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NCAC Weekly Release (1-21-13) - Women's Basketball

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At the halfway point of the 2012-13 NCAC women’s basketball season, DePauw (8-0, 17-0) and Kenyon (8-1, 14-4) sit a top of the conference standings as the DPU Tigers have relied on strong defense and rebounding holding 14 of 17 opponents below 50 points. Conference action continues this week with four games on Wednesday and four more Saturday afternoon.

ALLEGHENY completed a 1-1 week, picking up a win over Pitt-Titusville, 77-24, on Jan. 15 before dropping a close contest to Denison, 61-56, on Jan. 19.  Against the Panthers, the Allegheny freshman contingent contributed 51 combined points, led by guard Jessica Mrdjenovich (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic), who tallied 13 points and six rebounds. Senior forward Daryl Ford (Pittsburgh, PA/Sto-Rox) led all scorers with 14 points. Against Denison, the Gators stormed back from an 11-point, second half deficit to lead by one with three minutes remaining, fueled by a pair of three-pointers by sophomore, guard Kendall Hoffman (Pittsburgh, PA/North Catholic). However, Denison used a 7-0 run to shut down the Gators comeback.

DENISON split a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling to top-ranked DePauw, 85-48, before ending the week with a 61-56 victory at Allegheny. The win over Allegheny moved DU into a tie with the Gators for fourth-place in the league standings. Junior Gretchen Staubach (Madeira, OH/Madeira) led all scorers in Meadville with 18 points after going 6-for-10 from the field and 6-for-8 from the foul line. Senior Kyli Parker (Batavia, OH/Summit Country Day) also chipped in 14 points off the bench after shooting 5-of-6 from the floor and going a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range.

DEPAUW extended its regular season win streak to 42 straight after picking up wins over Denison and Oberlin this past week. Junior forward Alex Gasaway (Crawfordsville, IN/Crawfordsville) led the team on the week averaging 16 points and eight rebounds a contest, including posting a double-double in the win over Oberlin.

HIRAM dropped its lone contest of the week at home, 52-48, against Ohio Wesleyan. The Terriers are now 6-11 on the year.

KENYON maintained its second-place spot in the standings and rolled its conference record to 8-1 with a 64-52 win at Wittenberg and a 63-58 home win over Ohio Wesleyan. Senior post Kayla Ernst (Batavia, OH/Batavia) shot 50.0 percent from the field on the week, averaging 18 points and 9.5 rebounds a contest for the Ladies.

Junior Malisa Hoak (Toledo, OH/Whitmer) poured in a career-high 28 points and sophomore Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison) added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lift OBERLIN over Wooster, 69-61. The Yeowomen also hung tough with top-ranked DePauw before ultimately falling, 67-49.

Junior post Tamra Londot (Utica, OH/Utica) and sophomore guard Sarah McQuade (Dublin, OH/Coffman) combined for 20 second-half points as OHIO WESLEYAN withstood a late Hiram rally to take an NCAC win over the Terriers on Wednesday. Londot led the Bishops with 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. McQuade added 12 points and a team-best four assists. On Saturday, sophomore wing Mary Corbett (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) hit a jumper that gave Ohio Wesleyan a 58-56 lead, but Kenyon scored the final seven points of the game to claim a win over the Bishops.

WITTENBERG dropped a 64-52 decision at home to Kenyon on Wednesday despite double-figures from both sophomore Katelyn Haralamos (Maineville, OH/Kings) and junior Amber Rice (South Charleston, OH/Southeastern) and 10 rebounds from sophomore Karen Daniel-Hamberg (Columbus, OH/Grandview), before topping Wooster 54-45 on Saturday, also at home. Against the Scots, nine Tigers scored and sophomore Amber Lara (Oak Park, IL/River Forest) paced the lineup with 11 boards.

WOOSTER dropped a pair of NCAC contest this past week, falling to Oberlin, 69-61, and Wittenberg, 54-45. Freshman forward Lauren Hancher(Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) led the Scots in scoring by averaging 13.5 points per game.