COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican women's basketball returns this week with a pair of games in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. The Black and Gold open a slate of games on Thursday by welcoming Malone University to Alumni Hall and conclude the weekend at Cedarville University when they face off against the Yellow Jackets on Saturday afternoon.
Thursday's contest marks the first time that Ohio Dominican and Malone have faceoff against one another this season. The two teams don't meet again until the final day of the regular season on February 27 in Canton, Ohio.
ODU aims to bounce back following a loss against Ursuline College on January 9. It was a career day for Gabby Stare (Newark, Ohio) who set a career-high 25 points during the contest. Sophomore Celeste Mershimer (Amanda, Ohio) kept the Black and Gold in the contest by contributing 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
The Panther women take a trip to Cedarville University on Saturday afternoon to finish the season series against the Yellow Jackets. If this date looks incorrect from the original schedule, it's because it is. The game was moved up to Saturday following the postponement of a contest against Walsh University due to COVID-19 protocols.
Cedarville and Ohio Dominican reconvene following a shootout on December 3 in which the Black and Gold claimed a 95-92 victory over the Yellow Jackets. Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio) set a career-high in points with 30 and Kennedy Schlabach (Millersburg, Ohio) added 26 points to carry the Panthers to a rare home victory over their G-MAC foes.
The Pioneers return to Sunbury Road for the first time this season. The Black and Gold look to get back on the right track after dropping a 69-61 result to Malone last season.
Senior Holly Groff leads Malone with 17.4 points-per-game and has been the driving force on offense this season. She receives assistance from junior Robin Campbell who averages 11.9 points-per-game. Both enjoyed great performances to deliver a victory against the Panthers last year.
January 16 was a date originally reserved for a contest against Walsh University but due to G-MAC COVID-19 protocols, the game was postponed. As a result, both Ohio Dominican and Cedarville agreed to move up their January 21 date to Saturday afternoon inside of the Callan Athletic Center on the campus of Cedarville University.
ODU and Cedarville reconvene following a shootout in Alumni Hall on December 3. Since that game, the Yellow Jackets haven't tasted defeat and sit atop the G-MAC standings.
Cedarville is led by Ashlyn Huffman who averages 19.5 points-per-game. During the first meeting of the season, Huffman led the Yellow Jackets with a team-high 28 points.
Four other Yellow Jackets found double figures as Cedarville searched for victory, including Alison Mader who tallied 21 points during the first meeting.
Contact: Ralph Schudel