Late Scoring Run Lifts Knights Over Panthers In Season Opener

Alexa Fisher (Photo Courtesy of Bellarmine Athletics)
Alexa Fisher (Photo Courtesy of Bellarmine Athletics)

Written by Sports Information Intern, Ralph Schudel

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – The Ohio Dominican women's basketball team bounced back following a slow first quarter start but couldn't hold on against Bellarmine falling 82-71 on Friday night in Louisville.

Following a slow start by both teams ODU mounted an 8-3 run to trim the BU lead to one point.

The Panthers received contributions across the roster as senior guards Hannah Clark (Glenmont, Ohio) and Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio) scored three points each and junior forward Amanda Schroeder (Dayton, Ohio) added another two points to close the gap on the Knights early lead.

ODU shot 60 percent from the floor in the second quarter in route to taking a 32-31 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Sophomore guard Kennedy Schlabach (Millersburg, Ohio) added seven points during the second quarter, including a late three-point basket with 42 seconds remaining in the half.

In the third quarter Fisher took over the game for the Panthers, scoring nine of her team-high 17 points. The senior was responsible for Panther scoring run in the third quarter that allowed the visitors to gather four quick points in just over a minute span. She ended the quarter on a positive note, converting on a jumper to close the gap to 56-51.

In the fourth quarter Fisher picked back up where she left off. The guard spearheaded a 9-2 run that allowed the Panthers to tie the game at 58-58 heading into the final moments.

Bellarmine mounted an impressive run of its own to counter the Panther attack. The Knights used an 18-10 run to close out the game. Guard Breia Torrens scored seven of her game high 20 points during the final run to give her team the 82-71 victory over the Panthers.

To go along with her 17 points, Fisher added a team-high four assists and two steals to go.

Junior Olivia Fox (Newark, Ohio) finished with 14 points, including 11 in the first half. Fox and senior Brittleigh Macaulay (Big Prairie, Ohio) tied for a team-high in rebounds with seven each.

ODU outshot BU, shooting 48-percent on 24-of-50 attempts. The Knights enjoyed a 44-33 advantage in rebounds, as well as a 41-18 edge in bench points.

Next up for The Panthers is #8/#13 Ashland on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is 12:30 p.m. from Louisville.

Contact: Tyler Jester