COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After losing consecutive GLIAC games for the first time this season, Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team will play host to Hillsdale in its home finale at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Panthers will recognize their five seniors in Lauren Bates, Lindsey Blanford, Kayla Cook, Tori Beth Leader and Madi Rittinger prior to the contest. The quintet has combined to play in exactly 500 games entering Saturday, making 243 combined starts.
ODU enters the week in a tie for fifth in the GLIAC standings with Northern Michigan with an 11-7 conference record and trailing third place Grand Valley and Michigan Tech by two games. The top four teams in the conference will host GLIAC Quarterfinal contests on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
ODU dropped a pair of decisions last week, falling 62-53 at home to Findlay on Thursday and suffering an 80-75 loss at Walsh on Saturday. Against the Oilers, ODU hit just 19 shots from the field, tying a season-low. The Panthers bounced back offensively against Walsh, making 31-of-64 (48.4 percent) from the field, but the Cavaliers also shot 48.4 percent and overcame a 12 point first quarter deficit to grab the win.
Leader shot 60 percent from the field last week, averaging 14.0 points per game, and junior Megan Eyre is averaging 14.0 points over the last three games on 62.8 percent shooting from the field.
Bates and Rittinger continue to climb the ladder in the school record books. Bates is one of just four players in program history to surpass 1,000 career points, 250 assists and 200 steals. Rittinger is on the verge of being just the third player in program history with 1,000 points, 700 rebounds and 200 blocks, needing 14 rebounds and two blocks to reach those numbers.
Contact: Scott Miles