COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican women's basketball team opened up its 2020 Great Midwest Athletic Conference slate by earning a victory over the visiting Cedarville Yellow Jackets 95-92. The Panthers were powered by tremendous performances from senior Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio), junior Kennedy Schlabach (Millerburg, Ohio), and freshman Gabby Stare (Newark, Ohio).
Cedarville began the game on a 7-1 run and maintained its advantage until midway through the first quarter. A layup from Troyer in the middle of the opening period began a run that led to the senior scoring 16 of her career-high 30 points.
The last time Troyer accomplished such a feat came against the Tiffin Dragons, inside Alumni Hall on Feb. 1, 2020. Fellow guard Kennedy Schlabach added four assists, to help power the Panthers to an early advantage.
ODU ended the first quarter on a 14-7 run and closed the opening stanza with a 26-18 lead.
Cedarville stormed back to shoot 61% in the second quarter and outscored the Panthers by a 27-18 margin. Guard Alison Mader tallied nine points while Paige Gurr added seven in an effort to close the gap. Schlabach added ten points during the second quarter to keep the Black and Gold within one heading into the halftime break.
Before heading into the locker room the junior collected her sixth assist, which was good enough to tie her career mark.
It took her just one minute into the second half to capture a new career-high in dimes for the junior. Her pass to Amanda Schroeder (Dayton, Ohio) 52 seconds into the third quarter gave Schlabach her a new career high in assists.
The third quarter is also when freshman Gabby Stare (Newark, Ohio) made her presence known converting 4-of-5 shots during the quarter en route to 10 points. The freshman also added five points in the fourth quarter to finish with 20 points in 30 minutes played during her collegiate debut.
Despite a strong effort from the Yellow Jackets, Troyer and Schlabach combined for 22 points and converted 15-of-18 from the charity stripe to carry the Panthers to the 95-92 victory.
The victory gives the Panthers their first win over Cedarville since November 2016, and the first victory against their conference rival inside of Alumni Hall since November 2010.
Head coach Lynsey Warren is now 6-3 in season openers and is 16-0 when the Panthers score 90-plus points.
The Panthers shift focus to this weekend's contest against the Tiffin Dragons. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. from the Gillmor Center in Tiffin, Ohio
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