HILLSDALE, Mich. – For a second straight Saturday, Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team wiped out a double-digit fourth quarter deficit as sophomore Alexis Overly (Chillicothe, Ohio) knocked down a jumper with 0.9 seconds to lift the Panthers to a 70-68 road win at Hillsdale in GLIAC play.
Last week, the Panthers trailed by 12 in the fourth against Walsh before rallying for an identical 70-68 victory, with Overly making a layup at the buzzer. This afternoon, it was a 10 point hole ODU dug out of, outscoring the Chargers 26-14 over the final 7:18 of the contest to emerge victorious.
Overly scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, canning a trio of three-pointers as the Panthers cut a 54-44 deficit to 64-62 with four minutes to play. The Chargers answered with four points to go in front 68-62 with 1:40 left before the Panthers' final push.
Senior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) was fouled and sank two free throws, and classmate Tori Beth Leader (West Portsmouth, Ohio) also made a pair of free throws with 43 seconds left to cut it to 68-66. After two Hillsdale misses at the line, Overly tied the game with a layup with 36 seconds to play.
The Chargers then missed a jump shot from the free throw line, and Leader grabbed the rebound with seven seconds left. ODU called timeout to advance the ball to the frontcourt, and Overly worked her way left of the lane and stuck the jumper with less than a second left.
Hillsdale could not get a final shot off as the Panthers deflected the inbounds pass away.
With the win, Ohio Dominican improved to 14-6 (9-4 GLIAC), while Hillsdale fell to 12-9 (6-8 GLIAC).
Bates scored 17 points with 10 rebounds and in the process became the 23rd player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points. Senior Madi Rittinger (Dayton, Ohio) also finished with a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards, and Overly finished with 16 points, hitting four three-pointers. Junior Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) also finished in double figures with 13 points.
ODU trailed 9-6 in the first quarter, but ripped off an 18-4 burst to take its biggest lead of the half at 24-13 with 7:12 to play in the second frame. Overly hit a three, and Rose followed with a three-point play, to bump the cushion to 11.
Hillsdale, though, cut the deficit to 34-29 at the break, as the Panthers committed 12 first half turnovers, which led to 15 HC points.
The Panthers led 39-35 early in the third after layups by Rittinger and Bates, but ODU was limited to three points over the final 6:45 as the Chargers closed the quarter on a 14-3 run to take a 49-42 lead into the fourth.
Ohio Dominican shot 43.3 percent from the field and had a 46-35 rebounding advantage. The Panthers did turn the ball over 24 times, which led to 24 HC points, and ODU was outscored 44-30 in the paint.
The Panthers return home to host Lake Erie at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Alumni Hall.
Contact: Scott Miles