By: Andrew Korba
ST. LOUIS (Mo.)--The Ohio Northern women's basketball team dropped a tough contest to No. 9 Washington University (Mo.) by a 63-60 score on Saturday night in the McWilliams Classic final.
Northern now stands at 1-1 on the season, while the Bears move to 2-0.
Junior Cenzie Yoder paced ONU with 18 points and seven rebounds.
Espenschied and Snyder were also named to the All-Tournament team.
Melissa Gilkey and Jordan Rettig led the way for Wash U., each scoring 13 points apiece.
The Polar Bears got off to a solid start, building an early 10-2 lead capped off by an Espenschied layup with 12:45 left in the first half.
Northern would hold the lead for the majority of the first half and took a 31-28 lead into halftime.
With the game tied, Northern would use a quick 5-0 spurt to open up a 46-41 lead with 13:32 to play.
The Bears would come right back and use a 7-0 run of their own to take a 48-46 lead with 9:33 left to play.
ONU would respond with a 7-2 run to build a 53-50, capped off by two free throws by senior Morgan Dumbaugh.
The lead would change hand three more times before Wash U. opened up a 61-57 lead with 1:19 remaining.
Espenschied would sink a three to cut the deficit to 61-60 with 49 seconds left.
The Polar Bears would then get a defensive stop, but could not grab the rebound, leading to two free throws by Alysaa Johanson and a 63-60 lead for the Bears with 10 seconds left.
Yoder would miss a three pointer with three seconds left and after a team rebound, Mengos' three was off the mark allowing Wash U. the victory.
Northern shot 27-of-63 (42.9 percent) from the field, while the Bears were 23-of-51 (45.1 percent).
Wash U. won the rebounding battle 38-29.
ONU had 14 turnovers compared to 18 for the Bears.
Ohio Northern will be in action again on Tuesday night when they host Kenyon in their home opener at 6 pm.