Panthers Head Into Holidays With Final Non-Conference Game Against Indianapolis

Panthers Head Into Holidays With Final Non-Conference Game Against Indianapolis


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- On the heels of a thrilling comeback victory over Grand Valley State, Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team will look to continue its momentum on Saturday as the Panthers play host to Indianapolis at 1 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

With a 7-2 record, the Panthers have their best mark through nine games since the 2007-08 season, when they won their first nine games of the year. ODU is also 3-1 in GLIAC play for the first time.

That mark appeared to be in jeopardy as the Panthers fell behind GVSU by 19 points on a pair of occasions in the second quarter on Sunday. However, ODU outscored the Lakers 57-31 over the final 26 minutes of the game, including a decisive 9-0 fourth quarter run, to earn a 79-72 win in Alumni Hall.

Melissa Scherpenberg scored 21 points with 16 rebounds, Madi Rittinger added 20 points with six assists, and off the bench, Darian Rose chipped in with 15 points while Alexis Overly had six assists and five rebounds.

The last time ODU had two players score 20 or more points in a regulation game came on Feb. 3, 2014 against Tiffin, when Scherpenberg and Kacee Hockenberry performed the feat.

The Panthers also had a 50-21 rebounding edge over Grand Valley on Sunday. It's the third time this year ODU has grabbed 50 or more rebounds in a game, and the fewest rebounds they've allowed in a game since Jan. 22, 2002 when the Panthers held Notre Dame College to 18 rebounds in a 103-59 win.

The +29 rebounding margin is also ODU's best since outrebounding Mount Vernon Nazarene by 30 (53-23) on Jan. 16, 2007.

Contact: Scott Miles