COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Enjoying its longest win streak in its Division II era, Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team will face one of its toughest stretches of the season as the Panthers play No. 3 Ashland, followed by contests with Lake Erie and Tiffin.
The Panthers have won their last six games, averaging 81.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting in that stretch. ODU is also hitting 37.2 percent of its three pointers, 80.9 percent of its free throws, and is outrebounding its opponents by 10.0 boards per game (42.0-32.0) in this stretch.
Over the last six games, Lauren Bates is averaging 16.2 points and 6.3 rebounds, to go along with 3.9 assists and 3.0 steals while shooting 59.2 percent from the field. Both Melissa Scherpenberg and Madi Rittinger are averaging 12.2 points per game in that stretch, with Scherpenberg pulling in 9.7 rebounds per game and Rittinger grabbing 7.5 boards.
Rachael Torey has made 55.6 percent of her shots in this stretch, tallying 6.8 points per game, and ODU has also seen scoring increases from Kayla Cook (8.2 ppg), Darian Rose (7.2 ppg) and Megan Eyre (6.7 ppg) during the win streak.
At 14-4, the Panthers are off to their best 18 game start since the 2007-08 season. They had never won more than 12 games in a season since joining the GLIAC and Division II for the 2010-11 season.
ODU's 9-3 GLIAC record is also its best mark since joining the conference. The Panthers are in second place by themselves in the South Division standings and tied for second in the overall conference standings.
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