Women Kick-Off Conference Play With Trip to No. 14 Grand Valley State
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team makes their first trip north to begin conference play against No. 14 Grand Valley State at 8 p.m. Thursday evening at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale, Michigan.
After trailing 7-2 early against NAIA Preseason No. 7 Cedarville, the Panthers, led by freshman Christina Pentaudi's (Dayton, OH) five threes off the bench, heated up behind the arc, nailing a remarkable 7-of-10 3-pointers over a seven minute span as part of a 21-9 run.
ODU stretched their three-point halftime lead to 13 midway through the second, but quickly became cold from the floor hitting just one of their next nine shots. The Yellow Jackets knotted the game at 49-49 before Melissa Hersey's (Sr./West Chester, OH) coast-to-coast driving lay-up with 19 seconds remaining broke the ice and proved to be the game-winner as Cedarville threw the ball away on their final possession.
Despite not playing in the second half due to an injury suffered in the closing seconds of the first, Pentaudi led ODU with 15 points, going 5-of-8 from long range. Hersey and Katy Rasor (Jr./Grove City, OH) each added 10, while Summer Hale (Sr./Galena, OH) finished with a team-high 10 rebounds.
No. 16 Grand Valley St. moved to 4-0 with home wins over Rochester (84-47) and No. 20 Wisconsin-Parkside (64-50) last week. The GLIAC's second ranked offense has four players averaging double figure scoring, including Alex Stelfox, the conference leader with a 17.3 points per game average. Briauna Taylor (16.0 ppg) ranks fourth in the conference, Dani Crandall (11.3 ppg) sits 21st and Jasmine Padin (10.0 ppg) is tied for 29th.
This is the first meeting between the Panthers and Lakers. Findlay, Tiffin and Lake Erie are the only GLIAC teams ODU has faced prior to this season.