Defense Carries Women's Basketball To 64-61 Win Over Quincy

Defense Carries Women's Basketball To 64-61 Win Over Quincy

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Down 56-55 with less than five minutes to play, Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team responded down the stretch and held off Quincy for a 64-61 victory in its season opener Friday afternoon in Alumni Hall.

The Panthers forced 30 Hawks turnovers, coming up with 18 steals, and turned those into 34 points. Sophomore guard Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio) scored 17 points and added 10 rebounds and seven steals, all career-highs, and junior guard Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio) added 17 points as well.

Junior guard Hannah Clark (Glenmont, Ohio) stuck a triple from straight on to put ODU back in front at 58-56 with 3:54 left, and Troyer's steal would lead to a Fisher bucket in the paint to extend the lead to 60-56, forcing a Quincy timeout.

The Hawks cut it to 60-58 with 2:54 to play, and the teams swapped missed until Troyer buried a three from the left wing to bump the cushion to five with 1:15 left.

Quincy would hit a three with 15 seconds left to close to within 63-61, but senior guard Alexis Overly (Chillicothe, Ohio) hit a free throw, and Troyer and Clark each blocked three point attempts in the waning moments to secure the victory.

The Panthers won despite shooting 37.3 percent from the field, compared to 45.5 percent for Quincy, but hit 10-of-23 from behind the arc (43.5 percent).

Overly and freshman Kennedy Schlabach (Millersburg, Ohio) each scored 10 points, Clark grabbed seven rebounds to go with four assists, and sophomore Olivia Fox (Newark, Ohio) pulled down six rebounds as well.

ODU jumped to a 21-13 lead after the first quarter, hitting 9-of-19 from the floor with a trio of threes, and Fisher's three early in the second gave the Panthers a 24-13 lead, their largest of the game.

However, ODU scored just five points over the final 8:43 of the period, and Quincy pulled even at 29 heading into the locker room.

The Panthers took a pair of six point leads in the third stanza, including at 40-34 after Troyer's offensive rebound and putback with 4:22 left, but Quincy hung close and trailed just 47-43 after three.

Ohio Dominican remains at home to take on Ashland at 3 p.m. Saturday in Alumni Hall.

Contact: Scott Miles