COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two late free throws by senior Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) drew Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team even with Cedarville, but the Yellow Jackets answered with two free throws of their own with 7.7 seconds left to take a 72-70 win in G-MAC play Saturday afternoon.
ODU (9-5, 5-3 G-MAC) had a chance to even it, but a driving layup was off the mark and Cedarville (10-3, 5-2 G-MAC) grabbed the rebound as time expired.
Four players scored in double figures for the Panthers, paced by junior guard Alexis Overly (Chillicothe, Ohio), who had 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting while knocking down 4-of-7 triples, which matched a career-high in makes. She also had six rebounds.
Rose scored 15 points to go with six rebounds, four assists and three steals, senior Sarah Futscher (Wilder, Ky.) had 11 points and five rebounds, and junior Emily Thomas (Pickerington, Ohio) added 10 points.
Trailing 47-43 in the third, ODU used a 14-4 run to jump back in front, sparked by a Thomas triple. A transition three by Overly evened the score at 49, and consecutive treys from Overly and sophomore Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio) put ODU in front 57-51 with under two minutes to play in the period.
ODU stretched its lead 63-55 less than a minute into the fourth, but the Yellow Jackets answered with a 12-1 run to go on top 67-64 with 2:50 left. A jumper by Rose and two free throws by sophomore Brittleigh Macaulay (Big Prairie, Ohio) with 24 seconds left kept the Panthers within a point, 69-68, and Cedarville split a pair at the line with 23.1 seconds left.
Rose was then tripped with 11.0 seconds to play and hit her two free throws before a whistle against the Panthers sent Cedarville to the line with 7.7 seconds left.
The Yellow Jackets made just 2-of-11 shots from the field in the fourth quarter but went 12-of-15 from the free throw line as ODU was tagged with 10 fouls in the period.
The Panthers jumped to a 22-12 lead in the first quarter, with Fisher knocking down a triple and Overly sticking a jump shot, to give ODU its biggest lead with 2:20 to play in the period.
However, the Yellow Jackets held the Panthers to just two field goals over the next eight minutes of play and found their own stride offensively, outscoring ODU 23-4 to go in front 35-26 with four minutes to play in the second. The Panthers climbed back in, as Thomas buried a three with 38 seconds left, to help narrow the deficit to 42-37 at intermission.
Cedarville shot 59.3 percent (16-of-27) from the field in the first half, while the Panthers went just 13-of-36 (36.1 percent).
Ohio Dominican hits the road to take on Davis & Elkins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Contact: Scott Miles