Head Coach Lynsey Warren Interview
BAY CITY, Mich. -- Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team was voted to finish in a tie for third in the GLIAC South Division race in voting conducted by the league's head coaches.
Additionally, senior forward Madi Rittinger (Dayton, Ohio) was named to the GLIAC South Division Preseason team.
The Panthers garnered 25 votes and one first place vote. Ashland received 36 votes and the remaining six first place nods and were followed by Walsh in second place with 28 votes. Findlay joined ODU as receiving 25 votes, while Hillsdale (15), Tiffin (12) and Lake Erie (six) rounded out the South Division.
Grand Valley State (47 votes) was predicted to win the North Division.
Following a 20-9 campaign in which the Panthers qualified for the GLIAC Tournament for the first time and were ranked in the region for several weeks, expectations are high for Ohio Dominican this season.
ODU returns five seniors and four juniors from last year's team and have eight of their top nine returning scorers back. Rittinger averaged 11.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, shooting 47.2 percent from the field, and senior guard Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) averaged 12.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game as one of the most versatile players in the GLIAC.
Senior Tori Beth Leader (West Portsmouth, Ohio) averaged 10.8 points per game before missing the second half of the season with injury, while seniors Kayla Cook (Westerville, Ohio) and Lindsey Blanford (Xenia, Ohio) were key contributors off the bench.
Junior Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) shot 40.3 percent from behind the arc and classmate Megan Eyre (Fayetteville, Ohio) played the most off the bench for the Panthers, averaging 19.0 minutes per game.
The Panthers ranked second in the GLIAC in scoring (72.9 points per game) and were fourth in field goal percentage (43.5 percent). They also led the league in rebounding margin (+9.0) and were fourth in the conference in holding foes to 39.0 percent shooting.
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