NORTH CANTON, Ohio – A 12 point first half lead melted away as Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team suffered an 80-75 setback at Walsh in GLIAC play on Saturday.
Senior Tori Beth Leader (West Portsmouth, Ohio) came off the bench to score a season-high 18 points, hitting 7-of-9 from the field, and junior Megan Eyre (Fayetteville, Ohio) scored a season-best 17 points as well.
The Panthers (16-9, 11-7 GLIAC) clicked early offensively, hitting 11-of-18 (61.1 percent) in the first quarter. A 15-6 run, capped by a junior Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) layup, gave the Panthers a 21-10 lead late in the first quarter, and Leader hit a three to give the Panthers a 24-12 edge, their biggest of the quarter. ODU led 28-18 at the end of the first.
In the second quarter, Leader knocked down a three to make it 37-29, and Eyre broke free for a layup in the waning seconds to give the Panthers a 40-33 lead at the half.
Leader was 4-for-4 from the field with a pair of threes and scored 12, and Eyre scored 10 points in the first half.
A three-point play midway through the third quarter gave Walsh a 47-46 lead, its first since the opening minutes of the game, and the Cavaliers (13-11, 9-8 GLIAC) took a 56-52 lead into the fourth.
Rose knocked down a jumper to keep ODU within 62-60, and a layup by senior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) made the score 65-62 with less than six minutes to play, but the Cavaliers kept ODU scoreless for the next three and a half minutes to pull away.
Both teams shot 48.4 percent from the field, but Walsh had a 54-34 edge in points in the paint and a 16-2 advantage in second chance points.
Rose finished with 13 points and Bates scored 10 while coming up with four steals. Senior Madi Rittinger (Dayton, Ohio) tallied seven points with eight rebounds.
Ohio Dominican returns home to host Hillsdale at 1 p.m. Saturday in Alumni Hall.
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