Ferris State Delivers First Loss of Year to Panthers
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Dominican women's basketball team ran into an upstart Ferris State (Mich.) squad on Saturday afternoon in Alumni Hall and dropped its first game of the season, 69-56, to the Bulldogs.
After Thursday's emotional come-from-behind win over Grand Valley State (Mich.), the Panthers struggled to match Ferris State's fire-power as the Bulldogs moved to 3-2 on the year and 1-1 in the GLIAC. ODU now stands at 5-1 overall and .500 in conference action at 1-1.
Ferris State opened with the game's first four points and gradually extended the advantage to nine, 15-6, with 12:51 left in the half. The Panthers climbed to within four at the 8:35 mark, but the Bulldogs steadily pushed the lead to double-digits thanks to a 16-6 run over the ensuing 6:45.
ODU closed the 37-26 halftime gap to 39-32 just over four minutes in as senior Abby Glover (Centerville, OH) followed a pair of free throws and lay-up by sophomore Katelyn Stuckey (Millersburg, OH) with a lay-in of her own. However, that was as close as the Panthers would get as Ferris State put together spurts of 10-2 and 13-2 to seal the win with its largest lead of the day at 65-45 with 3:19 left to play.
For the third straight outing, Stuckey set a new collegiate-best points total as she led the Panthers with 18, including a perfect 8-of-8 at the free throw line. Pentaudi added a season-high off 11 off the bench on 3-of-7 from three-point land and 4-of-9 overall. Glover, the GLIAC's leading rebounder entering the day, chipped in nine points and nine rebounds, while Hockenberry added nine and a career-high five assists.
Sarah DeShone and Christina Branch led the Bulldogs with 18 and 16 points, respectively, on a combined 14-of-24 effort from the floor.
ODU steps away from home for the next seven contests, beginning next Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. as the Panthers head to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to battle defending national runner-up and current No. 8, Michigan Tech.
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