GLIAC Action Begins For Women's Basketball As Panthers Take On Saginaw, Hillsdale

Photo by Stephanie Pakes
Photo by Stephanie Pakes


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team will take its 4-1 record on the road as ODU opens up GLIAC play at Saginaw Valley on Thursday and at Hillsdale on Saturday.

The Panthers are playing for the first time since Nov. 24, when ODU scored an 80-71 road victory at Trevecca Nazarene. Melissa Scherpenberg scored 21 points with 11 rebounds, six blocks and four steals, while Lauren Bates chipped in with 17 points and four assists.

The Panthers shot 54.4 percent from their field, their best total since Feb. 27, 2014, and also blocked 12 shots in the game while holding the Trojans to a 38.2 shooting percentage. The 12 rejections were the most for ODU since Dec. 6, 2008.

ODU also scored 36 points in the paint, turned 20 turnovers into 23 points, and had a 12-0 advantage in fast break points. The Panthers also received 21 points off the bench.

The Panthers have three of the top 16 scorers in the GLIAC. Tori Beth Leader averages 16.2 points per game, as does Scherpenberg, which is tied for eighth, and Bates ranks 16th with her 14.2 points per game.

Madi Rittinger ranks 12th in the nation and leads the GLIAC with her 2.6 blocks per game, Bates is 18th nationally in steals (3.4 per game) and Scherpenberg is 25th in rebounds per game (11.0)

Contact: Scott Miles