Sluggish Second Half Start Sends ODU to Home Loss against Storm

Abby Glover
Abby Glover

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team returned to Alumni Hall Saturday afternoon looking for some home-court magic against visiting Lake Erie, however a slow start to the second half allowed the Storm to take control of the game and cruise to the 69-52 win. 

Lake Erie (10-2, 4-1 GLIAC) opened the game with 13 points in the first 2:39, hitting 5-of-6, including a trio of three-pointers for the 13-0 advantage. The Panthers though remained steadfast and rattled off 17of the next 21 points to knot the game at 17-17 at the 10:35 mark. Two more ties followed, before senior Katy Rasor (Grove City, OH) sank her second triple of the day to give ODU its first lead at 25-24 with 6:09 left. The Storm ended the half on an 8-2 run for a 32-27 edge at the break, capped by a deep trey by Cate Cianchetti at the buzzer.

The Storm offense did not miss a beat to start the second, continuing the momentum with a 13-1 run, while connecting on 10 of their first 12 shots to take to their largest lead of the day, 59-35 with 9:02 left. ODU could pull no closer than 16 points down the stretch as LEC collected the South Division victory. 

The Panthers (5-9, 1-7 GLIAC) held Lake Erie and the nation's 11th ranked scoring offense at 78.7 points entering the day to almost 10 points below its season average, but the Storm shot six percentage points higher than their season average, finishing the afternoon 23-of-48 (47.9 percent) and 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from behind the arc.

Senior Abby Glover (Centerville, OH) finished with her team-leading sixth double-double with 10 points, going 8-of-10 at the line and matching her career high with 14 rebounds. Rasor added 10 off the bench for her fifth double digit outing this season as the ODU bench outscored its counterparts 23-2. Her pair of threes in the first moved her into sole possession of ninth all-time on ODU's career three-point field goals chart with 123.

Cianchetti paced four Storm in double figures with 27 points on 8-of-13 from the floor, including 5-of-6 from three-point range.

The Panthers return to action next Saturday, Jan. 14 as they head to GLIAC leader and current No. 18 Ashland for a 1 p.m. showdown. 

Contact: Bryan Desch