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NCAC Weekly Release (12-9-13) - Women's Basketball

NCAC Weekly Release (12-9-13) - Women's Basketball

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DePauw (7-0, 1-0), Allegheny (6-2, 1-0), Wittenberg (5-2, 1-0) and Kenyon (5-3, 1-0) all jumped out to perfect starts in conference play and sit atop the NCAC standings with a light league schedule coming up this week. In the lone conference games scheduled, Allegheny will travel to Kenyon on Tuesday and Denison (7-2, 1-1) will faceoff against Wittenberg in Springfield on Saturday.

Three Gators scored in double-digits to send ALLEGHENY to a conference season-opening 65-56 win over Hiram. Sophomore Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh, PA/Mount Lebanon) led the Gators with 18 points and 15 rebounds, notching her second double-double of the season. Fellow second year Jessica Mrdjenovich (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) matched Pellicano’s 18 points to tie for the team-high, while junior Marina Scarantino (Westlake, OH/Westlake) scored 13 points in the win.

In DENISON’S 14-point win over Oberlin, freshman Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) posted 14 points, 21 rebounds and 8 blocked shots. Her 21 rebounds were a career-high and the most by a DU player since the 1986-87 season. In the 68-57 loss against OWU, Kellie Arter (Lancaster, OH/Lancaster) came off the bench to score 18 points.

Top-ranked DEPAUW shot a season-high 53.0 percent from the floor and hit 12-of-23 three-pointers in 98-68 win at Wooster. Senior guard Ali Ross (Lexington, KY/Lafayette) matched a career high with 22 points and knocked down a trio of three-pointers in 26 minutes of play. The win improved DePauw’s all-time record in NCAC games to 33-0 and it was the Tigers’ 41st straight conference victory overall including eight in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Tigers have also won 23 games on an opposing team’s home court.

HIRAM dropped a pair of conference contests last week, falling to Allegheny, 65-56, on Wednesday and Kenyon, 91-61, on Saturday. Freshman forward Brianne Goodrich (Chesterland, OH/WestGeauga) led the Terriers by averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds a game.

KENYON played one game last week, opening its NCAC slate with a convincing 91-61 home win over Hiram. Senior Maureen Hirt (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington North) played just 18 minutes in that game, but still managed to rack up 22 points, five assists, two rebounds, and two steals.

OBERLIN lost its conference opener to Denison, 56-42, on the road Wednesday evening. The Yeowomen are now off until December 29 when they return to action at Middlebury. It will be Yeowomen’s ninth road game out of their first 10 contests of the season.

OHIO WESLEYAN dropped a low scoring affair, 49-34, to Wittenberg on Wednesday in the Bishops’ opening NCAC contest of the year but bounced back to defeat Denison, 68-57, on the road Saturday. Junior guard Sarah McQuade (Dublin, OH/Coffman) led the Bishops with 21 points. LaNiece McRae (Youngstown, OH/Chaney) finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, posting a double-double for the second consecutive game.

WITTENBERG’S non-conference tilt with Brescia on Saturday was postponed due to weather, but the Tigers were happy with an NCAC-opening win over Ohio Wesleyan under their belts. Senior Amber Rice (South Charleston, OH/Southeastern) poured in 23 points, seven rebounds and six steals, while sophomore Ali Miller (Cincinnati, OH/McNicholas) tied a school record with five blocks.

WOOSTER senior guard Karley Walker (South Charleston, WV/South Charleston) scored a game-high 19 points, including 5-of-9 three-point shooting, in the 66-49 loss at Case, then added 14 points and five assists in a 98-68 loss to DePauw. The Scots’ 68 points against DePauw was the most scored against the Tigers in 70 games.