HILLSDALE, Mich. – A strong second half pushed Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team to a 76-65 win over Hillsdale in a Great Midwest Athletic Conference contest Saturday afternoon at Dawn Tibbetts Potter Arena.
The Chargers got out to a 10-4 lead early in the first quarter but a 7-0 Panther run capped by a Fisher layup gave the Panthers the lead with 4:16 remaining in the quarter.
Hillsdale would gain an 18-13 advantage with 3:13 remaining and took a 21-17 lead at the end of the period.
The Chargers would gain a nine point lead at 26-17 with 7:26 remaining in the half and would grow that lead to 13 at 35-22 with 3:41 remaining before a pair of Hannah Clark (Glenmont, Ohio) free throws ended the Charger run and the teams would go to the locker room with Hillsdale leading 38-29.
With the score 41-32 favor of the Chargers in the third quarter, the Panthers would cut their deficit to two at 43-41 on the back of a 9-2 run capped off with a pair of Fisher free throws and ODU would trail 50-48 heading into the final frame.
The final frame saw the Panthers outscore the Chargers 28-15 in which an Overly three at the 9:39 mark gave the Panthers a 51-50 lead. Hillsdale would regain the lead at 55-51 before a 13-2 Panther run gave ODU a 64-57 lead at the 4:19 mark.
The Chargers would cut the lead to two at 64-62 and the Panthers closed the game on a 12-3 run to seal the victory.
ODU advances to 9-6 overall and 5-3 in the conference while Hillsdale drops to 8-8 overall and 6-4 in the conference.
The Panthers come back home next week as they host Kentucky Wesleyan on Thursday, January 17 with tip set for 5:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall.