Panthers Crash Glass, Defeat Lake Erie 73-63

Panthers Crash Glass, Defeat Lake Erie 73-63

Darian Rose Interview

PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Behind a 56-20 rebounding edge, Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team scored a 73-63 road win at Lake Erie Saturday in GLIAC play.

The Panthers have now won seven of eight games and improved to 15-5 (10-4 GLIAC).

Six players scored eight or more points and nine players had at least four rebounds as the Panthers survived after committing a season-high 29 turnovers.

The 56 rebounds led to a 23-5 edge in second chance points, and the 20 rebounds were the fewest ODU has allowed in a game since 2002.

Sophomore Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) tied a career high with 15 points and set a new personal best by hitting a trio of three pointers. Senior Melissa Scherpenberg (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished with 12 points and eight rebounds and junior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) added 12 points, five rebounds and four steals.

Junior Madi Rittinger (Dayton, Ohio) also scored in double figures with 11 points and seven boards. Off the bench, junior Kayla Cook (Westerville, Ohio) tallied nine points and six rebounds while sophomore Megan Eyre (Fayetteville, Ohio) added eight points and a career high six rebounds.

Senior Rachael Torey (Sterling Heights, Mich.) dished out six assists and junior Jackie Oestreich (Brighton, Mich.) grabbed five rebounds off the bench as well.

After committing 10 turnovers in the opening period, the Panthers outscored Lake Erie 21-11 in the second quarter. Leading 17-14, Rittinger and Bates knocked down jumpers, and Oestreich made a pair of free throws to put ODU in front 23-14.

The lead extended to as much as 30-16 as nice ball rotation found Cook open in the left corner for a triple with three minutes left in the period, and the Panthers took a 34-23 lead into the break.

ODU shot 40.0 percent in the half and had a 34-13 rebounding edge. The Panthers had 15 offensive rebounds and limited Lake Erie to 24.2 percent shooting, but turned the ball over 16 times in the frame.

Leading 42-34 in the third quarter, Eyre found Rittinger in transition for a layup and foul, and a steal by Eyre led to a Rose layup and a 47-34 lead with just over three minutes left.

Later in the quarter, Eyre buried a triple on a possession that featured three offensive rebounds, and Bates beat the third quarter buzzer with a baseline jumper to give ODU a 53-38 lead going into the fourth.

The Storm (7-13, 4-10 GLIAC) cut it to 64-55 with 4:18 to play, but Rose buried a triple on the ensuing trip down the floor and the lead never dipped into single digits again.

Ohio Dominican shot 45.5 percent for the game (30-of-66), hitting on 51.6 percent of its shots after the break. ODU limited Lake Erie to 36.8 percent shooting (21-of-57).

Ohio Dominican plays host to Tiffin at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Alumni Hall.

Contact: Scott Miles