Women's Basketball Falls 69-66 To Ferris State

Photo by Stephanie Pakes
Photo by Stephanie Pakes

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team managed just 34.9 percent shooting as the Panthers fell 69-66 to Ferris State in a GLIAC contest Friday night at Branch Rickey Arena at Ohio Wesleyan.

The Panthers trailed 65-58 with 5:58 left but cut it to 65-63 on layups by Melissa Scherpenberg (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Madi Rittinger (Dayton, Ohio) with 2:01 left. ODU had two possessions to tie or take the lead, but missed a three-pointer and turned the ball over, and Ferris sank two free throws with 20 seconds left to go in front 67-63.

ODU missed another three-pointer and the Bulldogs sank two more free throws to take a six-point lead. Scherpenberg had a three-point play to make it 69-66 with three seconds left, but ODU could not cleanly steal the inbounds pass and time expired near midcourt.

Rittinger had a season-high 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting and went 7-of-7 from the charity stripe. Scherpenberg notched her seventh double-double of the year with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but ODU made just 22-of-63 shots from the field, including 9-of-31 (29.0 percent) in the opening half.

The Panthers (6-2, 2-1 GLIAC) led by four points on a pair of occasions in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs (1-6, 1-2 GLIAC) took a 14-13 lead at the end of the period. ODU surged in front 25-19 four minutes into the second quarter after Scherpenberg's layup, but the Bulldogs closed the half on a 16-5 run and led 35-30 at the break.

Neither side led by four points for the duration of the third quarter, and senior Rachael Torey (Sterling Heights, Mich.) buried a three before the period ended to send the Panthers into the final 10 minutes with a 55-54 lead.

However, that was the last lead for the Panthers, as Ferris State scored on its opening possession of the fourth as part of an 11-4 run to go in front 65-58 with 6:15 left.

Junior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) grabbed six rebounds and junior Tori Beth Leader (West Portsmouth, Ohio) scored seven points as well for the Panthers.

Ohio Dominican returns to Alumni Hall to host Grand Valley State at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Contact: Scott Miles