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NCAC Weekly Release (2-4-13) - Women's Basketball

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DePauw (13-0, 22-0) clinched its second straight outright NCAC title, following a 91-46 win on the road against Hiram. The Tigers have now posted 47 straight regular seasons wins and have won at least 22 games for the past 12 seasons. League action resumes this week with four games each on Wednesday and Saturday.

ALLEGHENY dropped a pair of decisions at home last week, losing a 67-36 decision to top-ranked DePauw on Friday, before falling, 57-46, to Wittenberg on Saturday. Senior forward Daryl Ford (Pittsburgh, PA/Sto-Rox) became the 13th player in program history to surpass 1,000 points on Saturday, tallying 11 markers to push her career total to 1,001.

DENISON, currently riding a five-game winning streak, moved into a tie for second place in the NCAC standings after recording victories over Wooster (67-56) and Kenyon (66-54).  Four players averaged double figures last week, including senior point guard Serafina Nuzzo (Western Springs, IL/Fenwick) who averaged 14.5 points, seven rebounds, 4.5 assists and three steals per contest.

DEPAUW clinched its second straight outright NCAC title and its fourth consecutive conference title overall following a 91-46 win at Hiram. The top-ranked Tigers extended its regular season win streak to 47 and is currently the only Division III women’s program to win at least 22 games in each of the last 12 seasons. Junior guard Ali Ross (Lexington, KY/Lafayette) led DePauw averaging 13.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and two assists per contest last week.

HIRAM claimed two NCAC wins this past week defeating Oberlin, 70-58, on Tuesday and Wittenberg, 57-54, on Friday. The Terriers are now 8-14 on the year.

KENYON started the week with losses to DePauw (77-57) and Denison (66-54), but bounced back with a 70-44 win over Wooster. Senior Kayla Ernst (Batavia, OH/Batavia) scored a combined 62 points in the three games.

The struggles for OBERLIN continued this week as the Yeowomen dropped all three of its contests, but they did have some individual success. First-Year Caroline Hamilton (North Yarmouth, ME/Greely) matched a career-best with 15 points in a 70-58 loss to Hiram. It was junior Malisa Hoak (Toledo, OH/Whitmer) who posted 20 points in a 68-54 loss to Wooster, while senior Ellen Neumann (Cincinnati, OH/Ursuline Academy) matched a career-high with 15 points to go along with 10 rebounds in a 60-50 loss at OWU.

Sophomore wing Caroline Welker (Delaware, OH/Hayes) scored eight points and freshman guard Hanna Fedorka (North Canton, OH/Massillon Jackson) added six more during a 27-3 second-half run that gave OHIO WESLEYAN a 63-45 NCAC win over Wittenberg. Junior post Tamra Londot (Utica, OH/Utica) was brilliant during the first half, hitting her first six shots and finishing the period at 8-for-9 from the field. She led the Bishops with 19 points and nine rebounds. On Saturday, Londot and sophomore post Kristin Henning (Beavercreek, OH/Beavercreek) posted double-doubles as Ohio Wesleyan withstood a late Oberlin rally to post an NCAC win over the Yeowomen. Londot compiled 14 points and 12 rebounds for Ohio Wesleyan, while Henning finished with 14 points and 11 boards.

WITTENBERG dropped contests with Ohio Wesleyan, 63-45, and Hiram, 57-54, before winning 57-46 at Allegheny on Saturday, all three games played on the road. Sophomore Enri Small (Columbus, OH/Columbus School For Girls) led the way in the win with 22 points, six rebounds, two steals and three blocks, and freshman Taylore Bundy (Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy Orange) posted career highs of 12 points and seven rebounds.

While averaging 19.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 3.7 blocked shots for the week, WOOSTER senior Jessica Wingen (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) had the two highest scoring games of her career, a career-high 26 points against Denison and then 23 in a win over Oberlin (her previous best was 22). In addition to her scoring, Wingen collected 12 and 15 rebounds in those respective games, giving her nine double-doubles on the season, and combined for nine blocks.