Strong Fourth Quarter Sends Women's Basketball Past Trevecca, 83-70

Strong Fourth Quarter Sends Women's Basketball Past Trevecca, 83-70

NASHVILLE – A double-digit lead in the third quarter disappeared, but Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team rebounded strongly in the fourth to take an 83-70 road victory at Trevecca on Thursday night in G-MAC play.

Winners of four straight and six of their last seven games, the Panthers improved to 15-6 on the season and 11-4 in the conference. ODU remains in fourth place in the G-MAC standings with the win.

Now having scored 70 or more points in 14 straight games, four of ODU's five starters scored in double figures, paced by a game-high 19 points from senior Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio). She set a career-high by going 10-of-11 from the free throw line.

Senior Sarah Futscher (Wilder, Ky.) notched her second straight double-double with 10 points and 11 boards while also handing out four assists. Sophomore Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio) scored 14 points and junior Emily Thomas (Pickerington, Ohio) added 13.

A layup by freshman Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio) gave ODU a 49-37 lead with seven minutes to play in the third quarter, but the Panthers scored just three points in the next five minutes as Trevecca would take a 53-52 lead late in the period.

Sophomore Brittleigh Macaulay (Big Prairie, Ohio) and senior Devin Conley (Danville, Ky.) answered with back-to-back threes, though, and the Panthers would take a 60-57 lead into the final period.

Conley buried another triple early in the fourth on a feed from Futscher, and after Futscher had an offensive rebound and putback for a layup, the senior post assisted on another triple, this one from Fisher, to bump the lead to 68-59 with six minutes left.

Trevecca drew within 72-65 with just over three minutes to play, but Futscher made a layup and Rose sank a pair of free throws to answer and put the game away. ODU outscored Trevecca 23-13 in the final period.

The Panthers shot 27-of-64 (42.2 percent) while limiting the Trojans to 27-of-77 (35.1 percent) from the field. ODU also went 8-of-19 (42.1 percent) from behind the arc and had a 50-44 rebounding edge.

Macaulay and Troyer both had solid games with seven points and seven rebounds.

Neither side led by more than four points in the first quarter, but the Panthers briefly broke free in the second. Down 22-19, ODU went on a 9-0 run, capped by a three-point play by Troyer and another layup from the freshman. The Panthers would bump the lead out to 10 on a pair of occasions and took a 37-32 lead into the locker room.

Ohio Dominican remains on the road to take on Kentucky Wesleyan at 2 p.m. (ET) on Saturday.

Contact: Scott Miles