Strong Starts To Quarters Power Panthers To Third-Straight Win, Defeat Findlay 75-61

Strong Starts To Quarters Power Panthers To Third-Straight Win, Defeat Findlay 75-61

Lindsey Blanford interview

By Sports Information Intern Aaron McPherson

COLUMBUS, Ohio – 8-0 runs to begin the first quarter, third quarter and fourth quarter were key in a 75-61 victory for the Ohio Dominican Panthers women's basketball team against Findlay on Thursday at Alumni Hall in Columbus.

The victory is the third-consecutive win for Ohio Dominican (17-5, 12-4 GLIAC), whose three-straight wins have all come by double digits.

Ohio Dominican outrebounded Findlay 52-36, marking the 12th straight time the Panthers have outrebounded their opponent. The 52 rebounds by the Panthers also mark the seventh time this year Ohio Dominican has recorded 50 rebounds or more in a game.

Nine made three-point field goals ties a season-high for Ohio Dominican. Findlay, who was shooting 45.6 percent entering the game, was held to 36.8 percent shooting.

Senior Melissa Scherpenberg (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds and junior Madi Rittinger (Centerville, Ohio) scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, marking the third time both players have recorded double-doubles in the same game this season.

Six Panthers scored in double-figures, the most in any game for Ohio Dominican this year. Junior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) added 11 points and five rebounds. Junior Jackie Oestreich (Brighton, MI) scored a season-high 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. Junior Lindsey Blanford (Xenia, Ohio) also recorded a season-high 10 points.

The Panthers began the game on an 8-0 run, using two layups each by Scherpenberg and Rittinger to build an early eight-point lead. Ohio Dominican held Findlay scoreless for the first 4:37. Rittinger finished the first quarter with nine points and five rebounds as Ohio Dominican led 22-10 at the end of one.

After a 13-2 Findlay run in the second quarter cut the Panther lead to just four, sophomore Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) hit a three-point shot on an assist from Rittinger with 33 seconds left in the quarter, giving Ohio Dominican a 35-28 lead heading into the locker room. The Panthers recorded 10 assists on 14 field goals in the first half.

Ohio Dominican began the second half with a burst. Scherpenberg scored on a layup and a three-pointer and Bates hit a three with 8:10 left in the quarter, extending the Panther run to 11-0 and giving Ohio Dominican a 43-28 lead. The Panthers led 52-43 through three quarters.

Ohio Dominican began the fourth quarter on another 8-0 run. Blanford hit a three-pointer with 8:53 remaining to extend the lead to 55-43. A three-pointer by Rose and a layup by Scherpenberg extended the Panther lead to 60-43 with 7:57 to go, the largest lead of the game. Ohio Dominican never looked back, winning 75-61.

Ohio Dominican will travel to Wayne State (10-12, 5-11 GLIAC) on Saturday, where it will seek to win its fourth-straight GLIAC game. 

Contact: Scott Miles