CELINA — Ottawa-Glandorf graduate Erin Basinger converted a basket with .2 of a second remaining to give the OSU Lima/Rhodes State women’s basketball team a 61-60 victory Wednesday night against Wright State - Lake Campus.
The Barons have won five straight. Bath grad Cassie Best led OSU Lima in scoring with 27 points.
ONU 81, Heidelberg 57
TIFFIN — No. 5-ranked Ohio Northern improved to 22-0 and clinched the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season title outright at Sieberling Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears are 15-0 in the OAC.
Amy Bullimore recorded her fourth consecutive double-double with game-highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead Ohio Northern.
Jenna Dirksen added 12 points and Marion Local grad Emily Mescher chipped in 10 points also for ONU.
Bluffton 81, Defiance 68
DEFIANCE — Bluffton used a balanced scoring effort as four Beavers scored in double figures.
Bluffton improved to 18-4 overall and 12-3 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Defiance fell to 12-10 (9-6 HCAC).
Allen East graduate Kaycee Rowe continued her recent tear, which included earning HCAC Player of the Week honors Monday, with a team-high 23 points. She also had five rebounds, four steals and three assists. Ottoville grad Rachel Beining just missed out on a double-double with 20 points and nine rebounds. Macey Sheerer and Abigail O’Donnell had 16 and 12 points, respectively.
Lourdes 81, UNOH 78
SYLVANIA — Bath graduate Danielle VanDyne (17), Shatisha Dukes (15), Sogona Sidibe (14) and Keundra Cox (10) all scored in double digits for the University of Northwestern Ohio (10-17, 8-11 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference). Sidibe and Linda Ulasi had eight rebounds each. Sidibe also had five steals.
Lourdes 71, UNOH 67
SYLVANIA — The Racers fell to 16-11 overall and 11-8 in the WHAC. Lawrence Jackson had 25 points and seven rebounds, Corbin Pierce had 13 points and Sadeeq Bello scored 12 for UNOH.
Defiance 75, Bluffton 70
DEFIANCE — Leipsic graduate Devin Mangas connected on a 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining to give Defiance a 73-70 advantage.
Austin Rohde had 28 points and Jared Wentling had 14 points and eight rebounds for Bluffton (12-10, 5-10 HCAC).
Mangas finished with 13 points.
OSU Lima/Rhodes St. 75,
Wright State Lake Campus 68
CELINA — Indian Lake graduate Beau Hefner (31), Elijah Fabyan (15), Logan Mitchell (10) and and Bath grad Trent Jones (10) all scored in double digits for OSU Lima (12-13).
Women’s track & field
ONU ranked No. 15
ADA — Ohio Northern jumped one spot to No. 15 in the third weekly United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association power rankings.
This marks the highest that the Polar Bears have ever ranked nationally. Northern (30-6 overall) received 45.81 points in the power ranking.
MIT held the top spot with 124.80 points, while Washington (Mo.) was second with 121.75 points and Williams (Mass.) took third with 119.63 points.
King joins Hall
ADA — Lima Senior graduate David King is among four new members of Ohio Northern University’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
King was a four-year letter winner and co-captain of the ONU baseball team. he also received a letter in cross country and served as a manager on the men’s basketball team.
He was an NAIA District 22 All-American outfielder as a freshman in 1971 before changing positons and earning first-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference and second-team Mid-East Regional accolades as a second baseman as a senior in 1974. For his achievements, King was the “ONU All-Sports Letterman of the Year” in 1974 and president of the Lettermen Club. King also served in the Marine Corps from 1968-70.
Joining King the Hall are Ed Chessar Jr. (football), Kristen Hancock (basketball) and Megan (Earley) Sargent (volleyball). The four were inducted Saturday.
DELPHOS — Hunter Binkley will be signing a letter of intent to play for Ashland at 6 p.m. Monday at Delphos Jefferson High School.
Track & field
WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen’s Bailie Barrington will be signing a letter of intent to run cross country and track & field at Bluffton beginning next fall. The ceremony will take place in the high school lobby at noon today.
Mike Purdy can be reached at 567-242-0451.