Saturday, December 7, 2019, 3 p.m. - ONU Sports Center, Ada, Ohio
Saturday's Preview: The Ohio Northern women's basketball team hosts Mount Union in its Ohio Athletic Conference opener at 3 p.m. inside the ONU Sports Center … This marks the Polar Bears' first home game of the 2019-20 season, a place they went 7-4 last season … Northern is off to a 4-0 start this season and receiving votes in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association poll … The Polar Bears, most recently, scored a come-from-behind victory at Defiance 68-59 … In the game, senior Emily Mescher and junior Sydney Ward tallied 18 points apiece … Mescher paces ONU, averaging 13.5 points per game … She also leads the team with 5.8 rebounds per contest … Senior Abby Weeks pours in 10.5 points per contest … Sophomore Lexi Jacobs adds nine points per game, while Ward and sophomore Jaidyn Hale chip in 8.8 and 7.3 points per contest … Freshman Brynn Serbin leads the squad with 3.5 assists per game … The Polar Bears average 64 points per contest, connecting on 42.5 percent of their field-goal attempts and 30.4 of their shot attempts from 3-point land … Northern is also getting it done on the defensive end, holding opponents to 51.8 points per game … The Purple Raiders are off to a 5-2 start, which includes an 0-1 mark in conference play … Tori Rappach paces Mount Union, registering 15.6 points per game, while Elena Rauhe chips in 13.7 points per contest ... The Purple Raiders are averaging 75.3 points per game, connecting on 41.3 percent of their field-goal attempts and 38.6 percent of their shots from 3-point land ... Mount Union is allowing opponents to score 69.4 points per contest.
Ohio Northern Probable Starters:
G - #15 Abby Weeks, Sr. (10.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.8 apg)
G - #20 Lexi Jacobs, So. (9.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg)
G - #22 Jaclyn Yankle, Sr. (2.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
F - #24 Martrina Parks, Sr. (0.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg)
F - #34 Emily Mescher, Sr. (13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
ONU Statistical Leaders:
All-Time Series: Ohio Northern owns a 42-35 all-time record versus Mount Union … The Polar Bears — who are 26-14 against the Purple Raiders in Ada — have dropped the last two against Mount Union, but prior to that had won 13 in a row in the series.
Head Coach Michele Durand: Durand is in her 19th season at the helm of the Ohio Northern women's basketball team … She's the all-time winningest coach in program history, laying claim to a 317-176 record, a .643 winning percentage.