Panthers Use Solid Defensive Effort To Defeat Tiffin, 69-51

Panthers Use Solid Defensive Effort To Defeat Tiffin, 69-51

By Sports Information Intern Aaron McPherson

Kayla Cook Interview

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team tied its season-best for points allowed in a game in a 69-51 victory vs. Tiffin at Alumni Hall in Columbus on Monday. The Panthers held Tiffin to 29.6 percent shooting from the field (16-of-54), including 21.4 percent (6-of-28) from two-point range. The victory earns the Panthers (16-5, 11-4 GLIAC) their  first 16-win season since 2009-2010.

Senior Melissa Scherpenberg (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the Panthers with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, marking the ninth time she has scored 15 points or more in a game this season. She also recorded a team-high three blocked shots. Junior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Sophomore Kayla Cook (Westerville, Ohio) chipped in with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting.

Tiffin began the game on a 9-2 run, holding a 14-6 edge at the 3:54 mark of the first quarter and led 16-14 at the end of the first quarter.

Trailing 20-18 with 6:07 remaining in the second quarter, Cook connected on a three-pointer to give Ohio Dominican its first lead of the game and start an 11-0 Panther run. The run gave the Panthers a 32-22 lead going into halftime.

Scherpenberg scored 10 of her 16 points in the first half. Bates paced Ohio Dominican on the glass in the first half with seven rebounds. The Panthers scored 20 points in the paint in the first half and outrebounded Tiffin, 21-13.

Ohio Dominican extended its run in the third quarter to 23-2 and took a commanding 54-35 lead into the final period. The Panthers connected on 10-of-12 free throws in the third quarter and held Tiffin to 23.1 percent third quarter shooting (3-of-13). The Panthers outscored Tiffin by a combined margin of 40-19 in the second and third quarters.

Ohio Dominican pushed its lead to 22 at the 7:25 mark of the fourth quarter, as Cook connected on a jumper to give the Panthers their largest lead of the game, a lead which they maintained en route to a 69-51 victory.

The Panthers outscored Tiffin 26-10 in the paint and forced the Dragons into 21 turnovers. Ohio Dominican outrebounded Tiffin 41-30 and currently boasts a 9.6 positive rebounding margin for the season.

Sophomore Megan Eyre (Fayetteville, Ohio) pulled down seven rebounds, a career-high. Junior Lindsey Blanford (Xenia, Ohio) also chipped in with five rebounds off the bench.

Ohio Dominican hosts Findlay (13-8, 8-7 GLIAC) Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Alumni Hall.

Contact: Scott Miles