DePauw (11-1, 4-0) posted a perfect 4-0 record over the holiday break, including a pair of conference victories over Allegheny (10-3, 3-1) and Hiram (4-9, 0-4) to extend its win streak to eight and sit atop the league standings as the only remaining squad with a perfect conference record. NCAC play continues this week with four tilts scheduled on both Wednesday and Saturday.
ALLEGHENY ended a cross-state road trip with a 1-1 record, upending Wittenberg, 59-58, in the waning moments of regulation after a 98-63 setback to DePauw the previous day. Senior Marina Scarantino (Pittsburgh, PA/Montour) buried a game-winning three-pointer with 22 seconds left and the Gators trailing by two points, ushering the squad to their 10th win of the season and a 3-1 mark in conference play. Junior Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh, PA/Mount Lebanon) led all scorers against Wittenberg with 21 total points.
DENISON went a perfect 3-0 over the break, defeating Muskingum, 71-63, and Albion, 78-62, at the Bluffton Holiday Tournament, before resuming NCAC play with a 74-39 win over Wooster. The victory over the Scots marked win number 399 in the career of Big Red head coach Sara Lee. Junior Kellie Arter (Lancaster, OH/Lancaster) and senior Mary Margaret Habel (Cincinnati, OH/St. Ursula Academy) were both named to the Bluffton All-Tournament team, with Arter garnering MVP honors. On the week, Arter averaged 17 points and shot 61 percent (17-for-28) from the field and 57 percent (12-21) from three-point range. Habel and sophomore Gabrielle Nottage (Evanston, IL/Evanston Township) also averaged double figures, scoring 11.3 and 10.7, respectively.
DEPAUW extended its win streak to eight and took over sole possession of first in the conference standings after victories over Allegheny and Hiram. Emma Ondik (Naperville, IL/Central) was named the MVP of the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Classic after DePauw defeated Wis.-Stout and Millsaps. The Tigers shot 49.8 percent from the floor and 44.1 percent (30-68) from three-point range in the four games and held the opponents to just 33.6 percent from the floor. DePauw committed just 41 turnovers (10.3/game) in the four victories. Over the holiday break, senior Savannah Trees (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) led the Tigers averaging 14.5 points per game on 51 percent shooting from the field to go along with 3.5 rebounds a contest.
HIRAM fell in all four games over the holiday break. The Terriers dropped a pair of games at the Otterbein Smokey Ballanger Classic to Washington & Jefferson and the host Cardinals. The Terriers then had a quick two-game swing, losing at Wittenberg and No. 15 DePauw. Sophomore Kayla Yost (Norwalk, OH/Perkins) had two double-doubles and now has six on the season. Freshman Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) also scored a career-high 21 points against Washington & Jefferson.
KENYON played three games over the break and was unable to come up with a win. In the Music City Classic, held in Nashville, Tennessee, the Ladies fell to St. Scholastica, 43-42, and Luther, 75-48. The Ladies returned home to play Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday and dropped a 51-43 decision. Sophomore Bailey Dominguez (Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor) led the Ladies with 33 points, 10 rebounds, and five steals through the three-game stretch.
OBERLIN returned from the holiday break to go 1-2 in non-conference action. The Yeowomen went up north and had a tough shooting night in a 59-34 loss at Kalamazoo before regrouping with a commanding 95-35 win over Illinois Institute of Technology. However, their three-game swing ended with an 83-47 loss at Chicago. In the win over the Scarlet Hawks five, Yeowomen scored in double figures, led by a career-high 15-point performance from first-year Abby Andrews (Ann Arbor, MI/Rudolf Steiner School).
OHIO WESLEYAN posted a 2-1 record over the holiday break with wins over Franklin and NCAC rival Kenyon. In the victory over the Ladies, Senior post LaNiece McRae (Youngstown, OH/Chaney) led the Bishops with 12 points, while junior post Emily Julius (Avon, OH/Avon) finished with 10 points. Senior guard Kristin Henning (Beavercreek, OH/Beavercreek) recorded team-bests of nine rebounds and two assists.
WITTENBERG won the 2014 Charles B. Zimmerman Memorial Classic in Springfield by defeating Mount St. Joseph, 84-61, and Hanover, 73-70, leading senior Katelyn Haralamos (Maineville, OH/Kings) to All-Classic Team MVP honors. She led all players with a 22.5 scoring average, shooting 56 percent from the floor and 54.5 percent from three-point range, while appearing in the top five players for rebounds, blocked shots and free throws. The Tigers went on to split a pair of NCAC games, beating Hiram, 71-51, and falling to Allegheny, 59-58. Haralamos went on to finish the holiday period by averaging 16.8 points and a team-best nine rebounds per game, while shooting 48 percent from the field and 45 percent from three-point range. She was joined on the All-Zimmerman team by senior Enri Small (Columbus, OH/Columbus School for Girls).
WOOSTER came in fourth-place at Capital’s Marriott - Columbus Airport Holiday Tournament, then returned to NCAC play with a tough 74-39 loss at Denison. Junior forward Lauren Hancher (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) was named to the all-tour team after leading all scorers in the consolation game with 18 points plus matching a career-high with eight rebounds. She paced Wooster again with 12 points during the setback at Denison.