INDIANAPOLIS – Getting set for its first season in the Great Midwest, the Ohio Dominican women's basketball team picked up one first place vote and 99 total points and were projected to finish fourth out of 13 teams in preseason voting done by the league's head coaches.
Seven teams picked up at least one first place vote, with less than 30 points separating first place (Ursuline, 115) from seventh (Hillsdale, 86.)
Coming off of their two best seasons in the Division II era, ODU will have plenty of new faces on the roster but do have several key returners. ODU returns experience in its back court as senior guards Darian Rose (28 starts, 9.2 ppg in 2016-17) and Megan Eyre (23 starts, 7.4 ppg) are back, as is junior Alexis Overly (20.3 mpg, 6.2 ppg). In the front court, senior forward Sarah Futscher (nine starts, 5.9 ppg) is back as well.
ODU has four freshmen on the roster and welcomed in four transfers, three of whom played high school ball in Central Ohio. Last year, ODU ranked second in the GLIAC in scoring (73.2 ppg) and led the conference in total rebounding (42.7 per game) while ranking second in rebound margin (+6.4 per game.)
Last season, the Panthers finished 18-10 and went 13-7 in the GLIAC, finishing second in the South Division and fifth overall. The year prior, ODU went 20-9, and the Panthers appeared in the NCAA Midwest Regional Rankings in both seasons.
Ohio Dominican tips off its season at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10 against Ashland as part of the G-MAC/GLIAC/GLVC Crossover, hosted by Cedarville. The Panthers will then take on Wisconsin-Parkside at 1 p.m. Saturday in Cedarville.
Contact: Scott Miles