DePauw (15-0, 22-1) captured the NCAC championship and the No. 1 seed for the 2015 NCAC Women’s Basketball Tournament last week with a pair of league victories over Wittenberg (10-4, 18-6) and Kenyon (4-10, 6-16). The final seven seeds for the conference tournament will be determined this week as the NCAC regular season schedule officially comes to a close on Saturday.
ALLEGHENY suffered a pair of narrow losses this week, dropping a 75-72 road contest to Oberlin on Wednesday before falling at home to Ohio Wesleyan, 58-56, on Saturday. Junior Jessica Mrdjenovich (Pittsburgh, PA/ Oakland Catholic) led the Gators in scoring against the Yeowomen with 18 points, while fellow third year Rachel Vigliotti (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) posted a double-double with 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds against Ohio Wesleyan. Seniors Marina Scarantino (Pittsburgh, PA/Montour) and Kendall Hoffman (Pittsburgh, PA/North Catholic) were honored prior to Saturday’s contest.
DENISON went on a 15-2 run over the final 7:30 to defeat Kenyon, 43-39 on Wednesday in Granville. Gabrielle Nottage (Evanston, IL/Evanston Twp.) led DU with 11 points. Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) grabbed 17 rebounds and is averaging 14.0 rebounds per game this season.
DEPAUW clinched its fourth NCAC title in four years with Wednesday’s win over Wittenberg. The game was the first home overtime game for DePauw’s women since January 2000. Hannah Douglas (Pendleton, IN/Pendleton Heights) scored a DePauw career-high of 28 against Wittenberg including seven in overtime. The Tigers have now won 19 straight contests.
HIRAM split a pair of tight games last week. On Wednesday, freshman Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown, OH/Lake) converted an old-fashion 3-point play with 13 seconds to give Hiram a 69-68 win at Wooster. Shockley recorded career-highs in points (15) and rebounds (9) .On Saturday, Hiram had a chance to win in regulation, but could not get its shot to fall at the buzzer, ultimately falling to Oberlin 76-72 in overtime. Freshman Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) had 18 points, while sophomore Kayla Yost (Norwalk, OH/Perkins) recorded her ninth double-double with 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
KENYON took a tough loss to Denison last week as the Ladies led by seven with less than three minutes to go and saw the Big Red close the game on an 11-0 run. Against DePauw, the Ladies battled all game long before falling to the eighth-ranked team in the end. Despite the losses, Kenyon is still positioned as the No. 7 seed for the NCAC Tournament which will begin next week.
OBERLIN earned a pair of victories last week, first holding off Allegheny, 75-72, before outlasting a tough Hiram team, 76-72, in overtime. The pair of wins gave Head Coach Kerry Jenkins his 56th career victory, tying him with Ann Gilbert (1994-2002) for the most wins in program history. Senior Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison) combined for 56 points in the two games, while junior Caroline Hamilton (North Yarmouth, ME/Greely) added 14 points off the bench in each game.
OHIO WESLEYAN picked up its third-straight NCAC victory, outscoring Allegheny 11-1 over the final minutes of the game, to earn a, 58-56 win. Senior post LaNiece McRae (Youngstown, OH/Chaney) led the Bishops with 19 points. McRae finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) and senior guard Sarah McQuade (Dublin, OH/Coffman) shared the Ohio Wesleyan lead with three assists.
WITTENBERG took league-leading DePauw to the brink of their first conference loss of the season by forcing overtime, but ultimately fell 62-58 to the 13th-ranked team in the nation, rebounding with an 81-46 win over Wooster. Senior Katelyn Haralamos (Maineville, OH/Kings) became just the 10th 1,000-point scorer in school history as she scored 21 against DePauw. Senior Darbie Zirkle (St. Paris, OH/Graham) then turned in a career game versus Wooster, scoring a career-best 24 points with her second eight-steal game of the season.
WOOSTER led Hiram by as many as nine and 68-66 with :20 to go, however, the Terriers escaped with a 69-68 decision, and then the Scots were on the short end of an 81-46 score at Wittenberg. Junior forward Lauren Hancher (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) led Wooster on the week pouring in 39 total points in the two contests.