COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the third consecutive game, the Ohio Dominican women's basketball team rallied from a sizeable second half deficit, this time, defeating Northwood at home Tuesday evening, 76-66.
The Panthers' three-game winning streak improves their overall season record to 3-3. ODU is also 2-0 inside Alumni Hall this winter.
Combining for over 56 percent of the team's scoring output were junior Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio) and senior Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio). Troyer finished with a season-high 25 points, just two shy of tying her personal collegiate best. The junior made 7-of-13 field goals, including three-of-five attempts from deep, while also going a perfect eight-for-eight at the foul line. Fisher finished with seven makes on 11 attempts, including three successful tries from behind the arc for 18 total points. Despite dealing with foul issues late in the first half, the senior added four rebounds and three steals. Both Troyer and Fisher set season highs in steals with four each.
Pitching in seven points and seven rebounds was the reigning Great Midwest Athlete of the Week in senior Brittleigh Macaulay (Big Prairie, Ohio). Fellow starting forward, junior Olivia Fox (Newark, Ohio) dished out a team- and career-high four assists. Off the bench, senior Hannah Clark (Glenmont, Ohio) and sophomore Kennedy Schlabach (Millersburg, Ohio) each scored eight points.
A three-pointer from Troyer gave ODU a 4-0 lead just over two minutes into play. Northwood (1-4) though, eventually took a nine-point advantage at 16-7. The Panthers then used a 7-0 scoring run over the final 2:49 of the quarter to close their deficit to two points, 16-14. Troyer (8) and Fisher (6) combined for all of ODU's scoring in the first frame.
A trey from Schlabach to open the second quarter gave ODU its first lead since the opening minutes of the contest at 17-16. The two teams traded the lead with multiple triples, but a 10-0 run by the Timberwolves over the final 3:56 of the half gave them a 38-30 lead at the intermission.
Northwood made 7-of-15 triples in the first half, a session that saw the Timberwolves finish with a .464 field goal percentage (13-28). The Black & Gold were held to just a .357 shooting clip over the first 20 minutes, making 10-of-28 attempts.
The Panthers still found themselves in hole at the under-five media timeout in the third period. Out of the break though, ODU finished the quarter on a 13-2 run, making four-of-five field goals, to take a 53-51 lead into the final frame.
In the fourth, with the score tied, ODU used an 8-0 run to secure a 69-61 edge on the scoreboard with 2:47 remaining. The Panthers extended their advantage to double digits with two free throws from sophomore Alli Kern (Waterford, Ohio) in the final 10 seconds.
A strong shooting second half, 48.3 percent, improved the Black & Gold's overall field goal percentage to .421 (24-57). The defense also tightened up over the final 20 minutes, holding NU to a .333 shooting mark. Northwood finished the game under 40 percent shooting.
To go with the shooting figures, ODU tied its season-high for points in a half with 46 over the final two quarters. They also held an opponent to a new season-low for a half, conceding only 28 points in the last 20 minutes.
The Panthers will look to continue their winning ways when they close out the holiday week with a 3 p.m. contest against Saginaw Valley State on Wednesday, Nov. 27, inside Alumni Hall.
Contact: Tyler Jester