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NCAC Weekly Release (11-26-12) - Women's Basketball

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DePauw (5-0, 0-0), the lone undefeated team left in the NCAC, extended its regular season winning streak to 30 this past week after knocking off a pair of top-10 teams defeating Washington University, 60-59, and Illinois Wesleyan, 75-52. This week features a full slate of contests, including the opening of conference play when Allegheny (1-2, 0-0) travels to take on Wooster (2-1, 0-0).

ALLEGHENY dropped a close non-conference matchup, 56-51, in overtime to Washington & Jefferson on Tuesday. Senior forward Daryl Ford (Pittsburgh, PA/Sto-Rox) notched her 14th career double-double, recording 16 points while grabbing 13 boards. Freshman forward Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh, PA/Mount Lebanon) recorded her second consecutive double-digit effort with 15 points. The Gators will open their NCAC slate on the road Wednesday against Wooster before returning home for a Dec. 1 tilt with Ohio Wesleyan.

DENISON extended its current winning streak to four games following victories over Mount St. Joseph (59-49), Mount Vernon Nazarene (74-47) and Case (72-59). Senior point guard Serafina Nuzzo (Western Springs, IL/Fenwick) averaged 18.3 ppg to pace the DU attack, including a career-high tying 23 points against the Spartans. Junior Gretchen Staubach (Madeira, OH/Madeira) averaged 6.7 rebounds and 9.3 points per contest, while sophomore Mary Margaret Habel (Cincinnati, OH/St. Ursula Academy) scored a career-high 17 points at Mount St. Joseph. With her output last week, Nuzzo moved into fourth on the school’s all-time steals (185) and 3-point field goals lists (119), and ninth on the scoring list (1,070).

DEPAUW is 5-0 for the first time since the 2002-03 season. The Tigers defeated top 10 schools on back-to-back days for the first time since the 2001-02 season when they beat Hardin Simmons and Wilmington in the NCAA sectional to advance to the national semifinals. DePauw has now won 30 straight regular season games.

HIRAM improved to 3-1 on the season with two non-conference road wins last week. The Terriers defeated Westminter, 53-50, and Thiel, 62-57, as sophomore forward Samantha Morford (Jefferson, OH/Jefferson) led Hiram averaging a double-double with 17 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest.

KENYON ran into a buzz saw at Ohio Northern and dropped an 83-55 decision to the Polar Bears. The Ladies rebounded nicely Saturday to score the game’s final 13 points in a come-from-behind 55-52 victory over Case.

OBERLIN lost its first game of the week to John Carroll, 69-52. The Yeowomen finished out the week by securing two victories on the west coast, winning their first at the California Institute of Technology, 72-31, and their second against Occidental, 48-44.

Sophomore wing Caroline Welker (Delaware, OH/Hayes) and freshman wing Emily Julius (Avon, OH/Avon) scored five points apiece as OHIO WESLEYAN closed out the first half with a 16-2 run and held on to defeat Colorado College in the first round of CC’s Thanksgiving Classic on Friday in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Senior post Helen Scheblo (Canal Winchester, OH/St. Francis DeSales) scored a pair of baskets during a 7-0 run that brought Ohio Wesleyan within 60-56, but St. Olaf scored the final five points of the game to post a victory over the Bishops in the second round of the CC Thanksgiving Classic.

WITTENBERG fell to Capital, 66-56, in its only action this week after leading 30-27 at halftime, as the Crusaders hit 19-of-22 free throws in the game. Sophomore Katelyn Haralamos (Maineville, OH/Kings) led the Tigers with 15 points on an efficient 6-of-8 shooting mark, while senior Kim Replogle (Houston, OH/Houston) paced the team with six rebounds.

WOOSTER junior guard Maura Hall (Medfield, MA/Pomfret School (CT)) notched a double-double, the third of her career, via 14 points (one shy of her career high) and 10 rebounds in the 75-53 loss at Bluffton.