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Jenny Markle’s late 3-pointers rally Women’s Basketball past John Carroll 79-76

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS - Two late 3-pointers by Jenny Markle rallied the Ohio Northern women's basketball team to a 79-76 road victory at John Carroll Saturday afternoon at the Tony DeCarlo Center.

The Polar Bears improve to 16-5 overall and are 11-3 in Ohio Athletic Conference action, while the Blue Streaks fall to 13-8, 8-6.

The nation's leading 3-point shooter at 56.2 percent (50-of-89), Markle drilled the first of her two threes in the game at the 2:26 mark in the game to give ONU a slim 72-71 lead.

Erin Brand scored with 1:57 to go to put the Polar Bears up 74-72, then Markle drained another 3-pointer at the 1:11 mark to make it 77-72.

JCU scored twice in the final minute and pulled within 77-76 with eight seconds left on a basket by Rachael price, but Emily Culbertson nailed two clutch free throws with seven ticks left to make it 79-76 ONU.

Whitney Hamilton's 3-pointer at the buzzer missed and the Polar Bears claimed the victory.

Markle finished the day 2-for-3 from 3-point range and is an incredible 12-for-15 (80 percent) on 3-pointers in the final five minutes of the game this season.

Northern had five players score in double figures, led by a season-high 18-point performance by Megan Cevasco.

Rinehart scored 15 points, Brand scored 13, Markle finished with 11 and Leah Zimmerman chipped in 10 points for ONU.

Price and Liana Jennings had 18 points each and Hamilton added 16 for JCU.

Northern appeared to take control early, racing to a 17-7 lead in the first 6:35 of the contest.

But the Blue Streaks quickly answered with an 8-0 run to pull within 17-15 and the game remained tight from there.

There were 11 ties and neither team led by more than six in the last 31 minutes of play.

The victory moves ONU into sole possession of second place in the OAC, one game behind No. 16-ranked Baldwin-Wallace and one game ahead of Wilmington.

B-W topped Wilmington 71-55 on Saturday in Berea.

Ohio Northern made 27-of-60 field goals for 45 percent, while John Carroll hit 30-of-59 for 50.8 percent.

ONU won the rebounding battle 42-32 and made 19-of-29 free throws for 65.5 percent to just 10-of-20 for 50 percent from the Blue Streaks.

The Polar Bears will return to action on Wednesday at Wilmington at 7:30 pm.