By Ashley Birchmeier
ADA -- The No. 16 ranked women's basketball team extended its win streak to 10 with a 73-42 victory over Wilmington Wednesday evening at the ONU Sports Center.
The Polar Bears improved to 12-2 overall, 7-0 Ohio Athletic Conference, while Willmington fell to 5-9, 2-5.
Northern was led in the contest by sophomore Amy Bullimore with 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Senior Brooke Espenschied dished out a game-high seven assists.
The Polar Bears opened the contest with an 11-0 run, capped off by a layup from Bullimore with 2:34 to play in the first quarter, putting ONU on top 13-2.
Northern would hold the Quakers to just six first quarter points to claim the 15-6 first quarter advantage.
After a quick basket from Wilmington to start the second quarter, Northern respond with another 6-0 run to extend its lead to 21-8 with 2:27 to play.
Ellie Kivell would hit a three for the Quakers with under a minute to play in the quarter to pull Wilmington within 23-15 at the break.
Thomas had a big third quarter for the Polar Bears as she led an ONU 9-0 run to extend the lead, once more to 32-15 with just over 6 minutes to play.
Northern would out score Wilmington 20-12 in the quarter to claim the 43-27 advantage with one quarter left to play.
Freshman Alyssa Manley would lead the Polar Bears in the fourth quarter as she would hit a jumper with under a minute to play to claim the ONU 73-42 victory.
Wilmington was led in the contest by Mackenzie Campbell with a game-high 18 points.
The Polar Bears out rebounded the Quakers in the contest by a 45-28 margin.
Northern returns to action Saturday as they travel to Baldwin Wallace, tip off set for 3 pm.