Women's Basketball Closes Regular Season With Setback, Enters GLIAC Tournament As #5 Seed

Women's Basketball Closes Regular Season With Setback, Enters GLIAC Tournament As #5 Seed

TIFFIN, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team was outscored 39-26 over the second and third quarters and suffered an 85-72 setback at Tiffin on Thursday night in the team's regular season finale.

With the setback, Ohio Dominican (20-8, 15-7 GLIAC) will be the No. 5 seed in next week's GLIAC Tournament. The Panthers will travel to Walsh to take on the No. 4 seed Cavaliers in the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1.

The Panthers never got on track on either end of the floor. ODU shot just 34.4 percent while allowing the Dragons (8-19, 6-16) to make 50.9 percent of their shots. The Panthers also coughed the ball up 23 times, which led to 25 Dragon points, and ODU's bench was outscored 45-15.

Senior Melissa Scherpenberg (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Junior Madi Rititnger (Dayton, Ohio) added 15 points with seven boards while junior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) and sophomore Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) each scored 11 points.

ODU led by five in the first quarter, 13-8, after consecutive layups by Rose and Scherpenberg, and the Panthers took a 20-19 lead into the second quarter.

The offense went stagnant after that point, though, as the Panthers were outscored by 21-12 in the second period and trailed 40-32 at the break.

In the third quarter, the Panthers drew within five on a pair of occasions. The latter came at 47-42 with 5:02 to play in the period after Tiffin coach Jason Mishler drew two technical fouls. But the Panthers made just 2-of-4 free throws and couldn't score on the ensuing offensive possession, and ODU did not make a field goal the rest of the quarter as the Dragons took a 58-46 lead into the fourth.

The Panthers made it 58-51 early in the quarter, but came no closer the rest of the way as Tiffin stretched its lead to as much as 17 in the period.

Ohio Dominican will be making its first trip to the GLIAC Tournament in program history. The Panthers and Cavaliers split their season series, with ODU winning at Walsh 67-65 on Jan. 21 before falling at home to the Cavaliers 80-67 on Feb. 11.

Contact: Scott Miles