Storm Upstage Panthers 60-59 with Furious Second Half Rally

Katelyn Stuckey
Katelyn Stuckey

PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The second half proved treacherous yet again for Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team as Lake Erie rallied from a 19-point hole to edge the visiting Panthers 60-59 Saturday afternoon at the Jerome T. Osborne Center.

Leading 48-29 just over five minutes into the second, the Panthers went cold from the floor with only one field goal over the next 10:40. The Storm capitalized with a 25-4 rally to reclaim their first lead since 2-0 at 54-52 with 4:56 left to play.

Following a lay-in by sophomore Katelyn Stuckey (Millersburg, OH), LEC took its largest lead of the day 59-54 with 2:08 remaining. Freshman Kacee Hockenberry (Haviland, OH) answered with her third triple to cut the deficit to two, but after a Storm free throw with 13 seconds left, ODU could only muster a lay-up in the closing second for the final result.

After shooting 12-of-24 in the opening half, including 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) from long range, the Panthers hit only 8-of-30 (26.7 percent) in the second, while LEC improved upon its poor start with 47.8 percent (11-of-23) after the break. Despite shooting only 30.0 percent (15-of-50) for the game, the Storm sank a remarkable 25-of-30 (83.3 percent) at the charity stripe, compared to just 9-of-12 for the Panthers.

For the sixth straight contest, ODU (6-15, 2-13 GLIAC) put forth another stout effort in the first half, however it was the Panthers' defense this time that provided the spark, holding the Storm to just 21 points on 4-of-27 (14.8 percent) shooting, including a 1-of-17 start. The 21 points was the fewest allowed by ODU this season, while the 16-point halftime lead was a new season high.

Despite a relatively slow opening by both teams, ODU was able to take advantage of its defensive prowess, growing an early 8-2 lead to 14-4 and eventually 22-11 at the 6:11 mark as Stuckey finished an old-fashioned three-point play. The offense, sparked by Hockenberry with back-to-back triples began to gather steam, hitting three-pointers on four of its ensuing six trips to increase the advantage to the largest of the day at 34-15 with 2:52 left.

Stuckey paced the Panthers with 13 points, while senior Abby Glover (Centerville, OH) finished with 10 points and team-high nine rebounds. Hockenberry and senior Katy Rasor (Grove City, OH) tallied nine apiece, each connecting on a three triples as part of a season-best 10-of-23 (43.5 percent) for ODU.

Jen Caiola and Alyssa Wagers each collected 16 points for LEC (15-5, 9-4 GLIAC) with Caiola scoring all 16 in the second, including 4-of-8 from behind the arc. Stephanie Rogers notched the rare triple-double with 13 points, and game-highs of 10 boards and 10 blocks.

ODU is back in Alumni Hall next week for a pair of South Division contests, beginning Thursday, Feb. 9 with a 5:30 p.m. start against Hillsdale (Mich.).

Contact: Bryan Desch