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NCAC Weekly Release (11-19-12) - Women's Basketball

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The NCAC posted a combined record of 12-6 on the opening weekend of the 2012 women’s basketball season. This coming week features a full slate of non-conference games with the first conference game scheduled for November 28th when Allegheny travels to take on Wooster.

ALLEGHENY opened its season with a 1-1 record, defeating Penn State Altoona, 88-43 before falling to John Carroll, 67-65, in overtime of the Greg Richards ’08 Memorial Tip-Off Tournament Championship game. Against Penn State Altoona, freshman guard Makenzie Zidek (Leechburg, PA/Kiski) led the squad with 22 points as the Gators entered halftime with a 47-9 lead. Against John Carroll, Allegheny held an eight point lead midway through the second half, but a persistent Blue Streaks squad came back to take a one-point lead with six seconds remaining in regulation. Freshman Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh, PA/Mount Lebanon) converted on one-of-two free throws to force overtime. Pellicano recorded her first collegiate double-double in Saturday’s championship game, scoring 18 points with 12 rebounds.

Senior guard Serafina Nuzzo (Western Springs, IL/Fenwick) became the 11th women’s basketball player in DENISON history to score 1,000 career points. She reached the milestone on a free throw, early in the first half in the victory over Bethany. Nuzzo led all scorers with 22 points in the contest. She currently ranks 11th in career scoring at DU with 1,015 points.

DEPAUW extended its regular season win streak to 27 by winning the Wisconsin Lutheran Tournament. After a home game with Wilmington on Wednesday, the Tigers compete in the Illinois Wesleyan Tournament. Hosting of the tournament rotates between DePauw, Illinois and Washington U. and the three account for three of the last six NCAA Division III champions with each winning once dating back to DePauw’s 2007 title.

HIRAM split a pair of non-conference contests this past week to open up 2012-13. Sophomore forward Samantha Morford (Jefferson, OH/Jefferson) led the Terriers averaging 13 points and four rebounds in a win over Pitt-Greensburg and a loss to Bluffton.

KENYON thoroughly dismantled its two opponents in the season-opening Anderson University Tip-Off Tournament. Both Maureen Hirt (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington North) and Kayla Ernst (Batavia,OH/Batavia) were named to the All-Tournament team after they powered the Ladies to a 78-58 win over Capital University and a 74-42 win over Fontbonne University. In the win over Fontboone, Ernst eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark with her 15 point effort.

OBERLIN started the season 2-0 as it came from behind to upend Kalamazoo College, 56-55, and then took to the road to down Goshen College 84-74. Sophomore Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison) scored 27 points and ripped down 15 rebounds against the Hornets and added 24 points in the win against the Maple Leafs.

Junior wing Julia Grimsley (Alliance, OH/Alliance) scored to bring OHIO WESLEYAN within six points early in the second half, but Baldwin Wallace responded with a 12-2 run and went on to take a win in the first round of the Franklin Tip-Off Tournament. Sophomore wing Caroline Welker (Delaware, OH/Hayes) led the Bishops with 12 points, and sophomore guard Sarah McQuade (Dublin, OH/Coffman) finished with 11 points along with a team-best three assists. On Saturday, Welker buried a 3-pointer to bring Ohio Wesleyan within, 5-3, but Spalding went on a 9-0 run later in the first half and pulled away for a win in the consolation game of the Franklin Tip-Off Tournament.

WITTENBERG opened the season at the Hanover Tip-Off Classic, defeating Transylvania by a 64-54 margin before falling to HCAC preseason favorite and host Hanover by a 74-61 final score. Junior wing Amber Rice (South Charleston, OH/Southeastern) turned in the best game of her career against Transylvania, scoring 21 points on shooting marks of 7-of-10 from the field, 5-of-7 from three-point range and 2-for-2 at the line. She also added four steals, two assists and five rebounds. The next night against Hanover she split the team-lead in scoring with senior Kim Replogle (Houston, OH/Houston) at 11 points and added five rebounds.

WOOSTER opened up its 2012-13 campiain a perfect 2-0 with wins versus Franciscan, 67-52, and Westminster, 50-47. Senior center Jessica Wingen (Pittsburgh, PA/Mount Lebanon) led the Scots averaging 18 points and 13 rebounds.