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NCAC Weekly Release (3-11-13) - NCAA Basketball Tournaments

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The DePauw University women’s basketball team is headed to the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinals for the third time in school history after cruising through the sectional rounds of the national tournament in Greencastle last weekend. The Tigers (32-0) knocked off Washington (MO), 59-42, in the sectional semifinals and then booked their ticket to Holland, Michigan, with a 76-55 triumph over Christopher Newport in the sectional finals.

The Tigers, who now own the school record for wins in a season, will square off against Williams (27-5) in the national semifinals on Friday, March 15, at Hope College’s DeVos Fieldhouse. The Tigers and Ephs will tip-off at 7:30 p.m., while Amherst (31-1) and Wisc.-Whitewater (26-6) will open the day with the other national semifinal contest at 5:30 p.m. The National Championship game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on March 16th, while a third-place contest will also be contested earlier that day at 4:00 p.m.

DePauw and Williams will be meeting for the first time in history, while the Tigers are 0-1 all-time against Wisc.-Whitewater and 1-0 all-time versus Amherst.

In the sectional semifinals against Washington (MO), DPU was led by senior Kate Walker (Indianapolis, IN/Perry Meridian) who scored 13 points, while junior Alison Stephens (Praire Village, KS/Shawnee Mission East) led the Tigers on the glass with nine rebounds. In the sectional finals, senior Ellie Pearson (Madison, WI/Madison West) and sophomore Savannah Trees (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) each totaled 21 points, while Stephens again led the team on the boards with 11 rebounds.

In the NCAA Div. III Men’s Basketball Tournament, North Coast squads went 1-1 last weekend in second-round action. Wooster (24-5) cruised into the third round with an 80-54 victory over Dickinson, while Ohio Wesleyan (23-6) saw its season come to a close with a narrow 84-81 setback against Cabrini.

The Fighting Scots will now host Cabrini (24-5) at 7:00 p.m. in a third round contest on Saturday, March 16, at Timken Gymnasium. The game will feature the last two national runner-ups in Div. III, Wooster in 2011 and Cabrini in 2012. Wooster owns a 2-0 record all-time against Cabrini, including a 94-77 victory over the Cavaliers in the 2011 NCAA sectional semifinals.

In Wooster’s second-round victory over Dickinson, junior guard Doug Thorpe (Columbus, OH/Eastmoor Acad.) and sophomore guard Xavier Brown (Bowling Green, OH/Bowling Green) led the way with 19 and 18 points, respectively, while senior center Jake Mays (Tallmadge, OH/Tallmage) led the team on the glass with six rebounds.

Ohio Wesleyan got one last strong performance from senior guard Andy Winters (Columbus, OH/Bishop Watterson) in the loss against Cabrini as he totaled 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes of action. The 2013-12 NCAC Player of the Year shot 60 percent (6-of-10) from the field, 40 percent (2-of-5) from beyond the arc and a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line in his final collegiate game.