HILLSDALE, Mich. – Tied at 73 at Hillsdale with less than three minutes to play, Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team ripped off seven straight points and held on to defeat the Chargers 82-75 in G-MAC play Saturday afternoon.
The Chargers (5-5, 3-3 G-MAC) had taken their first lead, 70-69, since the 6:25 mark of the second quarter, when senior Megan Eyre (Fayetteville, Ohio) made back to back layups to put the Panthers (7-3, 4-1 G-MAC) on top 73-70 with 3:28 left. Hillsdale answered with a three-point play to draw even just 13 seconds later, but ODU took control to close the game out.
Sophomore Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio) buried a three-pointer, and Eyre followed with a steal and a short jumper in the paint to put the Panthers on top 78-73 with 2:12 left. Fisher then rebounded a Hillsdale miss, leading to a layup for sophomore Brittleigh Macaulay (Big Prairie, Ohio) to extend the lead to 80-73 with 1:23 left.
The Chargers scored with 1:08 left to cut it to five, but another Eyre steal led to a free throw from junior Alexis Overly (Chillicothe, Ohio), and Eyre sank a free throw herself with 21 seconds left to account for the final margin.
Eyre finished with 22 points on 10-of-19 shooting and also grabbed five rebounds while setting a season-high with five steals. In just 18 minutes of work, senior Sarah Futscher (Wilder, Ky.) made 7-of-8 shots and tallied 15 points, and Macaulay was huge off the bench, scoring 14 points and grabbing five rebounds. Overly also finished in double figures for the third time this season, tallying 17 points, and Fisher scored 10 points as well.
ODU's defense forced a season-high 27 turnovers, which the Panthers converted into 32 points, and ODU also had a 52-34 advantage in points in the paint.
The Panthers had trailed 14-8 in the opening quarter, but closed the first on a 15-3 run over the final three minutes of the period, with Eyre sparking the run by knocking down a triple. Overly hit a jumper to give ODU a 15-14 lead, Macaulay hit a three and Eyre made a late layup to give the Panthers a 23-17 lead through the end of the first.
Hillsdale scored the first seven points of the second quarter to regain a 24-23 lead, but that would be its final advantage of the half. Layups by Futscher, Eyre and Macaulay put the Panthers back in front 29-24, and ODU took a 35-30 cushion into the locker room.
Still up by five in the third quarter, ODU used an 8-1 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 48-36, capped by a steal and layup by Eyre, midway through the period. The Chargers closed to within 55-52 before a Macaulay bucket before the buzzer made it 57-52 heading to the fourth.
Ohio Dominican will take on Bellarmine in non-conference play at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Alumni Hall.
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