After defeating Heidelberg University on Wednesday, Jan. 27, the John Carroll University women’s basketball team traveled to Ada, Ohio for an Ohio Athletic Conference battle with Ohio Northern University.
ONU entered the matchup with JCU ranked No. 15 in the nation in Division III with a 15-3 overall record, only having dropped one game in the Ohio Athletic Conference so far this season.
Sitting at first in the OAC, the Polar Bears showed why they have been so dominant this season right from the tip, shutting down JCU in the opening frame. The Blue Streaks managed just 10 points in the first quarter, while ONU doubled them up, dropping 20 points in the same time span.
The Polar Bears continued their strong play into the second quarter, pushing the lead to 17 at the break.
ONU carried that dominance through the second half, ultimately defeating JCU, 68-45.
The Polar Bears’ stellar defense, which has only allowed an average of 55 points per game this year, kept JCU at 10 points in three of the game’s four quarters and contained Spahar to just 27 percent shooting.
The loss to ONU was JCU’s second loss of the season to the Polar Bears, after a 67-62 loss to the OAC rival earlier this season in University Heights.
Despite the loss on Saturday, one of the bright spots was freshman Bri Pittenger, who led the team with 13 points and 75 percent shooting behind the arc.
Sophomore Sarah Cairnie also put together a solid game, scoring nine points on 4-of-8 shooting, collecting eight rebounds and adding two steals to her stat sheet as well.
Brooke Espenschied was the star of the night for ONU, pouring in a game-high 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. Carly Thomas and Karissa Steffas each reached double figures as well for the Polar Bears, scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively.
JCU now stands at 11-8 overall and 6-6 in the OAC heading into their matchup with Otterbein University on Wednesday, Feb. 3.
After their matchup with the Cardinals on Wednesday, the Blue Streaks have five games remaining on their schedule to fight for seeding in the OAC Tournament.
Editor’s Note: The John Carroll University women’s basketball team returned to action on Wednesday, Feb. 3 against Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Head to jcusports.com for a full game recap and box score.