Wooster (4-0, 0-0) is off to its best start since the 1990-91 season when the Scots opened up the year, 8-0, and have joined DePauw (4-0, 0-0) as the only teams still undefeated on the year. The Tigers have now won 38 straight contests going back to last season. Eight of the nine North Coast squads will be in action this week as non-conference play continues over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
ALLEGHENY posted a 2-1 record last week, sparked by a pair of victories over Chatham, 91-64, on Nov. 19 and Grove City, 87-62, on Nov. 23. Against Chatham, sophomore Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh, PA/Mount Lebanon) notched the third double-double of her career, scoring 23 points while adding 10 rebounds and four steals. The Gators suffered an 83-72 setback, their first loss of the season, to Carnegie Mellon on Nov. 21. Sophomore Rachel Vigliotti (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) led the Allegheny attack, scoring 18 points while adding three steals and three assists. Junior Kendall Hoffman (Pittsburgh, PA/North Catholic) added a double-double, scoring 12 points while adding 14 boards. Vigliotti scored 18 to lead the Gators against Grove City, as Hoffman scored 11 points and added nine rebounds.
DENISON freshman Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) was named to the All-Tournament team at Mount Union this past weekend and has logged four-straight games with double figures in points and rebounds. She is averaging 10.8 ppg and 13.2 rpg in five starts. Junior guard Candise Love (San Diego, CA/Vista Murrieta) scored a career-high 28 points in the win over Mt. St. Joseph.
Top-ranked DEPAUW extended its win streaks to 38 straight overall and 57 in the regular season. The Tigers' double-overtime win at Centre matched the longest game in school history and was DePauw's first overtime game since Nov. 28, 2009. Emma Ondik (Naperville, IL/Central) and Erin McGinnis (Normal, IL/Normal Community West) earned spots on the all-tournament team.
HIRAM dropped three games last week, falling to 1-4 on the year. The Terriers lost a tough one-point contest, 64-63, at home to Westminster. Hiram travel to Wisconsin Lutheran over the weekend and squared off against two top-10 squads in Hope and Wash U. Hope defeated Hiram, 84-57, and Wash U. knocked off the Terriers, 78-61.
KENYON split its last two games, both at home, against Ohio Northern and Earlham. Kenyon had a rocky start against the Earlham, but turned it up toward the backend of the first half and rode the momentum of Maggie Boelter's (Vienna, WV/Parkersburg Catholic) 21 points and three three-pointers toward an 86-66 win. The Lords are now 2-2 overall with one game left to play as they head into the holiday break.
OBERLIN relinquished a 10-point halftime lead in a 79-61 loss at Adrian, but regrouped to the win the Pepsi Tip-off Tournament at Susquehanna University by defeating Rosemont 95-72, before taking down the host Crusaders 76-39. In the win over the Ravens of Rosemont Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison), Allison Gannon (Shelburne, VT/Champlain Valley Union) and Malisa Hoak (Toledo, OH/Whitmer) each had a double-double. Marquette was named Tournament MVP after her two game performance.
OHIO WESLEYAN split a pair of games at the BW Invitational, hosted by Baldwin Wallace this past weekend. The Battling Bishops fell to Calvin, 70-60, before bouncing back to defeat Defiance, 70-68. In the win, Emily Julius (Avon, OH/Avon) led Ohio Wesleyan with 20 points, while Sarah McQuade (Dublin/Coffman) distributed a game-best 10 assists and was named to the All-Tournament team.
WITTENBERG improved to 3-1 on the season with a pair of wins last week, first topping perennial OAC power Capital for the first time since 2003 in a 61-46 victory, followed by a close 52-50 win over Franklin. Missing two key starters, the Tigers relied upon junior Heather Schroeder (Aurora, OH/Aurora), who provided 18 points against Franklin with a perfect 8-8 mark at the free throw line, and senior Amber Rice (South Charleston, OH/Southeastern) with 16 points against Capital and 11 against Franklin to finish the week with 29 points.
WOOSTER has now scored at least 81 points in each of their first four games this season, all resulting in double-digit victories. Their highest point total in a game last season was 70. Sophomore guard Sydney Grier (Wooster, OH/Norwayne), a 3-point specialist, connected on 10-of-15 from outside during a pair of wins while re-setting her career high in scoring in back-to-back games. First, she had 15 points (5-of-7 3-pointers) in an 82-67 victory over Geneva, followed by a team-high 17 points (5-of-8 3-pointers) during the 82-63 win at Franciscan.