NCAC Weekly Release (2-2-15) - Women's Basketball

NCAC Weekly Release (2-2-15) - Women's Basketball

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Wittenberg (7-3, 15-8) went a perfect 2-0 last week after picking up wins over Ohio Wesleyan (5-6, 9-11) and Denison (6-5, 10-10). The Tigers have won four-straight, winning 10 of their last 12 contests and their 15 wins overall are the most since the 2009-10 season when Wittenberg posted 19 victories. League action resumes this week with two games on Wednesday and Friday and four more games on Saturday.

ALLEGHENY swept the regular season series from Kenyon for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign with a 66-61 road triumph over the Ladies on Saturday. Led by a team-high 17 from junior Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon), the Gators had three scorers in double digits, as senior Kendall Hoffman (Pittsburgh, PA/North Catholic) scored 14 and junior Ifeyinwa Uwazie (Monroeville, PA/Oakland Catholic) netted 11 points. Hoffman drilled a three-pointer with 1:58 remaining to put the Gators ahead for good, as Allegheny responded from a seven-point, second half deficit with a 9-2 run over the final five minutes en route to the win.

DENISON dropped a pair of conference road games last week at DePauw, 77-39, and Wittenberg, 41-39. Sophomore Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) paced DU last week by averaging nine points and 11 rebounds. The Big Red currently sit fifth in the NCAC standings heading into the final three weeks of the season. Two of Denison’s final five games will be against teams ranked in the top-4 in the league.

DEPAUW, ranked 10th in the latest coaches’ poll and 11th by D3hoops.com, extended its win streak to 15-straight after knocking off Denison and Oberlin last week. In the two games, the Tigers shot 48.8 percent from the field and 48.4 percent (15-31) from three.

HIRAM recorded its first two conference wins last week. On Wednesday, four players scored in double figures as the Terriers topped Wooster, 81-66. Senior Taylor Ratliff (Berea, OH/Columbia) and sophomore Kayla Yost (Norwalk, OH/Perkins) each had 17 points in the win. On Saturday, the Terriers shot 52.5 percent from the field in an 81-74 win at Ohio Wesleyan. Yost paced the Terriers with 19 points, while freshman Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) had 17 points and tied her career-high with eight rebounds.

KENYON had a good start against Oberlin but succumbed to a massive run by the Yeowomen midway through the first half which put the game out of reach. Kenyon followed that up with a tough, hard-fought loss to Allegheny. The Ladies had a small lead late, but were unable to prevail. Even with the two losses, Kenyon is still sitting in the seventh spot for the NCAC Tournament which starts in less than a month.

OBERLIN senior Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison) poured in 20 points and ripped down a season-high 18 rebounds to lead the Yeowomen over Kenyon, 59-46. In the game she became just the second player in school history to surpass 1,600 career points. The Yeowomen then took to the road and fell to conference-leading DePauw, 73-52.

OHIO WESLEYAN dropped a pair of conference games last week, falling to both Wittenberg and Hiram. Senior guard Kristin Henning (Beavercreek, OH/Beavercreek) led the Bishops on the week by averaging 13.5 points, five rebounds and 2.5 assists in the two contests.

WITTENBERG is on a four-game winning streak following a win over Ohio Wesleyan, 66-55, and a thrilling comeback victory over Denison, 41-39. Trailing 36-21 with nine minutes remaining, senior Katelyn Haralamos (Maineville, OH/Kings) drained two three-pointers as part of a 14-point run over the next five minutes as the Tigers leapt back into the game. Then, with 15 seconds remaining, Haralamos hit the game-winning jumper. She led the team in scoring (29 points) and rebounds (17) for the week while adding four steals and three assists to help the team move into second place in the conference.

WOOSTER dropped a tough 81-66 contest to Hiram last week in the Fighting Scots’ only action of the week. Junior Lauren Hancher (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) scored a school-record 40 points (previous best was 38 by Katie Montague vs. Kenyon on Jan. 3, 1998) plus registered career-highs in both assists (4) and steals (5) and pulled down five rebounds. Hancher, who shot 15-of-24 from the field (.625) and 10-of-11 at the free throw line (.909), is just the 10th player in Div. III to reach the 40-point club this year.