BEXLEY — The Ohio Northern women's basketball team's seven-game winning streak was snapped with an 83-64 loss to Capital in Ohio Athletic Conference action at the Capital Center on Wednesday night.
Ohio Northern also picked up its first OAC loss, moving to 9-2 overall and 4-1 in league play, while the Crusaders improve to 6-4 overall and 2-2 in the OAC.
Sophomore Cenzie Yoder appeared poised to pick up a double-double, going into halftime with nine points and nine rebounds, but she picked up her last three fouls in less than four minutes. She fouled out of the game with 11 points and nine boards.
Juniors Joanna Snyder and Morgan Dumbaugh, and senior Kara Dysert all scored in double digits, notching 11, ten, and ten points, respectively.
Capital's Jamie Caton led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and also pulling down five rebounds.
Shalena Hawkins added 17 points for Capital, and Hilary Kuhns chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds.
With the Polar Bears leading 10-8 early in the game, Capital's excellent shooting propelled the Crusaders to a 31-6 run, giving them a 39-16 lead with 6:15 remaining in the first half.
ONU started to chip away, with three straight buckets from senior Megan Porter, Dumbaugh and freshman Jordan Kimes, cutting the deficit to 39-22 with 5:22 left.
A pair of Dysert free throws cut the margin to 11 with 13 seconds left in the half, but a Capital layup gave the Crusaders a 48-35 lead into the break.
Early in the second half, an 8-0 Capital run pushed the lead back to 19 points, 58-39.
With Capital maintaining a 21-point lead with 6:28 to play, Kimes, junior Marissa Clark and Dumbaugh each hit three-pointers in between Capital baskets to cut the lead to 80-64 at the 3:30 mark.
Northern was unable to score again, as Capital hit three more free throws en route to its 83-64 win.
The Polar Bears (14-of-15, 93.3 percent) were better than Capital (15-of-25, 60.0 percent) from the free throw line, but the Crusaders had the advantage everywhere else.
Capital shot 31-of-58 (53.4 percent) from the field and 6-of-14 (42.9 percent) from beyond the arc, compared to just 22-of-66 (33.3 percent) and 6-of-27 (22.2 percent) for Ohio Northern.
The Polar Bears, who are still currently tied for first in the OAC, will look to rebound on December 30 when they host Adrian (Mich.) in a non-conference game at 7:30 p.m.