The Ohio University Eastern Panther women ended 2008 on a strong note Saturday, knocking off the out manned Saints of the Community College of Allegheny County-Boyce 65-48 to head into the 2009 portion of their schedule at a strong 8-2. The Panthers lead the Ohio Regional Campus Conference Eastern division at a record of 5-1, and with a full roster for the first time this season don't look to be slowing down anytime soon.
The Panthers unveiled three new players Saturday as Sophomore Summer Flowers of Linsly, and Freshmen Allie Doan of Barnesville and Savannah Burke of Beallsville brought the current lineup for the Panthers to 11 talented ladies. The win though was not a simple walkover. Both teams were ice cold to start the game, as the first bucket would not be tallied until the 15:09 mark of the first half when Doan scored her first points in a Panther uniform on a layup. Barnesville product Emily Carpenter was also a contributor in the first 20 minutes tallying four of her six points and grabbing three of her four rebounds in the initial stanza. While the Panthers balanced their scoring, the Saints saw only three players score in the opening half, with the brunt of their points coming from Peanut Zalepa and Milo Politi. Eastern was up 27-20 at the break, but would wake up in the second.
Behind strong inside play from Burke and Bridgeport's Stephanie Bommer and Martins Ferry grad Amber Skvarka nailing two threes, the Panthers quickly pushed their lead to 18 points and did not look back. The visitors did distribute the ball more in the second half, but could not match up with the Panthers inside, and struggled to hit from the field consistently until there were under five minutes remaining. The game was cleanly played, seeing only 13 fouls whistled on the visitors and six on the hosts.
The balanced Panthers saw 9 of their 11 players score with two ringing up double figures. Skvarka finished the day with 16, and Burke had a nice debut recording a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards. Politi and Zalepa paced the Saints with 24 and 14 respectively. Ohio University Eastern starts '09 with a pair of road games before returning to the friendly confines of OUE on Wednesday January 14th, hosting Kent State Tuscarawas with the women tipping off at 5:30 and the men going at 7:30. Saturday January 17th, the teams play West Virginia Northern Community College at 1 and 3 respectively.
Ohio University Eastern 65 Community College of Allegheny County-Boyce 48
OUE (65):Doan 3 0-0 6; Burch 1 0-0 2; Street 0 0-0 0; Skvarka 6 1-2 16; Hill 1 1-2 3; Benda 0 0-0 0; Bommer 3 1-2 7; Carpenter 3 0-0 6; Flowers 3 2-2 8; Burke 3 5-6 11; Velkovich 3 0-0 6; Team 27 10-14 65.
CCACB (48): Politi 9 2-5 24; Hamilton 1 0-0 2; Miller 0 0-0 0; Terrell 0 0-0 0; Zalepa 7 0-0 14; Campbell 4 0-0 8; Team 21 2-5 48.
Three Point Field Goals: OUE 3 (Skvarka 3) CCACB 4 (Politi 4)