Women's Basketball Falls Late to Lake Erie, 65-60

Women's Basketball Falls Late to Lake Erie, 65-60

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team let a late lead slip away as the Panthers fell 65-60 to Lake Erie Saturday in GLIAC action in Alumni Hall.

Sophomores Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) and Madi Rittinger (Dayton, Ohio) each recorded double-doubles, the first time since 2009 that two ODU players have notched a double-double in the same game. Bates finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Rittinger had 12 points, 11 rebounds, a career-high six assists and a career-best tying five blocks.

Freshman Megan Eyre (Fayetteville, Ohio) drilled a three from the right corner with just over 12 minutes left to give the Panthers a 46-44 lead, their first advantage since there were 12 minutes left in the first half.

The lead grew to 56-48 on layups by freshman Sarah Futscher (Wilder, Ky.) and Bates with 7:49 left, but the Panthers went cold from the field at that point.

Lake Erie (8-12, 3-11 GLIAC) scored 11 of the next 13 points to take a 59-58 lead with 3:16 left, but the Panthers regained a 60-59 lead with 1:28 left on a putback bucket by sophomore Jackie Oestreich (Brighton, Mich.).

ODU (6-14, 3-11 GLIAC) forced a Storm miss and got the rebound, but a missed shot with 1:03 left led to a Storm three-pointer that gave Lake Erie a 62-60 lead with 49 seconds.

The Panthers had three looks inside the paint to knot the game on the ensuing possession but could not convert on any, and Lake Erie made three free throws in the last 12 seconds to pull away with the win.

Eyre came off the bench to score 12 points with three assists and senior Kacee Hockenberry (Haviland, Ohio) added 10 points.

Both teams shot an identical 40.4 percent from the field, but Lake Erie hit eight threes to two for the Panthers.

For Bates, it was her first collegiate double-double and she tied a career-high with the 10 rebounds. Rittinger notched her second career double-double. Eyre scored in double figures for the first time since she tallied a season-best 14 points at Indianapolis in November.

Lake Erie missed its first eight shots from the field, but ODU could only take a 4-0 lead in the opening minutes. The Storm would then proceed to hit 12 of its final 21 shots from the field, including five three pointers, and led by 10 on a pair of occasions. Buckets by Eyre and Bates cut the halftime score to 35-29 though.

Ohio Dominican plays at Tiffin at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Contact: Scott Miles