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Two players set career-highs as ONU beats Marietta 82-64

ADA - Ohio Northern's women's basketball team outscored Marietta 40-21 in the second half after trailing by one point at the break to earn an 82-64 victory over the Pioneers Saturday afternoon at the ONU Sports Center.

The Polar Bears are now 14-3 overall and 9-1 in Ohio Athletic Conference play, keeping a one-game lead over Baldwin-Wallace and extending their home winning streak to 15 games.

MC falls to 3-13, 0-10 on the year.

Bench play sparked the victory for Ohio Northern, as Alisha Rinehart scored 20 points and dished out a career-best seven assists, and Brittany Bogart scored a career-high 11 points and grabbed a season-high seven rebounds.

Erin Brand was able to score 16 points in only 16 minutes of action, while Jenny Markle added 12 points, including a perfect 2-for-2 from 3-point range.

Brand now has 971 career points and remains seventh in ONU history.

Marietta started the game shooting at a blistering pace, making its first five field goals, including four 3-pointers, and four free throws to give them an early 18-9 lead at the 14:10 mark.

The Pioneers cooled off but still shot 58.3 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from 3-point land in the first half, giving them a 43-42 halftime lead over the favored Polar Bears.

ONU was able to stay in the game thanks to shooting a solid 53.3 percent from the field and 7-for-7 from the free-throw line in the first half.

The Polar Bears scored the first eight points of the second half to give them their first lead of the game and outscored the Pioneers 24-9 until the 6:23 mark.

Northern forced Marietta into making 20 turnovers while only committing eight itself, leading to a 33-9 advantage in points off turnovers.

ONU also dominated underneath, scoring 42 points in the paint to only 20 for MC.

"We were consciously trying to get the ball inside, as our first four offensive plays were designed to get a shot down low," said head coach Michele Durand. "Marietta has improved greatly from the beginning of the year and shot really well today, but we felt we could keep pressuring them and force them to take tough shots."

Ohio Northern will travel to Heidelberg on Wednesday at 7 pm and return home next Saturday to host Baldwin-Wallace at 3 pm in a battle of the OAC's top two teams.