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