Senior Morgan Dumbaugh scored a game-high 17 points and senior Joanna Snyder added 16 as No. 12 Ohio Northern defeated No. 13 Mount Union 62-45 on Saturday at the ONU Sports Center. With the win the Polar Bears improve to 12-1 overall and 6-0 in the OAC, while the Purple Raiders fall to 10-3 and 4-2 in the OAC play.
Junior Cenzie Yoder added 11 points for Northern and senior Katie Mengos pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds.
Mount Union started things off quickly, building a 12-4 lead within the first five minutes, and pushed its lead to 19-10 with 11:03 left in the first half.
“We came out a little over excited,” head coach Michele Durand said. “We called a time out and told everyone to relax and get into a flow.”
ONU came storming back and went on a 22-5 run to take a 32-24 lead with just under a minute to play in the first half. The Purple Raiders scored the final four points of the half and cut the Polar Bear lead to 32-28 at the break.
Northern started off the second half with a 12-4 run to open up a 44-32 lead with 12:34 left to play.
After a basket by Mount Union, ONU used a 11-1 run to open up its largest lead of the game at 55-35 with 7:39 left. Dumbaugh scored six points during the run, junior Sara Kocian chipped in with three and Snyder added a basket. The Purple Raiders would get no closer than 16 points for the rest of the game.
“We talked about playing better defense at halftime,” Durand said. “We definitely came out as a more confident group and the momentum we gained in the first half really carried over.”
ONU shot a solid 25 of 61 (41 percent) from the field, but was only 3 of 22 (13.6 percent) from the 3-point line for the game. The Purple Raiders were 19 of 50 (38.0 percent) from the field and 5 of 13 (35.7 percent) from behind the arc.
Northern grabbed 38 rebounds while Mount Union had 31.
The Polar Bears outscored the Purple Raiders 32-22 in the paint and scored 17 points off of 18 Mount Union turnovers.