Women's Basketball Holds Off Lakers, 69-66

Women's Basketball Holds Off Lakers, 69-66

Alexis Overly Interview

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team held off a late Lake Superior run as the Panthers scored a 69-66 win in Alumni Hall on Thursday night.

The Panthers (9-5, 4-3 GLIAC) had an eight point fourth quarter lead whittled to one in the final minute. The Lakers, though, had a baseline jump shot rim out with six seconds left, and junior Sarah Futscher (Wilder, Ky.) grabbed the rebound. Senior Madi Rittinger (Dayton, Ohio) then sank two free throws with just over a second left, and Futscher stole the ensuing inbounds pass near midcourt to seal the victory.

Senior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) led the Panthers with 15 points and six rebounds, while a trio of other players also scored in double figures. Rittinger and junior Megan Eyre (Fayetteville, Ohio) each tallied 13 points, while junior Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) added 11.

ODU led wire-to-wire, opening the game on a 10-0 run as the Lakers (3-10, 1-5 GLIAC) misfired on their first nine shots of the contest. The Panthers led by as many as 12 (16-4) at the 1:40 mark on a jump shot by sophomore Alexis Overly (Chillicothe, Ohio), but the Lakers scored the final eight points of the frame to close to within 16-12.

ODU's lead was trimmed to one on a pair of occasions in the second quarter before short jump shots from Bates and Overly helped push it back to 29-21 with 2:11 left in the half, and the Panthers took a 31-26 lead into the locker room.

The Panthers stretched the lead out to 45-36 with 2:53 left in the third after an Overly triple and a free throw by senior Lindsey Blanford (Xenia, Ohio) and led 48-40 with 1:19 left, but the Lakers again closed the quarter strong, scoring five late points to make it 48-45 heading to the fourth.

Overly matched a career high as she finished with nine points off the bench, hitting 4-of-6 from the field. Rittinger had six boards, three assists and two blocks to go with her 13 points. Futscher had seven points and four rebounds as well off the bench.

ODU's last three victories have now come by three points or fewer, and overcame 48.2 percent shooting from LSSU. The Lakers also hit 10 three-pointers, shooting 45.5 percent from behind the arc, while ODU shot 40.7 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from three-point range. The Panthers did make 21-of-24 free throw attempts (87.5 percent) compared to 2-of-4 for LSSU.

Ohio Dominican remains at home to host Northwood at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Contact: Scott Miles

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