 rebounds per game, fifth in the league, while Gray's 6.3 rebounds per game are second on the team and tied for eighth in the conference.
The Chargers lead the conference on the offensive glass, hauling in 13.3 offensive rebounds per game (Findlay collects 13.1). Hillsdale's rebound margin of +5.5 is third in the league behind Walsh (7.4) and Findlay (6.1).