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2015 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Central

2015 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Central

2015 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament Interactive Bracket

Second Round Recaps:

DePauw (26-2) secured its spot in the round of 16 in the 2015 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament following a 76-53 victory over Maryville in the second round on Saturday night in Indiana. Senior guard Savannah Trees (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) became DPU's all-time leading scorer in the 23-point victory after scoring 12 points and pulling down a team-high seven rebounds. In 122 games with the Tigers, Trees has scored 1,459 career points to surpass 2005 graduate Amy Argetsinger who previously held the program's top mark with 1,447 points.

Wittenberg (24-7) saw its 2014-15 season come to a close on Saturday night following an 80-58 loss against Washington (MO) in the second round of the NCAA Div. III Tournament. Senior wing Darbie Zirkle (St. Paris, OHGraham) closed out her career with the Tigers as the squad's leading scorer and rebounder in the loss with 20 points and six boards. In addition, fellow senior Katelyn Haralamos (Maineville, OH/Kings) also closed out her career strong with 18 points and four rebounds.

DePauw Pod
  Washington (MO) Pod

Friday, March 6

  Friday, March 6
Maryville 66, John Carroll 56
  Wittenberg 80, Transylvania 73 {Box}
DePauw 83, Hanover 57 {Box} {Photos}
  Spalding at Washington (MO), 8:00 PM EDT
Saturday, March 7   Saturday, March 7
DePauw 76, Maryville 53 {Box} {Photos}   Washington (MO) 80, Wittenberg 58 {Box}
Third Round    
DePauw vs. Calvin, TBA
   

 

First Round Recaps:

Wittenberg (24-6) earned the program's first victory in the NCAA Division III Tournament since the 2004 season with an 80-73 triumph over Transylvania on Friday night at Washington (MO) University in St. Louis, Missouri. Three Tiger starters scored in double figures in the contest, led by senior wing Darbie Zirkle (St. Paris, OH/Graham) who led the way 21 points after shooting 8-of-16 from the field and 3-of-6 from the charity stripe. Freshman forward Haley Dannemiller (Cleves, OH/Mother of Mercy) also provided solid production for the Tigers in 13 minutes off the bench as she collected seven points and a team-high eight rebounds.

DePauw (25-2) has advanced to the second round of the national tournament for the fourth year in a row after cruising to an 83-57 victory over Hanover on Friday night in front of a home crowd in Neal Fieldhouse. The Tigers used a balanced scoring attack throughout with three starters hitting the 15-point mark, highlighted by senior Savannah Trees (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) who pulled even with Amy Argetsinger '05 for the program's all-time scoring mark of 1,447 career points. The Tigers, who dominated the Panthers on the glass by a 51-27 margin, also finished the game by shooting 46 percent (30-of-66) from the field and 79 percent (15-of-19) from the free throw line.

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North Coast Athletic Conference tournament champion Wittenberg (23-6) earned its ninth bid into the 64-team NCAA Div. III Women's Basketball Tournament, while DePauw (23-2) earned its 12th-straight berth, receiving one of the 20 at-large bids into the championship field. 2015 marks the first time since the 1994-95 season the North Coast will be represented by two teams in the national field.

Wittenberg has a 2-8 record in the national tournament, with both wins coming in their last appearance in 2004. That year, Wittenberg defeated Penn St.-Behrend, 81-49, in the first round and Messiah, 51-48, in the second round, before falling to Scranton in the Round of 16 by a 68-51 margin.

DePauw will host Hanover of the Heartland Conference Athletic Conference  (24-3) in a first-round matchup on Friday night. The other first-round contest in the bracket pits Maryville (25-3) of the USA South Conference against John Carroll (22-4) of the Ohio Athletic Conference. 

DePauw is appearing in its 12th-straight NCAA postseason and 16th in the last 20 years, including national titles in 2007 and 2013, as well as a third-place showing in 2002 and additional quarterfinal appearances in 2006, 2008 and 2014. 

The winners of Saturday's second-round games will advance to one of four sectional-round sites, March 13-14. Sectional winners will move on to the semifinals and finals, March 20-21, to be held at Van Noord Arena on the campus of Calvin in Grand Rapids, Michigan.