Wed, Jan. 12, 2011 - [Women's Basketball]
The UNOH Lady Racers faced a tough task on Wednesday night in conference play as they were up against the #1 ranked team in the country, the Davenport University Panthers. The Lady Racers were in striking distance in the closing minutes of the first half, but Davenport smothered UNOH the rest of the game and ran away with a 102-63 final.
In the first half, both teams came out firing as UNOH took the early lead, but Davenport would hit three consecutive three pointers to take an 11-4 lead in the opening minutes. With quick scoring and fast paced action, the Panthers took a 31-25 lead late in the half. The Panthers would then catch their momentum and would roll with a 20-7 run for the rest of the first half and early parts of the second half.
At the break the Panthers led 45-33, their largest lead of the half. The Racers only managed 9 points from their starters in the half, as Senior Tara Olberding scored 12 first half points, as she hit four three pointers. Sophomore Shaye Warman scored 7 points off of the Lady Racers bench.
Davenport showed why they are ranked #1 in the nation as they used their depth and full court pressing abilities to cruise past the Lady Racers in the second half. The lead would reach its largest at 88-44 with just under nine minutes remaining in the game. The Panthers would close out the Lady Racers with a final of 102-63.
Leading the way for the Lady Racers was Tara Olberding as she scored 12 points off the bench, all coming in the first half. Senior Alexa Kennedy scored 10 points for UNOH. The current WHAC leading scorer and latest WHAC Player of the Week, Junior Amanda Francis, scored only 9 points in the contest. Shaye Warman, Junior Amanda Henry, and Freshman Rebecca Puckett all scored 8 point in the game coming off the bench as well.
The Racers starting group was outscored by a margin of 60-23, while the bench hung in with a 42-40 margin. UNOH committed 27 turnovers to Davenport's 13 on the game.
With the loss, the Lady Racers fall to 9-10 overall on the season, and 3-4 in the WHAC. They will be back in action on Saturday, January 15th when they host Madonna University. The game will follow the men's game at approximately 3:00pm on the campus of UNOH.