By Caleb Scott
ADA -- Sophomore Amy Bullimore paced the No. 14-ranked Ohio Northern women's basketball team as they defeated Mount Union 71-51 Saturday afternoon at the ONU Sports Center.
The Polar Bears improve to 18-3 overall and remain atop the Ohio Athletic Conference standings at 13-1, while the Purple Raiders fall to 14-6, 8-5.
The Polar Bears were led by Bullimore's game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds. She also added two blocks on the afternoon.
After a slow start, the Polar Bears would explode for 12 points to start the second quarter and extend their lead to 27-12 with 3:49 remaining before the intermission.
From there Mount Union closed the first half out on a 13-3 run to pull within 30-25 at the break.
Northern would open the second half with a quick 6-0 spurt capped off by a jumper from Lauck to gain a 36-25 advantage with 7:30 remaining in the quarter.
After Mount Union scored the next four points, Northern would go on a 12-0 run keyed by five points from Dirksen to extend its lead to 48-29 with 1:33 remaining in the third period.
The Purple Raiders were able to climb within 63-51 with 2:05 left in the contest, but the Polar Bear attack proved to be to much as Northern closed the game out on an 8-0 run to seal the 71-51 victory.
ONU shot 25-of-49 (51.0 percent) from the field, including 4-of-14 (28.6 percent) from 3-point range, while Mount Union shot 19-of-59 (32.2 percent) from the field, including 7-of-25 (28.0 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Polar Bears won the rebounding battle by a 37-31 margin.
Ohio Northern will return to the court Wednesday evening as they travel to Heidelberg for a 7:30 pm tipoff.