HOUGHTON, Mich. – Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team saw its season come to a close as the Panthers suffered an 82-66 setback at Michigan Tech in the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals on Tuesday night.
ODU (18-10) led 36-33 at the break, but Michigan Tech (20-7) outscored the Panthers 26-11 in the third quarter and led by double figures for most of the fourth period as well.
A back-and-forth first quarter saw the contest tied at 17 at the end of the opening 10 minutes. The Panthers shot 58.3 percent from the field as seven different players cracked the scoring column early.
The Huskies scored the first five points of the second quarter, but ODU countered with a 10-0 run. Senior Madi Rittinger (Dayton, Ohio) scored five straight points, junior Megan Eyre (Fayetteville, Ohio) made two free throws, and junior Sarah Futscher (Wilder, Ky.) had a three point play to put ODU in front 27-22 with 5:21 left in the quarter.
A three-point play by junior Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) and a jumper by Leader extended the lead to 34-26 with less than three minutes to play in the half, and ODU took a 36-33 advantage into the break. The Panthers shot 51.9 percent in the first half and limited the Huskies to 40.6 percent shooting.
ODU was on top 41-36 two minutes into the third before the Huskies caught fire, scoring 10 straight as part of a 23-6 run to close the quarter. The Huskies shot 61 percent in the frame, compared to 29 percent for ODU.
A layup by Rose kept the Panthers within nine with 4:11 to play, but ODU drew no closer.
The Panthers would be outrebounded 38-31 for the game and turned the ball over 19 times, compared to 13 for Michigan Tech.
ODU finished its last two seasons in the GLIAC with a 38-19 record. The Panthers will play in the G-MAC next season.
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