Oiler Women defeat Wayne State 87-80
By Kevin Schrock
The University of Findlay senior Margaret Wuebker etched her name in the Oiler record book on Monday when she became only the twentieth Oiler ever to score 1,000 career points. In the process she also set a new career high with 25 points while the Oilers came out on top of Wayne State 87-80.
Knowing she was going to need nine points to reach the 1,000 point plateau, Wuebker was not going to wait around. With 2:34 to play in the first quarter she splashed home a jumper to reach the milestone.
“I’m really happy for her and proud of her,” said Findlay coach Jim Wiedie. “She’s meant so much to this program in the four years that she has been here and she’s a first team all-conference preseason pick for a reason.”
With the Oilers ending the first quarter up 26-19, their offense was clicking on all cylinders. In the second quarter the Warriors got to within 28-26 before a Karli Bonar three and a Haley Horstman layup propelled the Oilers to a 44-37 halftime lead.
The second half became a different type of game. Instead of the Oilers playing Wayne State, at times it seemed they were simply playing Brittany Streetman. She started piling in shot after shot and was single handedly keeping the Warriors in the game.
“She is such a tough match up because she’s quick enough to get to the rim but she’s also such a good three-point shooter,” said Wiedie. “There were numerous times when we were in position and even had a hand in her face. When a kid is feeling it like that there’s just not much you can do.”
Streetman seemed to get better as the game went on as well. She scored nine in the third quarter and 16 in the fourth for a total of 40 points.
With six minutes to play Streetman completed a three-point play to bring the score to 70-66. Immediately Bonar answered with another three for the Oilers to extend their lead back out to 73-66.
Findlay never let the Warriors over the hump and they prevailed by a final score of 87-80.
“Even though we gave up a lot of points to night I thought that defensively we did a pretty decent job,” said Wiedie. “When we were 10-1 this is how we were playing.”
Wuebker led the way with her 25 points while Horstman added 16. Bonar and Anna Hintz also reached double figures with 12 points each.
The Oilers have now won back-to-back games and improve their record to 13-8 and 8-7 in the conference. Despite a rough January, they are still in good position to make the tournament.
Findlay now has seven games remaining, the first on Thursday against the Ohio Domincan Panthers and then they come back home on Saturday to take on Tiffin. They will only play two more games at Croy this year.