Megan Eyre Interview
PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team wrapped up the fifth seed in the GLIAC Tournament with an 94-72 victory at Lake Erie in the regular season finale Thursday night.
The Panthers improved to 18-9 (13-7 GLIAC) and will travel to take on Michigan Tech, the tournament's fourth seed, on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Ranked No. 10 in the NCAA Midwest Region Rankings, the Panthers shot 50 percent from the field and the three point arc and scored more than 75 points for a third straight game, the first time they've accomplished that this season. The 94 points matched their season-high set in last Saturday's win over Hillsdale and marks the third time this year ODU has cracked the 90 point barrier.
Junior Megan Eyre (Fayetteville, Ohio) went 7-of-9 from the field and matched a season-high with 17 points, senior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) added 13 points, and senior Lindsey Blanford (Xenia, Ohio) registered her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
ODU led for all but the opening 2:04 of the contest. The Panthers went just 6-of-16 from the field in the opening quarter, but hit 7-of-9 from the free throw line and limited the Storm to 25 percent in the first quarter as ODU built a 21-12 lead.
The Storm drew within 29-24 in the second, but the Panthers countered with a 10-0 run. Blanford hit a three, Eyre followed with a layup and a triple, and Blanford scored inside again to put the Panthers in front 39-24.
The lead stretched to as much as 19 at 44-25 on a three by sophomore Alexis Overly (Chillicothe, Ohio) and an Eyre layup, and the Panthers took a 46-32 cushion into the break.
The Panthers shot 45.7 percent in the opening half, including 5-of-8 from behind the arc.
Lake Erie drew as close as 11 in the third, but the Panthers closed the quarter on a 9-1 run, then built their lead out to as much as 25 in the fourth.
Senior Tori Beth Leader (West Portsmouth, Ohio) added 11 points and junior Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) finished with 10. Junior Sarah Futscher (Wilder, Ky.) came off the bench to score nine points and senior Madi Rittinger (Dayton, Ohio) added eight points with six boards.
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