Polar Bear cagers lead wire-to-wire in 65-57 victory at Heidelberg
TIFFIN - The Ohio Northern's women's basketball team never trailed Heidelberg after the 16:12 mark in the first half to win its sixth consecutive game, defeating the Student Princes 65-57 Wednesday evening at Seiberling Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears remain in first place in the Ohio Athletic Conference, improving their record to 15-3 overall, 10-1 OAC.
Heidelberg falls to 9-9, 4-7 on the season.
Northern outscored HC by 13 points from the free-throw line, shooting 21-of-25 from the stripe compared to just 8-of-10 for the Student Princes.
Erin Brand led ONU with 17 points and six rebounds, all of which were the offensive variety.
Jenny Markle and Leah Zimmerman were both 3-for-3 from the charity stripe and joined Brand in double figures with 13 points and 10 points, respectively.
Alisha Rinehart (4-for-4), Megan Cevasco (2-for-2) and Brittany Bogart (2-for-2) were also perfect from the free-throw line.
With the score tied 5-5, Tara Butler gave the Polar Bears the lead for good with a layup and sparked a 7-0 run that was capped by a 3-point bucket by Zimmerman with 14:20 to go in the first half.
Emily Culbertson scored five points in a row, giving the Polar Bears their biggest lead of the game at 26-16 with 7:29 left in the half.
Cevasco hit a jump shot at the first-half buzzer to give ONU a 32-26 halftime lead.
Ohio Northern tied their biggest lead of 10 points at 48-38 in the second half, but HC came within two at 50-48 at the 7:43 mark.
Amanda Campbell drained two free throws for the Student Princes with 56 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 58-55, but Northern ended the game on a 7-2 run to ensure the victory.
Campbell led Heidelberg with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Polar Bears will host No. 21-ranked Baldwin-Wallace on Saturday at 3 pm in a battle of the top two teams in the OAC.