Women's Basketball: Ohio Northern (6-2 Overall) at Ohio Wesleyan Invitational

Women's Basketball: Ohio Northern (6-2 Overall) at Ohio Wesleyan Invitational

Sunday-Monday, December 29-30, 2019, 5/3 p.m. - Branch Rickey Arena, Delaware, Ohio  

Saturday-Monday Preview: The Ohio Northern women's basketball team wraps up non-conference play at the Ohio Wesleyan Invitational Sunday and Monday … Northern battles Manchester (Ind.) Sunday at 5 p.m. before playing Ohio Wesleyan Monday at 3 p.m. … The Polar Bears will look to get back on track after dropping its last two games to fall to 6-2 on the season … In Northern's most recent game, a 61-53 loss at Trine (Ind.), junior Emily Brock paced the Polar Bears with nine points off the bench … Senior Emily Mescher leads ONU, averaging 12.9 points and six rebounds per game … Senior Abby Weeks adds 9.8 points per contest, while sophomore Lexi Jacobs chips in 6.6 points per game ... Freshman Brynn Serbin averages a team-best 2.5 assists per game … The Polar Bears average 59.6 points per contest, connecting on 38.6 percent of their field-goal attempts and 29.9 percent of their shots from 3-point land … Northern also gets it done on the defensive end of the floor, surrendering 55.3 points per game … Manchester lays claim to a 4-4 record, having won three of its last five games … The Spartans — who are led by Nicole Weaver who pours in 10.9 points per game — average 61.6 points per game … The Battling Bishops own a 6-4 overall record and are riding a five-game win streak … OWU averages 71.3 points per game and is led by Claire Sterling who tallies 17.5 points per contest. 

Ohio Northern Probable Starters:

G - #15 Abby Weeks, Sr. (9.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.9 apg)
G - #20 Lexi Jacobs, So. (6.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
G - #22 Jaclyn Yankle, Sr. (5.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg)
F - #24 Martrina Parks, Sr. (0.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg)
F - #34 Emily Mescher, Sr. (12.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg)

ONU Statistical Leaders:

  Scoring       Rebounding       3FGs       Assists       Steals  
1. Mescher 12.9   1. Mescher 6.0   1. Brock 12   1. Serbin 2.5   1. Serbin 1.9
2. Weeks 9.8   2.  Ward 4.4   2.  Hale 9   2.  Hale 2.0   2. Yankle 1.3
3. Jacobs  6.6   3. Weeks  4.3   2.  Serbin 9   3.  Weeks 1.9   3.  Weeks  1.0 

All-Time Series: Ohio Northern owns a 5-2 all-time record versus Manchester … The Polar Bears — who have won five in a row in the series — and Spartans last met in 2014 when Northern walked away with a 53-48 victory in Manchester … Ohio Northern boasts an 18-9 all-time record versus Ohio Wesleyan … The Polar Bears — who own a 9-2 record versus the Battling Bishops in Delaware — have won four in a row in the series and seven of the last eight. 

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 319-178 record, a .642 winning percentage.