Women's Basketball: Heidelberg (5-6 Overall, 1-3 OAC) at Ohio Northern (9-2 Overall, 3-1 OAC)

Women's Basketball: Heidelberg (5-6 Overall, 1-3 OAC) at Ohio Northern (9-2 Overall, 3-1 OAC)

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 7 p.m. - ONU Sports Center, Ada, Ohio  

Wednesday's Preview: The Ohio Northern women's basketball team remains at home, playing host to Heidelberg at 7 p.m. inside the ONU Sports Center … The Polar Bears — who are 2-0 at home this season and riding a four-game win streak — own a 9-2 overall record, which includes a 3-1 mark in Ohio Athletic Conference play … Northern is fresh off a 62-55 home win over John Carroll … In that game, the Polar Bears had a youth movement, as freshman Brynn Serbin netted a career-high 13 points, while junior Emily Brock and sophomore Jaidyn Hale added 10 points apiece … Senior Emily Mescher paces ONU this season, pouring in 11.7 points and corralling 5.8 rebounds per game … Fellow senior Abby Weeks averages 8.6 points per game, while sophomore Lexi Jacobs and Serbin chip in 6.7 and 6.4 points per contest … Serbin also leads the Polar Bears with 2.3 assists per game … Northern averages 61.5 points per game, connecting on 39.6 percent of its field-goal attempts and 31.3 percent of its 3-pointers … ONU gets it done on the defensive end, as well, holding foes to 53.5 points per game … Heidelberg — which has won its last two games — lays claim to a 5-6 overall record, which includes a 1-3 mark in OAC play … The Student Princes average 68 points per game and are led by Maddy Crawford who logs 15.2 points and 12.5 rebounds per contest … Brittanie Ulmer — this week's OAC Player of the Week — and Brooke Beamer add 14.8 and 13.1 points per game … Heidelberg allows opponents to score 64.8 points per contest. 

Ohio Northern Probable Starters:

G - #15 Abby Weeks, Sr. (8.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 apg)

G - #20 Lexi Jacobs, So. (6.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.4 apg)

G - #22 Jaclyn Yankle, Sr. (4.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.3 apg)

F - #24 Martrina Parks, Sr. (1.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg)

F - #34 Emily Mescher, Sr. (11.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg)

ONU Statistical Leaders:

  Scoring       Rebounding       3FGs       Assists       Steals  
1. Mescher 11.7   1. Mescher 5.8   1. Brock 17   1. Serbin 2.3   1. Serbin 1.8
2. Weeks 8.6   2.  Ward 4.2   2.  Serbin 15   2.  Hale 1.6   2. Yankle 1.3
3. Jacobs  6.7   3. Weeks  3.7   2.  Hale 13   3.  Weeks 1.5   3.  Hale  1.1 

All-Time Series: Ohio Northern owns a 49-26 all-time record versus Heidelberg … The Polar Bears — who are 27-11 against the Student Princes in Ada — have won 27 of the last 29 meetings … The two squads split last season's matchups with each team winning on its home floor. 

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 322-178 record, a .644 winning percentage.