As a number of NCAC teams took the week off to focus on final exams, just a handful of non-conference games highlighted a light schedule in the conference. League squads will return to non-conference action after the holiday break with numerous teams either hosting or traveling to holiday tournaments, while conference action picks back up on January 2nd and 3rd.
ALLEGHENY was idle last week and will return to action when the Gators visit DePauw on Friday, January 2nd.
DENISON was idle last week and resumes play on December 29th and 30th in Bluffton, Ohio at the Bluffton Holiday Tournament.
DEPAUW was idle last week and will stay local for its Holiday Tournament as the Tigers will host their annual Amy Hasbrook Memorial Tournament on December 29th and 30th.
HIRAM recorded its second-straight victory and third-consecutive non-conference win at Bethany on Tuesday. Sophomore Kayla Yost (Norwalk, OH/Perkins) notched her third-straight and fourth double-double of the season, with a career-high 26 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Kelsey Koskinen (Madison, OH/Madison) added 14 points.
KENYON was idle last week and resumes play on December 29th and 30th in Nashville, Tennessee at the Music City Classic.
OBERLIN was idle last week and will return to the hardwood Sunday, December 30th as the Yeowomen travel to Michigan to square off against Kalamazoo.
OHIO WESLEYAN dropped its lone contest last week, falling to Washington and Jefferson in a thriller, 81-80. Senior guard Kristin Henning (Beavercreek, OH/Beavercreek) recorded a double-double for OWU, finishing with 17 points, matching a career best, and 10 assists to establish a career high.
WITTENBERG was down one point when it launched a game-changing 16-5 run that put the Tigers comfortably in front of Heidelberg on the way to a 74-65 victory on Saturday. Senior Darbie Zirkle (St. Paris, OH/Graham) finished the game with a team-best 22 points, but most of her scoring came at the free throw line where she was 15-of-16, breaking a 27-year old school record originally set by Stephanie Zonars in 1987 at 13 and equaled by Jenni Swartz in 1992.
WOOSTER dropped a 66-53 decision at Franciscan, then less than 24 hours later, lost a 66-65 thriller in a back-and-forth finish at Mount St. Joseph. It marked the final collegiate game for Lauren Hill, MSJ’s inspiring freshman who is battling brain cancer, and after the game, Wooster presented her a check of $650 for the Cure Starts Now Foundation. Junior guard Sydney Grier (Wooster, OH/Norwayne) led Wooster last week, averaging 16.5 points, keyed by 8-for-17 three-point shooting. She also totaled 10 rebounds and seven assists.