By Ashley Birchmeier
ADA — The No. 11-ranked Ohio Northern women's basketball team extended its win streak to 12 games as it defeated Heidelberg 61-51 Wednesday evening at the ONU Sports Center.
The Polar Bears improve to 14-2 overall, 9-0 Ohio Athletic Conference, while Heidleberg falls to 6-10, 4-5.
Northern was led in the contest by sophomore Amy Bullimore, who recorded her third double double of the season and the sixth of her career. Bullimore finished the contest with a game-high 12 rebounds and 14 points.
The Polar Bears would lead by as many as nine in the first quarter as senior Brooke Espenschied would sink a free throw with under a minute to play to give ONU the 15-6 advantage.
Heidelberg would respond cutting the deficit to 17-9 after one quarter of play.
Following a three from Ohio Northern's Thomas, Heidelberg would string together a small run to start the second quarter to pull within 20-13 with 8:15 to play.
The Polar Bears would combat the run as junior Angela Tesny would connect from three to extend the ONU lead to 23-13.
Theresa Jackson would score six points in the final two minutes for the Student Princes to cut the ONU advantage to 29-25 at the break.
Thomas would lead ONU to start the second half as she connected on a jumper with 5:50 to play in the third quarter to extend the ONU lead to 35-25.
Northern would out score Heidelberg 14-7 in the quarter to claim the 43-32 advantage.
In the fourth quarter, Lauck would extend the lead once more as she would connect on a pass from Espenschied with 8:49 to play to push the lead to 46-35.
The Polar Bears would shoot a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final four minutes of the contest to claim the 61-51 victory.
Northern forced 18 turnovers in the contest, while out rebounding Heidelberg 36-32.
Heidelberg was led in the contest by Jackson with a team-high 12 points.
The Polar Bears return to action Saturday as they take on the No. 17-ranked Capital Crusaders, tip off set for 3 pm.