After a big league win over last year's G-MAC Tournament champ, the Oilers have moved up to third in the league standings as they hit the road for games against Trevecca Nazarene and Kentucky Wesleyan. Those games will be on Jan. 24 and 26, respectively. The game against TNU will start at 6:30 pm while the game with KWC will start at 1:00 pm.
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Trevecca Nazarene: The Oilers and Trojans have only faced eachother three times in their history with Findlay winning two of those contests. Their first-ever meeting was in the 2015-16 season in the season opener, a game the Oilers won 76-58. Last season, Findlay won the first matchup of the year with TNU, a 60-45 win on the road, but the Trojans came to Findlay in January adn earned a convincing 78-63 win for their first victory in the series.
Last season, Anna Hintz was the top performer against TNU as she averaged 16.5 ppg, 6.5 reb, and 2.0 blocks, all team bests against the Trojans.
Kentucky Wesleyan: Findlay and KWC have also met three times in their history with the Oilers going a perfect 3-0 against the Panthers in those games. Their first meeting was also in the 2015-16 season, a game the Oilers won 80-54. Last season, Findlay won in Owensboro 73-51 and in the return trip in January, the Oilers won by a score of 85-63 in a game that was featured on ESPN3.
In last year's game in Findlay, all five Oilers starters reached double-figures, led by Lynsey Englebrecht who scored 16. Jenna Stegmaier narrowly missed a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 9 boards. As a team, Findlay nailed 28-of-29 free throws (.966).
Findlay (12-4, 8-3 G-MAC)
The Oilers have moved up into third place in the league standings as they play their final two games of the first round of G-MAC play. Findlay has won nine of their previous 11 games including four out of five since the new calendar year began.
Senior Anna Hintz leads the league in both scoring and rebounding at 18.6 ppg and 8.8 reb. Hintz also is best in the league with a field goal percentage of .509. She is also making history in the Findlay record books as she has now moved into ninth on the all-time scoring list for the Oilers. Hintz has 1,265 points in her career and is now chasing Kayla Brown (1,277 | 2010-13) and Janet Schilling (1,294 | 1983-86) who are in eighth and seventh, respectively.
Elissa Ellerbrock is also scoring in double-figures at 10.8 ppg while Christa Puthoff and Allie Thobe are scoring 7.8 and 7.6 ppg, respectively. Ellerbrock and Jenna Stegmaier lead the league with an assist/TO ratio of 2.5 (48 assists to just 19 turnovers) while Allie Thobe is fourth on that list with 57 assists and just 33 turnovers.
Trevecca Nazarene (6-10, 5-5 G-MAC)
The Trojans started the year slowly, losing six of their first seven games but are 5-4 since then. Last week, TNU defeated winless Ohio Valley 68-33 but then lost in Columbus against ODU by a score of 79-71.
Senior guard Callie Hackett is the only returning all G-MAC performer from a season ago (HM) and she is leading the team at 13.2 ppg and 2.4 assists per game. However, Hackett sustained a season-ending injury just before the New Year.
With that injury, the Trojans will lean on Brittin Boyer and Adi Hale who are each scoring 10.9 ppg. Boyer is the team's leading rebounder at 7.8 per game while Hale is second on the team with 26 made threes and also is second on the team with 22 steals this season.
Kentucky Wesleyan (13-3, 9-1 G-MAC)
In one of the biggest improvements of any team in the league, the Panthers, a year after finishing 15-12 and earning a first-round exit in the G-MAC tournament as the seven seed, are off to a blistering start. KWC is on a nine-game win streak and has won two less games than they did all of last season, and at just one league loss are sitting a half game out of first place in the league standings. In the Panthers first win of the year, KWC scored a school record 119 points, nearly winning by 100 as they knocked off Ohio Christian 119-26. The Panthers made 19 triples in that game and had 21 steals.
The Panthers are led by Jenna Martin who is scoring 12.8 ppg and is second in the leauge with a three-point percentage of .455 (35-77). She also leads the team with 2.5 assists per game and 1.8 steals per game.
2017-18 honorable mention all-G-MAC performer Keelie Lamb is scoring 11.6 ppg. and is second on the team at 4.2 reb. She is shooting .515 from the floor (69-134). Kaylee Clifford is the team's leading rebounder at 4.7 per game and is scoring 9.4 ppg while Lily Grimes and Emma Johnson each score 8.6 ppg.