By Tim Glon
WILMINGTON — A 27-point third quarter helped the No. 14 Ohio Northern women's basketball team pull away for a 69-53 victory at Wilmington on Wednesday night at Raizk Arena.
The Polar Bears improve to 17-3 overall and stay on top of the Ohio Athletic Conference with an 12-1 league mark, while the Quakers fall to 7-12, 4-9.
Junior Angela Tesny added 11 points and five different Polar Bears had four rebounds each.
WC was led in scoring by Ellie Kivell with a game-high 16 points.
Ohio Northern led 22-19 at halftime before exploding for a 27-point third quarter, taking a 49-31 lead into the final stanza.
A 10-0 run, capped by a basket by Tesny, gave ONU a 34-24 lead with 4:46 left in the quarter.
An 8-1 run at the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth period pushed the lead to 51-31 with 9:35 left in the game and Ohio Northern cruised from there.
The Polar Bears made 21-of-54 field goal attempts for 38.9 percent and were a blazing 23-of-26 from the foul line for 88.5 percent, while the Quakers made 17-of-52 field goals for 32.7 percent.
ONU out rebounded WC 41-30 despite not having any players with more than four rebounds.
The Polar Bears will return to action Saturday when they host Mount Union at 3 pm at the ONU Sports Center.