Women's Basketball: Baldwin Wallace (10-3 Overall, 4-2 OAC) at Ohio Northern (8-5 Overall, 2-4 OAC)

Women's Basketball: Baldwin Wallace (10-3 Overall, 4-2 OAC) at Ohio Northern (8-5 Overall, 2-4 OAC)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 7 p.m. - ONU Sports Center, Ada, Ohio

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Wednesday's Game Notes: The Ohio Northern women's basketball team continues its current four-game home stretch to open the 2019 calendar year Wednesday evening as the Polar Bears host Baldwin Wallace in Ohio Athletic Conference action ... ONU enters Wednesday's contest owning an 8-5 overall record and a 2-4 record against OAC opposition ... Northern kicked off the new year with a rousing 74-52 victory over Muskingum inside the ONU Sports Center on Saturday afternoon in its most recent contest ... Sophomore guard Emily Brock led the Polar Bears with 14 points off the bench in the winning effort, which included four three-point field goals ... Senior guard Jenna Dirksen and junior center Emily Mescher also turned in double-figure outings, registering 12 and 10 points, respectively ... Junior guard Abby Weeks led Northern with seven rebounds in the affair while adding nine points ... Through 13 games this season, Dirksen paces Ohio Northern with 13.9 points per game, which also ranks ninth on the OAC leaderboards ... Mescher tops the program with 6.5 rebounds per game while senior Tori Wyss sits second with 6.2 boards per outing ... Mescher ranks eighth in the conference with a 51.9% field goal percentage, giving her a 55.6% career clip to top the school record books ... Brock also sits among the league's best, standing fifth in three-point field goal percentage with a 43.5% conversion rate ... Baldwin Wallace enters the midweek affair sporting a 10-3 overall record and a 4-2 mark in OAC league play this season ... The Yellow Jackets fell 79-71 at Otterbein on Saturday in their most recent outing ... Freshman forward Lilly Edwards currently leads BW with 11.9 points per contest and 7.5 rebounds per game in 10 appearances off the bench ... Meanwhile, the Yellow Jacket defense ranks third in the conference, conceding just 58.8 points per contest to the opposition.

Ohio Northern Probable Starters:

G - #11 Alyssa Manley, Sr. (4.8 ppg, 34 assists, 14 steals)
G - #15 Abby Weeks, Jr. (8.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 14 steals)
G - #31 Jenna Dirksen, Sr. (13.9 ppg, 30 assists, 22 3FGs)
F - #33 Tori Wyss, Sr. (4.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg)
F - #34 Emily Mescher, Jr. (9.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 51.9% FG)

ONU Statistical Leaders:

  Scoring       Rebounding       3FGs       Assists       Steals  
1. Dirksen 13.9   1. Mescher 6.5   1. Brock 27   1. Manley 34   1. Weeks 14
2. Mescher 9.2   2. Wyss 6.2   2.  Dirksen 22   2.  Dirksen 30     Manley 14
3. Weeks 8.8   3. Weeks 4.4   3.  Yankle 9   3.  Weeks 21   3.  Dirksen 11
                  Manley 9                

All-Time Series: Ohio Northern currently trails 34-39 in the all-time series between the two conference foes ... However, ONU has won the previous four matchups and owns a 21-16 record when playing on their home court ... Last season, the Polar Bears won 61-55 at home and 65-46 in Berea to sweep the season series.

ONU Head Coach Michele Durand: Durand is now in her 18th season at the helm of the Ohio Northern women's basketball program and currently sports a 306-168 record, a winning percentage of .646 ... She currently stands as the all-time winningest coach in program history.