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NCAC Weekly Release (2-10-14) - Women's Basketball

NCAC Weekly Release (2-10-14) - Women's Basketball

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DePauw (13-0, 22-0) clinched its third-straight outright NCAC title following a 74-50 win against Hiram. The Tigers have now posted 75 straight regular seasons wins and have won at least 22 games for the past 13 seasons. League action resumes this week with Denison (8-4, 16-5) squaring off at Oberlin (3-8, 8-12) on Monday in a makeup contest, followed by four games each on Wednesday and Saturday. 

ALLEGHENY dropped a pair of contests over the weekend, falling to No. 1 DePauw, 91-40, on Friday before suffering a stunning defeat at the buzzer against Wittenberg, 63-61. Sophomore Jessica Mrdjenovich (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) picked up a team-high eight points for the Gators in Greencastle, but a sizable rebounding advantage and strong shooting performance from the nation’s No. 1 team kept the Gators at bay.  Against Wittenberg, sophomore Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) tallied game-highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds to post her sixth double-double of the year as one of three Gators to score in double figures, complimented by 13 from junior Kendall Hoffman (Pittsburgh, PA/North Catholic) and 12 from sophomore Makenzie Zidek (Leechburg, PA/Kiski).

DENISON improved to 16-5 following a 30-point win over Wooster on Senior Day. Prior to the game, Denison honored Paige Williams (Indianapolis, IN/North Central)Gretchen Staubach (Madeira, OH/Madeira)Mikaela Freundlich (Gernika-Lumo, Spain), and Aubrey Rogers (Cincinnati, OH/Indian Hill). The group has won 77 games since arriving at Denison.

Top-ranked DEPAUW clinched its third NCAC title in as many years since joining the league. The Tigers have now won 56 straight overall and 75 in the regular season after picking up NCAC wins over Allegheny and Hiram last week. Over the last eight games, Emma Ondik (Naperville, IL/Central) has totaled 27 assists and 0 turnovers. Ondik ranks second in Division III with 51.9 percent three-point shooting. In the win over Hiram, DePauw tied the school record for three-pointers in a game with 13 (13-22).

HIRAM dropped three NCAC contest last week, falling to Kenyon, Wittenberg and DePauw. The Terriers are now 5-17 on the year, 1-12 in league play. Senior guard Danielle Day (Newbury, OH/Newbury) averaged a double-double on the week posting 10.7 points on 35.5 percent shooting and 11.3 rebounds per contest.

KENYON split a pair of NCAC contests last week. The Ladies played their rescheduled game against Hiram on Tuesday and came away with an 83-60 win. Senior guard Maggie Boelter  (Vienna, WV/Parkersburg Catholic) had 19 points against the Terriers. Boelter tossed in another 16 points on Saturday, but that total came in a 71-54 home loss to Ohio Wesleyan.

OBERLIN’S only scheduled game last week was postponed and rescheduled for Monday, February 10 when the Yeowomen will host Denison at 7 p.m.

OHIO WESLEYAN extended its winning streak to four games after picking up a pair of key conference victories last week to improve to 14-8 overall and currently sits in second place with a league record of 9-4. On Wednesday, Ohio Wesleyan knocked off Wooster, 72-67. Junior guard Sarah McQuade (Dublin/Coffman) led the Bishops with 10 points, while LaNiece McRae (Youngstown, OH/Chaney) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. In the 71-54 victory over Kenyon on Saturday, McRae led the Bishops with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

WITTENBERG picked up a pair of wins last week thanks to outstanding efforts from senior Amber Rice (South Charleston, OH/Southeastern) and junior Heather Schroeder (Aurora, OH/Aurora). Rice led the Tigers with 36 points on 11-of-19 shooting on the week, including 28 points on 8-of-10 field goal shooting, 5-of-6 three-point shooting and 4-of-4 free-throw shooting in a 93-54 victory over Hiram. Schroeder scored 17 points in the Tigers’ 63-61 win over Allegheny and 18 against Hiram to finish the week with 35 points while shooting 65 percent from the field.

Despite dropping NCAC contests against Ohio Wesleyan and Denison last week, WOOSTER sophomore forward Lauren Hancher (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) paced the Fighting Scots’ scoring attack in each contest, averaging 18.5 points per game on 58.6 percent shooting and has now scored in double figures in 12 of the last 13 games.