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NCAC Weekly Release (1-2-13) - Women's Basketball

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North Coast women’s teams competed 21 times over the holiday break and compiled an overall record of 10-11, highlighted by top-ranked DePauw (2-0, 11-0) defeating Babson, 59-35, and Messiah, 63-49, at the Puerto Rico Tournament, and Rose-Hulman, 79-36, and Rockford, 73-43, at its own Amy Hasbrook Memorial Tournament. League play resumes this week as there is one game scheduled for Wednesday and four games each on Friday and Saturday.

ALLEGHENY traveled to the Greater New York City vicinity for a pair of games over the holiday break. The Gators opened with a 74-47 setback against Baruch, before defeating Medgar Evers, 82-6. Senior forward Daryl Ford (Pittsburgh, PA/Sto-Rox) shined over the two-game stretch as she scored 29 points (14.5 ppg) after shooting 63 percent (10-of-16) from the field and 89 percent (9-of-11) from the free throw line.

DENISON split a pair of games at the 2012 D3hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada, as the Big Red fell against Saint Vincent, 58-50, before defeating Lake Forest, 69-55. Three players averaged double figures in scoring at the two-day event, led by senior point guard Serafina Nuzzo’s (Western Springs, IL/Fenwick) 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per contest.

DEPAUW, the top-ranked team in the nation, extended its current win streak to 36 games and improved to 11-0 in 2012-13 with four wins over the break. The Tigers earned victories over a pair of top-20 squads at the Puerto Rico Tournament, defeating No. 20 Babson, 59-35, and No. 8 Messiah, 63-49, before taking down Rose-Hulman, 79-36, and Rockford, 73-43, at their own Amy Hasbrook Memorial Tournament. DPU has held each of its last seven opponents to less than 40 percent shooting from the floor and the last six to less than 50 points per contest. Senior Kate Walker (Indianapolis, IN/Perry Meridian) was named the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by Alex Gasaway (Crawfordsville, IN/Crawfordsville) and Kathleen Molloy (Chicago, IL/Walter Peyton College Prep.).

HIRAM dropped a pair of contests at home against Marietta, 74-45, and PSU-Behrend, 60-48, in its only action over the holiday break.

KENYON traveled to Daytona Beach, Florida, to compete in the two-day Land of Magic Classic, Dec. 29-30. The Ladies were unable to garner a win, however, losing to No. 14 Simpson, 60-58, and Cabrini, 63-54. Senior post Kayla Ernst (Batavia, OH/Batavia) led the Ladies in scoring in both contests, as she tallied 19 against Simpson and 18 against Cabrini.

OBERLIN was idle over the holiday break.

OHIO WESLEYAN dropped four contests over the break, falling to Davenport (MI), 77-32, and Hope, 75-53, before coming up short against Case, 55-51, and W&J, 71-66, at its annual Bishop Classic/Hoops For Hope Tournament. Sophomore guard Sarah McQuade (Dublin, OH/Coffman), who scored 35 points over the two games combined at the Bishop Classic/Hoops For Hope Tournament, represented the Battling Bishops on the all-tournament team.

WITTENBERG won its own Charles B. Zimmerman Memorial Classic, highlighted by a thrilling 61-60 triumph over second-ranked Mt. Union in the championship game. Sophomore Katelyn Haralamos’ (Maineville, OH/Kings) 21 points, 9-of-13 shooting and six rebounds in the upset earned her tournament MVP honors, while sophomore Enri Small (Columbus, OH/Columbus School For Girls) was also named to the all-tournament team. The Tigers, who landed in the tournament championship with a 62-44 victory over Defiance in the semifinals, also suffered a 49-37 setback against Franklin back on December 18th.

WOOSTER went 1-1 at the Geneva College Classic as the Fighting Scots defeated Geneva, 62-46, before falling to Houghton, 54-50. Senior center Jessica Wingen (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) averaged 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks at the tournament, highlighted by an 18-point, five-block performance against Geneva. In addition, the Scots fell to Ohio Mid-Western, 75-70, on December 17th and defeated Caltech, 62-46, on December 19th.