GAMBIER — In its first road contest of the season, the Ohio Northern women's basketball squad persevered to post a 60-55 win against Kenyon at Tomsich Arena on Tuesday evening.
ONU improves to 3-1 overall, while the Ladies' record evens at 2-2 overall.
Senior Kara Dysert led the Polar Bears and the game with 19 points, followed by juniors Morgan Dumbaugh and Joanna Snyder with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Dysert and junior Katie Mengos both led the rebounding effort for Northern with seven boards apiece.
The Polar Bears trailed the Ladies by single digits for most of the first half, with as much as an eight-point gap following a layup by Kenyon's Morgan Korinek.
Not giving up, ONU battled back to within one point on a 9-2 run sparked by a three-point play by sophomore Cenzie Yoder and capped off by a Dysert layup.
The Ladies would maintain composure, jumping back out to a seven point lead and head into halftime with a 29-24 lead.
Similar to the first half, ONU would trail for most of the second half until the 3:18 mark when Yoder found a waiting Snyder outside the arch for a 3-pointer, giving Northern the 53-52 lead.
With the score tied at 54-54 with two minutes remaining in the game, Snyder and Dysert would both make one of two foul shots to give the Polar Bears the 56-54 advantage. With a chance to tie the game with 30 seconds left, Korinek would make only the first of her two free throws with Dumbaugh recovering the rebound.
From there, Dumbaugh would go 4-for-4 from the charity strip in the final stretch to seal the victory for Northern. She finished the game 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
For the Ladies, Korinek had a double-double with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Kayla Ernst posted 15 points, followed by Maureen Hirt with 10 points.
Ohio Northern is back in action this weekend when it hosts its Thanksgiving Classic. The Polar Bears kick off the tournament Saturday at 4 p.m. against Saint Mary's (Ind.).