UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS - Junior Jordan Kimes scored 30 points and senior Cenzie Yoder set the single season and program record for assists, to lead No. 21 Ohio Northern past No. 18 John Carroll 80-71 in the OAC Tournament Semifinals on Thursday evening.
The third seeded Polar Bears push their record to 23-4 on the season, while John Carroll falls to 21-4.
Northern will now play fourth seed Capital at 3 p.m. Saturday at the ONU Sports Center in the OAC Tournament Championship.
The Polar Bears swept the season series with the Capital.
Kimes went 13-of-16 from the field and also pulled down 12 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season and her career.
Yoder finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.
Yoder now has 93 assists on the season, breaking the previous record of 91.
She also has 312 career assists, surpassing the school record of 311.
“I thought we did a nice job down low all night,” said head coach Michele Durand. “When they made their run, we just needed to get some confidence back. We were able to weather it and grab the win.”
Siena Heights 80, UNOH 39
ADRIAN, Mich. - The University of Northwestern Ohio was eliminated from the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament.
Hopner on 2nd team
LIMA - After helping the University of Northwestern Ohio women’s basketball team to 17 wins and a spot in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference playoffs, junior guard Lauren Hopfner has been named a second-team pick for the All-WHAC team in a voting by the conference coaches.
Hopfner was second in the WHAC with 4.70 assists per game and ninth with 1.77 steals per game. She averaged 12.03 points while hitting 128-of-161 free throws (79.5 percent). Her 148 steals rank as the second best season in UNOH program history.
Freshman Natalie Billing was named to the All-Newcomer team after averaging 9.4 points on 52.1 percent field goal shooting and 5.0 rebounds per game. She had three double-doubles this season.
Juniors Brooke Boening and Madison Coldren were named to the WHAC All-Academic list. Sophomore Becca Harshman was named to the Champions of Character team.
No. 25 Iowa 65, Ohio State 61
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Theairra Taylor scored 21 points and Iowa pulled away in the second half to beat Ohio State.
Melissa Dixon scored 14, Bethany Doolittle 12, and Iowa (22-7, 10-5 Big Ten) forced 21 turnovers and had 15 steals. Ohio State (15-16, 5-10) outshot the Hawkeyes 46.2 percent to 41.7 percent from the field, 33.3 percent to 29.4 percent on 3-pointers, and 66.7 percent to 55.6 percent on free throws.