COLUMBUS, Ohio – A baseline jumper from senior Brittleigh Macaulay (Big Prairie, Ohio) lifted Ohio Dominica n women's basketball to an 81-80 upset over nationally-ranked Glenville State during the team's home opener Thursday evening.
On what was announced as a "Silent Night" celebration for the ODU students, Alumni Hall was anything but quiet down the stretch, as the Panthers picked up their first win over nationally ranked team since defeating No. 4 Cal (Pa), 93-75, back on Nov. 29, 2017. The Black & Gold have now won two straight games, improving to 2-3 on the young season.
The Panthers found themselves down by double digits early in the second half after the No. 20 Pioneers netted two quick three pointers to resume play out of the intermission. ODU though, held Glenville State (2-2) to just one field goal over the final 6:38 of the third quarter to close the gap to 65-62.
The Pioneers pushed their lead to as many as five points in the fourth quarter, but a pesky Panther side continued to rally all night. A three-pointer from junior Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio) tied the contest at 72-all with 6:38 remaining. Sophomore Kennedy Schlabach (Millersburg, Ohio) then gave the Black & Gold its first lead since the five-minute mark of the second quarter with a trey of her own with 45 seconds showing on the game clock.
Glenville State responded with a layup on the next possession, taking an 80-79 advantage with 24 seconds to play. The Pioneers led for over 26 of the 40 minutes of play.
Looking for the last shot, Troyer drove down the left side, passing from the baseline to an open Macaulay, who nailed a 15-foot jumper with less than two seconds remaining. The Pioneers' half-court desperation heave then went off the top of the backboard, securing the win for ODU.
Troyer paced the Panthers with a season-high 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting. The junior also added a season-best five rebounds to go along with three assists and three steals. Macaulay finished with 13 points and nine rebounds, just missing out on her third double-double of the season.
Recording her second career double-double was sophomore Alli Kern (Waterford, Ohio), who registered 11 points and a team-high 13 rebounds off the bench. Schlabach logged nine points and four assists as a reserve, while senior Hannah Clark (Glenmont, Ohio) also added eight points and four rebounds off the bench.
Overall, ODU enjoyed a 30-14 edge in bench points. Six of Kern's rebounds came on the offensive end, as the Panthers finished with 18 offensive boards and 18 second chance points. The Black & Gold held a decisive 56-29 edge in total rebounds.
Both teams lead by as many as five points in a hectic first quarter, which saw 15 different players score. A three-pointer from senior Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio) in the closing seconds gave the Panthers a 26-23 lead after 10 minutes of play. Fisher, who was limited with an injury, scored seven points on three-of-five shooting in just 12 minutes of action.
Despite shooting 64.3 percent in the second quarter (9-14), ODU saw its lead evaporate midway through the frame, as an 8-0 scoring run gave GSC a 35-34 lead. The Pioneers eventually pushed their advantage to four at halftime, 50-46.
With the strong shooting second quarter, the Panthers finished the game with a .500 field goal percentage, making 34-of-68 shots. Glenville State was held to a .382 shooting clip on 29-of-76 attempts.
The Panthers will look for their first three-game winning streak since January 2019 when they welcome Northwood for a non-conference clash at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26. The game will follow a 5:30 p.m. contest between Cedarville and Saginaw Valley State inside Alumni Hall.
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