ADA — The No. 24-ranked Ohio Northern women’s basketball team fell to No. 2-seeded Marietta 85-68 on Saturday afternoon in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Championship game at the ONU Sports Center.
The Polar Bears fall to 23-5 overall, while the Pioneers move to 24-4 and earn the OAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament with the victory.
Amy Bullimore led the way for Northern with a game-high 24 points and a team-best nine rebounds. Jenna Dirksen had nine points, five assists and three steals and Courtney Cramer tallied nine points also for ONU. Bullimore and teammate and Marion Local graduate Emily Mescher made the all-tournament team.
John Carroll 94, ONU 77
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — John Carroll scored on eight of its first 10 second half possessions and pulled away for a victory in the championship game of the OAC Tournament at the DeCarlo Center.
The third-seeded Polar Bears (19-9 overall) must now wait until 12:30 p.m. Monday when the NCAA III Tournament field is revealed to see if their season will continue.
The top-seeded Blue Streaks (23-5 overall) win the league’s automatic bid to the tournament.
Nate Burger led four ONU players in double figures in scoring with 16 points.
Joey DiOrio scored 14 points, Ryan Bruns, a Marion Local graduate, scored 12 and Brandon Waugh finished with 11 points also for Ohio Northern. Burger was named to the all-tournament team.
ONU pair advance
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — Gavin Nelson and Nate Barcaskey posted top three finishes in their respective weight classes to lead ONU on the final day of the NCAA Division III Central Regional Championships at Knowling Fieldhouse, hosted by Wabash.
Top-seeded Barcaskey finished runner-up at heavyweight with a 3-1 record and sixth-seeded Nelson won his third-place match at 165 and finished with a 4-1 record. Both men qualified for the NCAA III Championships March 9-10 in Cleveland. Each weight class places the top six finishers, with the top three placers advancing to the NCAA Championships.
Seth Transue and Clayton Davidson just missed qualifying for the national meet, as they fell in the third place matches at 125 and 174 pounds, respectively.
Men’s track & field
Polar Bears third
BEXLEY — For the fifth consecutive season, Ohio Northern posted a top-three finish at the indoor OAC Championships, posting a third-place finish at the Capital Center in Bexley.
Mount Union won the meet with 187.5 points, John Carroll claimed second place with 111 points and Northern was third with 104 points.
Matt Molinaro led the way with two first place finishes for the Polar Bears. The senior claimed the OAC title in the 800-meter run in 1:58.13 before winning the 1-mile run in 4:17.63.
Women’s track & field
Richards earns honor
BEXLEY — For the second consecutive season, ONU’s Emily Richards was dubbed the OAC Women’s Distance Runner of the Year as she led the No. 9-ranked Polar Bears to a second-place finish at the conference indoor championships .
Otterbein claimed the women’s title with 144 points.
For the second consecutive year, Richards won three individual events at the championships to lead the way for ONU. She was also a part of Northern’s OAC champion 4 x 400-meter relay team along with Wapakoneta graduate Taylor Fisher, Avery Ewing and Taylor Lavey, finishing in 3:59.91.
Richards set a new OAC record in the 1,000-meter run as she raced to first place in 2:54.44. She would also claim the OAC title in the 800-meter run in 2:18.60, before winning the 1-mile run in 4:58.15.
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