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NCAC Weekly Release (2-3-14) - Women's Basketball

NCAC Weekly Release (2-3-14) - Women's Basketball

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Ohio Wesleyan (7-4, 12-8) went a perfect 2-0 last week after picking up wins over Wittenberg (5-5, 10-8) and Hiram (1-9, 5-14) last week. The Bishops have won six of their last eight contests and their 12 wins overall are the most since the 2010-11 season when Ohio Wesleyan posted 15 victories.

ALLEGHENY dropped its lone contest last week, 89-81, to Kenyon on Saturday afternoon at the David V. Wise Center. Allegheny sophomore Rachel Vigliotti (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) scored a team- and career-high 24 points, but the Gators were unable to topple a sharp-shooting Ladies squad that hit 55.9 percent of their shots from the field. Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) notched a double-double, adding 20 points and 11 boards, while sophomore Makenzie Zidek (Leechburg, PA/Kiski) and junior Kendall Hoffman (Pittsburgh, PA/North Catholic) tallied 14 and 10 points, respectively.

DENISON freshman Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) set the NCAC record for single-season blocks after logging eight rejections in a 61-51 setback to top-ranked DePauw on Wednesday. The Big Red rebounded from the loss with a 46-42 victory over Wittenberg on Saturday. On the week, the freshman post averaged a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds per contest. She also finished the week with 15 blocks running her single-season total to 117 with three weeks left in the regular season. Holmes converted 83.3 percent (10-for-12) from the field. Senior Gretchen Staubach (Madeira, OH/Madeira) also averaged 11 points per game last week.

Top-ranked DEPAUW extended its win streak to 54 and its regular season string to 73 with road wins over Denison and Oberlin. Emma Ondik (Naperville, IL/Central) totaled a career-high six assists in the win at Oberlin and over the last six games has totaled 19 assists and no turnovers. Ondik, ranked second in Division III three-point percentage, prior to Saturday’s game, is now shooting over 50 percent from three-point range (49-97). DePauw is one of six undefeated Division III schools.

HIRAM split a pair of NCAC contests last week, picking up its first league win of the year after knocking off Wooster, 60-59. The Terriers are now 5-14 on the year, 1-9 in league play. In the win, senior guard Danielle Day (Newbury, OH/Newbury) recorded her third double-double of the season, setting a career-high in points scored for the third time this year with 21 points on 6-of-13 shooting (46.2 percent). She also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

KENYON picked up a couple of conference wins and improved its position in the upper half of the NCAC standings. The Ladies used 20 points from senior Maureen Hirt (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington North) to register a 71-62 home win over Oberlin on Wednesday and then collected another 33 points from Hirt on Saturday during an 89-81 win at Allegheny.

OBERLIN gave top-ranked DePauw its biggest scare of the season, trailing by just three with 53 seconds to go before ultimately falling 67-62. Sophomore Christina Marquette (Hunting Beach, CA/Edison) was simply sensational in the game, scoring 31 points on 12-of-19 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds. Marquette also turned in a 17-point, 13-rebound effort in a 71-62 loss at Kenyon.

OHIO WESLEYAN picked up a pair of key conference victories last week improving to 12-8 overall and currently sits in a tie for second place with a league record of 7-4. On Wednesday, Ohio Wesleyan knocked off Wittenberg, 78-69. Julia Grimsley (Alliance, OH/Alliance) and Kristin Henning (Beavercreek, OH/Beavercreek) shared the Bishop lead with 16 points apiece, with Grimsley adding a team-best six boards. In the 82-62 victory over Hiram on Saturday, Tamra Londot (Utica, OH/Utica) scored 10 points and led Ohio Wesleyan with eight rebounds and four assists.

WITTENBERG fell twice on the road last week, starting with a 78-69 loss at Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday in which senior Amber Rice (South Charleston, OH/Southeastern) scored 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and junior Katelyn Haralamos (Maineville, OH/Kings) was just behind with 19 points. The Tigers went on to lose 46-42 at Denison on Saturday despite the 13-point, nine-rebound performance of Rice.

WOOSTER senior guard Karley Walker (South Charleston, WV/South Charleston) scored a career-high 22 points, which included 4-of-9 three-point shooting, and also controlled seven rebounds in the Scots’ lone action of the week, a tough 60-59 loss to Hiram.