North Coast Athletic Conference regular season and tournament
champion DePauw (27-1) earned its eleventh straight bid
to the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Tigers will host Claremont-M-S of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (24-3) in a first-round matchup on Friday night. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The other first-round contest in the bracket pits Ohio Northern (23-5) of the Ohio Athletic Conference against Transylvania (25-2) of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Tipoff times for the games will be announced later today. Friday’s winners will face off the next evening. Saturday’s winner advances to one of four sectional-round sites, March 14-15. Sectional winners will move on to the semifinals and finals, March 21-22, to be held at the Quandt Fieldhouse in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, home of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. More information on the NCAA Tournament can be found HERE
DePauw is making its 15th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament, having walked away National Champions of Division III in 2007 and 2013 after a perfect 34-0 season. The Tigers are 26-12 (.684) all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
DePauw’s NCAC Tournament run included wins over eighth-seeded Wooster, 71-40, fourth-seeded Kenyon, 88-60, and third-seeded Denison, 69-41. The tournament championship marked the Tigers’ s third-straight crown and ran its NCAC Tournament record to a perfect 9-0 since joining the league. Junior Savannah Trees (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) was awarded the Nan Nichols Award as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. In 77 total minutes of tournament action, Trees led the Tigers in scoring with 48 points (16.0 ppg) after shooting 59.4 percent (19-of-32) from the field, 66.7 percent (4-of-6) from beyond the arc and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Trees was joined on the all-tournament team by senior Alex Gasaway (Crawfordsville, IN/Crawfordsville), Denison freshman Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt Lebanon) and senior Gretchen Staubach (Madeira, OH/Madeira), Kenyon senior Maggie Boelter (Vienna, WV/Parkersburg Catholic) and Ohio Wesleyan junior LaNiece McRae (Youngstown, OH/Chaney). Gasaway averaged 11.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in three tournament games for the Tigers. Holmes (11.0 ppg) and Staubach (10.3 ppg) were second and third in scoring, respectively, for the Big Red in the tournament. Holmes led Denison on the glass by averaging 18.0 rebounds a game, including tying a tournament record for rebounds in a single game with 23 against Ohio Wesleyan. Holmes also set the tournament record for total number of rebounds (54) and blocks (14) in three games for the Big Red. Boelter paced the Ladies in two tournament games, averaging 9.5 points, a tournament best seven assists, 1.5 rebounds and a steal per game. McRae was impressive in two tournament games for the Battling Bishops averaging a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.