COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican women's basketball extended its home unbeaten streak to nine games with an 82-68 victory against Malone University.
Thursday proved a career night for junior guard Kennedy Schlabach (Millersburg, Ohio) The third-year guard scored a career-best 30 points and was perfect from the free-throw line (11-of-11).
Senior Olivia Fox (Newark, Ohio) finished 21 points and seven rebounds. The senior was a force for the Panthers and was a reason why the Black and Gold tallied 44 points in the paint. Her classmate Angela Troyer (Sugarcreek, Ohio) also thrived on the boards, collecting 13 rebounds and scoring 20 points for her second double-double of the season.
ODU opened the game holding Malone to just six points to begin the game. Alli Kern (Waterford, Ohio) was a pest on defense during the opening period, collecting three steals and thwarting any offensive momentum the Pioneers were trying to build. Kern continued to demonstrate her defensive prowess throughout the game, collecting a career-high six steals during the contest.
Malone closed the gap in the second quarter as they aim to claim the lead. Schlabach stopped the run by scoring 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. While Schlabach handled everything from midrange, Fox was perfect from the field, with many of her shots coming from inside of the paint. The senior scored seven points to send the Panthers into the locker room with a 41-32 lead.
The Pioneers gained some momentum out of the locker room as senior Holly Groff scored five of Malone's opening eight points in the quarter. Fox once again answered by being a post presence for the Black and gold, collecting four rebounds in the quarter. She took away anything in the paint as the Pioneers opted for several mid-range jumpers throughout the quarter. This created prime rebounding opportunities for Troyer and Kern who looked to start a quick attack up the court.
It was a clinical finish to the game for the Panthers as they finished the fourth quarter shooting 64-percent from the field and 90-percent from the line. Kern secured two key steals to neutralize the visitor's attempt at a comeback as the Black and Gold held on to secure the victory.
The win extends the Panthers unbeaten streak at home to nine games which is tied for 21st best in the nation.
Head coach Lynsey Warren and her Panthers hit the road Saturday as they face Cedarville University. It's an opening day rematch in which the Black and Gold secured a thrilling 95-92 victory. ODU aims to claim a season sweep of the Yellow Jackets when they tip-off from the Callan Athletic Center on Saturday, January 16 at 1 p.m.
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