By Ashley Birchmeier
ADA — Senior Brooke Espenschied leads the No. 15-ranked Women's Basketball team past John Carroll 68-45 Saturday afternoon at the ONU Sports Center.
The Polar Bears improve to 16-3 overall, 11-1 Ohio Athletic Conference, while John Carroll falls to 11-8, 6-6.
Espenschied led all scores in the game, recording a season-high 14 points. The senior also pulled down four rebounds and dished out four assists for the Polar Bears.
The Polar Bears dominated much of the first quarter as a jumper from freshman Jenna Dirksen would spark an ONU 18-0 run to give Northern the 20-8 advantage.
John Carroll would connect on layup as time expired in the first quarter to cut the ONU lead to 20-10.
With 7:55 to play before the intermission, Espenschied would connect from three sparking another Polar Bear 9-0 run en route to the 29-15 advantage.
Northern would go on to outscore the Blue Streaks in the quarter 17-10 to claim the 37-20 halftime lead.
Steffas would lead the Polar Bear offense in the third quarter as the senior shot a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line to put Northern on top 48-30.
With 2:33 remaining in the contest, Espenschied and junior Britt Luack would connect for a layup giving ONU its largest lead of the contest 66-42.
Sophomore Lindsay Black would sink a jumper with under a minute to play en route to the victory.
John Carroll was led in the contest by Katlyn Spahar with a team-high 11 points.
Northern forced 16 turnovers in the contest, while out rebounding the Blue Streaks 46-32.
The Polar Bears return to action Wednesday as they travel to Wilmington, tip off set for 7:30 pm.