COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican women's basketball team will travel to face Tiffin at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, in its lone contest of the week.
ABOUT OHIO DOMINICAN
The Panthers split a pair of Great Midwest games last week, giving the team a 4-2 record in the month of January. ODU is now 9-10 overall and 4-5 in G-MAC play. Entering Saturday's contest, the Black & Gold sit in sixth place in the conference's point system rating, which will determine the qualification and seeding for the G-MAC Tournament.
Leading ODU last week was senior Alexa Fisher (Powell, Ohio), who scored 26 points in both games. During the 86-67 road win at Lake Erie, Fisher netted a career-high 10 field goals, and against Cedarville she recorded nine makes from the floor. On the season, the senior leads the team and ranks sixth in the G-MAC in scoring at 15.9 points per game. With last week's games, she has now registered 15 or more points in four of the past five outings. To go along with her scoring, Fisher also paces the Panthers in assists per game at 2.9.
Junior Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio) posted 21 points in the win over LEC, and despite foul trouble versus CU, she still tallied seven points, six rebounds and two steals. Troyer is also among the top 12 in scoring in the conference at 14.6 points per contest. The junior is adding 4.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and a team-high 1.9 steals per game. Prior to ODU's last outing versus CU, Troyer had scored in double figures in 10 consecutive games.
Sophomore Alli Kern (Waterford, Ohio) has been ODU's top rebounder since the calendar turned to January, as she has nine or more boards in each of the past five games. Over the five-game stretch, Kern has tallied double-digit rebounds four times and totaled 63 boards, 12.6 per contest. Her season average of 7.6 rebounds per game is tied for the team-high and ranks fourth in the conference.
Also registering 7.6 rebounds per outing is senior Brittleigh Macaulay (Big Prairie, Ohio). Macaulay logged her fourth double-double of the season in the win at Lake Erie, 14 points and 11 rebounds, before recording 11 points and seven boards against Cedarville last Saturday. The senior is ODU's third leading scorer this season at 9.8 points per game and is leading the squad in field goal percentage, .468.
After going through a cold slump during the holidays, ODU has started to heat up from the field, shooting over 43 percent in each of its last two outings. The Panthers had their third best shooting performance of the season versus LEC, .478, before posting a .431 clip against Cedarville. Last week marked the first time this season the team has shot over 43 percent from the field in consecutive games.
SCOUTING THE DRAGONS
Tiffin enters Saturday's contest with a 7-12 overall record and 2-7 mark in G-MAC play. After getting off to a 3-2 start, the Dragons have cooled off, having lost each of the past four games, with the last two by double figures. TU is 3-4 at home this year, averaging 71.3 points per game at Gillmor Student Center, three points higher than its season average.
Overall, Tiffin is averaging 68.9 points per game, while conceding 71.7 points per contest, with its marks ranking eighth and ninth respectively in the G-MAC. The Dragons rely on their ability to get to the foul line, ranking fourth in Division II in free throw attempts (445) and fifth in makes (305).
Sophomore Aarion Nichols leads the Dragons in scoring at 14.4 points per game, which has her 12th in the G-MAC. Nichols also leads the team rebounding, 7.2 per game, and has scored in double figures in her last nine outings. The sophomore is coming off a pair of 18-point games against Cedarville and Lake Erie last week. Classmate Jasmine Watts is adding 8.9 points per contest and is shooting over 50 percent from the field.
The Panthers and Dragons have met 15 times since ODU became a NCAA Division II member in 2010-11. ODU does hold the series advantage, 9-6, and has won two of the last three meetings. Tiffin though, won the most recent meeting, 93-79 last January in the Gillmor Center.
Contact: Tyler Jester