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NCAC Weekly Release (2-11-13) - Women's Basketball

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DePauw (14-0, 23-0) , having already captured the NCAC championship and the No. 1 seed for the 2013 NCAC Women’s Basketball Tournament, continued its unbeaten conference record with a 71-46 victory over Oberlin. The final seven seeds for the conference tournament will be determined this week as the NCAC regular season schedule officially comes to a close on Saturday. League action picks back up this Wednesday with four games on the slate, highlighted by DePauw traveling to Wittenberg (7-7, 11-12) and Ohio Wesleyan (7-7, 8-15) hosting Kenyon (10-4, 16-7). Saturday features four more matchups, highlighted by Allegheny (8-6, 13-10) visiting Kenyon and Wittenberg hosting Ohio Wesleyan.

ALLEGHENY finished the previous week with a 2-0 record, defeating Hiram, 54-42, at home on Feb. 6 before upending Denison, 63-62, in Granville on Feb. 9. Against the Big Red, freshman guard Rachel Vigliotti (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) scored a career-high 19 points, including converting four free throws within the final 30 seconds of the second half to lift the Gators from a one-point deficit to the victory. Senior forward Daryl Ford (Pittsburgh, PA/Sto-Rox) recorded double-doubles in both games, highlighted by a 12-point, 11-rebound performance against Denison.  Against Hiram, the Gators out-rebounded the Terriers, 51-38 as the Allegheny bench contributed 28 points to the winning effort.

DENISON suffered a pair of NCAC losses to Wittenberg and Allegheny despite Gretchen Staubach (Madiera, Ohio/Madiera) averaging 14.0 ppg and 9.5 rpg last week. Denison will close out the regular season this week on the road against Oberlin and Hiram.

DEPAUW expanded its regular season win streak to 48, its conference home win string to 78 and its conference victory streak to 38 with a win over Oberlin. Ellie Pearson (Madison, WI/Madison West) recorded a game high 11 rebounds in the win. The Tiger seniors improved their record to 111-10.

HIRAM dropped a pair of NCAC contest last week, falling to Allegheny, 54-42, and Ohio Wesleyan, 69-68. The Terriers are now 8-16 on the year.

KENYON played just one game last week. The Ladies used a strong finish from Kayla Ernst (Batavia, OH/Batavia) and Lauren Kriete (Barrington, RI/St. Mary Academy) to pull out a 70-57 win at Oberlin. Ernst finished with 26 points and Kriete tallied 11.

OBERLIN led Kenyon 31-30 at the half, but the Ladies were able to pull away late to get past the Yeowomen, 70-57. Three Oberlin players netted double figures in the loss with Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison) leading the way with 22 points and 13 rebounds to earn her 10th double-double of the year. She also led Oberlin with 15 points and eight boards in a 71-46 loss to DePauw.

OHIO WESLEYAN split a pair of NCAC contest last week falling to Wooster, 69-46, before bouncing back to knock off Hiram, 69-68. Sophomore wing Caroline Welker (Delaware, OH/Hayes) scored a career-high 26 points, including the basket that put Ohio Wesleyan ahead to stay as the Bishops withstood a frantic finish to edge Hiram.

Junior Amber Rice (South Charleston, OH/Southeastern) scored 17 points on 5-7 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds to lead WITTENBERG to a 59-45 win over Denison on Wednesday, but the Tigers ended the week with a split following a 71-65 loss to Wooster on the road Saturday, despite Rice’s follow-up 24 point performance in which she hit five three-pointers.

While averaging 12.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, and three blocked shots for the week, WOOSTER senior Jessica Wingen (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) led the Fighting Scots to back-to-back victories over Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg. Wingen had game highs in rebounds (10) and blocks (3) against Ohio Wesleyan, then recorded 21 points, 15 in the second half, and 13 rebounds in the Fighting Scots’ win over their archrival, Wittenberg. That marked her third 20-point effort over the last five games.