BLUFFTON — Bluffton University’s women’s basketball team dominated start to finish on Wednesday, blasting Manchester University 66-32 in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game to run its undefeated record to 14-0.
Kaitlyn Pennekamp scored 15 points, Kaycee Rowe added 10 and Ottoville graduate Rachel Beining had five points and a team-high nine rebounds. Bluffton outscored Manchester 26-4 in the first quarter in easily raising its HCAC record to 7-0.
Samantha Bolen scored 11 points for Manchester (4-10, 2-5 HCAC).
Bluffton men fall
MANCHESTER, Ind. — Manchester University built a 33-26 halftime lead and held on to beat Bluffton University 67-62 on Wednesday in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball game.
Bluffton got solid games from two former area standouts. Arlington graduate Thayne Recker scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Beavers (8-6, 3-4 HCAC). Austin Rohde added 14 points and Carey grad Jared Wentling, a 6-foot-3 freshman, scored six points and hauled down a team-high 12 rebounds.
Adrian Johnson scored 27 points to lead Manchester (8-6, 5-2 HCAC).
Wilmington tops ONU
WILMINGTON — Ada High School graduate Konnor Baker sparked two Ohio Northern University comebacks, but Wilmington College opened the second half with a 21-2 run and outscored the Polar Bears 9-4 in the final three minutes to earn an 86-81 Ohio Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory on Wednesday.
Baker, who finished with 20 points and five rebounds, scored five straight points to tie the game 77-77 with 3:21 to play. Wilmington answered with its final rally, though, to notch its first OAC win in seven games and improve to 2-10 overall.
Zach McCorkle led the Quakers with 22 points. Aron Thress added 19 points and eight rebounds and Joey Hurless had 14 points and six assists for ONU (5-9, 2-5 OAC).
ONU women roll
ADA — Britt Lauck scored 15 points, Amy Bullimore had 11 and Carly Thomas added 10 as Ohio Northern University’s women’s basketball team ran its winning streak to 10 games with Wednesday’s 73-42 Ohio Athletic Conference win over Wilmington.
ONU, ranked 16th among NCAA Division III women’s teams, scored the first 11 points and added 6-0 and 9-0 rallies later in the game to remain unbeaten in OAC play (7-0) and improving to 12-2 overall.
Mackenzie Campbell scored 18 points for Wilmington (5-9, 2-5 OAC).