COLUMBUS, Ohio – Buoyed by a huge second quarter, Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team finished the regular season with a resounding 86-68 win at home over Davis & Elkins on Saturday in G-MAC play.
With the win, ODU improved to 18-10 (14-8 G-MAC), and the Panthers will enter the conference tournament as the No. 6 seed, taking on No. 3 seed Findlay at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. The entire conference tournament will be played at Cedarville, which won the regular season title.
Five players scored in double figures, and the Panthers were led in scoring and rebounding by sophomore Brittleigh Macaulay (Big Prairie, Ohio), who put up career-highs with 20 points and 11 boards for her first career double-double. Freshman Olivia Fox (Newark, Ohio) also recorded her first career double-double, putting up career-bests herself with 13 points and 10 boards, shooting 6-of-7 from the field.
Senior Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio), playing in her final game in Alumni Hall, finished with 18 points and six assists, and junior Alexis Overly (Chillicothe, Ohio) added 14 points with six rebounds. Sophomore Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio) tallied 12 points as well.
The first quarter was nip-and-tuck, with a three in the final minute from senior Devin Conley (Danville, Ky.) putting ODU up 23-19 at the end of one. The Panthers took off from there, though, outscoring D&E 22-4 over the opening eight minutes of the second quarter to take control.
Up 31-23, Overly canned a transition triple, Rose stuck a jumper and Fisher scored on a layup on the break to extend the lead to 38-23 and force a Senators timeout. Overly followed with another jumper and two free throw makes, then found Fisher open for a three which she buried to cap a 14-0 run and make it 45-23 with 1:49 left in the half.
The Panthers would head into the locker room up 48-27 after going 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) from the field in the second quarter while holding the Senators to 2-of-16 (12.5 percent) in the period.
In the second half, ODU stretched its cushion out to as much as 25 points as the Senators never challenged.
The Panthers finished the game shooting 32-of-63 (50.8 percent) while limiting the Senators to 34.7 percent shooting (25-of-72). ODU had 19 assists to 14 turnovers and limited D&E to just six second-chance points.
This will be the third matchup this season between the Panthers and Oilers, with Findlay picking up an 85-72 win in Alumni Hall on Dec. 13 and an 92-88 overtime win in Croy Gymnasium on Jan. 2.
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