Ohio Wesleyan (2-3, 3-11) and Wooster (1-4, 5-9) combined for 195 total points to set an NCAC single-game record in the Bishops’ seven-point double-overtime thriller last Wednesday. The 195 points breaks the previous record of 194 set in February of 1991 between Allegheny and Oberlin. Denison (4-1, 11-3) defeated DePauw (4-2, 10-5), 63-54, to snap the Tigers 96 -game regular season home conference-winning streak and climb to the top of the league standings. NCAC play continues this week with four tilts scheduled on both Wednesday and Saturday.
ALLEGHENY was on the wrong side of a pair of six-point games last week. The Gators fell at Hiram on Wednesday, 68-62, and dropped an offensive shootout to Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday, 88-82. Kaitlyn Fromknecht (Erie, PA/McDowell) sits three blocks away from breaking the program career record and five from establishing a new school single-season standard. Fromknecht has 61 rejections on the season and 153 for her career. Delaney Arbore (North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin) and Olivia Barkley (Elizabeth, PA/Elizabeth Forward) both registered career-highs in scoring against Ohio Wesleyan.
DENISON snapped DePauw’s 96-game home conference winning streak last Wednesday with a nine point win over the Tigers. Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) scored 13 points and had 14 rebounds to lead Denison. In her fourth game back from an injury, Gabby Nottage (Evanston, IL/Evanston Township) scored 12 points in a season-high 24 minutes off the bench. Denison is now in a tie for first place in the NCAC with DePauw at 4-1.
DEPAUW has lost two straight games for the first time since the end of the 2008-09 season and for the first time during the regular season since December 2002. Maya Howard (St. Louis, MO/MICDS) scored a career-high 19 points against Denison in her first collegiate start.
HIRAM split a pair of contests last week, opening with a 68-62 win over Allegheny on Wednesday. Sophomore Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) paced Hiram with 14 points, while sophomore Allison Vannoy (Mantua, OH/Crestwood) added 13. Cold shooting doomed the Terriers in a 55-35 loss to Oberlin on Saturday. Jones led Hiram with 12 points, while freshman Erica Johnson (Salem, OH/West Branch) had a career-high four steals.
KENYON rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat Oberlin before going wire-to-wire in its upset win over DePauw. It was the first time the Ladies defeated the Tigers since DPU came into the NCAC in 2011-12. Sophomore Ifeoma Archimalo (Dayton, OH/Centerville) led the Ladies on the week averaging, 15 points and nine rebounds in the two wins.
OBERLIN held a nine-point fourth-quarter lead, but couldn’t make it stand up as Kenyon rallied to defeat the Yeowomen, 54-50 last Wednesday. Oberlin would bounce back, erasing a seven-point half-time deficit to pickup its first league win of the season with a 55-35 win over Hiram. First-year Olivia Canning (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln Sudbury) impressed with 18 rebounds and eight blocks in the win, while sophomore Abby Andrews (Ann Arbor, MI/Rudolf Steiner School) recorded her second double-double in the last three games with 12 points and 13 boards.
After earning its first victory of the year in the week prior, OHIO WESLEYAN posted a perfect 2-0 week in conference play with victories over Wooster and Allegheny. The win against Wooster was historic as the teams combined for an NCAC record 195 total points, breaking the previous record of 194 set in 1990. Junior Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) was outstanding last week, leading the Bishops by averaging 29.7 points a game on 55.2 percent shooting and also chipping in with 3.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and two steals per game.
WITTENBERG picked up a crucial NCAC win last week in the Tigers only contest defeating Wooster, 75-54, on Saturday. Becca Ziska (Brook Park OH/Berea-Midpark) scored 19 points and added three rebounds and two assists to lead Wittenberg to victory.
WOOSTER and Ohio Wesleyan combined to set an new NCAC record for most combined points (195) in a double overtime thriller last Wednesday. Senior Lauren Hancher (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) scored a game-high 38 points, two shy of matching her single-game school-record of 40 set against Hiram last year. Hancher made 16 field goals, matching head coach Lisa Panepento’s school-record from her playing days. Hancher, junior Rachel Collins (Westlake, OH/Westlake), and first-year Anna Gibbs (Gahanna, OH/Westerville North) all recorded double-doubles against the Battling Bishops. Wooster’s 94 points were one shy of matching a single-game program record.