DePauw (13-1, 6-0), Ohio Wesleyan (8-6, 4-1), Oberlin (7-7, 3-2) and Wittenberg (11-4, 3-2) all posted a perfect conference records last week as the league schedule approaches its midway point this week. NCAC play continues in the week ahead with four tilts scheduled on both Wednesday and Saturday, highlighted by DePauw traveling to Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday.
ALLEGHENY split last week, upending Hiram, 83-73, on Wednesday to remain undefeated at home before seeing a late comeback fall short against Ohio Wesleyan, 85-72, on Saturday. Junior Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh, PA/Mount Lebanon) finished the week by averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds over the two games, while classmate Jessica Mrdjenovich (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) scored a team-high 24 against the Battling Bishops. Against the Terriers, sophomore Meaghan Wilby (Wellington, New Zealand/Wellington Girls College) tied a career-high with 18 points.
DENISON was locked in a tie game with No. 14 DePauw with just over two minutes remaining, but Tiger guard Savannah Trees knocked down three straight shots down the stretch to hold off the Big Red, 61-55. Denison head coach Sara Lee will be going for victory number 400 on Wednesday when they take on Kenyon in Gambier.
DEPAUW extended its win streak to 10 with a pair of NCAC wins, picking up a road win at Denison on Wednesday before returning home to defeat Kenyon on Saturday. Senior Savannah Trees (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) led the Tigers by averaging 14.5 points per game on 58.8 percent shooting from the field, to go along with two rebounds a contest.
HIRAM dropped a pair of conference games last week. Four players scored in double figures, but the Terriers fell at Allegheny, 83-73, on Wednesday. Senior Kelsey Koskinen (Madison, OH/Madison) led Hiram with 18 points. On Saturday, the Terriers fell to Oberlin, 71-57. Senior Taylor Ratliff (Berea, OH/Columbia) scored a career-high 21 points off the bench.
KENYON dropped a pair of conference contests last week. Avery Anderson (Hinsdale, IL/Hinsdale Central) scored a season-high 15 points against Oberlin on Wednesday, but the Ladies fell to the Yeowomen, 56-40. Saturday, the Ladies traveled to DePauw where they were dealt a 72-39 loss by the nationally-ranked Tigers. Bailey Dominguez (Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor) led the Kenyon offense in that game by connecting on a trio of three-pointers to finish with nine points.
OBERLIN won a pair of conference road games last week, taking down Kenyon, 56-40, before defeating Hiram, 71-57. Senior Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison) recorded a double-double in each contest, averaging 17.5 points and 13 rebounds over the two games. Junior Lindsey Bernhardt (Miami, FL/Ransom Everglades School) matched a career-high 27 points on 11-of-22 shooting in the win over the Terriers.
OHIO WESLEYAN picked up a pair of conference wins last week, knocking off Wooster, 69-64, and Allegheny, 85-72.The Bishops have now won three straight and four of their last five contests. Sophomore post Taylor Dickson (Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) led the way, averaging 16.5 points and eight rebounds a game, including a career-high 20 points in the win over Allegheny.
WITTENBERG improved to 3-2 in league action with a 78-51 win over Wooster that featured a 51-34 rebounding margin, a double-double for senior Enri Small (Columbus, OH/Columbus School For Girls) with 10 points and 10 boards, and a 21-point, seven-rebound outing for senior Darbie Zirkle (St. Paris, OH/Graham) on 4-for-6 three-point shooting.
WOOSTER pushed Ohio Wesleyan to the final seconds before succumbing, 69-64, on Wednesday night, then dropped a 78-51 decision against Wittenberg on Saturday afternoon. Junior forward Lauren Hancher (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) led all players with 20 points against OWU, marking her fourth 20-point game of the season, and she paced Wooster with 18 against Wittenberg. She shot 46.3 percent from field on the week.