Defense Shines As Women's Basketball Powers Past Northwood, 71-59

Defense Shines As Women's Basketball Powers Past Northwood, 71-59

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six players scored seven or more points and Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team stymied Northwood as the Panthers scored a 71-59 home win over the Timberwolves.

Northwood entered Saturday averaging 73.6 points per game on 42.7 percent shooting, but ODU held the Timberwolves to 36.1 percent shooting, including 1-of-21 (4.8 percent) from three. Northwood had been shooting 36.7 percent from behind the arc. The defense also came away with 17 steals, matching a season best, as the Panthers created 21 turnovers.

With the win, Ohio Dominican improved to 10-4 (5-3 GLIAC), while Northwood fell to 8-6 (4-4 GLIAC).

Juniors Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) and Tori Beth Leader (West Portsmouth, Ohio) each scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds. Bates also had five steals.

Junior Madi Rittinger (Dayton, Ohio) scored 10 points with seven rebounds and a career high seven steals, and senior Melissa Scherpenberg (Cincinnati, Ohio) grabbed 12 rebounds.

ODU broke the game open in the second quarter with an 8-0 run. Leading 21-19, senior Rachael Torey (Sterling Heights, Mich.) made a layup and drained a three, and Leader followed with a three on the next possession to give ODU a 29-19 lead with 4:57 left.

A three-pointer by sophomore Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) and an offensive rebound and putback by Rittinger gave the Panthers a 15 point cushion in the last minute of the period, and the Panthers took a 40-27 lead into the locker room.

ODU shot 45.2 percent in the half (14-of-31), outrebounded Northwood 23-14, and forced 11 Timberwolves turnovers, resulting in 12 points.

Up 42-31 early in the third quarter, ODU scored the next six points, then extended its lead to as much as 22 (60-38) on Bates' three-point play at the end of the quarter.

Torey scored a season-high eight points and junior Kayla Cook (Westerville, Ohio) added seven points off the bench to also pace the Panthers. Scherpenberg also had seven points, blocked two shots and had three steals.

Ohio Dominican hits the road for a 5:30 p.m. game at Findlay on Thursday.

Contact: Scott Miles