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NCAC Weekly Release (11-18-13) - Women's Basketball

NCAC Weekly Release (11-18-13) - Women's Basketball

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The NCAC posted a combined record of 14-4 on the opening weekend of the 2013-14 women’s basketball season. This coming week features a full slate of non-conference games with the first conference games scheduled for December 4th as Hiram travels to Allegheny, Ohio Wesleyan travels to Wittenberg and Oberlin hosts Denison.

ALLEGHENY finished the Second Annual Greg Richards ’08 Memorial Tip-Off Classic with the lone 2-0 mark out of the four-team draw, upending D’Youville, 93-59 on Nov. 15 before defeating Fredonia State, 89-68, the following day. Sophomore Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh, PA/Mount Lebanon) was named tournament MVP after averaging 14.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while junior Kendall Hoffman (Pittsburgh, PA/North Catholic) earned All-Tournament Team plaudits after averaging 16.0 points per game, including a game-high 21 against the Blue Devils. Against D’Youville, the Gators hit 13 three pointers, tying the program record for most three-pointers in a game.  Allegheny closed the weekend averaging 91.0 points per game while shooting .404 from outside the arc.

DENISON posted a 2-0 record at the Franklin Tip-Off Classic following wins over the host Grizzlies, 53-50, and Otterbein, 81-59. Senior Gretchen Staubach (Madeira, OH/Madeira) was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 14.5 points per game and converting 76.5 percent (13-for-17) from the field. She was also a perfect 3-for-3 from the foul line. Sophomore Kellie Arter (Lancaster, OH/Lancaster) also averaged 11 points and three rebounds per contest, while freshman Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) recorded her first-career double-double (11 points, 15 rebounds) against Otterbein. Against the Cardinals, the freshman post recorded seven blocks, the highest single-game total by a DU player since Carolyn Simpson in 2008.

Top-ranked DEPAUW extended its win streak to 36 and its regular season string to 55 with a pair of wins last week over Otterbein and Franklin at the Franklin Tip-off tournament. Senior Alex Gasaway (Crawfordsville, IN/Crawfordsville) earned MVP honors after averaging 13 points on 50.0 percent shooting and six rebounds per game.

HIRAM hosted a pair of non-conference tilts this past weekend to open up the 2013-14 season. The Terriers defeated Hilbert, 90-53, on Friday before falling to Pitt.-Greensburg, 74-66 on Saturday.

KENYON split its opening weekend at the MSJ Tip-Off Tournament, first falling to Olivet, 91-80, before rebounding well in its 89-69 win over host Mount St. Joseph. Senior Maureen Hirt (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington North) connected for 30 points against Olivet and then came back the next day to put 21 on Mount St. Joseph.

OBERLIN got off to a great start, defeating Franciscan, 98-64, and Geneva, 92-63, at the Double-Tree Tip-Off classic on the campus of Carnegie Mellon. Junior Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison) and senior Malisa Hoak (Toledo, OH/Whitmer) were named to the all-tournament team as Marquette averaged 18 points, while Hoak dished out 15 assists over the two games.

OHIO WESLEYAN split a pair of non-conference contests this past weekend to open up the 2013-14 campaign at the EC Invitational hosted by Emmanuel College. Sophomore post Emily Julius (Avon, OH/Avon) scored seven points and junior guard Sarah McQuade (Dublin, OH/Coffman) added six more as Ohio Wesleyan closed out the game with a 24-9 run to defeat St. Lawrence, 57-53, before falling to host Emmanuel, 61-48, in Sunday’s championship game.

WITTENBERG opened the season at Wilmington College (OH) for the Damon’s/Hampton Inn Tip-Off Tournament, where the Tigers dropped an 85-76 decision to No. 8 Thomas More and took a 78-46 victory from Trine. Junior Enri Small (Columbus, OH/Columbus School For Girls) earned a spot on the all-tournament team with an explosive 23-point performance against Thomas More and 10 points and nine rebounds against Trine.

WOOSTER senior guard Maura Hall (Medfield, MA/Pomfret School (CT)) was named Most Valuable Player of the Nan Nichols Classic after posting a double-double in each win. She had a career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds against Earlham, then put up similar numbers – 16 points and 12 rebounds – against Thiel, as she lifted Wooster to a 2-0 start for the second consecutive season. The Scots’ 91 points  against Earlham were the most since they scored 93 against Kalamazoo in 2007, and their 30 made free throws (out of 34 attempts) were the third-most in team history.