DePauw (9-0, 18-0) is one of just seven undefeated Division III programs after picking up a pair of conference wins last week. The Tigers have clinched a spot in the NCAC Tournament after last weeks results and have now posted 52 straight wins. League action resumes this week with four games each on Wednesday and Saturday.
ALLEGHENY improved to
6-3 in the NCAC with wins over Wooster, 65-63, and
Oberlin, 86-66. Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh,
PA/Mt. Lebanon) averaged 25 points and 10.5 rebounds
on the week, scoring 22 points with a career-high 15 boards against
Wooster and going for a career-high 28 points in the win over
the Yeowomen. Junior Kendall Hoffman (Pittsburgh,
PA/North Catholic) tallied double-doubles in both
games, with a 10-point, 11-rebound effort against Wooster and
13 points and 10 rebounds at Oberlin.
DENISON moved to 6-3 in the NCAC after road wins over Hiram and Ohio Wesleyan last week. Mary Margaret Habel (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Ursula) scored a season-high 17 points at Hiram and Gretchen Staubach (Madeira, Ohio/Madeira) matched her season-high with 22 points at Ohio Wesleyan.
Top-ranked DEPAUW remained unbeaten after sweeping both games last week. DePauw’s 52 straight wins marks the third longest streak in NCAA Division III women’s basketball history and the sixth longest on all levels of NCAA women’s basketball. The Tigers’ 60.3 percent FG shooting against Wooster was the second best on the season and seventh time they’ve topped the 50 percent mark this year. In DePauw’s nine conference games this year, five players have averaged double-figure scoring.
HIRAM dropped its lone contest on the week, falling to Denison, 67-42. The Terriers had one player score in double digits in senior guard Danielle Day (Newbury, OH/Newbury) with 13 points on five-of-11 shooting (45.5 percent). She also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
KENYON played just one game last week and suffered a 61-47 conference loss at Wittenberg. Senior Maureen Hirt (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington North) led the Ladies in scoring with 15 points, while Maggie Boelter (Vienna, WV/Parkersburg Catholic) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Kenyon was originally scheduled to play at Hiram on Saturday, but Level two snow emergencies in Knox county and the surrounding areas forced the Ladies to postpone.
OBERLIN played three games last week, dropping the trio to move to 8-10 overall. Christina Marquette (Hunington Beach, CA/Edison) led Oberlin with 37 points (12.3 ppg), including 19 against Allegheny, and 35 rebounds (11.6 rpg) in the three games. Senior Malisa Hoak (Toledo, OH/Whitmer) dropped a season-high 22 points against OWU to go along with three assists and three steals.
OHIO WESLEYAN split a pair of NCAC contests last week, knocking off Oberlin, 68-62, before falling to Denison, 72-64. In the win over the Yeowomen, sophomore Emily Julius (Avon, OH/Avon) led led the Bishops with 14 points, while Tamra Londot (Utica, OH/Utica) finished with 11 points and a team-best 11 rebounds.
WITTENBERG head coach Sarah Jurewicz raised over $1,500 by coaching barefoot on the sidelines of the Tigers’ 61-47 win over Kenyon, while junior Heather Schroeder (Aurora, OH/Aurora) seemed to be running out of her shoes on the way to a career-high 21 points on 50 percent field goal shooting and an 11-of-13 (.846) mark at the free throw line, dishing out a team season-high of six assists along the way.
WOOSTER sophomore forward Lauren Hancher (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) scored a team-high 18 points in a close 65-63 loss at Allegheny, then tallied six in the loss at top-ranked ranked DePauw.