Six North Coast squads sit at .500 or better in the conference standings as we approach the final two weeks of the league schedule. DePauw (20-1, 13-0) clinched at least a share of its fourth NCAC title in four years after wins over Wooster (1-20, 0-12) and Hiram (6-16, 2-12) last week. Wittenberg (17-5, 9-3), winners of six-straight, currently sits in second, while Oberlin (12-9, 8-4) is in third and Denison (11-11, 7-6) and Ohio Wesleyan (11-11, 7-6) are tied for fourth in the conference standings. NCAC play continues this week with four tilts scheduled on both Wednesday and Saturday.
ALLEGHENY dropped a pair of home contests to DePauw and Wittenberg over the weekend, falling 85-46 to the No. 10 Tigers on Friday before a 70-59 setback against Wittenberg the following day. Juniors Rachel Vigliotti (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) and Jessica Mrdjenovich (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) tied for the team lead with 10 points against DePauw, while Mrdjenovich also added a team-high 16 points against Wittenberg.
DENISON split a pair of conference games last week, falling in overtime to Oberlin before picking up a road win at Wooster on Saturday. Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) averaged 17.0 points, 13.5 rebounds and 6.5 blocks on the week. Against Wooster, Kellie Arter (Lancaster, OH/Lancaster) scored a career-high 25 points.
DEPAUW, ranked ninth in the latest coaches’ poll and 10th by D3hoops.com, has won 17-straight and clinched at least a share of its fourth NCAC title in four years. After wins over Allegheny and Hiram last week, the Tigers have won at least 20 games for 14 straight seasons. Savannah Trees (Sr., Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) has moved into fourth on DePauw’s all-time scoring list with 1,354 career points.
HIRAM fell in two home games last weekend. On Friday against Wittenberg, sophomore Kayla Yost (Norwalk, OH/Perkins) notched her eighth double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds. On Saturday, sophomore Brianne Goodrich (Chesterland, OH/West Geauga) scored a season-high 13 points in the Terriers 85-53 loss against DePauw.
KENYON sophomore Bailey Dominguez (Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor) drained four three-pointers and recorded a career-best 22 points on Saturday, but the Ladies dropped a 75-71 decision at Ohio Wesleyan.
OBERLIN tied a school record for conference wins after defeating Denison, 62-54, in overtime in its lone game last week. Senior Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison) scored nine of her 15 points in the extra session to lift the Yeowomen to the win. Lindsey Bernhardt (Miami, FL/Ransom Everglades School) led the way with 19 points. At 8-4 Oberlin has matched its most conference wins since the 1998-99 season.
OHIO WESLEYAN picked up a pair of key NCAC victories last week over Wooster and Kenyon to get back to over .500 in league action. Sophomore Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) led the Bishops, averaging 16.5 points on 53.8 percent shooting, including a career-high 22 in the win over Kenyon. Kuether also averaged four rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per contest.
WITTENBERG swept a weekend road trip with a 56-43 win over Hiram and a 70-59 defeat of Allegheny. Senior Darbie Zirkle (St. Paris, OH/Graham) accounted for a team-best 36 points throughout the trip, adding 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and seven steals. She and senior Katelyn Haralamos (Maineville, OH/Kings) accounted for half of the Tigers scoring as the latter scored 27 points and grabbed a team-best 17 rebounds on the week. The Tigers have moved into sole possession of second place in league standings.
WOOSTER had a chance to tie or take the lead during the final minute of both its games, but ultimately suffered close setbacks to Ohio Wesleyan, 71-67, and Denison, 66-61. Junior Sydney Grier (Wooster, OH/Norwayne) hit double figures in each game with 13 points at Ohio Wesleyan and 10 against Denison, thanks to a combined 5-for-8 three-point shooting.