BLUFFTON — As she did many times in her prep career for McComb, Nora Hemminger pumped in a game-high 18 points in leading Bluffton University’s women to a 69-52 win over Franklin in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game on Saturday.
Hemminger, who hit 6 of 11 field goals, also led all players with four steals for the Beavers (3-6, 2-2 HCAC). The 5-foot-6 sophomore guard chipped in three rebounds, two assists and a block as Bluffton added to its lead with a 23-12 third quarter.
TJ Mills was a strong No. 2 for Bluffton, scoring 17 points with a team-high five assists. Abbie Parkins (Bluffton) scored 11 points with eight rebounds off the bench. Brianna Gillig (New Riegel) matched Parkins’ team-high eight rebounds.
Destinee Cross popped in 14 points with eight boards off the bench to lead Franklin (2-6, 1-3).
Renner leads BU men
BLUFFTON — Andrew Renner hit more than half of his shots inside the arc and was nearly as efficient beyond it in scoring 24 points to lead Bluffton’s men past Franklin 74-52 in Saturday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game.
Renner hit 10 of 19 shots from the field, including 4 of 8 from the 3-point while grabbing seven rebounds for the Beavers (7-2, 3-1 HCAC).
Jameel Cosby added 14 points and four assists for Bluffton. Jared Wentling (Carey) popped in seven points with four rebounds on 3 of 3 shooting off the bench.
Jordan Anderson and Kyle Meyer scored a team-high 10 points each to lead Franklin (3-6, 2-2).
After losing the conference opener, Bluffton has won three straight HCAC games. The Beavers do not play another league game until 2019 when they host Mount St. Joseph on Jan. 2.
ONU struggles from deep
ADA — Ohio Northern outshot John Carroll from the field and at the foul line, but the Polar Bears struggled from the 3-point line while the Blue Streaks ripped off 44 long-range attempts and buried enough of them to pull out an 80-74 Ohio Athletic Conference men’s basketball win on Saturday.
John Carroll was led by Jackson Sartain, who hit all six of his field goals from behind the arc for 18 points.
Austin Allemeier, who hit half of ONU’s four 3-pointers, scored a team-high 18.
Ryan Bruns scored 17 points with five blocks for ONU (3-6, 0-4), Daniel Donner added 14 points and Daniel Unruh 10. The trio grabbed eight rebounds apiece.
Polar Bears go cold
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — No player scored in double figures for Ohio Northern’s women as poor shooting and a rebounding disadvanatge plagued the Polar Bears in a 76-50 Ohio Athletic Conference loss to John Carroll on Staurday.
ONU (6-3, 1-3 OAC) has lost three of its last four games after beginning the season on a five-game winning streak.
Jenna Dirksen, on a team-high 12 shots, scored nine points with four rebounds and three steals.