The North Coast Athletic Conference had four teams compete in the NCAA Division III Basketball Tournament for the second time in the last three years over the weekend, led by the DePauw women advancing to the round of 16 for the eighth time since 1998.
In men's action, NCAC regular season and tournament champion Wooster earned the league's automatic bid into the national tournament, while Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg both earned an at-large invitation into the national tournament.
The Fighting Scots (26-4), which hosted a first- and second-round pod at Timken Gymnasium, defeated Saint Vincent, 76-67, in the first round, but saw its season come to a close in the second round with a heartbreaking 67-64 loss against Dickinson. Junior guard Xavier Brown (Bowling Green, OH/Bowling Green) led Wooster with 15 points against SVC, while freshman Dan Fanelly (Uniontown, OH/Green) posted 15 points and eight rebounds in the loss against the Red Devils. Wooster came back from a 12-point deficit (50-38) to take the lead, 60-58 with a little over six minutes remaining against Dickinson, but then never made a field goal the rest of the way, including a last-second three-point shot that would have sent the game into overtime.
In other men's first round action, Ohio Wesleyan (20-8) fell against St. Norbert, 87-79, and Wittenberg (21-8) was knocked off by Calvin, 66-51. The Battling Bishops were led in the first-round loss by senior Dre White (Lima, OH/Bath) and sophomore Claude Gray (Avon, OH/Avon) who each scored 23 points. That point total marked a career-high for White in his final collegiate game. For Wittenberg, senior Zack Leahy (Rossford, OH/Rossford) led the Tigers with 15 points, while senior Scott Masin (New Carlisle, OH/Bethel) added six points and five rebounds in the final game of his career.