Lauren Bates Interview
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team set a season-high in points as the Panthers fended off Hillsdale 94-86 in a GLIAC contest Saturday afternoon in Alumni Hall.
Junior Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) poured in a career best 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting and senior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) stuffed the stat sheet with 19 points, six rebounds, six assists, five steals and two blocks. The Panthers shot 52.3 percent from the field, had a 42-29 rebounding edge, and outscored Hillsdale 20-8 on second chance points.
Ohio Dominican, ranked No. 10 in the Midwest Region, improved to 17-9 (12-7 GLIAC), while Hillsdale fell to 14-13 (8-12 GLIAC).
ODU used an 8-1 run to grab an 82-71 lead with 4:33 to play, but Hillsdale answered with nine straight points to draw within 82-80 with just over three minutes left.
Baskets by Bates, sophomore Alexis Overly (Chillicothe, Ohio) and senior Madi Rittinger (Dayton, Ohio) helped the Panthers stay in front 88-84 with 48 seconds left. Two Hillsdale free throws cut the score to 88-86, but senior Lindsey Blanford (Xenia, Ohio) sank two free throws of her own with 24 seconds left to take the lead back to four, 90-86.
The Chargers than missed two layups on their end, and Rose and Bates sealed the game at the free throw line in the final 16 seconds.
Rittinger finished with 15 points, senior Tori Beth Leader (West Portsmouth, Ohio) added 12, and Blanford pulled down seven rebounds while handing out four assists.
Hillsdale led 18-9 six minutes into the game, its biggest lead of the contest, but ODU closed the quarter on a 15-2 run. Senior Kayla Cook (Westerville, Ohio) sank a three and made a layup in transition to draw ODU within 18-17, and Overly buried a three and Blanford made a layup to give the Panthers a 24-20 lead after the first 10 minutes.
The Chargers took a 30-28 lead three minutes into the second quarter, but the Panthers again had a strong response to close the quarter, limiting Hillsdale to two points over the final 7:03. Leading 35-32 with four minutes left, ODU closed the quarter on a 9-0 run, capped on a jumper by junior Megan Eyre (Fayetteville, Ohio) to put ODU on top 44-32 at the break.
The Panthers stretched the lead out to 14 early in the third quarter and were on top 61-48 with 4:34 left after an Overly layup, but Hillsdale scored 10 straight points to close within 61-58. Rittinger's jump shot and Bates' layup before the buzzer gave the Panthers a 72-64 lead heading to the fourth.
Ohio Dominican concludes the regular season at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Lake Erie.
Contact: Scott Miles