COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team needed less than five minutes to build a double digit lead and didn't look back from there in defeating West Virginia Wesleyan 93-52 Saturday afternoon in Alumni Hall.
The Panthers (4-2) scored a remarkable 46 points off of 27 Bobcat turnovers, had a 26-4 edge in fast break points, and also had a 28-7 advantage in second chance points. ODU also outscored West Virginia Wesleyan (2-2) 40-20 in the paint and received 43 points from its bench.
Five players scored in double figures, led by junior guard Megan Eyre (Fayetteville, Ohio), who tallied 16 points with four rebounds, three assists and three steals off the bench. Senior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) scored 12 points with eight rebounds, while seniors Kayla Cook (Westerville, Ohio) and Madi Rittinger (Dayton, Ohio) and junior Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) each poured in 11 points.
A layup by Rittinger and a jumper by Bates gave ODU a 14-4 lead at the 5:16 mark of the first quarter, and an 8-0 run later in the period extended the lead to 26-8. The Panthers would take a 30-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, forcing nine Bobcat turnovers and scoring 14 points off of those miscues. ODU also hit 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) of its shots in the quarter as well.
Up 39-24 midway through the second quarter, ODU essentially put the game away by scoring 14 unanswered points. Rose and Rittinger each canned threes, Eyre had a steal and a layup, and senior Lindsey Blanford (Xenia, Ohio) found Bates for a layup to give ODU a 53-24 lead late in the quarter.
The Panthers stretched the lead to as much as 36 in the third quarter before taking the 41 point win. All four of ODU's wins have been by at least 17 points this season.
ODU shot 46.3 percent (31-of-67) from the field, went 25-of-30 from the free throw line (83.3 percent), and came up with 22 steals in the contest. ODU nearly had as many offensive rebounds (23) as WVW had total boards (24), and the Panthers wound up plus-24 on the glass.
Freshman Jessica Boerger (Fort Loramie, Ohio) scored eight points with six rebounds, six steals and four assists, junior Sarah Futscher (Wilder, Ky.) scored nine points with five rebounds, and sophomore Alexis Overly (Chillicothe, Ohio) added eight points with four steals.
Ohio Dominican begins GLIAC play with a 6 p.m. game against Ferris State at Big Rapids High School on Thursday.
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