Jan 04, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After playing consecutive overtime games in its return from the holiday break, the Ohio Dominican women's basketball team has another tough test on Saturday as the Panthers welcome Cedarville to Alumni Hall for a 3 p.m. tilt.
Heading into this contest, the Panthers sit third in the G-MAC standings with a 5-2 conference mark, while the Yellow Jackets are a half game behind at 4-2 and in a tie for fourth place.
ODU enters this contest after defeating Malone 80-77 in overtime last Saturday and falling 92-88 to Findlay in overtime on Tuesday. It's the first time the Panthers have played consecutive overtime games in its Division II era, dating to the 2010-11 season.
Three players set career-highs in scoring in the setback against Findlay, with Darian Rose going for 23 points, Emily Thomas chipping in with 21, and Sarah Futscher going for 20. Futscher also had a personal-best 13 rebounds in the contest for her second career double-double, while Rose and Thomas combined to finish 9-of-13 from behind the three-point arc.
The Panthers have now scored 80 or more points in four consecutive games, averaging 85.8 points per game in that stretch on 46.0 percent shooting. ODU has made at least 31 shots from the field in all four games and the Panthers now rank in the top 35 in the country in scoring offense (78.0 ppg, 31st), field goal percentage (44.4 percent, 33rd) and total assists (211, 30th). This is the first time ODU has scored 80 or more points in four straight games since prior to the 2001-02 season.
ODU ranks third in the G-MAC in scoring offense, assists per game, steals per game (9.5) and free throw percentage (75.0) and sits fourth in field goal percentage.
Futscher leads the league in field goal percentage (59.8 percent) and is 14th in scoring (13.1 ppg) and 13th in rebounding (6.5 rpg). Alexis Overly is fifth in the conference with 4.2 assists per game and third in assist to turnover ratio (1.8), having turned the ball over just three times in the last four games with 19 assists in that stretch.
Contact: Scott Miles