Ohio Valley women roll to 115-71 win

VIENNA – Bouncing back from a tough loss in Friday’s season opener, Ohio Valley University rolled over visiting Penn State-Beaver 115-71 in a women’s basketball game Saturday night at Snyder Activity Center to square the Fighting Scots’ record at 1-1.

The contest proved to be “no contest” after OVU burst out to a 15-point lead at 21-6 six minutes into the game and never looked back.

The advantage reached 20 at 36-16 on an Imani Ward rebound bucket at the 9:30 mark. Ward, a freshman from Parkersburg High who had played two volleyball matches for the Fighting Scots earlier Saturday, scored nine points, grabbed seven rebounds, and had two assists and one steal in six minutes of hoops action.

The lead surpassed 30 at 60-29 when Shelby Way scored on a driving layup with two minutes remaining in the first half that ended with OVU ahead 64-30.

The Scots took control of the game when from being up 29-16, they went on a 35-14 run the rest of the first half, from 10:14 on down.

Then an 8-0 run to open the second half increased the spread to 42 at 72-30. Several times thereafter, the margin reached 44 before OVU hit 100 points with 3:47 to go on Kayla Parsley’s two free throws.

Amy Brooks paced the Fighting Scot point-production with 20, followed by Angelique Green’s 19, Parsley’s 16, Ndeye Meissa Diop’s 15, Way’s 12 and Meghan Miller’s 11. On the boards, OVU got 10 rebounds each from Diop, Parsley and Brooks.

OVU had more than double the assists for PSB (25-11) with Saira House and Josey Hull leading the way with six each, while Diop had five steals to top the Scots in that category.

For PSB, Morgan Kurtz netted 16 points, Cassandra Flowers 13 and Mason DePetro 11.

“I think we had a little bit of motivation tonight after the way we played last night,” said OVU head coach David Wadlington. “We could have won last night, but anytime you go 1-for-33 from the 3-point arc, you’re just not going to win many games. So I think we came in tonight ready to go.

“With our intensity level on the defensive end tonight, we really got after them as they committed 45 turnovers.”

Roberts Wesleyan 80, OVU Men 72

AMHERST, N.Y. -Ohio Valley University’s men’s basketball team dropped its second game in as many nights here Saturday, falling to Roberts Wesleyan, 80-72.

The Fighting Scots trailed 32-29 at halftime before their opponent gradually pulled away in the second half.

OVU was led by Povilas Dambrauskas with 16 points while Jerry Macon Jr. added 15 and Sequan Lawrence 14.

Roberts Wesleyan (1-1) got 21 points and 17 rebounds -both game highs -from Isaac Medeiros. Patrick Downer added 16 and Kevin Madiamba 14 for the winners, who held a 54-39 rebounding edge.

The Fighting Scots will make their home debut at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday when Glenville State invades the Snyder Activity Center.

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Ohio 75, Northern Iowa 64

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) – Maurice Ndour scored 20 points in his first game for Ohio en route to a 75-64 victory over Northern Iowa on Saturday in the season opener for both schools.

Ndour joined the Bobcats after spending two years at Monroe College, and led four Ohio starters in double figures.

The Bobcats jumped to a 15-4 lead early in the game, but the Panthers closed the deficit to 28-27 late in the first half. Ohio responded with an 11-5 run and took a 39-32 lead to halftime.

Northern Iowa battled, trailing for most of the second half by single digits, but was unable to ever take the lead.

Nick Kellogg scored 16 for Ohio, while Ricardo Johnson added 14. Stevie Taylor had 10 points and 8 assists for the Bobcats.

Deon Mitchell scored 18 points to lead Northern Iowa. Chip Rank scored 14 points and Jeremy Morgan had 13 for the Panthers.