ADA — Sophomore Cenzie Yoder scored a career high 20 points to lead the Ohio Northern women's basketball team to a 67-55 win over Baldwin-Wallace Saturday afternoon at the ONU Sports Center.
Northern now stands at 13-3 overall and 7-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference while the Yellow Jackets fall to 9-7 overall and 4-5 in OAC play.
Yoder also pulled down nine rebounds and had four assists.
Senior Kara Dysert chipped in with 12 points and six boards while junior Kate Mengos added eight points and eight rebounds.
Northern never trailed and opened the game on an 11-2 run. Yoder scored six points, junior Joanna Snyder added three points and junior Morgan Dumbaugh scored two to give ONU a solid start.
The Polar Bears would continue to expand their lead, taking a 26-14 lead with just over four minutes left in the first half.
B-W would finish the half on a 10-4 run to cut the ONU lead to 30-24 at halftime.
The Yellow Jackets would come out and cut the Polar Bear lead to 30-26, but baskets by Dysert and Yoder pushed the Northern lead back up to 39-31 with 13:49 to play.
The Polar Bears would take their largest lead of the game with 8:06 remaining and an old fashion three-point play by sophomore Sara Kocian.
B-W cut the ONU lead to 59-53 with 1:19 remaining, but a 6-0 spurt in just under 20 seconds allowed the Polar Bears to cruise to the win.
Northern was 24-of-58 (41.4 percent) from the field but just 2-of-15 (13.3 percent) from beyond the arc.
Baldwin-Wallace was 19-of-51 (37.3 percent) from the field and 7-of-18 (38.9 percent) in 3-pointers.
The Polar Bears were a perfect 17-of-17 from the free throw line.
ONU also held the rebounding advantage grabbing 39 compared to 29 for B-W.
Jessica Carpenter led the Yellow Jackets with 12 points while Jessica Lairson and Natalia Simovic each scored 10.
OThe Polar Bears will be in action again on Jan. 21 when they travel to Muskingum. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.