DePauw (10-0, 19-0) is one of just four undefeated Division III programs after picking up a pair of conference wins last week. The Tigers are shooting a blistering 42.4 percent from three-point range, which leads the country, and have now posted 44 straight regular season wins. League action resumes this week with four games each on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
ALLEGHENY finished a 2-0
week, picking up a pair of crucial NCAC wins over Hiram
and Kenyon. The Gators forced 28 turnovers in a 57-29 win over
Hiram on Jan. 23, led by 15 points from senior
forward Daryl Ford (Pittsburgh, PA/Sto-Rox).
Freshman guard Rachel Vigliotti (Pittsburgh,
PA/Oakland Catholic) tallied a career-high eight
steals, the most in a single game since 2003, also tallying 12
points. A game-winning layup by sophomore
guard Marina Scarantino (Pittsburgh,
PA/Montour) with 14.5 seconds left sealed a 6-0 run
over the last 1:41 and vaulted the Gators to an upset win over
Kenyon, 49-47, on Saturday at the David V. Wise
Center. Scarantino finished with a career-high 12 points
and Ford recorded a team-high 13 points.
Serafina Nuzzo (Western Springs, IL/Fenwick) had a big week, leading DENISON to wins over Oberlin and Hiram. The senior scored 23 points, six steals, five rebounds and three assists against Hiram. On Thursday versus Oberlin she led the way with 21 points, five rebounds and five steals. She shot 60 percent from the field and was 9-for-14 from beyond the arc. On Saturday, Nuzzo moved into fifth place on the Denison all-time scoring list with 1,261 career points.
DEPAUW extended its regular season win streak to 44 straight after picking up wins over Wittenberg and Ohio Wesleyan this past week. The Tigers hit 14 of its first 16 field goals versus Ohio Wesleyan en route to a 85-51 victory. Junior forward Alex Gasaway (Crawfordsville, IN/Crawfordsville) led the team on the week averaging 18.5 points and eight rebounds a contest, including posting a season-high 27 points in the win over Wittenberg.
HIRAM dropped a pair of NCAC contest last week, falling to Allegheny, 57-29, and Denison, 66-44. The Terriers are now 6-13 on the year.
Despite 15 points and 11 rebounds from senior Kayla Ernst (Batavia, OH/Batavia), KENYON, which played just one game this past week, fell to Allegheny, 49-47.The double-double was the fourth of the year for Ernst.
OBERLIN struggled on offense in both of its games last week, falling to Denison, 53-35, and then later succumbing to a 65-37 defeat against Wittenberg.
Sophomore wing Caroline Welker (Delaware, OH/Hayes) and sophomore guard Sarah McQuade (Dublin, OH/Coffman) knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to break a 60-60 tie and kick off a game-ending 16-2 run that lifted OHIO WESLEYAN over Wooster in NCAC play on Wednesday at Branch Rickey Arena. McQuade led the Bishops with 26 points, hitting 10-of-12 charity tosses during the final 85 seconds, while Welker finished with 12 points, matching her season best.
WITTENBERG dropped a road decision to DePauw 74-37 on Wednesday before returning to Pam Evans Smith Arena for a 65-37 win over Oberlin on Saturday. Sophomore Katelyn Haralamos (Maineville, OH/Kings) dropped in 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals against Oberlin.
Despite 15 points and four blocks from senior Jessica Wingen (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) WOOSTER, which played just one game this week, fell at Ohio Wesleyan, 76-62. In the loss, Wingen broke the school record for career blocked shots (159).