Tenth-ranked DePauw (9-0, 16-1) has built a three-game lead in the North Coast women’s basketball standings following the Tigers 13th-straight victory, with a 72-38 win over Wooster (0-9, 1-17) on Saturday. NCAC play continues this week with four tilts scheduled on both Wednesday and Saturday, highlighted by both Denison (6-3, 10-8) and Oberlin (6-3, 10-8) visiting DePauw.
ALLEGHENY went 1-1 last week, upending Wooster, 79-70, before suffering a 76-74 setback against Oberlin at home on Saturday. Junior Jessica Mrdjenovich (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) had a strong week for the Blue and Gold, averaging 24.5 points per game, while shooting 57.1 percent from range. She scored a team-high 22 during the Gators’ win over Wooster and tacked on an additional 27 against Oberlin, her second-highest total of the season.
DENISON remained in a tie for second place in the NCAC standings following a pair of wins over Hiram and Ohio Wesleyan. Sophomore Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) totaled 14 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks in the win over Hiram. Holmes moved into fourth place on Denison’s career rebounding list following Saturday’s nine rebound effort versus OWU. In a little over one and a half season, she has totaled 649 rebounds at DU.
DEPAUW, ranked 10th in the latest coaches’ poll and 11th by D3hoops.com, extended its win streak to 13-straight after knocking off Wooster, 72-38, last week. Senior Emma Ondik (Naperville, IL/Central) led the Tigers with 14 points, three assists, two blocks, two steals and one steal in the win.
HIRAM fell in a pair of road contests at Denison and Kenyon last week. Against Denison, senior Taylor Ratliff (Berea, OH/Columbia) had a team-high 16 points. Hiram trailed by one with 1:47 remaining, but the Big Red knocked down 7-of-8 free throws for the win. Against Kenyon, sophomore Kayla Yost (Norwalk, OH/Perkins) and freshman Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) each had 11 points.
KENYON split a pair of conference home games last week. Wednesday, senior Sarah Hobbs (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) scored six points, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished out five assists in a 49-39 loss to Wittenberg. Saturday, three Ladies rang up career-best scoring outputs in a 67-51 win over Hiram. Bailey Dominguez (Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor) scored 17, Avery Anderson (Hinsdale, IL/Hinsdale Central) scored 16 and Griffin Tullis (Columbus, OH/Dublin Coffman) scored 15.
OBERLIN started the week by defeating Ohio Wesleyan, 71-59, marking the Yeowomen’s first win over the Bishops since January 24, 2004. Oberlin then fended off a late charge from Allegheny to hang on for a 76-74 road win over the Gators. The victories ran the Yeowomen’s overall mark to 10-8 and its NCAC record to 6-3. The 10 total wins are the most since the 2004-05 season when the team finished 10-16, while the six-league victories are the most since the 1999-00 season they went 6-10 in conference action.
OHIO WESLEYAN dropped a pair of conference games last week, falling to both Oberlin and Denison. Senior post LaNiece McRae (Youngstown, OH/Chaney) led the Bishops on the week by averaging 12 points, 8.5 rebounds and two blocks in the two contests.
WITTENBERG picked up a 49-39 win over Kenyon in its only action last week, defeating the Ladies for only the second time in the last nine meetings as senior Darbie Zirkle (St. Paris, OH/Graham) picked up a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, adding four steals, two assists and a block. Freshman Bobbie Clayton (Greenwood, IN/Center Grove) led the team with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting and seven rebounds off the bench.
WOOSTER lost a close game to Allegheny, 79-70, and led No. 11 ranked DePauw through 11 minutes of play before falling, 72-38, last week. Junior Rachel Huxhold (West Chester, OH/Lakota West) made both of her three-point attempts as part of a 10-point, three-assist performance against Allegheny and then tallied eight points and four assists during the DePauw game.