COLUMBUS, Ohio – The calendar has been flipped to 2021 and it's time for Ohio Dominican women's basketball to resume its season after the holiday break. The Panthers ring in the new year by hitting the road to take on Lake Erie College on Saturday, January 2, before returning home to take on the University of Findlay on Tuesday, January 5.
ODU closed 2020 with a thrilling 92-90 overtime victory against Kentucky Wesleyan on December 17 inside of Alumni Hall. The win extends the Panthers home unbeaten streak to seven games and is the 35th longest streak in NCAA Division II.
The Black and Gold saw three members of the starting five score 20-plus points in the win. Senior Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio), junior Kennedy Schlabach (Millersburg, Ohio), and freshman Gabby Stare (Newark, Ohio) each provided electric performances to power the Panthers to victory.
Troyer collected a milestone during the win, becoming the 25th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 points. 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.
The Panther women begin 2021 in search of their first road win on the season. Standing in the way are G-MAC foes Lake Erie College.
Last season, the Black and Gold took both contests against the Storm last season. ODU earned an 86-67 victory on January 16, 2020, and followed with a 65-54 victory that gave the Panthers the season sweep on February 6, 2020.
The senior guard was awarded the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week on December 21, marking the second time in her career she claimed the award.
Troyer sits atop of the conference in minutes played, averaging 41:48 minutes per contest. She is also the fourth-best scorer in NCAA Division II, averaging 24.3 points per game.
At 81.0 points per game, the Panthers rank third in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference and in ninth place in NCAA Division II. The Black and Gold are only surpassed by fellow conference members Cedarville (2nd) and Walsh (4th).
ODU rank second in the nation in assists per game. The Panthers average 20.3 APG and are led by junior guard Kennedy Schlabach in that statistical category. She averages 7.0 APG, which is good for third in NCAA Division II and first in the G-MAC.
SCOUTING THE STORM
Lake Erie begins its 2020-21 campaign on New Year's Eve (12/31) with a contest against Malone University. The Storm aims to replace offensive production from former player, now assistant coach, Josie Chaddock.
Last season she led the team with 17.5 points per game and it appears Breanna Bauer looks to step into that role. In the prior campaign, Bauer was the second-best scorer on the team with 15.9 PPG and led LEC with 6.4 RPG.
Sophomore Abby Matalavage returns and was devastating from beyond-the-arc. She led the Storm last season, shooting 53.8 percent from downtown.
Head coach Mackenzie Perttu begins her second season in charge of the Storm. Last year she went 10-19 (7-11) during her first year in Painesville.
The University of Findlay returns to Central Ohio for a rare visit to Alumni Hall on January 5. The Oilers have enjoyed a winning record on Sunbury Road, going 5-4 in their nine appearances in the Capital City.
ODU earned a hard-fought 67-65 victory during UF's last visit to Alumni Hall. Four Panthers ended in double figures as the Black and Gold earned the win. Findlay comes into Tuesday's contest on a brief two-game road trip, taking on Ursuline College on Saturday, January 2.
The Orange and Black are led by junior forward Bridget Landin, who paces the Oilers with 18.4 PPG. Classmate Amber Schweiger leads Findlay with 5.4 assists per game.
As of December 30, Findlay has yet to claim a victory on the road this season, dropping its lone away contest to Cedarville 91-75 on December 5.
Contact: Ralph Schudel