Four different players scored in double figures as the Ohio Wesleyan women’s basketball team rolled to a 69-56 non-conference win over visiting Defiance Wednesday night at Branch Rickey Arena.

Nicole Popovich led the charge with 15 points for the Bishops, who raced out to a 21-14 lead after the first quarter.

Defiance sliced into the deficit in the second, outscoring OWU 14-12, but the Bishops (2-4) smoothed out the scoring summary with an 18-13 third and 18-15 fourth.

Leah Maniaci backed Popovich with 14 points, Claire Sterling added 12 and Cierra Joiner chipped in 10 points and a game-best 12 rebounds.

Kalyn Pickens led Defiance with 17 points in the setback.


Ohio Wesleyan never found its touch from the outside, connecting on just five of its 23 three-point attempts in a 79-61 NCAC setback at the hands of host Wabash Wednesday in Crawfordsville, Ind.

Wabash (5-2, 1-0 NCAC) led 41-31 at the break and outscored OWU (4-2, 0-1 NCAC) 38-30 in the second half to seal the deal.

Gabe Johnson led the Bishops with 16 points and nine rebounds while Jack Davidson poured in a game-best 20 points for Wabash.


Three Ohio Wesleyan University field hockey players were named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association’s All-Great Lakes Region team, it was announced this week.

Freshman defender Cayla Homsher and sophomore midfielder Astrid Koek were first-team all-region selections, and freshman forward Madisyn Bunke was a second-team all-region pick.

Homsher and Koek were starters in an Ohio Wesleyan defense that led NCAA Division III teams in shutouts per game (0.65), allowed only 9 goals during the season, and compiled a 0.53 goals-against average. Koek was a second-team all-region selection in 2018.

Bunke tied for fourth in the NCAC with 9 goals, tied for sixth with 19 points, and tied for seventh with 3 game-winning goals. Her averages of 0.53 goals and 1.12 points per game ranked fourth and sixth respectively.

Ohio Wesleyan finished the season with a 13-4 record. The Bishops shared the NCAC championship with a 7-1 mark, Ohio Wesleyan’s first conference title since 1995, and advanced to the NCAC tournament for the first time since 2012.

Gazette Staff

OWU Sports Information contributed to this report.