DePauw (4-0, 13-0), Kenyon (5-0, 11-3), Wittenberg (3-1, 7-6) and Ohio Wesleyan (1-3, 2-11) all posted perfect records in NCAC play during the week of December 31st-January 6th. DePauw extended its winning streak to 13 games while the Ladies of Kenyon are riding a three game win streak. Wittenberg has won four straight. This week features eight NCAC contests including Kenyon traveling to Greencastle to square off against DePauw Wednesday night.
ALLEGHENY re-opened its NCAC campaign on the road with an 86-50 loss to No. 1 DePauw on Jan. 4. The Gators were led by freshman Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh, PA/Mount Lebanon), who scored 12 points. Senior forward Ann Ryan (Westlake, OH/Westlake) and sophomore guard Kendall Hoffman (Pittsburgh, PA/North Catholic) tied for the team lead with six rebounds and senior forward Daryl Ford (Pittsburgh, PA/Sto-Rox) shot 4-of-9 from the field, tallying eight points and five rebounds. On Jan. 5, Wittenberg used a late, 6-0 run to upend the Gators, 75-54. Pellicano led the scoring contingent with 13 points and Ryan added 10 points to the Gators effort. The Gators return to the David V. Wise Center after a six-game road trip to take on Oberlin on Wed., Jan. 9.
One night after a loss to Kenyon, DENISON responded with an 18-point win over Wooster on Saturday night. Serafina Nuzzo (Western Springs, IL/Fenwick) scored 20 points and Kyli Parker (Batavia, OH/Summit Country Day) added eight steals in the win. Denison’s loss to Kenyon snapped an 11-game winning streak against the Ladies that dated back to Feb. 13, 2008.
DEPAUW picked up two wins this past week over Allegheny and Hiram and has now won 38 straight regular season games overall, 73 consecutive home conference contests and 28 straight conference games. The Tigers haven’t been outrebounded in their last 33 games. This season, DePauw has held all 13 opponents to fewer than 60 points and nine below 50.
HIRAM returned to the floor in 2013 with a pair of NCAC road losses. The Terriers fell to Wittenberg, 66-61, before facing off with the top ranked team in the country losing to DePauw 74-32.
KENYON rattled off three straight conference wins and ran its records to 11-3 overall and a perfect 5-0 in NCAC action. The Ladies’ victims last week included Wooster (62-36), Denison (81-50), and Oberlin (67-58).
Sophomore Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison) scored 23 of her season-high 30 points in the second half to lift OBERLIN to a 67-61 come-from-behind win over Adrian College. The Yeowomen also dropped conference tilts against Ohio Wesleyan, 59-53, and Kenyon, 67-58.
Sophomore guard Sarah McQuade (Dublin, OH/Coffman) hit a game-tying three-pointer and came up with a pair of steals down the stretch, and freshman wing Emily Julius (Avon, OH/Avon) scored the go-ahead bucket as OHIO WESLEYAN finished the game with a 9-0 run in defeating Oberlin in NCAC play on Friday. Sophomore post Kristin Henning (Beavercreek, OH/Beavercreek) led the Bishops with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Julius and junior post Tamra Londot (Utica, OH/Utica) added 12 points apiece.
WITTENBERG had a big week with two conference wins to improve to 3-1 in league action. The victories both came at home, first 66-61 over Hiram on Friday and then 75-54 over Allegheny on Saturday. Sophomore Enri Small (Columbus, OH/Columbus School For Girls) made her presence felt with 20 points, 14 rebounds, seven steals and four assists against the Terriers, and followed that up with 23 points, seven rebounds and six steals despite limited playing time against Allegheny. Junior Amber Rice (South Charleston, OH/Southeastern) paced the Tigers against Hiram with 21 points.
WOOSTER dropped a pair of NCAC contest this past week, falling to Kenyon, 62-36, and Denison, 75-57. Junior forward Maura Hall (Medfield, MA/Pomfret School (CT)) finished just shy of a double-double in each game, scoring eight points to go with a season-high 14 rebounds against the Ladies and then tallying nine points and 10 boards at Denison.