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October 16, 2019

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Women's Basketball ranked No. 24 D3hoops.com poll; receives votes in USA Today Sports Top 25 Coaches Poll

The Ohio Northern women's basketball team is ranked No. 24 in the first D3hoops.com poll and received votes in the second weekly USA Today Sports Coaches Poll on Wednesday.

In the D3hoops.com poll, Northern received 80 points which was good for a No. 24 ranking.

DePauw (Ind.) is ranked No. 1, OAC foe Mount Union is ranked No. 2 and UW-Stevens Point rounds out the top three.

In the USA Today Sports Coaches Poll, Northern received six votes in voting conducted by nine head coaches across Division III.

DePauw (Ind.) owns the top ranking, followed by Mount Union and Calvin (Mich.).

No. 5 Men's Soccer to make first appearance in NCAA III tournament semifinals

The No. 5 Ohio Northern's men soccer team will make the program's first ever appearance in the Final Four on Friday against No. 7 Williams (Mass.) at 2:30 pm EST at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.

In the other semifinal, No.1 Messiah (Pa.) will face No. 2 Loras (Ia.) at noon EST.

The Polar Bears have had an impressive run through the NCAA III Tournament, knocking off three Top 10 teams. In the First Round, ONU defeated Thomas More (Ky.) by a 1-0 score.

Northern was then victorious over No. 6 Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) by a 3-1 score in the Second Round.

Bascom named Academic All-American of the Year; Windsor named to second team

Senior Nate Bascom became the first player in program history to be named Division III  Academic All-American in men's soccer, in voting conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Bascom also was named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team.

Senior Austin Windsor also earned a Capital One Academic All-America Second Team selection.

Bascom, a biology major, has put together a solid season with 17 goals, a team high 16 assists and 50 points. This is the second time Bascom has been a Captial One Acadmemic All-American honoree.

Joseph, Kelly, Spelman to represent Ohio Northern, team Stars & Stripes at 2012 Tazon de Estrellas in Guadalajara, Mexico

Three Ohio Northern seniors will represent their school and Team Stars & Stripes in the fourth annual Tazon deEstrellas all-star football bowl game on Dec. 17 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Offensive guard Tyler Joseph, defensive tackle Cody Kelly and safety Cory Spelman were all selected to play in the game, which pits a team of NCAA Division III All-Stars against a team of Mexican collegiate all-stars.

This year's game will be played at 1 pm EST (Noon CST) at La Fortaleza Azul (The Blue Fortress) in Guadalajara.

Junior Branden Rushton named OAC men's basketball Player of the Week

Ohio Northern junior guard Branden Rushton was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 19-25.

Rushton averaged 21.3 points per game in three games last week.

He scored 24 points in victories over Alma (Mich.) and Finlandia (Mich.) to lead the Polar Bears (4-1 overall) to the Alma Thanksgiving Classic title and scored 15 in a 69-64 loss to Defiance.

Rushton was named to the Alma All-Tournament Team. This season, Rushton leads the team in scoring at 18.4 ppg.

Ohio Northern will return to action Wednesday at 7:30 pm at home against No. 13-ranked Wooster at the ONU Sports Center.

Katie Mengos leads three Polar Bears in double figures as women's basketball tops St. Mary's (Ind.) 77-62

Senior Katie Mengos scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Ohio Northern women's basketball team to a 77-62 victory over Saint Mary's (Ind.) on Sunday in the Saint Marys Thanksgiving Classic.
The Polar Bears improve to 4-1, while the Belles fall to 2-3.

Mengos led all scorers with her 20 points. Junior Cenzie Yoder added 15 points and senior Joanna Snyder chipped in 10 points for ONU.

SMC had four players score in double figures, led by Ariana Paul with 16 points.