Women's Basketball: Ohio Northern (10-2 Overall, 4-1 OAC) at Muskingum (2-8 Overall, 0-5 OAC)

Women's Basketball: Ohio Northern (10-2 Overall, 4-1 OAC) at Muskingum (2-8 Overall, 0-5 OAC)

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 3 p.m. - Performance Court, New Concord, Ohio  

Saturday's Preview: The Ohio Northern women's basketball team hits the road, traveling to Muskingum for a 3 p.m. tip on Performance Court in New Concord … The Polar Bears — who are riding a five-game win streak — own a 10-2 overall record, which includes a 4-1 mark in Ohio Athletic Conference play … Northern is fresh off a 70-42 home win over Heidelberg … In that game, junior Sydney Ward paced the Polar Bears, pouring in 12 points … Senior Emily Mescher leads ONU for the 2019-20 season, averaging 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game … Senior Abby Weeks adds 8.6 points per contest, while sophomore Lexi Jacobs and freshman Brynn Serbin chip in 6.3 and 5.8 points per game … Serbin also records a team-best 2.2 assists per contest … The Polar Bears average 62.3 points per game, connecting on 40.4 percent of their field-goal attempts and 30.7 percent of their 3-pointers … ONU gets it done on the defensive end, as well, holding foes to 52.5 points per game … Muskingum — which has dropped eight in a row — lays claim to a 2-8 overall record, which includes an 0-5 mark in OAC play … The Muskies average 63.7 points per game, connecting on 37.2 percent of their field-goal attempts and 31.9 percent of their shots from beyond the 3-point arc … Olivia Lang paces Muskingum, averaging 10.7 points per game, while Emily Yeager isn't far behind, chipping in 10.2 points per contest … The Muskies allow opponents to score 73.7 points per game.  

Ohio Northern Probable Starters:

G - #15 Abby Weeks, Sr. (8.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.5 apg)

G - #20 Lexi Jacobs, So. (7.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.7 apg)

G - #22 Jaclyn Yankle, Sr. (4.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.3 spg)

F - #24 Martrina Parks, Sr. (1.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.0 apg)

F - #34 Emily Mescher, Sr. (10.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg)

ONU Statistical Leaders:

  Scoring       Rebounding       3FGs       Assists       Steals  
1. Mescher 10.9   1. Mescher 5.8   1. Brock 19   1. Serbin 2.2   1. Serbin 2.1
2. Weeks 8.6   2.  Ward 4.3   2.  Serbin 15   2.  Hale 1.8   2. Yankle 1.3
3. Jacobs  7.1   3. 2 Tied  3.6   3.  Hale 14   3.  Jacobs 1.7   3.  2 Tied  1.0 

All-Time Series: Ohio Northern owns a 46-39 all-time record versus Muskingum … The Polar Bears — who are 17-25 in New Concord — have won 17 in a row in the series, winning last year's two matchups by a combined 35 points. 

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 323-178 record, a .645 winning percentage.