COLUMBUS, Ohio – After playing five straight road games, Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team will play its first home games in 26 days as the Panthers take on G-MAC foes Ursuline and Lake Erie.
The Panthers went 3-2 on the road in that stretch and enter this week with a 4-3 record overall, and ODU is one six G-MAC teams to split their first two conference games last week.
ODU is coming off of its best defensive performance of the season as the Panthers limited Malone to 55 points on 35.4 percent shooting in a nine-point victory last Saturday. The Pioneers went just 7-of-29 from behind the arc (24.1 percent) and ODU also committed just 10 fouls, limiting Malone to just three free throw attempts. It was a consistent defensive effort for the game's duration, as Malone didn't shoot better than 40 percent in any of the four quarters.
On the offensive end, the Panthers were able to convert 11 Malone turnovers into 15 points, and ODU also cashed in at the free throw line, hitting 15-of-18 (83.3 percent.)
ODU got off to a blistering start in the victory, making 16-of-25 shots (64.0 percent) in building a 42-16 lead over the first 15 minutes before holding off Malone in the second half.
The Panthers are 4-2 against Ursuline in the Panthers' Division II era. Ursuline took both meetings last year, winning by scores of 97-86 and 80-67.
ODU is 10-6 against Lake Erie since the 2010-11 season. The teams split the series last year, with ODU winning 81-76 in Painesville and Lake Erie winning 83-75 in Alumni Hall.
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