by Abigail Hintz
The Cedarville women’s basketball team got a big win over the University of Findlay in their home opener, 91-75. It was a memorable one for senior Ashlyn Huffman, who hit 1,000 career points. She led the team across the board with 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Cedarville put forth a solid shooting effort, going 29-33 from the free throw line, 10-29 in 3-pointers and 25-57 in field goals. They had five players in double-digits, Huffman with 25, junior Allison Mader contributed 16, sophomore Isabelle Bolender had 13, junior Emily Chapman with 12 and sophomore Paige Garr had 11.
The Jackets started with a strong defensive showing and a quick 5-0 run controlled by junior Lexi Moore and Bolender. Chapman drained the first 3-pointer of the game pushing the Jackets’ lead to 10-3. Bolender followed with a three of her own and took the team into the first media timeout up 13-5.
Cedarville began heading into foul trouble, getting up to six in six minutes in the first quarter. Findlay was putting up a 1-3-1 defense against the Jackets forcing them to make quick passes from far out as driving to the basket proved difficult. Scoring came when the Jackets were able to get into transition quickly before the Oilers defense was able to get set up.
Huffman and Bolender led the Jackets through the first quarter putting up six points each to take their team to a 24-10 lead.
Huffman hit her milestone two minutes into the second quarter with a free throw that pushed her to 1,000 career points.
Findlay began fouling in the second quarter, getting up to five in six minutes and giving the Jackets the bonus. Cedarville got their fouling under control and maintained a solid lead, helped in part by their 93.3 free throw shooting percentage. The team went 14-15 from the line in the first two quarters.
The Jackets ended the quarter with an 11-point run, taking them to a 20 point lead up 47-27 at halftime. Mader led the team in the first half with 11 points. Bolender led in rebounds with six and Garr in assists with four.
Cedarville came out of the locker room with no less intensity forcing an Oilers timeout after just one minute. The Oilers proceeded to slow down the Jackets’ scoring outside of free throws, but they made little offensive progress of their own.
Halfway through the third quarter both Cedarville post players found themselves in some foul trouble as they tried to defend a much taller Findlay squad. Moore had three personal fouls and sophomore Allie Marshall had four.
Regardless, the Jackets continued pushing, going up 71-48 headed into the fourth quarter. With both Cedarville post players up to four fouls, the game changed slightly and the Oilers made more offensive moves going on an 11-point run late and giving Cedarville just an 10-point lead. It was too little too late for the Oilers, however, and the Jackets took the match 91-75.
Cedarville will travel to Ursuline College on Wednesday for a G-MAC showdown at 5:30 p.m.
Abigail Hintz is a junior Journalism major and the Sports and Digital Editor for Cedars. She loves reading, playing Spikeball with her friends and watching soccer 24/7.