Mar 13, 2015
The 2014-15 NCAC women's basketball season came to a close on Friday night as DePauw (26-3) suffered a tough 71-62 defeat at the hands of Calvin (30-0) in the NCAA Div. III sectional first round. (PHOTOS)
DePauw trailed by seven going into the break and fell behind by 14 with 6:27 to play but fought back to cut it within six with 2:33 remaining on a Savannah Trees (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) jumper. Despite holding Calvin without a field goal in the final 9:10, the Knights went 9-for-11 from the line down the stretch and never allowed DePauw to make it a one-possession game. Calvin made just one two point bucket in the second frame but hit 5-of-11 from beyond-the-arc and made 13 free throws after just three attempts from the line in the first half.
Calvin outrebounded DePauw 43-33 and held an edge on assists, 16-11. Overall the Knights shot 43.6 percent (24-for-55) while DePauw was held to its lowest field goal percentage of the year at 34.4 (22-for-64).
The Tigers, who finished the 2014-15 season as the NCAC regular season champions, were led on the night by Trees with 21 points and six rebounds, while Hannah Douglas (Pendleton, IN/Pendleton) chipped in with 17 points and three rebounds.
Trees and Douglas along with classmates Emma Ondik (Naperville, IL/Central), Lauren Abendroth (Toledo, OH/Ottawa Hills) and Hannah Lukemeyer (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington North) end their remarkable career with a record of 117-7, three-straight NCAA sectional first round appearances and the 2013 NCAA National Title.