COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican women's basketball team finished off their home slate on Saturday, February 13th knocking off the Storm of Lake Erie College with a dramatic 89-87 OT win. After falling at Lake Erie 84-53 two weeks ago, the Panthers were able to square the season and overall series records with the Storm.
Both teams struggled out of the gates early as neither team could find its offensive rhythm. The Panthers (15-9) were able to string together a series of baskets late to take a 27-17 lead with 5:45 remaining, but Lake Erie finished the half on 17-7 run to knot the game at 34-34.
The Storm (17-9) came out clicking on all cylinders to start the second half going on a 12-3 run to grab an early 46-37 lead. ODU remained steadfast and knotted the score at 60-60 with nine minutes to play. The game quickly became a back-and-forth affair that saw two ties and eight lead changes the remainder of the way. Summer Hale (Jr./Galena, OH) gave the Panthers a late lead with an old-fashioned 3-point play at the 1:02 mark, but the Storm quickly answered with a three-pointer of their own to tie it up. Neither team would find the basket again as the score read 79-79 at the end of regulation.
It was all ODU in the extra stanza as the Panthers connected on 6-of-7 free throw attempts to seal the victory. The Panthers, winners of 10 of their last 12 games, completed their home schedule on a six game win streak.
Senior Kirsten Ruen (Columbus Grove, OH) made the most of her final home game for the Panthers as she became the 19th player in ODU women's basketball history to surpass the 1,000 point plateau. Ruen's late three at the 4:27 mark in the second half forever etched her name into the ODU record books.
Leading the way for Lake Erie was Renese Ames with 23 points and Stephanie Rogers with 16.
Summer Hale (Jr./Galena, OH) finished with a game and career high 30 points and matched her career high in rebounds with 15. Ruen finished with 23 points on 4-for-8 shooting from behind the arc and Tracy Snider (Jr./Lancaster, OH) chipped in with 17.