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NCAC Weekly Release (12-10-12) - Women's Basketball

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Kenyon (2-0, 8-1) is off to its best start since the 2005-06 season after picking up conference wins last week against Wittenberg (1-1, 3-4) and Hiram (0-3, 3-5). The Ladies will take nearly a three week break, as the next time Kenyon hits the hardwood, will be in Orlando, Florida at the Land of Magic Classic December 28-29. This week features a light schedule with just seven non-conference contests. 

ALLEGHENY emerged from three games in five days with a 1-2 record, dropping a pair of games on the road, while notching another home victory. On Tuesday at Carnegie Mellon, 12 points from senior forward Daryl Ford (Pittsburgh, PA/Sto-Rox) was not enough in a 72-46 loss to the Tartans. Freshman guard Jessica Mrdjenovich (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) erupted off of the bench for 25 points in a decisive 82-55 win over Mount Aloysius on Thursday. Despite 17 points from sophomore guard Kendall Hoffman (Pittsburgh, PA/North Catholic), the Gators saw their unbeaten start to conference play snapped by a sharp-shooting Oberlin squad, dropping a 58-47 road decision on Saturday. Allegheny will play Grove City on the road Wednesday in its final game before the winter break.

DENISON picked up its first NCAC victory following a 58-50 decision over rival Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday. Junior post player Gretchen Staubach (Madeira, OH/Madeira) scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed six rebounds in the win over the Battling Bishops. Staubach was 8-for-9 from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line in 29 minutes of action. Senior point guard Serafina Nuzzo (Western Springs, IL/Fenwick) dished out a game-high five assists, while classmate Kyli Parker (Batavia, OH/Summit Country Day) ended the night with six steals.

DEPAUW is 7-0 for first time in school history after defeating Ohio Wesleyan 71-48 on Saturday. The Tigers have won 32 straight regular season games and 26 consecutive conference games. DePauw’s .846 winning percentage since the beginning of the 1995-96 season ranks second in Division III behind Washington-St. Louis’ .864.

HIRAM dropped a pair of NCAC games last week to fall to 3-5 on the season. The Terriers were defeated 59-48 versus Oberlin and 58-42 to Kenyon.

KENYON kicked off its conference slate with a pair of wins. At home, the Ladies used a career-high 31 points from Kayla Ernst (Batavia, OH/Batavia) to defeat Wittenberg, 64-58. On the road, Ernst tossed in another 12 points to lift the Ladies to a 58-42 win over Hiram.

OBERLIN already matched its win total from a season ago as they earned a pair of NCAC wins this past week. In a 59-48 road win at Hiram, sophomore Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison) and junior Allison Gannon (Shelburne, VT/Champlain Valley Union) combined for 35 points and 25 rebounds. First-year Caroline Hamilton (North Yarmouth, ME/Greely) was a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point land to guide the Yeowomen to a 58-47 victory over Allegheny.

Freshman wing Emily Julius (Avon, OH/Avon) and sophomore guard Sarah McQuade (Dublin, OH/Coffman) hit baskets that gave OHIO WESLEYAN a 40-36 lead, but Denison answered with a 16-2 run and withstood a Bishop comeback to take an NCAC win. Julius led the Bishops with 19 points and seven rebounds, and McQuade collected a team-best five assists. McQuade then led the Bishops with a career-high 21 points and added two assists in a 71-48 loss to DePauw.

WITTENBERG dropped a hard-fought 64-58 decision at Kenyon despite a 19-point performance off the bench from sophomore Enri Small (Columbus, OH/Columbus School For Girls). Small was 8-for-12 from the field in 21 minutes, while sophomore Amber Lara (Oak Park, IL/River Forest) was 8-of-16 for 18 points with four rebounds. Sophomore Karen Daniel-Hamberg (Columbus, OH/Grandview) paced the Tigers on the boards with six rebounds.

WOOSTER senior center Jessica Wingen (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) posted her fourth double-double in six games this season, this time 16 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to Case