The NCAC posted an 8-4 record against non-conference competition over the Thanksgiving Holiday. This week features a full slate of contests, including the opening of conference play on Wednesday as Allegheny (4-2, 0-0) travels to Hiram (2-3, 0-0), Wittenberg (5-1, 0-0) takes on Ohio Wesleyan (2-3, 0-0) and Oberlin (3-2, 0-0) hosts Denison (2-4, 0-0).
ALLEGHENY erased a 13-point, second-half deficit with a game-tying three-pointer by senior Marina Scarantino (Pittsburgh, PA/Montour) with 0.9 seconds on the clock, as the Gators picked up a 94-89, overtime win over Washington & Jefferson last Tuesday. Junior Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh, PA/Mount Lebanon) scored a career-high 33 points, the most for a Gator since the 2001 season, as Allegheny picked up the first win over W&J since the 2010-11 season. Senior Kendall Hoffman (Pittsburgh, PA/North Catholic) tied a career-high with 21 points.
DENISON went 1-1 at the Jim Meagle Shootout Tournament, hosted by Marietta College last weekend. Junior Kellie Arter (Lancaster, OH/Lancaster) and sophomore Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) were both named to the all-tournament team. Arter averaged 16.5 ppg after shooting 46 percent (12-for-26) from the field and 44 percent (7-for-16) from three-point range. Holmes grabbed 17 rebounds a game and averaged six blocks a contest. She also had eight steals, seven of which came against Carnegie Mellon.
DEPAUW entered last week ranked sixth in the latest coaches’ poll and ninth by D3hoops.com. DePauw finished third at the Midwest Challenge, and with the win over Illinois College, Kris Huffman picked up her 500th career win. Savannah Trees (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) led the way for the Tigers by averaging 15 points on 46.2 percent shooting for the week.
HIRAM picked up its second win of the season by a 68-55 score over Westminster on Tuesday. Senior Kelsey Koskinen (Madison, OH/Madison) scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Terriers. Sophomore Kayla Yost (Norwalk, OH/Perkins) added 17 points and seven rebounds for Hiram.
KENYON played just one game last week, but got career-high scoring efforts from Sarah Hobbs (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) (16) and Bailey Dominguez (Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor) (14) to defeat Case, 51-47.
OBERLIN picked up a 74-46 victory over Thiel in the Yeowomen’s lone contest last week. Senior Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison)scored 17 of her season-high 24 points in the second half, which included a 5-of-6 effort from beyond the arc in the stanza. Junior Lindsey Bernhardt (Miami, FL/Ransom Everglades School) hit the 20-point plateau for the second time this year, while also matching a career-high with six assists.
OHIO WESLEYAN dropped its lone contest over the Thanksgiving Holiday by falling to Capital, 71-50. Sophomore post Taylor Dickson (Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) led the Bishops with 16 points, while senior post LaNiece McRae (Youngstown, OH/Chaney) added 12 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
WITTENBERG picked up a fifth-straight win to open the week, beating Otterbein 85-36 on home court to improve to 5-0 and match the team’s best start since the 1993-94 season behind 18 points and a career-high three blocked shots from senior Darbie Zirkle (St. Paris, OH/Graham). The Tigers split the week, though, after falling 66-55 at Case in their first loss of the year.
WOOSTER was idle last week. The Scots will return to the hardwood on Wednesday as they host Case, before traveling to DePauw on Saturday to open up the conference portion of their schedule.