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Brand reaches 1,000 career points, but B-W defeats ONU 62-56

ADA - Senior Erin Brand became the seventh Polar Bear to score 1,000 points, but Baldwin-Wallace used an 11-4 run down the stretch to pull away from the Ohio Northern women's basketball team, 62-56.

With the win, the Yellow Jackets improved to 17-2 and 10-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference to tie ONU for the best record in the conference.

The loss dropped the Polar Bears to 15-4 and 10-2 in the OAC.

Brand scored 18 points and had eight rebounds. She hit a jumper four minutes into the second half to give her 1,000 total points for her career.

Senior Jenny Markle scored 13 points and made 3-of-4 3-point shots.

Alisha Rinehart added nine points off the bench.

Baldwin-Wallace had 10 players play over 10 minutes and held a commanding 46-32 advantage on rebounds.

Serena Farage scored 13 points off the bench and Rachael Quiring added 10 points for B-W, while Stacia Shrider grabbed a game-high 11 boards.

Rinehart made a layup to tie the game 46-46 with 6:34 left.

The Yellow Jackets answered with a 6-0 run to grab control of the game, though.

Farage made a layup and Carly Flowers hit consecutive baskets to put Baldwin-Wallace up 52-46 with 3:45 to play.

Markle cut the lead to 54-50 on a floater with 1:22 left, but Amanda Mondrach made 3-of-3 free throws and Shrider went 4-for-4 at the line in the last minute to give B-W the cushion it needed.

In the first half, Northern held leads of five and six points, but the Yellow Jackets always bounced back.

Northern jumped out to a 15-10 lead after Markle swished a 3-pointer at the 10:34 mark, but B-W answered with a 6-0 run.

Later Brand hit consecutive shots and Markle drilled a pair of free throws to put ONU up 31-26 with 2:19 to go before intermission, but B-W hit a pair of jumpers make the score 31-30 at halftime.

Along with a wide rebound margin, B-W outscored ONU 32-18 in the paint.

The Yellow Jackets shot 41.7 percent (25-60) from the field, while the Polar Bears shot 35.1 percent (20-of-57). Northern made 5-of-14 from behind the arc, while B-W went 0-9 on threes.

Both teams had 15 turnovers.

"We have to rebound better," ONU head coach Michelle Durand said. "I think that was the difference in the game. We didn't rebound well."

The Yellow Jackets defeated the Polar Bears 79-52 on Dec. 8 in Berea in the teams' first matchup.

ONU returns to action on Wednesday at the ONU Sports Center at 7:30 p.m. against Otterbein.