ADA — Though finding itself down for much of the game, the Ohio Northern women's basketball team fought back to earn a 64-63 win over Adrian (Mich.) on Friday evening at the ONU Sports Center.
With the victory, the Polar Bears improve to 10-2 overall while the Bulldogs fall to 3-6 on the season.
Senior Kara Dysert posted a team-leading 13 points and tied for the lead with seven boards, while sophomore Cenzie Yoder would post 11 points. Senior Megan Porter and junior Joanna Snyder each recorded nine points.
For the Bulldogs, Katie Ross had a night to remember, knocking down a game-high 34 points on 12-of-19 (.632) shooting from the field and 8-of-12 (.667) shooting from 3-point range. Nicole Boggs would follow up with eight points and earned a game-high 12 assists.
Adrian recorded the game's largest lead in the first half thanks to 11 consecutive points by Ross, marked by three 3-pointers and a layup for the 16-6 lead at the 12:36 mark.
Northern would battle back to tie the game at 18-all on a fastbreak trey by junior Marissa Clark with under eight minutes to go in the half.
The lead would trade hands three more times the rest of the half before a last second layup by Ross would give the Bulldogs the 34-32 advantage at the break.
Adrian would hold on to the lead for most of the second half, though the Polar Bears would tie the game at 48-48 at 10:06 thanks to an eight-point run capped by two foul shots by Snyder.
It wouldn't be until the 6:20 mark when a 3-pointer by Porter would give ONU the 51-50 lead, its first lead since the first half.
After that, there would be two more ties and six lead changes before buckets by Dysert and Yoder would set Northern for the 64-60 lead. Ross would drain another trey with six seconds remaining but Adrian did not get an opportunity for another possession.
Both teams finished with 31 rebounds, though Northern had a slight advantage in offensive boarding with 11 rebounds to Adrian's eight.
Ohio Northern resumes its conference schedule Wednesday when it hosts Heidelberg at 7:30 p.m.