PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Six free throws by senior Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) over the final 38 seconds helped Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team earn an 81-76 victory at Lake Erie in G-MAC play Saturday afternoon.
Consecutive layups by junior Alexis Overly (Chillicothe, Ohio) and senior Sarah Futscher (Wilder, Ky.) had given the Panthers (12-6, 8-4 G-MAC) a 70-63 lead with 5:30 left in the game. However, the Storm (9-9, 5-7 G-MAC) scored eight straight points to take its first lead of the second half, 71-70, with less than three minutes left.
Overly buried a triple with just over 2:30 left to give ODU the lead again, but Lake Erie answered with a three of its own to go in front 74-73 with 1:47 to play. Futscher made a layup, which was answered by a Storm layup with 48 seconds left, to keep the hosts in front by one.
Rose then drew a shooting foul and made two free throws to put the Panthers back in front, 77-76, and after a Lake Erie turnover, hit two more freebies with 30 seconds left to make it 79-76. Lake Erie missed a shot near the rim, and Rose was fouled and sank two more free throws with 17 seconds left to put the game away.
She finished with 21 points on 6-of-10 from the field and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe, while Futscher had a superlative effort, going 12-of-13 from the floor to account for a career-high 25 points while snaring eight rebounds.
Overly also finished in double figures with 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting, and junior Emily Thomas (Pickerington, Ohio) handed out a career-high eight assists while scoring eight points.
The Panthers shot 32-of-60 (53.3 percent) from the field, which was a season-high. ODU went 27-of-41 (65.9 percent) on its two-point attempts and made 12-of-13 free throws (92.9 percent). The Panthers have now scored 70 or more points in 11 straight games and 14 of the last 15 contests.
ODU hit 9-of-15 shots in the first quarter and led 23-19 after the opening 10 minutes. Overly hit a jumper in the waning moments of the second quarter to give the Panthers a 43-36 lead at intermission, an advantage that was pushed to double figures on several occasions in the third quarter.
Ohio Dominican returns home to host Ohio Valley at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Alumni Hall.
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