NCAC Weekly Release (1-13-14) - Women's Basketball

NCAC Weekly Release (1-13-14) - Women's Basketball

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DePauw (5-0, 14-0) remained the lone unblemished team in NCAC play this past week after knocking off Denison (3-1, 11-3) and Kenyon (3-2, 8-5). The DPU Tigers have now posted 67 straight regular season wins and have not lost a home conference game dating back to January 17th, 2003. NCAC play continues this week with four tilts scheduled on both Wednesday and Saturday.

ALLEGHENY split two games over the last week, upending Hiram, 87-64, on Jan. 8 before seeing their two-game conference winning streak snapped by Ohio Wesleyan, 82-62, on Jan. 11. Sophomore Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh, PA/Mount Lebanon) notched double-digit scoring performances in both games, finishing the week by averaging 18.5 points per game. Against Hiram, junior Marina Scarantino (Pittsburgh, PA/Montour) recorded a career-high nine assists  while freshman Meaghan Wilby (Wellington, New Zealand/Wellington Girls College) posted new career highs in points (14) and rebounds (7). Sophomore Rachel Vigliotti (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) tallied a career-high 23 points against Ohio Wesleyan.

In its lone contest of the week, DENISON wrapped up a five-game road trip with a 63-38 setback at top-ranked DePauw on Wednesday. Denison finished the road swing with a 4-1 mark. Despite the loss, DU held the defending national champs to their lowest scoring output of the season. Candise Love (San Diego, CA/Vista Murrieta) and Alyssa Wagner (Elkhart, IN/Elkhart Memorial) co-led the Big Red against DePauw with eight points each. After spending five weeks away from Livingston Gymnasium, DU returns to Granville for a two-game homestand this week.

Top-ranked DEPAUW is the lone unbeaten team in NCAC play after winning both games last week. The Tigers extended their overall win streak to 48 straight (4th longest in Division III history) and their regular season string to 67. The Tigers scored 100 points for the first time December 2006 in the win at Kenyon and held the conference’s leading scorer to a collegiate-low two points.

HIRAM dropped a pair of conference games last week, falling 87-64 to Allegheny and a one-point, 60-59, setback against Oberlin. Senior guard Danielle Day (Newbury, OH/Newbury) led the Terriers on the week by averaging 16 points and 13 rebounds per game.

KENYON lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. Wednesday, they suffered a 54-50 setback at Oberlin and then Saturday dropped a 100-59 decision at home against top-ranked DePauw. In the two games combined, senior guard Maggie Boelter (Vienna, WV/Parkersburg Catholic) racked up 31 points, five rebounds, and five assists.

It was a tremendous week for OBERLIN, first knocking off Kenyon for the first time since 2003 with a 54-50 win at home. The Yeowomen then edged out Hiram, 60-59, on Malisa Hoak’s (Toledo, OH/Whitmer) buzzer-beater. The Yeowomen have now won three straight NCAC games to start 2014. Junior Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison) averaged 21 points and 15 rebounds on the week, extending her double-double streak to four games.

OHIO WESLEYAN has won five of its last six contests after picking up a pair of NCAC wins last week over Wooster and Allegheny. The Bishops knocked off the Scots, 73-50, as freshman guard Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) finished with 10 points, matching her season best, and senior post Tamra Londot (Utica, OH/Utica) grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. In the 82-62 win over Allegheny on Saturday, Londot led the Bishops with 17 points and shared the team lead with eight rebounds.

WITTENBERG picked up a key conference victory over Wooster by a score of 90-45 on Saturday, led by a record-setting performance by senior Amber Rice (South Charleston, OH/Southeastern). The guard broke Wittenberg’s 33-year old single-game scoring record with 36 points in the win, topping Melinda Wigton’s 35 points from a 1979-80 win over Central State. For the game, Rice hit 12-of-19 shots from the field, including 5-of-7 from three-point range and a perfect 7-for-7 at the free throw line, where her record-breaking 36th point came. She also grabbed 10 rebounds to post her first career double-double.

WOOSTER sophomore forward Lauren Hancher (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) reached double figures for the fifth and sixth consecutive games with 10 points at Ohio Wesleyan and a team-high 12 at Wittenberg. The Scots have now lost eight-straight contests after staring the year 5-0.