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FINDLAY - The Oilers women's basketball team will hit the road for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games this week at Saginaw Valley State and Wayne State.  The Oilers will play the Cardinals on Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. in University Center, Mich. and then battle the Warriors on Jan. 5 at 3 p.m. in Detroit, Mich.

The Series

The Oilers currently hold a 12-9 advantage in the all-time series against Saginaw Valley State dating back to the 1978-79 campaign, which saw the Cardinals win by an 88-48 margin.

Last season the Oilers claimed a 76-50 win over the Cardinals in Croy Gymnasium behind 15 points from Clare Aubry.

Kayla Brown added 14 points and six rebounds while Karli Beasley scored 11.

Findlay has won six straight against the Cardinals.

The Oilers hold a 17-15 advantage in the all-time series against Wayne State dating back to the 1990-91 campaign when they came out on the winning end by a score of 57-48.

Findlay split a pair of games with the Warriors last year as each team won away from home.

In the Oilers 75-72 loss in overtime at home, Aubry led the way with 23 points.

In Findlay's 88-71 win over the Warrrios in Detroit, Lacey Kessler set a school record by making 16-of-19 free throws en route to a career-high 26 points.

Brown added 22 points while Saira House chipped in 16.

The University of Findlay

The University of Findlay women's basketball team claimed a 72-40 win over the University of Northwestern Ohio on Saturday, Dec. 29 in Croy Gymnasium.

The Oilers, who improved to 7-3 on the year with the victory, shot 40.9 percent (27-of-66) from the floor and held the Racers to a mere 24 percent (12-of-50) shooting clip.  The Oilers also forced 29 turnovers and dominated the paint, out-scoring the Racers by a 46-2 margin around the basket.

Senior forward Kayla Brown led the way with 15 points, four rebounds and four steals while fellow senior forward Tai Dotson contributed nine points and a season-high 11 rebounds.

Freshman forward Margaret Wuekber added nine points while freshman guard Alyssa Grevenkamp had seven points and a career-high seven rebounds.

Junior forward Kaleigh Kenny contributed seven points and senior guard Laura Piehl, making her first appearance on the court in more than a year due to several knee injuries, had five points and three rebounds.

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Saginaw Valley State University

The Cardinals sport a 4-5 record on the season with a 2-3 mark in GLIAC play.  Emily Wendling leads the team with averages of 16.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

Kristen Greene and Samantha Zirzow are also averaging in double figures at 14.1 and 11.0 points per game, respectively.

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Wayne State University

The Warriors are 6-3 on the year with a 4-1 record in conference competition.  Paige Sickmiller is scoring 13.8 points per game to lead the squad while Talisha Bridges is right behind her at 13.4 points per outing.

Phaebre Colbert is also scoring in double figures at 10.7 points per game.

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Lighting Up the Scoreboard

Senior forward Kayla Brown has been scoring in bunches this season, averaging 19.1 points per game.  Her points per game average is the third best in the GLIAC and is enabling Findlay to average 72.8 points per outing, the third best mark in the league.

Nationally, Brown ranks 19th in points per game average.

Grand Theft

The Oilers are averaging 13.2 steals per game, the second best total in the GLIAC and the 23rd best mark in the nation. 

Individually, senior forward Kayla Brown ranks first in the GLIAC with 3.2 steals per game while junior guard Karli Beasley is tenth with 1.9 steals per contest.

Forcing Turnovers

The Oilers are forcing 24.4 turnovers per game, the best total in the GLIAC.

Triple Your Pleasure

Senior forward Kayla Brown ranks third in the conference in three point shooting, making 2.4 per game.  She has connected on 38.1 percent (24-of-63) of her attempts thus far.

Freshman guard Alyssa Grevenkamp leads the conference in three point shooting percentage as she is hitting 57.9 percent of her three point tries.

The Oilers are hitting 34.1 percent of their triple tries this season, the third best mark in the league.

Shooting Range

The Oilers rank fifth in the GLIAC in field goal percentage, hitting 41.8 percent of their attempts.

Individually, senior forward Kayla Brown ranks ninth with a 51.7 percent shooting clip.

Freebies

The Oilers are hitting 73.4 percent of their free throw attempts on the season, the sixth best mark in the GLIAC.

Individually, sophomore forward Lacey Kessler and junior guard Ashley Andrews rank 11th with an 83.9 percent shooting clip from the line.

Getting on the Glass

The Oilers are averaging 14.2 offensive rebounds per game, the fourth best total in the GLIAC.

Dropping Dimes

The Oilers rank fourth in the GLIAC in assists per game with 14.6 per game. 

1,000-Point Club

Senior forward Kayla Brown will look to become the 19th member of the Oilers 1,000-point club this year.

Brown has scored 941 points during her career and has also added 359 rebounds and 152 steals during her tenure with the program.

Teammate Laura Piehl was the last Oilers player to crack the 1,000-point plateau and has currently racked up 1,267 career points, which ranks seventh all-time at Findlay.

Piehl has also recorded 447 rebounds, 273 assists and 117 steals during her time with the Oilers.

Reaching the 90-Point Plateau

The Oilers have scored 90 or more points 62 times since the 1978-79 season and sport a 61-1 (.984) record in those games.

Their only loss came at the hands of Wilmington, who defeated the Oilers by a score of 110-98 in 1985.

Preseason GLIAC Poll

The University of Findlay women's basketball team was picked to finish third in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division as the league office announced their annual preseason poll on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The Oilers, who finished last season with a 15-12 record, received 121 votes in the poll and trailed Tiffin University (140) and Ashland University (184) in the South Division.  The Eagles received all 23 first place votes in the poll, which was based on votes by members of the media.

Ferris State University was tabbed as the favorite to win the North Division after receiving 15 first place votes and a total of 174 votes overall.

Preseason All-GLIAC

Senior forward Kayla Brown was honored as a preseason first team all-conference pick.

Brown earned second team honors last year as a junior after averaging a team-high 12.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.  She also recorded 2.2 steals per game and drained 46 three pointers. 

Brown has scored 754 points during her career and has added 317 rebounds.  She will look to become the Oilers 19th member of the 1,000-point club in her final year with the program.

Winning GLIAC South Division Titles

The Oilers have won two out the last three GLIAC South Division titles (2009-10, 2010-11) and as a program, have captured championships in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2010 and 2011.

GLIAC Tournament

The Oilers have appeared in the GLIAC Tournament four times in their history.  During the 2009-10 campaign, the Oilers won a GLIAC Tournament game for the first time in school history, defeating Hillsdale College 66-62 to advance to the second round.