Women's Basketball to Host Northwood, Saginaw Valley During Holiday Week

Women's Basketball to Host Northwood, Saginaw Valley During Holiday Week


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fresh off its first two wins of the season, the Ohio Dominican women's basketball team hosts three schools for a two-day invitational inside Alumni Hall this week.

The Panthers will welcome fellow Great Midwest institution Cedarville, as well as former conference rivals from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in Northwood and Saginaw Valley State. ODU will face Northwood at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26, and Saginaw Valley State at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27. The Yellow Jackets will open competition both days against the opposing GLIAC schools.


Ohio Dominican earned a pair of wins over Mountain East Conference schools last week, highlighted by a buzzer-beating, 81-80 triumph over then No. 20 Glenville State. The Panthers also opened the stretch with an 88-82, come-from-behind win at Urbana. The win over the Pioneers was ODU's first victory against a nationally ranked opponent in nearly two years.

For her performance, senior Brittleigh Macaulay (Big Prairie, Ohio) was named the Great Midwest Athlete of the Week. Over the two game stretch, Macaulay averaged 13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Macaulay had her second double-double of the season, 14 points and 10 rebounds, against Urbana. The senior then made six-of-eight shots against GSC, finishing g with 13 points, nine rebounds and a career-high four assists. She also made the game-winning jump shot against the Pioneers with less than two seconds remaining.

On the season, Macaulay leads the conference in rebounding, 9.2 per contest, and field goal percentage, .605. The senior is also third on the team in scoring at 12.6 points per game.

ODU's top two scorers this season, senior Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio) and junior Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio), both had a 20-point performance last week. Fisher netted 9-of-18 field goals against Urbana, including five makes from deep, for a team season-high 27 points. Troyer led the team versus GSC, registering 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting.

Fisher paces the Panthers in scoring and steals per game at 16.8 and 1.3, respectively, while also dishing out 3.3 assists per contest. The senior ranks among the top six in the G-MAC in scoring. Troyer is also inside the top 10 in the conference in scoring at 15.2 points per game, and is the only Panther to reach double figures in all five outings this season. The junior is also averaging 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

Sophomores Kennedy Schlabach (Millersburg, Ohio) and Alli Kern (Waterford, Ohio) have produced off the bench, as the two combined for 44 points over two games last week. Schlabach posted a season-high 15 points at Urbana to go along with six assists, which tied a career bets. Kern logged her second career double-double versus GSC, tallying 11 points and 13 rebounds.


Northwood enters the week with a 1-3 overall record, but is coming off a 94-83 win over the G-MAC's Ursuline last Saturday. The Timberwolves opened the season with back-to-back losses to G-MAC schools, Findlay and Hillsdale, before falling to Lewis on Nov. 16. NU went 13-16 last season en route to an appearance in the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals.

The Timberwolves are averaging 72.5 points per game, while allowing 76.5 points per outing. NU is shooting 42 percent from the field, which is fourth-best in the GLIAC this winter. With only 12.3 turnovers per game, NU ranks 19th nationally.

A balanced offensive attack, with four players averaging double figures, is led by freshman Maizie Taylor. Taylor is averaging 14.0 points per game on 53.7 percent shooting. The first-year player is also shooting over 40 percent from three-point range. Freshmen Alli Keyser and Makenzie Todd are averaging 13.0 and 12.8 points per game. Keyser also leads the team with 4.0 assists per contest.


Saginaw Valley State will have faced eight different G-MAC institutions after this week's two-game stretch, and is 4-2 to start the 2019-20 campaign. The Cardinals are coming off a 6-21 campaign, which saw them go 6-14 in GLIAC play. SVSU has won three of its last four outings, a stretch that includes victories over Lake Erie, Ursuline and Tiffin.

This year, SVSU has one of the GLIAC's top scoring defenses at 61.5 points per game and is scoring a shade under 70 points per contest. The Cardinals have attempted the 20th most three-pointers in NCAA Division II, 154. SVSU is making 8.0 treys per game and shooting 31.2 percent from deep. Overall, the Cardinals have a .413 field goal percentage.

Senior Aaliah Hill leads the team in scoring at 13.0 points per game. Hill, who is shooting 50 percent from the field, is also second on the team in rebounds per contest at 5.5. Sophomore Maddie Barrie is recording 9.7 points per game, while classmate Maddie Maloney is registering 8.7 points and a team-high 5.2 assists per contest.

Contact: Tyler Jester