COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio) had a go-ahead three-point play with 37 seconds left and Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team made four free throws over the final 18 seconds to close out Findlay 69-67 in Alumni Hall Thursday night.
With the win, ODU improved to 14-12 overall (11-9 G-MAC) and solidified its positioning in the conference tournament standings. The Panthers, sitting at No. 7, remained a half-game in front of Trevecca, and are now 2.5 games in front of Lake Erie.
In a game that featured 12 lead changes and eight ties, ODU's defense stepped up for a third straight game. ODU held the Oilers to 31.6 percent shooting (25-of-79) and just 17.2 percent shooting from behind the arc (5-of-29).
Trailing 55-53 with 7:06 left, the Panthers kept Findlay off the scoreboard for over four minutes and took a 56-55 lead on a trey by senior Alexis Overly (Chillicothe, Ohio).
The Oilers answered with a jumper on the other end, but Troyer stuck a three to put the Panthers in front 59-57 with 2:07 left.
A free throw from junior Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio) kept the Panthers on top 60-59 with just over a minute to play, but the Oilers hit a jumper with 48 seconds to play to grab a 61-60 lead before Troyer's three-point play.
Fisher led the Panthers with 19 points and also had four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Overly notched her second career double-double with 15 points and a personal-best 11 rebounds, hitting all three of her triple attempts. Troyer added 12 points, eight in the fourth quarter, and junior Hannah Clark (Glenmont, Ohio) scored 11 points with six rebounds.
ODU fell behind 10-3 early before scoring eight straight to grab an 11-10 lead on Fisher's jumper with 3:41 to play in the opening period.
A triple by freshman Kennedy Schlabach (Millersburg, Ohio) sparked a 7-0 ODU run in the second quarter that put the Panthers in front 20-18, but Findlay countered with nine unanswered to go in front 27-20 with 4:25 left, its biggest lead of the game. The Panthers, though, would close to within 33-30 at intermission on a pair of Clark free throws in the waning moments.
ODU momentarily grabbed a five-point cushion in the third quarter on Clark's layup to make it 44-39 with 2:59 to play and would lead 51-49 going to the fourth quarter.
Ohio Dominican remains at home to take on Hillsdale at 1 p.m. Saturday.
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