PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team raced to a 20 point halftime lead and didn't look back in registering a 77-45 win over Lake Erie Saturday in GLIAC play.
The 45 points are the fewest ODU has allowed in a game since limiting Malone to 43 on Nov. 15, 2011. The Panthers limited Lake Erie to 31.6 percent shooting (18-of-57), forced 24 turnovers and grabbed a season-high 52 rebounds.
Ohio Dominican, meanwhile, shot 49.2 percent (32-of-65) from the floor. Junior Melissa Scherpenberg (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore Madi Rittinger (Dayton, Ohio) both tallied double-doubles. Scherpenberg made 8-of-9 shots from the field to finish with 18 points and 10 boards, along with three steals, in 25 minutes. Rittinger scored 15 points to go with 10 rebounds and three assists.
Senior Kacee Hockenberry (Haviland, Ohio) scored 14 points and had three steals, sophomore guard Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) finished with 11 points and five boards, and freshman guard Megan Eyre (Fayetteville, Ohio) tallied nine points off the bench.
The Panthers trailed 7-4 early in the first half, but controlled the final 10 minutes of the frame. ODU scored 10 straight points to take a 14-7 lead, capped by a driving layup by Bates.
Leading 16-11, ODU then ripped off 15 unanswered points. A hesitation dribble led to a layup by freshman guard Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) to make it 20-11, Hockenberry's fastbreak layup extended the lead to 24-11, and a triple from the top of the key by Scherpenberg capped the run and gave ODU a 31-11 advantage with five minutes left.
Bates came up with a steal at midcourt and finished an uncontested layup, then knocked down a short jumper in the paint to send ODU into the locker room with a 38-18 lead.
The Panthers shot 51.5 percent (17-of-33) in the first half, compared to just 8-of-28 (28.6 percent) for Lake Erie, and outrebounded the Storm 27-14 in the first half. During the 15-0 run, ODU forced Lake Erie into 0-of-8 shooting and forced four turnovers as well.
In the second half, the lead grew to as much as 34 on a jumper from senior Holly Brunswick (Fort Recovery, Ohio) and never dipped below 18.
Ohio Dominican returns home to host Tiffin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Alumni Hall.
Contact: Scott Miles