CANTON, Ohio – Senior Sarah Futscher (Wilder, Ky.) scored seven of her game and career-high 19 points in overtime as Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team held off Malone for an 80-77 road victory in G-MAC play Saturday afternoon.
With the game tied at 70 and less than three minutes to play in the extra session, Futscher took over, converting on a three-point play to put the Panthers in front. After a Malone layup, sophomore Brittleigh Macaulay (Big Prairie, Ohio) found Futscher inside for another basket to give the Panthers a 75-72 lead with just over two minutes left.
The Pioneers (3-6, 1-4 G-MAC) knocked down a triple to tie it, then had a chance to take a lead, but Futscher blocked a shot with 1:20 left and grabbed the miss, and then made another layup with 48 ticks to give the Panthers (9-3, 5-1 G-MAC) a 77-75 lead.
Futscher then blocked another shot on Malone's ensuing possession, and the Panthers hit three-of-four free throws in the final 25 seconds to seal the win.
Futscher went 8-of-15 from the field and pulled down nine rebounds to go with four blocks, matching a career-best. She was joined in double figures by seniors Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio), who tallied 15 points, and Megan Eyre (Fayetteville, Ohio), who finished with 14 points. Macaulay added 10 off the bench as well.
Malone started the second quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 29-19 lead, but the Panthers climbed back in with junior Alexis Overly (Chillicothe, Ohio) converting a three-point play to level the score at 33 with two minutes left in the half. The Pioneers would ultimately take a 39-35 lead into the locker room.
A layup by Eyre gave the Panthers a 42-41 lead early in the third as neither side led by more than four points over the final eight minutes of the frame, with a pair of Futscher free throws giving ODU a 54-52 lead heading to the fourth.
Futscher's layup with less than four minutes left gave the Panthers their biggest lead, 63-57, but Malone scored seven straight to regain the lead at 64-63 with just over two minutes left. Overly answered with a three and Macaulay sank a pair of free throws with 1:17 left to put ODU on top 68-66, but Malone hit two free throws to tie it with 35 seconds left, and both teams missed shots to take the lead over the waning seconds of regulation.
The Panthers shot 46.3 percent (31-of-67) from the field while limiting Malone to 40.4 percent shooting (23-of-57), though the Pioneers hit eight triples to four for ODU and went 23-of-25 from the free throw line.
Ohio Dominican remains on the road to take on Findlay at 8 p.m. Tuesday in G-MAC play.
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