ADA, Ohio - No. 6 seed Mount Union saw its season end with a 58-50 loss at No. 3 seed Ohio Northern in the quarterfinals of the Ohio Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament Tuesday evening at the ONU Sports Center.
Abby Weeks paced the Polar Bears with a game-high 18 points.
Mount Union struck first taking the 3-0 lead with a three-pointer from sophomore Corenna Maynard (Chagrin Falls / Kenston). The Polar Bears responded with an 8-2 run to take their first lead of the night 8-5. Back-to-back baskets from juniors Sarah Turley (Sagamore Hills / Nordonia) and Gassman put the Raiders back on top 9-8 with 4:47 left to play in the first quarter. Mount Union ended the quarter with a 7-4 run to extend the advantage 16-12.
Ohio Northern held the Raiders to just seven points to take the lead into halftime 28-23.
The Polar Bears took their largest lead of the night, 37-25, after starting the third quarter off with a 9-2 run. Senior Zanny Sauter (Avon) scored five unanswered points to spark a 10-0 surge to cut Northern's lead down to two, 37-35, with 53 seconds remaining. Ohio Northern hit a three to end the quarter with the 40-35 advantage.
Sophomore Hailey Peoples-O'Neil (Geneva) scored four consecutive points in the opening minutes of the final quarter to ignite a 6-2 run to bring the Raiders back within one point, 42-41, at the 8:21 mark. Mount Union was unable to regain the lead as the Polar Bears finished the game with a 16-9 run, winning 58-50.