Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 - 7:30 pm - Rike Center, Westerville, Ohio
Wednesday's Contest: The Ohio Northern women's basketball team will open the 2018 portion of its schedule on Wednesday evening as it travels to Westerville to take on Ohio Athletic Conference-foe Otterbein at the Rike Center ... The Polar Bears enter the contest riding a 10-game winning streak, including two wins at the Wittenberg Holiday Kiwanis Classic ... Northern claimed the tournament championship with victories over Hanover (Ind.) and host Wittenberg ... Senior Amy Bullimore led the way for the Polar Bears, posting back-to-back double-double's ... Junior Jenna Dirksen was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player and joined senior Lindsey Black as the two Ohio Northern athletes named to the All-Tournament team ... Bullimore currently leads the team and ranks second in the OAC with 15.0 points per contest ... The senior also leads the team and ranks first in the OAC in rebounds per game (9.5) and blocks (26) ... She currently ranks 21st in the country in blocks ... Amy moved into sixth place all-time on ONU's scoring list, posting her 1,157th career point in the victory over Wittenberg ... Dirksen ranks second on the team with 9.0 points per contest, while Black is third on the team with 8.3 points per game ... Junior Tori Wyss currently rank second on the team with 5.4 rebounds per game ... Senior Alexis Kirkbride is currently shooting a team-best .444 from 3-point range ... Her mark ranks third best in the OAC ... Otterbein enters the contest after falling to Calvin (Mich.) in its 2017 finale ... The Cardinals currently have three players averaging double-figures ... Senior Taylor Kiersten currently leads the team and ranks ranks fifth in the OAC with 14.2 points per contest, while junior Dani Kissel ranks second on the team and sixth in the OAC with 14.1 points per game, and junior Ali Cartnal ranks third on the team with 10.6 points per game ... Cartnal currently leads the team and ranks fourth in the OAC with 35 assists ... Defensively, sophomore Abbie Scholz leads the team with 7.4 rebounds per game, while Kiersten ranks second on the squad with 6.6 rebounds per game.
Ohio Northern Probable Starters:
G - #10 Lindsey Black, Sr. (8.3 ppg, 23 assists)
G - #20 Courtney Cramer, Sr. (7.2 ppg, 12 3PT FG)
G - #31 Jenna Dirksen, So. (9.0 ppg, 33 assists)
F - #33 Tori Wyss, Jr. (3.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
F - #44 Amy Bullimore, Sr. (15.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg)
ONU Statistical Leaders
All-Time Series: Northern owns a 50-30 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools ... The Polar Bears have won 15 straight contests, dating back to the 2011 season.
ONU head coach Michele Durand: Durand is in her 16th season at ONU with a 284-159 record, a winning percentage of .641 ... She became ONU's all-time winningest head coach on 11/21/17 in a victory over St. Mary's (Ind.).