After starting the season 2-2, Allegheny (9-2, 2-0) has won seven straight and sits atop the league standings with a perfect conference record after defeating Kenyon, 56-45, last week. This week features a light schedule of non-conference contests with Wooster, Hiram, Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg in action.
ALLEGHENY ended 2014 on a seven-game winning streak after a 56-45 triumph over Kenyon on Wednesday at the David V. Wise Center. The Gators were led by a game-high 16 points from junior Jessica Mrdjenovich (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic), 14 points from junior Rachel Vigliotti (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) and 11 points from junior Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) en route to maintaining their best start since the 2006-07 season.
DENISON split a pair of conference games last week and will go into the holiday break with a 4-6 record. Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) averaged 12.5 ppg, 17.0 rpg and 7.0 bpg last week. She ranks second in Division III in blocks per game and is eighth in rebounds per game. Junior Kellie Arter (Lancaster, OH/Lancaster) averaged 15.5 ppg in two starts. She scored 22 points in Saturday’s loss against Wittenberg.
In two wins last week, DEPAUW shot 49.2 percent from the field and committed just 15 turnovers with only five against Oberlin. The win over Spalding was the Tigers’ 54th-straight regular season home victory. Senior guard Savannah Trees (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) averaged 21.0 points per game and led the Tigers in scoring in both wins.
HIRAM used a 31-8 run in the first half to win at Thiel, 71-52, on Tuesday. The Terriers recorded a season-high 18 steals and forced a season best 27 turnovers in the winning effort. Senior Taylor Ratliff (Berea, OH/Columbia) scored a career-high 20 points and sophomore Kayla Yost (Norwalk, OH/Perkins) added a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
KENYON'S loss at Allegheny snapped a two-game winning streak and evened its NCAC record at 1-1. The Ladies struggled offensively, shooting 30.5% from the field and just 25% from three-point range.
OBERLIN concluded its first semester of play by going 1-1 last week .The Yeowomen earned a 90-55 win over Wooster before returning home to fall against conference-leading DePauw, 77-48. In the win over the Scots, senior Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison) scored a season-high 25 points and added 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.
OHIO WESLEYAN split a pair of contests last week, falling to Denison, 60-51, before bouncing back to knock off Ohio Northern on Wednesday, 75-73. In the win over ONU, junior post Emily Julius (Avon, OH/Avon) scored 17 of her game-high 19 points during the second half as Ohio Wesleyan overcame a 10-point halftime deficit in non-conference play. Freshman guard Kyle Croxton (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) scored a season-high 16 points, while LaNiece McRae (Youngstown, OH/Chaney) finished with 13 points and a team-high six rebounds.
WITTENBERG split the week but picked up an important NCAC win, falling to Earlham, 67-58, before winning at Denison, 64-56. Against the Big Red, seniors Katelyn Haralamos (Maineville, OH/Kings) and Darbie Zirkle (St. Paris, OH/Graham) each scored 21 points, with Haralamos also grabbing a team-best six boards and Zirkle hauling in five with five assists, four steals and two blocks. Zirkle finished the week with team highs of 35 points, seven assists and six steals.
WOOSTER lost to Oberlin in its lone action last week, and will now play road games against Franciscan and Mount St. Joseph less than 24 hours apart on Monday and Tuesday before the Holiday Break. Sophomore guard Sydney Failing (Lorain, OH/Amherst Steele) scored a career-high 21 points, including Wooster’s first seven points of the Oberlin game, on 9-of-11 field goals.