DePauw (15-0, 24-0), having already captured the NCAC championship and the No. 1 seed for the 2014 NCAC Women’s Basketball Tournament, continued its unbeaten conference record with an 80-47 victory over Kenyon (8-6, 13-9). The final seven seeds for the conference tournament will be determined this week as the NCAC regular season schedule officially comes to a close on Saturday. League action picks back up this Wednesday with four games on the slate, highlighted by Wittenberg (8-6, 13-9) traveling to Kenyon and Oberlin (4-10, 9-14) hosting Ohio Wesleyan (10-4, 15-8). Saturday features DePauw visiting Ohio Wesleyan and Allegheny (7-7, 13-10) hosting Denison (9-5, 17-6).
the penultimate week of the regular season, upending Oberlin at
home, 77-65, before dropping an 81-73 decision to Ohio Wesleyan on
Junior Marina Scarantino (Pittsburgh,
PA/Montour) fueled a determined Allegheny attack with
a career-high 10 assists to send the Gators past
the Yeowomen. Staging a dramatic comeback after trailing
by 16 points in the first half, 20 points by
junior Kendall Hoffman (Pittsburgh, PA/North
Catholic) was not enough as Ohio Wesleyan was able to
convert free throws down the stretch to stop the Gator rally.
In its lone game of the week, DENISON suffered a 65-51 setback at Kenyon. The Big Red had four starters score in double figures in the loss. Junior Candise Love (San Diego, CA/Vista Murrieta) led DU with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting, from the field, while freshman Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) had 11 points, nine rebounds and five blocks. Gretchen Staubach (Madeira, OH/Madeira) posted her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Mikaela Freundlich (Gernika-Lumo, Spain/Gernika BHI) also chipped in 10 points.
In the win over Kenyon, DEPAUW’S Alex Gasaway (Crawfordsville, IN/Crawfordsville) matched her season high with 20 points and scored 10 of the Tigers’ first 12 points on Senior Day. The seniors extended their four-year record to 110-6, which ranks second in Division III in wins over the last four years and first in winning percentage (.948).
HIRAM dropped two NCAC contests last week, falling to Wooster and Oberlin. The Terriers are now 5-19 on the year, 1-14 in league play. Hiram will close out the regular season Wednesday, as the Terriers travel to face Denison.
KENYON split another pair of NCAC contests last week. The Ladies used a 31-point game from senior Maureen Hirt (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington North) Wednesday to roll to a 65-51 win at home over Denison. Saturday, the Ladies traveled to DePauw and suffered an 80-47 defeated to the No. 1-ranked Tigers.
After succumbing to a late Allegheny run in a 77-65 loss, OBERLIN snapped a nine-game skid by pushing past Hiram 58-45 on, the road. Sophomore Lindsey Bernhardt (Miami, FL/Ransom Everglades School) made five triples and finished with 19 points in the win. Junior Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach/Edison) also had a double-double in each game.
OHIO WESLEYAN extended its winning streak to five games after picking up a key conference victory last week to improve to 15-8 overall and remain in second place with a league record of 10-4. On Saturday, Ohio Wesleyan knocked off Allegheny, 81-73. Junior post LaNiece McRae (Youngstown/Chaney) finished with team bests of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Emily Julius (Avon, OH/Avon) scored 12 points, while Sarah McQuade (Dublin, OH/Coffman) had 11 points and a team-high six assists.
WITTENBERG fell to top-ranked DePauw by a score of 73-48 before heading to Wooster for an 84-51 victory on the strength of 53 percent team field goal shooting. Sophomore Taylore Bundy (Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy Orange) led the effort by hitting four of five attempted field goals, including all three of her long-range shots to finish with 11 points. Freshman Riley McDonald (Dexter, MI/Dexter) and senior Amber Rice (South Charleston, OH/Southeastern) were also highly efficient to split the lead with 12 points.
Sophomore forward Lauren Hancher (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) helped WOOSTER take a big step towards qualifying for the NCAC Tournament, scoring 10 points and recording six rebounds in its win at Hiram. Then, she scored a game-high 14 points, all during the second half, against Wittenberg.