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March 8, 2021

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Tough weekend for ONU basketball teams

Here's results from this past weekend's ONU men's and women's basketball games.

Sophomore Grant Heileman (Millersport/Sheridan) scored 14 points to lead the Ohio Northern men's basketball team in a 72-57 loss to No. 15 Heidelberg on Saturday night at Seiberling Gymnasium.

ONU drops to 3-4 overall and 3-4 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, while HU improves to 7-2, 7-2.

Northern had two other players score in double figures as sophomores C.J. Napier (Miamisburg/Bishop Fenwick) scored 12 and Landen Long (Mason) added 11.

Junior Brandon Waugh (Columbus/Northland) had a career-high seven assists.

Heidelberg's Alex Arellano and Dylan Woods lead all scorers with 21 points and 19 points, respectively.

ONU took the lead into halftime 37-33, but HU grabbed the lead 49-47 with 10:30 remaining and never looked back.

After a Napier layup with 9:04 remaining brought the Polar Bears within 55-51, the Student Princes went on a 17-2 run to grab their largest lead of the game at 72-53 with 2:17 to go.

Ohio Northern made 19-of-42 field goal attempts for 45.2 percent and were 1-of-8 from 3-point range for 25 percent. Heidelberg was 29-of-68 from the floor for 42.6 percent and shot 11-of-33 three-pointers for 33.3 percent.

ONU shot 18-for-21 for 85.2 percent from the free throw line and Heidelberg shot 3-for-4 for 75 percent from the charity stripe.

The Polar Bears outrebounded the Student Princes 38-24.

Northern has now played Heidelberg four consecutive games after the series. ONU and HU faced off on Feb. 5-6 in their regularly scheduled games and the Polar Bears' games with against John Caroll last weekend and Capital this weekend were canceled due to COVID-19 protocols at the other two schools.

ONU and HU were able to schedule this weekend's games on short notice Friday afternoon, making it the first time in school history Ohio Northern played the same team in four consecutive matchups.

The Polar Bears will wrap up their regular season with a series against Baldwin-Wallace next weekend with the first of the home-and-home being played Friday night at 7 pm at the ONU Sports Center.

Junior Jaidyn Hale (Lima/Bath) recorded her first career double-double to lead the Ohio Northern women's basketball team in a 61-54 loss to Capital on Saturday night at the ONU Sports Center.

The Polar Bears fall to 4-6 overall and are 4-6 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, while the Crusaders improve to 4-4, 4-4.

Hale scored 10 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end. Sophomore Brynn Serbin (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) had a team-high 13 points for ONU.

Capital was led by Kaylee Cyphers with a game-high 16 points.

Junior Annie Weckesser (Dayton/Chaminade-Julienne) scored all six of her points to spark a 14-0 run to give Ohio Northern a 38-34 lead with 2:40 left in the game.

The Polar Bears got a basket by junior Kate iliff (Lorain/Steele) at the 5:27 mark of the fourth quarter to go up 49-46.

CU responded with an 8-0 run to take a 57-49 lead with 50 seconds left.

Hale scored with 36 seconds left and Serbin hit a 3-pointer with 24 ticks to go to make it 59-54, but Capital was able to hang on for the win.

"Jaidyn Hale was a real spark for us tonight," ONU head coach Mark Huelsman said. "She was terrific on the boards and played a good all-around game. I need to do a better job of getting us prepared to play the game."

The Polar Bears made 22-of-68 field goal attempts for 32.4 percent and made 9-of-31 3-pointers for 29.0 percent. The Crusaders made good on 21-of-42 field goal attempts and were 6-of-13 from beyond the arc.

Northern won the rebounding battle 36-33, which included an 18-5 advantage on the offensive end.

ONU will wrap up its regular season next weekend with a home-and-home series with Baldwin Wallace.