COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team will play its first postseason game since 2010 as the Panthers travel to North Canton to take on Walsh in the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
ODU enters the tournament as the No. 5 seed with an overall record of 20-8 (15-7 GLIAC), while the Cavaliers are the No. 4 seed and enter the game with a mark of 19-8 (16-6).
The Panthers will be playing in their first tournament game since Feb. 27, 2010 when they reached the A.I.I. championship game. The matchup with Walsh will be the third between the two teams this season. ODU took a 67-65 win at Walsh on Jan. 21, while the Cavaliers earned an 80-67 victory in Columbus on Feb. 11.
ODU will look to bounce back from an 85-72 setback to Tiffin in its regular season finale on Thursday. In that game, the Panthers were held to 34.4 percent shooting, their second lowest mark of the season. Tiffin also made 50.9 percent of its shots, the highest percentage an opponent has shot against the Panthers this year, and the 85 points are the most ODU has allowed in regulation as well.
Senior Melissa Scherpenberg (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded her 17th double-double of the year as she tallied 14 points and 13 rebounds. Junior Madi Rittinger (Dayton, Ohio) led the Panthers with 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while junior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) and sophomore Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) each scored 11 points.
The Panthers enter the tournament with the league's third-best offense, averaging 73.3 points per game. ODU also ranks third in field goals made per game (27.0) and attempts (62.4) while sitting fifth in the conference in field goal percentage (43.4).
ODU's defense has also limited opponents to 39.1 percent shooting, the fourth-best mark in the GLIAC, and the Panthers lead the GLIAC in rebounding margin (+8.7).
In the two games against Walsh this year, the Panthers have shot 43.7 percent from the field, but have been outscored by 27 points behind the three-point line. Bates is averaging 15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals in the two games, Scherpenberg is shooting 55.0 percent and averaging 12.0 points and 8.0 rebounds, and Rose is shooting 50 percent and also scoring 12.0 points.
Walsh enters the game having defeated Malone 64-51 in its regular season finale. The Cavaliers are one of the better defensive teams in the league, holding their opposition to 61.9 points per game. Opponents are shooting 39.8 percent from the floor and less than 30 percent from behind the arc against Walsh this season.
Kelsey Funderburgh leads the Cavaliers with 13.8 points per game. She attempts nearly eight three-pointers per game. Twenty-six of her 33 field goal attempts against ODU this year have been triples, and she's scoring 16.0 points per game against ODU. Brooklyn Wooten is averaging 17.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in the two contests against ODU this season.
Contact: Scott Miles