By Tim Glon
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — Junior Jordan Kimes registered her fifth double-double of the season to lead the Ohio Northern women's basketball team to a 74-71 victory at league-leading and No. 17-ranked John Carroll on Sunday at the DeCarlo Varsity Center.
The Polar Bears improve to 13-4 overall and 6-4 in Ohio Athletic Conference play, while the Blue Streaks fall to 13-2, 8-2.
Melissa Spahar had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead John Carroll.
Sophomore Karissa Steffas nailed a 3-pointer and Kimes followed with a basket to give ONU a 49-48 lead with nine minutes to play.
Spahar hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 59-59 with 4:24 left, but senior Taylor Hermiller answered with a 3-point play with 3:46 to go to give ONU the lead for good at 62-59.
Yoder scored with 2:32 remaining to make it 67-63 and sophomore Brooke Espenschied added a basket at the 1:51 mark to put Northern on top 69-63.
Spahar made one of two free throws with 37 seconds remaining to pull JCU within 72-71, but Yoder hit two free throws with 13 seconds to play to extend the lead to 74-71.
After a timeout by the Blue Streaks, a 3-pointer at the buzzer missed the mark and ONU held on for the victory.
JCU opened the game on an 8-1 run in the first 3:16, only to see ONU regain the lead at 19-16 with eight minutes left.
But the Blue Streaks would close out the half on a 12-2 run to lead 28-21 at intermission.
Ohio Northern made 25-of-59 of its field goal attempts for 42.4 percent, while John Carroll was 21-of-57 from the floor for 36.8 percent.
ONU was 7-of-14 from 3-point range for 50 percent, compared to 3-of-10 by JCU.
Northern won the rebounding battle by a slim 38-37 margin.
The Polar Bears will return home for two games next week, hosting Baldwin Wallace on Wednesday and Marietta on Saturday.