COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Off to its best start in the program's Division II era, Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team will take on North Division foes Ferris State and Grand Valley this weekend.
ODU and Ferris State square off at 6 p.m. Friday at Ohio Wesleyan, while the Panthers and Lakers tangle at 1 p.m. Sunday in Alumni Hall.
ODU enters the weekend with a 6-1 record and a 2-0 mark in GLIAC play following road wins at Saginaw Valley and Hillsdale last week. The Panthers made 37 shots from the field against Hillsdale, its most in a regulation game since Nov. 13, 2007. ODU also dished out 23 assists in that game, and the Panthers are 25th in the country with an average of 17.0 assists per game.
The Panthers have scored 80 or more points in four of seven games and rank fourth in the conference in scoring average (75.0 points per game). ODU is also shooting 44.1 percent from the field, which is fourth in GLIAC and 36th overall in the country.
ODU's defense has also been solid, holding its last four foes to 62.5 points per game on 33.7 percent shooting. Overall, the Panthers lead the GLIAC and rank seventh in the country in blocked shots, averaging 5.7 per game, and the Panthers are also forcing 21.7 turnovers per game, which is third in the GLIAC and 25th nationally.
A trio of Panthers are scoring in double figures, paced by Tori Beth Leader (16.1 ppg), along with Melissa Scherpenberg (15.4 ppg) and Lauren Bates (14.0 ppg). Scherpenberg earned her second GLIAC South Division Player of the Week of the season this week after putting up double-doubles in both games last week.
Madi Rittinger continues to lead the GLIAC and ranks 20th in the country as well with her 2.3 blocks per game.
Contact: Scott Miles