Panthers Travel to Lake Erie, Host Cedarville This Week

Brittleigh Macaulay (Photo by Ralph Schudel)
Brittleigh Macaulay (Photo by Ralph Schudel)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Winners of three straight, the Ohio Dominican women's basketball team will look to carry its momentum into a pair of Great Midwest games this week.

The Panthers begin the week with a trip north to face Lake Erie at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16. ODU then hosts Cedarville at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, in its first conference rematch of the season.

ABOUT OHIO DOMINICAN

The Black & Gold are coming off a pair of home wins last week, including a 99-68 non-conference triumph over Salem. ODU then returned to G-MAC play and defeated Hillsdale, 59-52. As a result, ODU is 8-9 overall and 3-4 in the G-MAC as play resumes Thursday evening. The new points rating system, which is used for qualification and seeding for the G-MAC postseason tournament, has ODU tied for sixth place with Lake Erie.

The win over Salem featured numerous career and season milestones for the Panthers. ODU recorded its highest point total of the season (99) and set a program record in the Division II era with 64 total rebounds and 32 offensive boards.

Also included in the win over Salem was senior Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio) going over 1,000 career points as a Panther. Adding in her one season at NCAA Division I Nebraska-Omaha, Fisher now has 1,037 career points in 88 games played. This year, Fisher is tied for the team high in scoring average at 14.7 points per game and after tying a personal-best mark with eight helpers against the Tigers, she ranks ninth in the G-MAC with 3.2 assists per game.

Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio) is also averaging 14.7 points per game, which would be a career-high mark for the junior. Troyer led ODU in scoring in both appearances last week, including a 23-point performance against Salem, a contest she also registered a season-best nine rebounds, four assists and four steals. The junior has been a staple in the Panther line up this season, as she has played the 12th most minutes nationally at 562:04 this winter. On the year, to go with her scoring average, she is adding 4.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.9 steals per contest.

Senior Brittleigh Macaulay (Big Prairie, Ohio) and sophomore Alli Kern (Waterford, Ohio) combined for 50 rebounds over the two-game stretch last week and are both averaging 7.4 rebounds per contest this winter. Macaulay logged her team-leading third double-double of the season in the win over Salem (13 points and 13 rebounds), and capped the week with 12 points and nine rebounds against Hillsdale. The senior is third on the team in scoring as well at 9.5 points per outing.

Kern paced the Panthers on the glass in both games, with 15 and 14 respectively. The sophomore has five double-digit rebounding games this season, including each of the last three contests. Since being inserted into the starting line up seven games ago, Kern is averaging 7.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest.

Off the bench, sophomore Kennedy Schlabach (Millersburg, Ohio) is averaging 8.4 points per game. Schlabach had 17 points against Salem on 7-of-10 shooting, a game she also netted three triples in. In her collegiate career, she is averaging 2.0 makes per game from behind the arc.

SCOUTING THE STORM

Lake Erie enters the week with a 7-10 overall record and a 4-3 mark in G-MAC competition. After dropping their first seven games of the season, the Storm went to Alaska and won three straight, which has started a stretch of seven wins in their last nine outings. LEC's last game was an 89-66 home victory over G-MAC foe, Ursuline.

The Storm are averaging 68.2 points per game, while allowing 73.2 points per contest, with both marks ranking in the lower third of the conference. Since the calendar has turned to January though, LEC has scored 74 or more points in all three games, while allowing an average of 69.0 points per contest. Lake Erie has also won its past three outings at home by an average margin of 14.3 points per game.

Senior Josie Chaddock and junior Breanna Bauer have paced the Storm attack this season, averaging 18.5 and 16.0 points per game, respectively. Chaddock ranks second in the G-MAC in scoring and her 4.1 assists per game are also fourth best in the conference. The senior has also played the most minutes of any Division II player in the country this season, 611:46.

Bauer's 16.0 points per game are sixth-best in the G-MAC. The junior also leads the team in rebounding, 5.9, and blocked shots, 0.6, per contest. Bauer is shooting 54.5 percent from the floor, which is third in the conference.

Since the start of the 2010-11 season, ODU and LEC have met 18 times, with ODU holding a slight 10-8 edge in the series. The Panthers have found success away from home, having taken six-of-nine meetings in Painesville, including four of its past five trips. Lake Erie though, after dropping six straight in the series, have won the past three meetings, including both contests last season by single digits.

SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS

Cedarville opened 2020 with a home win over Cedarville, but since has dropped two straight on the road to Findlay and Walsh. The Yellow Jackets though, fell by a combined five points in both losses last week. Still, CU is 11-5 overall and 4-3 in conference competition, and will host Tiffin Thursday evening before making a trip to Columbus over the weekend.

The Yellow Jackets have been among the conference's best in scoring defense this season, allowing 65.7 points per game. They are also averaging 72.6 points offensively per outing. CU is 26th nationally in assists per game (16.2), which has resulted in a top 15 assist-to-turnover ratio (1.25). Cedarville's offense has relied on the three-point shot, as the team is third in the G-MAC and 20th nationally with 8.9 makes per game.

Senior Abby Wolford leads three players in double figures for CU at 14.8 points per game. Wolford scored a game-high 18 points in the first meeting with ODU. The senior leads the conference in three-point field goals per game, 2.6, and is adding four rebounds, two assists and two steals per contest. Junior Ashlyn Huffman and freshman Isabelle Bolender are averaging 11.9 and 10.3 points per outing. Huffman is also first in the conference and 11th nationally in assists per contest at 5.9.

In its Division II era, ODU trails in its series with Cedarville, 5-4. Since joining the G-MAC, the Panthers have dropped all four contests to the Yellow Jackets, including the first meeting this season, 77-55. ODU's last win in the series was a 67-35, neutral-site victory in 2016. The Panthers last won inside Alumni on Nov. 23, 2010.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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