Panthers Run Past Oilers In 82-51 Road Win

Panthers Run Past Oilers In 82-51 Road Win

Alexis Overly Interview

FINDLAY, Ohio – Ohio Dominican raced out to 35 fastbreak points and shot a season-best 58.3 percent as the Panthers rolled to an 82-51 road victory at Findlay on Thursday night in GLIAC play.

ODU closed the first quarter on a 20-6 run and didn't look back from there, hitting 35-of-60 shots from the field overall. The Panthers drilled 10-of-16 from the three-point line, sinking a season-best 62.5 percent from deep, while the 35 total made field goals were also a season high.

The Panthers have now won five of their last six games and improved to 12-6 overall (7-4 GLIAC). Findlay, which had entered the game fifth in the GLIAC in scoring defense at 63.3 points per game, fell to 8-10 (2-8 GLIAC). It was the first time this year the Oilers yielded more than 76 points.

Sophomore Alexis Overly (Chillicothe, Ohio) scored 16 of her career high 18 points in the first half, sinking 7-of-9 shots from the field and 4-of-5 from the three-point line. It was her first career double figure scoring performance, and she also handed out five assists.

Senior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) added 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while junior Megan Eyre (Fayetteville, Ohio) scored 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting and matched a season-high with five thefts.

In the first half, the Panthers shot a blistering 59.4 percent from the field, its best percentage in a half this season. ODU also turned it over just six times in the half.

After falling behind 8-2 early, Overly hit a trio of threes, and junior Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) followed with a triple and a long two-point jumper to give ODU a 20-12 lead with 1:17 to play in the first quarter.

Overly continued her hot shooting in the second period, sticking another triple to extend the lead to 28-17. Up 38-28 late in the quarter, Bates scored six points in the final 79 seconds to put the Panthers up 44-28 at intermission.

Overly scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the half, and Bates added 10 on 5-of-7 from the field.

ODU continued to shoot well in the third quarter, hitting 8-of-13 from the field (61.5 percent), including all three of its triples. Findlay drew within 55-42, but ODU closed the quarter on an 8-1 run, aided by a pair of triples from senior Lindsey Blanford (Xenia, Ohio).

In the fourth quarter, Futscher came up with a steal and started her own fastbreak, finding Bates for a short jumper to make it 67-45 with nine minutes left, and ODU tallied the last eight points of the game to account for the 31 point victory.

Seniors Tori Beth Leader (West Portsmouth, Ohio) and Madi Rittinger (Dayton, Ohio) each scored eight points to also lead the Panthers.

Defensively, ODU came away with 17 steals as the Panthers forced 24 Oiler turnovers, and limited Findlay to just 37.7 percent shooting.

Ohio Dominican returns home to host Walsh for its Veterans Appreciation Day at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Alumni Hall.

Contact: Scott Miles

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