CEDARVILLE, Ohio –In a game featuring nine ties and 16 lead changes, Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team stood toe-to-toe with G-MAC frontrunner Cedarville on Thursday night before faltering late and dropping by a score of 81-69.
The Panthers (10-8, 7-5 G-MAC) had shot better than 50 percent in the opening three quarters and trailed 56-54 entering the fourth. Sophomore guard Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio) had a pair of three-point plays to start the quarter and give ODU one-point leads, and junior Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio) knocked down a triple to put the Panthers in front 63-61 with 8:22 left.
Cedarville (15-3, 11-1 G-MAC) scored the next nine points, a run that was temporarily halted by senior Alexis Overly (Chillicothe, Ohio) knocking down a jumper to cut it to 70-65. However, the Yellow Jackets hit a three on their next trip down the floor, and ODU could not get back into it down the stretch.
Cedarville outscored the Panthers 25-15 in the quarter, shooting 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from the field compared to 33.3 (6-of-18) for ODU.
Troyer scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Fisher added 14. Freshman Alli Kern (Waterford, Ohio) scored a season-high 13 points and pulled down seven rebounds, marking her 10th straight game with at least five boards.
ODU fell in a six point hole in the game's opening three minutes, but responded quickly. A 14-2 run, which featured consecutive buckets from Kern and back-to-back treys for Fisher and freshman Kennedy Schlabach (Millersburg, Ohio), staked the Panthers to an 18-12 lead at the 2:41 mark of the period, and ODU took a 22-16 lead into the second quarter.
Cedarville hung close, though, and hit a runner as time expired before the break to take a 35-34 lead into the locker room.
ODU hit 13-of-25 shots (52 percent) in the opening half and had a 19-13 edge on the glass, but committed 12 turnovers, which turned into nine Cedarville points.
In the third quarter, Fisher hit consecutive triples to give ODU a 44-43 lead just over five minutes in, but Cedarville scored 10 in a row to go in front 53-44.
The Panthers made a run, though, as Kern and Overly countered with threes to pull within 53-50 with just over two minutes in the period, and Schlabach tied the game with another triple from the corner to make it 53.
ODU went 5-of-6 from behind the arc in the quarter and trailed the Yellow Jackets by just two entering the fourth.
The two teams finished the game virtually identical in many categories, with ODU shooting 45.6 percent compared to 45.5 percent for Cedarville, each side hitting eight threes, and the Panthers holding a 34-33 rebounding advantage.
However, ODU had 18 turnovers to just seven for the Yellow Jackets, leading to nine extra field goal attempts and a 16-7 edge in points off turnovers, along with a 6-0 advantage in fastbreak points.
Ohio Dominican remains on the road for a 1 p.m. contest at Tiffin on Saturday.