CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Down to just seven healthy players in uniform, Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team hung with Cedarville the entire game, but a late three to tie the game just missed and the Panthers fell 93-88 in G-MAC play on Saturday night.
Sophomore Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio) poured in 24 points and the Panthers (16-7, 12-5 G-MAC) shot 50.8 percent from the field. However, ODU could not finish off a rally that saw the Panthers storm back from a 10-point deficit to grab a second half lead.
Trailing 49-43 at the break, triples by Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio), Fisher and Devin Conley (Danville, Ky.) in the first two minutes of the third quarter helped ODU draw even at 54. Consecutive layups by Brittleigh Macaulay (Big Prairie, Ohio) put the Panthers in front for the first time in the game at 60-59, and Macaulay's steal led to a transition layup by Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio) to make it 62-59 with 4:30 to play in the quarter.
Early in the fourth, Fisher drained a three to give ODU a 71-69 advantage, which would ultimately be the Panthers' last time in the lead. Freshman Olivia Fox (Newark, Ohio) made a layup to even the game at 81 with 5:41 remaining, but Cedarville scored the next two baskets, forcing ODU to play from behind.
The Panthers stayed within four, though, and with 16 seconds left trailed 89-86 when the three-pointer hit the front of the rim. Cedarville (19-4, 14-3 G-MAC) grabbed the rebound and made all four of its free throws in the final 13 seconds to seal the win.
ODU has now scored at least 77 points in eight straight games and shot 47.5 percent or better in five of its past six, including four games at better than 50 percent.
Ohio Dominican returns home to host Hillsdale at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Alumni Hall.
Contact: Scott Miles