CANTON, Ohio – Sophomore Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) scored 14 of her career high 16 points in the first half and Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team clinched its first GLIAC Tournament bid in program history with a 75-42 road win at Malone on Saturday.
The Panthers, who led for all but 16 seconds, improved to 19-6 (14-5 GLIAC) and are in a tie for second place in the conference. With three GLIAC games remaining, the Panthers are four games clear of ninth place Findlay to secure the bid.
Rose paced a quartet of players in double figures for ODU, who led by as much as 34 points in the second half.
With the win, ODU improved to 19-6 (14-5 GLIAC) and remained in a tie for third place in the overall GLIAC standings.
The Panthers jumped to a 40-22 lead at the break as ODU shot 15-of-30 from the field, including 7-of-11 (63.2 percent) from behind the three-point line. ODU tallied 10 assists on those 15 made field goals.
A 15-2 first quarter run provided all the spark that ODU needed in this one. Rose scored eight straight points on a pair of triple and two free throws to give ODU a 12-4 lead, and junior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) knocked down consecutive jump shots to stretch the lead to 17-4. The Panthers took a 21-10 lead into the second quarter.
Rose and junior Kayla Cook (Westerville, Ohio) continued raining threes in the second quarter as the duo hit five in a 5:13 stretch of the period to help ODU extend its lead to as much as 21 in the period before settling for an 18 point cushion at the break.
The Panthers led by at least 17 points for the entirety of the second half.
Bates scored 12 points and Cook and junior Jackie Oestreich (Brighton, Mich.) each scored 10 points off the bench for ODU. ODU's bench outscored Malone's 30-10.
The Panthers had a 45-30 edge on the glass. Senior Melissa Scherpenberg (Cincinnati, Ohio) grabbed 12 rebounds to go along with eight points, Oestreich finished with six boards and junior Lindsey Blanford (Xenia, Ohio) snatched five off the bench for ODU.
Rose matched a career high by draining four three pointers and Cook buried three triples as well for the Panthers, who matched a season-best by hitting nine three-pointers in the game.
After surrendering 80 points to Walsh on Thursday, ODU clamped down defensively on Saturday and held Malone (7-17, 4-15 GLIAC) to 26.9 percent shooting while forcing 19 turnovers.
The 42 points allowed are the fewest the team has allowed this season and the fewest since also holding Malone to 42 on Feb. 14, 2009.
Ohio Dominican plays host to nationally ranked Ashland at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Alumni Hall.
Contact: Scott Miles