The Wilmington College women's basketball team has a chance to get leap into Ohio Athletic Conference title contention as the Fightin' Quakers host unbeaten, and seventh ranked Ohio Northern. Wilmington, second in the OAC, trails the Polar Bears by two games in the league standings.
SERIES: Wilmington trails the overall series, 27-14, but the teams have split in the last three seasons.
LAST MEETING: The Wilmington College women's basketball team went on a nearly seven minute drought to open the second half enabling #18 Ohio Northern to take control of the game, and the Fightin' Quakers fell 78-51 at the ONU Sports Center.
A two-point halftime deficit ballooned to 14 points as Ohio Northern scored the first 12 points of the half. By the end of the 10-minute session, Wilmington trailed by 13 points and couldn't get its deficit to under double figures.
MEET THE POLAR BEARS: Ohio Northern is one of eight unbeaten teams remaining in Division III, and they enter today's game ranked seventh nationally. Only three teams have been within single digits of the Polar Bears this season.
In Saturday's victory over Mount Union, senior Britt Lauck and junior Amy Bullimore combined for 38 points as ONU hit 51.1 percent from the field.
Lauck, a guard, is third in the OAC in scoring with 16.2 points per game, and is the league's top three-point shooter. She connects on 48.2 percent of her long-range attempts. Lauck scored in double figures in all but two game, scoring 20 points six times. She led the team with 19 points and six assists in the first meeting.
Bullimore is second on the team with 11.8 points, and is third in the OAC - making 51.5 percent of her shots. The 6-1 forward leads the team with 6.9 rebounds.
Sophomore Jenna Dirksen is the third ONU player in double figures with 10.5 points. She finished with 18 points in the first meeting.
SECOND TO NONE: Wilmington currently holds a one-game lead over Baldwin Wallace in Ohio Athletic Conference standings.
1,000 POINTS: Senior Brittaney Jefferson is the 14th player in school history to reach 1,000 points, and the first since Kortney Kin achieved the feat in 2010.
CAMPBELL'S SOUP: Sophomore Mackenzie Campbell leads the team and is fourth in the conference with 15.5 points per game. Campbell has scored at least 10 points in all but two games this season.
She is fourth in the league, and is the top guard, making 51.0 percent of her shots.
PROUD MARY: Senior Mary Moyer leads the OAC in rebounding with 9.8 boards, including a career-high 18 rebounds earlier this season. She has three double-doubles this season and 10 in her career. Moyer has eight double-figure rebounding efforts this year.
IT'S A COLE WORLD: Senior Ja'Cole Tabor comes off the bench to provide the Fightin' Quakers with whatever is needed. A natural wing, Tabor has played all five positions this season.
SCORING: Wilmington College is third in the OAC, scoring 67.8 points per game, and fourth in scoring defense – allowing 60.2 points per game.