COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team led for the first three and a half quarters but ran out of steam down the stretch as they suffered an 80-76 setback to Hillsdale in Alumni Hall on Tuesday night.
As in their last game at Cedarville, ODU (16-8, 12-6 G-MAC) had a shot to tie bounce out, this one coming with less than two seconds left in the game.
Sophomore guard Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio) had her second straight game eclipsing 20 points, pouring in a team-high 21 with three rebounds, assists and steals. Senior Devin Conley (Danville, Ky.) put in a season-best 14 points and now has 996 points in her career, and she also pulled down six rebounds.
Also scoring in double figures were senior Darian Rose (Fort Loramie, Ohio) as she had 13 points, while sophomore Brittleigh Macaulay (Big Prairie, Ohio) added 12 points with eight rebounds, one shy of matching her season-high. Junior Alexis Overly (Chillicothe, Ohio) chipped in with nine points and six assists as well.
The Panthers came out blazing offensively, sinking seven of their first nine shots to go in front 17-11 in the opening four minutes of the contest, and led 30-22 at the end of the first quarter.
ODU then scored the first eight points of the second quarter on consecutive triples from Fisher and Conley and a short jumper from freshman Olivia Fox (Newark, Ohio) to go on top 38-22 less than 90 seconds into the period. The Chargers (15-9, 13-7 G-MAC) answered with a 10-0 run as ODU went over five minutes without a basket, but the Panthers scored 10 points in the final three and a half minutes of the quarter to take a 50-38 lead into the locker room.
The Panthers kept their lead at 14, 61-47, with 6:26 to play in the third, but the Chargers closed to within 65-61 with 42 seconds to play. A late transition layup by Conley gave ODU a 68-61 lead heading into the fourth.
The Panthers were in front 74-68 with 8:04 left in the period, but went nearly six minutes between scoring as Hillsdale went in front 76-74. Macaulay tied the game at 76 with a jumper with just over two minutes to play, but the Chargers answered with a layup on their next possession, and ODU missed its final three shots from the field as Hillsdale escaped with the win.
Ohio Dominican remains at home to host Lake Erie at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
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