Balanced Scoring Effort Falls Short for Women's Basketball at Charleston

Brittleigh Macaulay
Brittleigh Macaulay

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The Ohio Dominican women's basketball team had four players score in double figures, but a late run by Charleston scored the Golden Eagles a 78-66 home victory over the Panthers Tuesday evening in non-conference action.

Senior Brittleigh Macaulay (Big Prairie, Ohio) paced the balanced Panther attack. Fresh off her first career double-double, 13 points and 11 rebounds against Ashland, Macaulay's encore performance included a team-high 17 points and nine rebounds. The senior shot seven-of-nine from the field and has now led ODU in rebounding in all three games of the 2019-20 season.

Classmate Alex Fisher (Powell, Ohio) added 16 points, shooting 7-of-14 for the second time in as many appearances this season. Fisher was one of three players with three assists as well. Junior Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio) pitched in 14 points and three assists, while sophomore Alli Kern (Waterford, Ohio) finished with 10 points and five rebounds.

ODU conceded 10 of the first 12 points to find itself in an early eight-point deficit at the Wehrle Innovation Center. The Black & Gold though, scratched their way back, closing the gap to three points by the period's end at 17-14.

Troyer opened the second quarter with a three pointer and later added an old fashioned three-point play to give ODU its first lead of the game, 20-19, with 8:22 remaining before the break. The Panthers led by as many as four points in the frame, as they made seven-of-nine field goals in the 10-minutesession to lead 35-33 at the intermission.

Less than four minutes out of the break, a layup from Fisher gave ODU its largest lead of the game, six points, at 43-37. The Golden Eagles (2-1) took a brief lead after an 8-0 run, but Macaulay scored five of her nine third quarter points during a quick 6-0 scoring spurt for the Panthers, putting them back in front 49-45. The Black & Gold led 52-50 heading into the final period.

Charleston though, outscored ODU 28-14 in the fourth quarter, including an 18-7 total over the final six minutes. Despite shooting 50 percent in the final frame, the Panthers were doomed by six turnovers.

Overall, ODU finished 24-of-50 from the field, a .480 shooting clip. The Panthers also finished with four more makes from three-point range, going 7-for-18. Charleston's edge came on the glass, where they held a 42-27 edge. The Golden Eagles also used 20 offensive rebounds to score 18 second chance points, which also led to a 52-32 advantage in paint points.

Ohio Dominican will look to regroup when the team closes a four-game road stretch to start the season on Tuesday, Nov. 19. The Panthers are slated for a 6 p.m. tip when they travel to another Mountain East Conference institution, Urbana.

Contact: Tyler Jester