By Ashley Birchmeier
ADA — The No. 10-ranked Ohio Northern women's basketball team used a strong second half to defeat Baldwin Wallace 62-43 on Senior Night at the ONU Sports Center.
The Polar Bears remain perfect at home, improving to 21-3 overall, 16-1 Ohio Athletic Conference, while Baldwin Wallace falls to 14-10, 10-7.
In their four seasons at ONU, the seniors have compiled a 90-17 overall record, 63-7 OAC record, three OAC Regular Season titles, one OAC Tournament title, and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Sophomore Amy Bullimore would lead all scores in the contest, netting a game-high 14 points.
Junior Britt Lauck added 13 points, while Espenschied and Thomas both chipped in eight points a piece.
Northern dominated the second half, out scoring the Yellow Jackets by a 37-24 margin.
Espenschied would lead the way for the Polar Bears, scoring eight straight points in the fourth quarter to give Northern the 49-32 advantage with 6:06 remaining.
Sophomore Courtney Cramer would pick up right where the senior left off, netting another three pointer moments later to extend the ONU lead to 52-32.
Northern would continue its hot shooting late into the fourth quarter as they would finish the contest shooting 6-for-14 from three point and 24-for-50 from the field.
In the opening period, the two teams exchanged points for several minutes before a layup from Lauck as time expired would give ONU the 14-9 advantage.
The Yellow Jackets came out strong in the second quarter cutting the lead to 14-13 before a Polar Bear 6-0 run would extend the lead once more.
ONU would out score Baldwin Wallace 11-10 in the second quarter to claim the 25-19 advantage at the break.
Northern would go on to out rebound the Yellow Jackets by a 35-28 margin en route to the victory.
Baldwin Wallace was led in the contest by Katie Smith with a team-high 10 points.
ONU returns to action Saturday as they conclude regular season play at Marietta, tip off set for 3 pm.