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Mon Dec 10
Final
73 Denison
50 at Oberlin
in Oberlin, Ohio
Thu Dec 13
Final
53 Denison
63 at Heidelberg
in Tiffin, Ohio
Thu Dec 20
Final
62 La Roche
75 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Dec 29
Final
60 Denison
45 at Cincinnati Christian
in Cincinnati, Ohio
Thu Jan 03
Final
46 Kenyon
55 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Jan 05
Final
43 Ohio Wesleyan
60 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Jan 09
Final
78 #19 DePauw
29 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Jan 12
Final
76 Denison
55 at Allegheny
in Meadville, Pa.
Wed Jan 16
Final
66 Denison
53 at Wooster
in Wooster, Ohio
Sat Jan 19
Final - 2OT
76 Wittenberg
78 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Jan 23
Final
66 Denison
57 at Hiram
in Hiram, Ohio
Sat Feb 02
Final
47 Oberlin
63 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Feb 06
Final
65 Wooster
75 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Feb 09
Final
54 Allegheny
66 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Feb 13
Final
50 Denison
58 at #19 DePauw
in Greencastle, Ind.
Sat Feb 16
Final
61 Denison
50 at Ohio Wesleyan
in Delaware, Ohio
Tue Feb 19
Final
53 Hiram
82 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio - NCAC Tournament Quarterfinal
Fri Feb 22
Final
59 Ohio Wesleyan
68 vs. Denison
@ Greencastle, Ind. in Greencastle, Ind. - NCAC Tournament Semifinal
Sat Feb 23
Final
50 Denison
61 at DePauw
NCAC Tournament Championship
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Late run sends #14 ONU past Big Red in NCAA first round

Niyah Gonzalez

A 20-8 run over the final 5:17 lifted 14th-ranked Ohio Northern past Denison in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday night at the DeVos Fieldhouse on the campus of Hope College.

After a back-and-forth opening 14 minutes that saw seven lead changes, the Polar Bears broke a 17-17 tie when Courtney Cramer knocked down a jumper with just under six minutes to play in the half. The Big Red responded over the final four minutes with a 7-0 run that sent them into the locker room with a 24-19 lead. Senior Taylor Lindquist started the run with a triple off an assist from Gaby Mehringer. With 2:42 on the clock, senior Kellie Arter knocked down another 3-pointer and drew a foul on Carly Thomas that set up a four-point play.

Ohio Northern opened the second half with a 6-0 surge that gave them a one-point edge. The Polar Bears held that lead for just 1:32 before a pair of Erica Holmes free throws sparked a 7-0 run that resulted in a 31-25 DU advantage. Lindquist provided a layup during the run, while Jordan Holmes capped if off with an old-fashioned three-point play.

After seeing their lead get whittled down to two points, Denison engineered another 6-0 burst which resulted in the Big Red's largest lead of the contest at 39-31. After surrendering back-to-back buckets to the Polar Bears, junior Emily Krumpe knocked down a jumper inside the final 10 seconds to give Denison a six-point lead after three-quarters.

Up by 43-41 with just over six minutes left in regulation, Mehringer converted from short range to push the Big Red lead to four. Three possessions later, ONU's Brooke Espenschied drained a triple with 5:17 on the clock. That 3-pointer sparked 16-4 run that turned a four-point Polar Bear deficit into an eight-point Ohio Northern advantage with less than a minute and a half to play. The Polar Bears were able to secure the win with a 5-for-8 showing at the foul line over the final 44 seconds of the game.

Holmes posted her 24th double-double of the season with 11 points and 16 rebounds to go along with eight blocks in 37 minutes.  Krumpe paced the Big Red offense with 12 points on 6-of-11 from the field. The junior also grabbed six rebounds. Lindquist finished with nine points, while Mehringer had eight tallies.

Holmes will enter her senior season with 1,099 points, 1,283 rebounds and 482 blocks, which ranks her 10th across all three division of the NCAA. She also re-set her own single-season school records for field-goal percentage (68 percent), rebounds (499), rebounding average (17.8) and blocks (173). Her single-season field-goal percentage, rebounds and blocks are also North Coast Athletic Conference records.

Denison closes out the season with a 23-5 record, while Ohio Northern improves to 23-4 on the year. The Polar Bears will take on the winner of the Hope-Carnegie Mellon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Holland, Mich.

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