The North Coast Athletic Conference had five teams compete in the NCAA Division III Basketball Tournament for the first time since the 1994-95 season, led by the DePauw women advancing to the round of 16 for the ninth time since 1998.
DePauw (26-2) secured its spot in the round of 16 in the 2015 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament for the third-straight season following a 76-53 victory over Maryville in the second round on Saturday night in Indiana. Senior guard Savannah Trees (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) became DPU’s all-time leading scorer in the 23-point victory after scoring 12 points and pulling down a team-high seven rebounds. In 122 games with the Tigers, Trees has scored 1,459 career points to surpass 2005 graduate Amy Argetsinger who previously held the program’s top mark with 1,447 points.
DePauw will travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan to face sectional round host Calvin (29-0) on Friday night. This will mark the third time DePauw and Calvin have met in the NCAA Div. III Tournament. Calvin claimed a 72-63 second round victory at DePauw in 2005, while the Tigers defeated the Knights, 74-61, in a national quarterfinal game in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2007.
The University of Texas-Dallas (26-4) will take on George Fox (29-0) in the other sectional semifinal. Friday’s winners will meet in a national quarterfinal game Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets will be $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for students, senior citizen, members of the military and children. All tickets are general admission.
Tickets will be available at the door each night and also available in advance through the Calvin Box Office.
Wittenberg (24-7), which defeated Transylvania, 80-73, in the first round of the NCAA Div. III Tournament, saw its 2014-15 season come to a close on Saturday night following an 80-58 loss against Washington (MO) in the second round. Senior wing Darbie Zirkle (St. Paris, OHGraham) closed out her career with the Tigers as the squad’s leading scorer and rebounder in the loss with 20 points and six boards. In addition, fellow senior Katelyn Haralamos (Maineville, OH/Kings) also closed out her career strong with 18 points and four rebounds.