COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican women's basketball team captured its second victory of the season on Thursday evening, winning a thrilling contest against Kentucky Wesleyan 92-90 in overtime. The win extends the Panthers' home unbeaten streak to seven games and gives ODU the 35th longest home unbeaten streak in NCAA Division II.
The Black and Gold saw three members of the starting five score 20-plus points during the contest. The Panther women were led by senior Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio), junior Kennedy Schlabach (Millersburg, Ohio), and freshman Gabby Stare (Newark, Ohio).
As was the case in the opening contest of the season, Troyer enjoyed some home cooking inside of Alumni Hall. She finished Thursday's contest flirting with a triple-double, collecting 28 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.
Troyer also collected a milestone during the victory, becoming the 25th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 points. Her driving layup in the final two minutes of fourth-quarter sealed the milestone for the fourth-year Panther.
She joins the likes of former teammate Alexa Fisher (2017-20), Madi Rittinger (2013-17), Lauren Bates (2013-17), and Kacee Hockenberry (2011-15) as players that have recently joined that illustrious Black and Gold club.
Troyer spoke with the voice of the Panthers Todd Bell following the game.
Schlabach complimented Troyer's performance by scoring a career-high 26 points and adding eight assists. She also was perfect from the charity stripe, going 4-of-4. The junior also was tied for a team-high in steals with two and was one of the six players that registered a steal.
It was another terrific performance at home for freshman Gabby Stare. Earning her first collegiate start the forward made the most of her minutes. The first-year player scored a career high 22 points and collected six rebounds, she also was 52-percent shooting from the field.
The Black and Gold also enjoyed a rebounding advantage thanks to strong performances from Alli Kern (Akron, Ohio) and Celeste Mershimer (Amanda, Ohio). The duo combined for over half of ODU's rebounds on Thursday evening.
During her career-high 40 minutes, Mershimer grabbed eight rebounds and tallied nine points. She also proved to be a nuisance on defense, picking the Purple Panthers pockets twice.
Kern continues to shine not only in the rebounding department but from beyond the arc. The junior forward is shooting 53-percent from downtown this season, making her the 25th best three-point shooter in NCAA Division II.
With the victory, the Panthers move to 2-1 on the season and Coach Warren improves to 17-0 when the Black and Gold score 90-plus points. The Panthers will enjoy a brief holiday break before returning to practice with their sights set on Lake Erie College just after the new year.
Contact: Ralph Schudel