The 2014-15 NCAC women’s basketball season came to a close on Friday night as DePauw (26-3) suffered a tough 71-62 defeat at the hands of Calvin (30-0) in the NCAA Div. III sectional first round.
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for DePauw in the sectional semifinals and moves its record to 6-3 all-time in nine appearances.
DePauw trailed by seven going into the break and fell behind by 14 with 6:27 to play, but fought back to cut it within six with 2:33 remaining on a Savannah Trees (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) jumper. Despite holding Calvin without a field goal in the final 9:10, the Knights went 9-for-11 from the line down the stretch and never allowed DePauw to make it a one-possession game. Calvin made just one two point bucket in the second frame, but hit 5-of-11 from beyond-the-arc and made 13 free throws after just three attempts from the line in the first half.
Calvin outrebounded DePauw, 43-33, and held an edge on assists, 16-11. Overall the Knights shot 43.6 percent (24-for-55), while DePauw was held to its lowest field goal percentage of the year at 34.4 (22-for-64).
The Tigers, who finished the 2014-15 season as the NCAC regular season champions, were led on the night by Trees with 21 points and six rebounds, while Hannah Douglas (Pendleton, IN/Pendleton) chipped in with 17 points and three rebounds.
Trees and Douglas along with classmates Emma Ondik (Naperville, IL/Central), Lauren Abendroth (Toledo, OH/Ottawa Hills) and Hannah Lukemeyer (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington North) end their remarkable career with a record of 117-7, three-straight NCAA sectional round appearances and the 2013 National Title.
DePauw ranks eighth in tournament history with 31 wins and is one of seven schools to win multiple national championships (2007, 2013).