Fisher Scores 26 Points in Panthers' Setback to Cedarville

Alexa Fisher (Photo by Ralph Schudel)
Alexa Fisher (Photo by Ralph Schudel)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the second consecutive game, senior Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio) poured in 26 points, but a strong second half sent Cedarville past the Ohio Dominican women's basketball team inside Alumni Hall Saturday afternoon, 86-73.

Fisher, who set a career high with 10 field goal makes Thursday evening against Lake Erie, shot 9-for-19 on Saturday. The senior was 5-of-10 from three-point range and was one of four Panther players with multiple assists.

Sophomore Kennedy Schlabach (Millersburg, Ohio) earned her first start of the season and scored 15 points, doing most of her damage from behind the arc, where she made three-of-four attempts. Senior Brittleigh Macaulay (Big Prairie, Ohio) was also in double figures, posting 11 points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists.

Plagued with foul trouble for most of the game, junior Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio) still tallied seven points, six rebounds and two steals in just over 20 minutes of play. Sophomore Alli Kern (Waterford, Ohio) joined the other four Panthers in the starting lineup and registered a team-high nine rebounds.

Both teams came out shooting, but ODU, who made 7-of-11 field goal attempts in the first quarter, led 23-18 after 10 minutes of play. After the Yellow Jackets recorded their largest lead of the half, six points, at 9-3, the Panthers rallied back and a 10-0 scoring spurt for the Black & Gold near the end of the period led to the five-point advantage. Fisher had 11 of her game-high scoring total in the first quarter.

Back-to-back triples from Schlabach and Macaulay to open the second period gave ODU its largest lead of the game, nine points, at 29-20. Ceadrville answered with 10 of the next 12 points to cut its deficit to 31-30 near the midway point of the frame. The Yellow Jackets (13-5, 6-3 G-MAC) continued their strong shooting and would go on to take a 45-39 lead into halftime.

After both sides shot 50 percent or better in the first half, Cedarville continued its momentum in the second half, starting the third quarter on a 16-3 run. The spurt gave the Yellow Jackets a 61-42 advantage.

ODU though, scored 15 of the final 21 points over the last 5:36 of the quarter, cutting its deficit to 67-57. CU netted 9-of-15 shots in the third stanza.

The Panthers were able to close the gap to six points, 71-65, with a layup from Macaulay at the 7:51 mark of the fourth quarter, but were then held scoreless for the next 6:06. CU scored 10 points over the stretch and despite a pull up jumper from Fisher as time expired, earned an 86-73 victory and the regular season sweep over ODU.

The Black & Gold tallied a season-high 11 makes from deep, but were still outshot overall by Cedarville, .565-.431. The Panthers also enjoyed a slight 36-32 edge on the glass and 13 offensive rebounds turned into 18 second chance points. Cedarville though, outscored ODU 50-20 in the paint and 29-12 in bench points.

Ohio Dominican, who despite the loss has won four of its last five outings, will look to get back on track when the team travels to face Tiffin at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25.

Contact: Tyler Jester