COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Having secured their first GLIAC Tournament bid in program history, Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team is fighting for the right to earn a first round home game as the Panthers play host to No. 5 Ashland and Lake Erie this week.
ODU enters the weekend's games in a four-way tie for second place with Michigan Tech, Saginaw Valley and Walsh in the conference standings, with Grand Valley one game behind that group. The top four seeds host GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinal games on Tuesday, March 1, while the highest remaining seed after the quarterfinals will host the semifinals and championship on March 5-6.
Overall, ODU has won 11 of its past 13 games. During that stretch, the Panthers are shooting 44.7 percent from the field (36.3 percent from behind the arc) and averaging 75.2 points per game while limiting opponents to 64.9 points on 39.1 percent shooting.
The Panthers continue to win the rebounding battles as well. ODU leads the GLIAC in rebounds per game and ranks ninth in the nation in rebounding margin at +8.9.
Melissa Scherpenberg continues to pace the team with 15 double-doubles this season. She's seventh in the country in that category.
Lauren Bates is the only GLIAC player averaging at least 12 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game.
Since re-joining the starting lineup, Darian Rose is averaging 11.0 points per game over the last seven contests.
Contact: Scott Miles