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NCAC Weekly Release (12-3-12) - Women's Basketball

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Allegheny (2-0, 3-2) is off to its second straight 2-0 start in conference play and sits atop the league standings after opening the year 1-2. The Gators are now looking for its second straight 3-0 start in conference place when they square off against Oberlin (0-1, 4-4) on the road Saturday. The first full week of December features three conference games on Wednesday, including Kenyon’s (0-0, 6-1) conference opener versus Wittenberg (1-0, 3-3), and three more conference tilts Saturday.

ALLEGHENY opened conference play with a 2-0 record, defeating Wooster, 64-50, on Wednesday before upending Ohio Wesleyan, 66-48, at the David V. Wise Center on Saturday. Against the Fighting Scots, freshman forward Rachel Vigliotti (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) led the Gators with 15 points as the squad finished with a decisive advantage in rebounding, recording 47 boards to Wooster’s 31. Senior forward Daryl Ford (Pittsburgh, PA/Sto-Rox) scored a team-high 17 points against Ohio Wesleyan, leading an Allegheny squad that shot 50.9 percent from the field and scored 44 of its 66 points in the paint. The Gators face a difficult schedule this week, traveling to Carnegie Mellon on Tuesday, returning home on Thursday for a non-conference tilt against Mount Aloysius before a conference match-up against Oberlin.

DENISON had a difficult week, squaring off against the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the most recent USA TODAY Division III Top-25 Coaches Poll.  Against No. 2 Mt. Union, DU took the Purple Raiders to overtime thanks to 17 points off the bench by Kyli Parker (Batavia, OH/Summit Country Day)Serafina Nuzzo (Western Springs, IL/Fenwick) added 16 points and six steals for the Big Red.

DEPAUW is 6-0 for first time in program history. The DPU Tigers have strung together 25 straight conference wins and 31 straight regular season victories. Two Tigers, junior forward Alex Gasaway (Crawfordsville, IN/Crawfordsville) and senior forward Ellie Pearson (Madison, WI/Madison West) posted double-doubles in the win over Denison. DePauw had 20 offensive rebounds at Denison and held a 22-2 second-chance scoring advantage.

HIRAM dropped a pair of games last week to fall to 3-3 on the season. The Terriers were defeated, 61-29, versus non-conference opponent Carnegie Mellon before losing its NCAC opener, 61-54, to Wooster.

KENYON played three games in six days, won all three, and improved its record to 6-1. The Ladies were a combined 37-of-75 from three-point range in wins over Mt. Vernon Nazarene (87-73), Heidelberg (64-56), and Muskingum (71-62).

OBERLIN dropped a trio of home games this past week, first losing non-conference tilts against Bluffton, 74-53, and Otterbein, 64-46. The Yeowomen were also outlasted, 42-38, in their NCAC opener against Wittenberg. Sophomore Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison) cashed in 25 points and added 10 boards to earn her fifth double-double of the season against the Tigers.

Sophomore wing Mary Corbett (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) hit a 3-pointer that gave OHIO WESLEYAN a 37-32 lead early in the second half, but Capital responded with a 12-1 run to take the lead for good and went on to post a non-conference win over the Bishops. Sophomore guard Sarah McQuade (Dublin, OH/Coffman) led the Bishops with 19 points and shared the team lead with six rebounds and three assists. On Saturday, Freshman wing Emily Julius (Avon, OH/Avon) sank a pair of jumpers that gave Ohio Wesleyan an early lead, but Allegheny pulled away with a 10-0 run late in the first half and went on to defeat the Bishops in the NCAC opener for both teams.

WITTENBERG moved back to even at 3-3 with a 63-47 win at Earlham and a 42-38 victory at Oberlin. Junior wing Amber Rice (South Charleston, OH/Southeastern) paced the team over the two victories, averaging team-bests of 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while hitting 4-of-9 three-pointers and 7-of-8 free throws to go along with four steals.

WOOSTER split a pair of conference tilts last week, falling to Allegheny, 64-50, before bouncing back to knock off Hiram, 61-54, on Saturday. Junior guard Karley Walker (South Charleston, WV/South Charleston) produced game highs of 17 points and five assists during a win over Hiram Saturday, and also led all scorers with 16 points in the loss to Allegheny earlier in the week.