MIDLAND, Mich. – For a second straight game, Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team shot better than 50 percent from the field as the Panthers went on the road to take down former GLIAC foe Northwood 81-74 on Tuesday night.
ODU went 31-of-58 for 53.4 percent shooting in the contest, hitting a blistering 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) from behind the arc as well. The Panthers, who led by as many as 13 in the second quarter, came into the game eighth in the country in three-point shooting at 45.5 percent.
The Panthers (2-2) put five players into double figures, paced by junior guard Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio) and her 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting (3-of-5 from threes.) She added a career-high nine rebounds with three assists and played all 40 minutes.
Sophomore guard Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio) notched her second double-double in four games as she finished with 14 points and a personal-best 12 boards, hitting 6-of-12 from the field.
Junior guard Hannah Clark (Glenmont, Ohio) scored 14 points, as did freshman guard Kennedy Schlabach (Millersburg, Ohio), who knocked down all four triple attempts. Senior guard Alexis Overly (Chillicothe, Ohio) added 11 points as well.
ODU, which led by 10 early in the fourth quarter, had its lead trimmed to 68-64 with 5:36 to go. Fisher countered with a trey and Overly made a layup to bump the advantage out to nine at 73-64 a minute later.
The teams swapped buckets over the next 90 seconds as ODU maintained a 77-71 lead, and freshman Alli Kern (Waterford, Ohio), making her season debut, hit a big jump shot with 1:29 left to make it a three-possession game.
Northwood (1-4) answered with a triple to cut it to 79-74, but after an empty Panther possession, misfired on another three. Clark would then hit two free throws to seal the victory.
The Panthers ultimately led for all but 23 seconds in this game, only trailing by a 5-4 margin in the first two minutes of play. ODU countered that deficit with a 13-4 run, capped by a Troyer layup, and led 28-18 after the first quarter and 32-19 three minutes into the second frame.
Northwood climbed within 34-33, however, and the score was 41-37 in favor of the Panthers at the break.
ODU then scored the first six points of the second half on a Troyer jumper and layups from Fisher and Clark, forcing a Timberwolves timeout. ODU led by as much as 11 in the period and took a 65-55 lead into the fourth quarter.
For the game, the Panthers enjoyed a 39-34 rebounding advantage, and also blocked six shots – the third time this year ODU has blocked six shots in a game.
Ohio Dominican will remain on the road for a 1 p.m. contest at Saginaw Valley on Wednesday.
Contact: Scott Miles