Five North Coast squads: Denison (4-3, 12-4), Allegheny (4-3, 10-6), Kenyon (4-3, 9-6), Wittenberg (4-3, 9-6) and Ohio Wesleyan (4-3, 9-7) are tied for second in the conference standings as we approach the midway portion of the league schedule. DePauw (7-0, 16-0) continues to lead the North Coast in large part to balanced scoring and a defense that has held conference opponents to just 53.1 points per game. NCAC play continues this week with four tilts scheduled on both Wednesday and Saturday.
ALLEGHENY sophomore Kaitlyn Fromknecht (Erie,
PA/McDowell) recorded her first collegiate
double-double as the Gators shook off a halftime deficit to pick up
a critical 76-69 overtime win over Denison on Saturday
afternoon. Fromknecht anchored 38 points in the paint and
18 second chance points for Allegheny by finishing Saturday’s
contest with new career highs in points (14), rebounds (11), and
blocks (5). Fellow
sophomore Jessica Mrdjenovich (Pittsburgh,
PA/Oakland Catholic) tallied a team-high 19 points,
shooting 7-of-16 from the field, while picking up five rebounds, a
team-high three assists and two steals.
Sophomore Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh,
PA/Mount Lebanon) spearheaded Allegheny’s late
game heroics, finishing the contest with 17 points, including a
7-of-9 performance from the charity stripe.
DENISON split two NCAC home games last week, defeating Kenyon, 68-55, before dropping a 76-69 overtime decision against Allegheny. The Big Red had four players average double figures last week. Junior Mary Margaret Habel (Cincinnati, OH/St. Ursula Academy) averaged 14.5 ppg thanks to her career day against the Gators. Habel posted 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds, both career highs, in the OT contest. Freshman Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) posted her 10th double-double of the season against Kenyon after scoring 18 points and pulling down 19 boards. Junior Candise Love (San Diego, CA/Vista Murrieta) and sophomore Kellie Arter (Lancaster, OH/Lancaster) averaged 15 and 13.5 points per game, respectively.
Top-ranked DEPAUW extended its win streak to 50 straight overall (tied for third in Division III women’s history and seventh on all NCAA levels of women’s basketball) and 69 in the regular season (not including NCAA tournament games). Junior Hannah Douglas (Pendleton, IN/Pendleton) posted her DePauw career high with 17 points in the 59-38 win over Wittenberg and followed it up with a 15-point, four-assist performance against Ohio Wesleyan. Her only double-figure scoring games have come in the last three outings when she’s averaged 16.0 points and hit 17-28 field goal tries, including 6-10 three-pointers.
HIRAM junior guard Kelsey Koskinen (Madison, OH/Madison) poured in 22 points and added five rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Terriers dropped their lone contest of the week, 91-83, to Ohio Wesleyan. Hiram is now 4-12 on the year, 0-7 in NCAC play and will look to snap its six game skid on Wednesday night against Denison.
KENYON split a pair of NCAC games last week. Senior guard Maggie Boelter (Vienna, WV/Parkersburg Catholic) scored 16 points Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough for the Ladies, who fell on the road to Denison, 68-55. Saturday, the Ladies returned home and carved out a 70-61 victory over Wooster. Maureen Hirt (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington North) pumped in 19 points in that contest and Boelter added 14.
OBERLIN led at the half in both of its games last week, but ultimately came up short in both outings, falling to Wooster, 63-60, and Wittenberg 58-49. Junior Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison) recorded her fifth-straight double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds against the Scots, but had that streak halted in the loss to the Tigers.
OHIO WESLEYAN split a pair of NCAC contests last week, knocking off Hiram, 91-83, before falling to top-ranked DePauw, 76-61. In the win over the Terriers, junior Caroline Welker (Delaware, OH/Hayes) led the Bishops with 16 points, while sophomore post Emily Julius (Avon, OH/Avon) grabbed a team-high five rebounds and freshman guard Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) dished out five assists.
WITTENBERG dropped a 59-38 decision to top-ranked DePauw on Wednesday before righting the ship with a 58-49 victory at Oberlin on Saturday. The Tigers trailed the Yeowomen, 12-2, after a sluggish start but chipped the deficit back to 28-22 by halftime and opened the second half on a 14-4 run, and a three-pointer from senior Amber Rice (South Charleston, OH/Southeastern) with five minutes remaining put the Tigers up for good. Freshman Michelle Brunswick (Middletown, OH/Madison) came off the bench to record a game-high nine rebounds and four steals.
WOOSTER sophomore forward Lauren Hancher (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) notched her third 20-point game of the season with an even 20 during the Scots’ 63-60 triumph over Oberlin. Hancher then scored 14 in a close 70-61 loss at Kenyon. She shot over 50 percent from the field (17-for-32) on the road, while also contributing 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.