By: Caleb Scott
ADA -- Sophomore Carly Thomas scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Ohio Northern women's basketball team to a 81-66 victory over Heidelberg on Wednesday night at the ONU Sports Center.
Thomas shot 6-of-11 from the field, including a perfect 5-for-5 mark in three pointers.
As a team, ONU finished a sizzling 10-of-13 (76.9 percent) from beyond the arc and also shot 29-of-54 (53.7 percent) from the field.
ONU built an early 20-8 lead in the first half with 14:27 remaining, on a three pointer from junior Kaitlyn Theisen.
A jumper by junior Becca Saine would give Northern their biggest first half lead at 36-19 with 2:24 to go in the first half.
Northern would take a 40-28 lead into the half.
Heidelberg would open up the second half on a 13-3 run to pull within 43-41 with 16:50 left in the second half.
The Student Princes would rally again and cut the ONU lead to 50-48 with just under 13 minutes remaining.
But Northern countered with a 13-2 run to build its lead back to 63-50 and put the game away.
The Student Princes finished the game shooting 25-of-59 (42.4 percent) and were 4-of-13 (30.8 percent) in three pointers.
The ONU defense was tough all night, holding the second leading scorer in the OAC, Kathleen Phillips, to just 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting.
"Taylor [Hermiller] did a great job on Phillips all evening," Durand added. "We were able to contain her and force her into some difficult shots."
ONU held a slim 33-32 rebounding margin.
Ohio Northern will return to action on Saturday, when it hosts Capital at 3 pm.