COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four players scored in double figures and Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team held visiting Kentucky Wesleyan to 29 percent shooting as ODU scored a 68-57 G-MAC win on Thursday night in Alumni Hall.
In the best defensive effort of the season, ODU limited Kentucky Wesleyan to just 21-of-72 from the field, including 25 percent (9-of-36) in the second half as Ohio Dominican (5-2, 2-0 G-MAC) won its fourth straight game.
Senior Sarah Futscher (Wilder, Ky.) recorded her first career double-double, finishing with 16 points and 11 rebounds, along with three blocked shots. She went 8-of-12 from the field.
Three other starters were in double figures, as senior Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) matched Futscher with 16 points while handing out four assists. Junior Alexis Overly (Chillicothe, Ohio) tallied 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and sophomore guard Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio) finished with 15 points and five boards.
ODU trailed 31-20 as KWC hit four three-pointers in the first four minutes of the second quarter, but settled in from there, closing the period on a 15-1 run. Jumpers by Futscher and Overly and a layup by Fisher cut it to 30-27, and a triple by Fisher gave the Panthers a 31-30 lead with 2:58 left.
Rose followed with a fastbreak layup, and a pair of free throws by freshman Olivia Fox (Newark, Ohio) gave ODU a 35-31 lead they would take into the locker room.
Leading 46-45 with just under three minutes left in the third, Futscher and Fisher hit jumpers, and Rose sank a pair of free throws with 47 seconds left to give ODU a 52-45 lead heading to the fourth.
KWC would close within six on a pair of occasions in the period, but a jump shot by Rose and a pair of free throws by freshman Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio) put ODU back in front 60-50 with 5:35 left, and KWC did not threaten the rest of the way.
ODU shot 45.5 percent from the field (25-of-55) and were plus-five on the glass (45-40) as five players had at least five rebounds.
Ohio Dominican remains at home to play host to Trevecca at 3 p.m. Saturday.
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