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NCAC Weekly Release (12-2-13) - Women's Basketball

NCAC Weekly Release (12-2-13) - Women's Basketball

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DePauw (6-0, 0-0) extended its regular season winning streak to 59 games over the Thanksgiving break after defeating No. 2 Washington U, 74-62, on Sunday. This week features a full slate of contests, including the opening of conference play on Wednesday as Hiram (1-4, 0-0) travels to Allegheny (5-2, 0-0), Ohio Wesleyan takes on Wittenberg (4-2, 0-0) and Denison (6-1, 0-0) hosts Oberlin (5-3, 0-0).

ALLEGHENY finished the 2013 Denison Classic with a 1-1 record, upending Muskingum, 91-72, on Sunday after dropping a 76-67 decision to Case the previous day. Sophomore Rachel Vigliotti (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) earned All-Tournament honors after averaging 17.5 points during the two-game tournament.  On Saturday, fellow sophomore Iffie Uwazie (Monroeville, PA/Oakland Catholic) led the Gators against the Muskies with 20 points and junior Kendall Hoffman (Pittsburgh, PA/North Catholic) picked up her second double-double of the season with a 17 points and 10 rebounds. Against Case, Vigliotti’s game-high 16 points was one of three double-digit performances for the Gators, as sophomores Jessica Mrdjenovich (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) and Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh, PA/Mount Lebanon) scored 11 and 12 points, respectively.

DENISON posted a 2-0 record at the Denison Classic following victories over Muskingum, 88-45, and Case, 62-52. Senior Gretchen Staubach (Madeira, OH/Madeira) and freshman Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) were both named to the all-tournament team. Staubach averaged 13.5 points in the two contests, while Holmes averaged a double-double with 10.5 points and 17 rebounds per game. Holmes also recorded the second triple-double in Denison women’s basketball history in Saturday’s win over Muskingum (10 points, 20 rebounds, 11 blocks). The 11 blocks are a new Denison and NCAC single-game record, and the 20 rebounds are the most by a DU player in a single game since Laci Ford pulled down 21 in a win over Thomas More on Nov. 21, 2001.

Top-ranked DEPAUW extended its overall win streak to 40 with wins over Illinois College and No. 2 Washington-St. Louis to win the Midwest Challenge. The streak equals the sixth longest in Division III history and is the longest current streak in college basketball. DePauw has won 59 straight regular season games.

HIRAM was idle last week.

KENYON had a busy week, winning two out of three games. Tuesday, the Ladies traveled to Cleveland and handed the Case Spartans an 81-52 defeat. Over the weekend, the Ladies headed south to participate in Marietta College’s annual Jim Meagle Turkey Shoot Tournament. The Kenyon women opened the tournament with 70-67 loss to Ohio Valley, but bounced back in the next day’s consolation game with a 74-64 win over Mount St. Joseph. Senior Maureen Hirt (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington North) was Kenyon’s lone representative on the All-Tournament squad after averaging 24.5 points per game on the weekend.

OBERLIN sophomore Lindsey Bernhardt (Miami, FL/Ransom Everglades School) dropped in a career-high 27 points and three other players scored in double figures, but it wasn’t enough as the Yeowomen dropped their home opener to Heidelberg, 98-91. The Yeowomen went out on the road and fell to Olivet, 81-60, but concluded the weekend with a convincing 72-57 win over Kalamazoo. Sophomore Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison) finished with season-highs in points (31) and rebounds (14) in the win, marking her third double-double of the year.

OHIO WESLEYAN played just one game over the Thanksgiving break, falling to Capital, 72-65. Junior wing Caroline Welker (Delaware, OH/Hayes) led the Bishops with 22 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, good for her first career double-double.

WITTENBERG posted a split during Thanksgiving week, falling 72-62 at Otterbein before posting an 83-56 victory over Ohio Christian at Pam Evans Smith Arena. The win was punctuated by the best individual rebounding performance for the Tigers in nearly a decade as sophomore Ali Miller (Cincinnati, OH/McNicholas) hauled in 18 boards. The total ties Miller for eighth in the Tigers’ individual single-game rebounding record and is the most since Haley Warden secured 19 rebounds at Ohio Wesleyan on Feb. 3, 2004.

WOOSTER  sophomore Lauren Hancher (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) scored a career-high 24 points in just 26 minutes of action during an 86-68 victory over Bluffton, as she connected on 9-of-13 shots from the field and all six of her free throws. At 5-0, the Fighting Scots are off to their best start since the 1990-91 season when they started 8-0.