COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team led Lake Erie through three quarters, but the Storm outscored ODU 33-20 in the fourth as the Panthers fell 83-75 on Thursday night in Alumni Hall.
Playing with just seven healthy players for the second straight full game, ODU (16-9, 12-7 G-MAC) came out blazing in the first quarter, turning an 8-5 deficit into a 25-12 lead by the end of the quarter. The Panthers went on a 12-0 run, with a transition layup by sophomore Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio) being followed by an offensive rebound and putback by sophomore Brittleigh Macaulay (Big Prairie, Ohio) to put the Panthers on top 17-10. Fisher followed with two free throw makes and junior Alexis Overly (Chillicothe, Ohio) capped the run with a fastbreak layup to make it 21-10 Panthers with just over a minute to play in the quarter.
Senior Devin Conley (Danville, Ky.) then was fouled with less than three seconds and hit a pair of free throws to give her 1,000 points in her career and stake the Panthers to a 13 point lead through the end of the first quarter.
The Panthers were still on top by double figures at 30-18 with 4:30 to play in the half, but the Storm closed on a 14-4 run to draw within 34-32 at the break.
The third quarter was close throughout, and a triple by freshman Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio) beat the buzzer to put the Panthers in front 55-50 heading to the fourth. ODU would push its lead out to as much as nine in the fourth at 64-55 on a triple by senior Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) with 6:55 to play, but the Storm outscored ODU 22-3 over the next five minutes to pull in front and take the game.
Fisher scored 18 points to go along with five rebounds and Rose finished with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Macaulay finished with 11 points and eight boards and Conley added nine points with five rebounds. Troyer chipped in with eight points and freshman Olivia Fox (Newark, Ohio) had six points and six boards off the bench.
Ohio Dominican remains at home to take on Ursuline at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Contact: Scott Miles