Denison (6-1, 13-3) extended its win streak to six last week with league wins over Wooster (1-6, 5-11) and Wittenberg (3-4, 4-10) to maintain its lead atop the conference standings. The current win streak is the longest since the Big Red rattled off eight-straight in the 2011-12 season. There are eight league games on the schedule this week, highlighted by Denison traveling to Hiram (4-3, 10-6) on Wednesday and Oberlin (3-4, 9-7) hosting Allegheny (3-4, 8-8) on Saturday.
ALLEGHENY was outscored 24-11 in the fourth quarter of a 76-62 loss at Denison. The Gators were led by Candaisy Crawford (Webster, NY/Webster Thomas), who scored a team-high 13 points. Kaitlyn Fromknecht (Erie, PA/McDowell) collected two blocks against Denison, bringing her season total to 63. One more rejection will give her the career program record of 155, while three will establish a new single-season standard.
DENISON maintained its half-game lead in the NCAC with home victories over Kenyon, 47-44, and Allegheny, 76-62. The Big Red has now won six straight and 11 of their last 12. Junior Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) averaged a double-double (13 points, 16.5 rebounds) to go along with 15 blocks last week. Holmes became just the sixth player in Division III history to reach 400 career blocks against Kenyon, before moving into fourth place on the Division III career blocks list in the Allegheny contest (412).
With its two wins last week, DEPAUW has now held nine opponents under 50 points. The 28 points allowed to Wittenberg were the fewest by DePauw since February 1996. Colleen Connors (Western Springs, IL/Lyons Township) scored a career-high 20 points in the win over Ohio Wesleyan thanks in part to a 6-for-8 performance from beyond the arc in what was her second-career start.
HIRAM defeated Ohio Wesleyan on the road last Saturday night, 77-62. The Terriers outscored the Battling Bishops 22-9 in the second quarter to grab control of the game. Sophomore Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown, OH/Lake) led Hiram with 20 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals. Sophomore Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) finished a rebound shy of a double-double, scoring 19 points and finishing with nine boards.
KENYON nearly knocked off first-place Denison before rebounding in a 24-point victory over Wooster last Saturday. The 79-55 margin was Kenyon’s biggest win this season and moved its record to 10-6.
OBERLIN extended its winning streak to three, earning a pair of league wins last week over Wooster and Wittenberg. First-year Olivia Canning (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln Sudbury) netted her second double-double of the year with 12 rebounds and 11 points in a 54-49 road win at Wooster, while senior Lindsey Bernhardt (Miami, FL/Ransom Everglades School) cashed in five three-pointers and led all scorers with 19 points in a commanding 56-40 win over the Tigers. Sophomore guard Tyler Parlor (Detroit, MI/Mercy) posted a career-high 17-rebounding effort to go along with eight points in the win.
OHIO WESLEYAN suffered a pair of conference setbacks last week falling to Hiram on Wednesday and DePauw Saturday. Junior Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) led the Bishops with 36 total points on the week. OWU will return to the hardwood on Wednesday when they host Oberlin.
WITTENBERG dropped a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling to DePauw on Wednesday and Oberlin on Saturday. Freshman Alex Kiess (Edon, OH/Northwest) came off the bench in both games to lead the Tigers, averaging 11.5 points and 1.5 rebounds on the week. The Tigers return to action on Wednesday when they host Kenyon.
WOOSTER senior Lauren Hancher (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) passed head coach Lisa Panepento (‘87) to move into fourth on the College’s all-time scoring list during last Wednesday’s loss against Oberlin. On Saturday, Hancher scored a game-high 22 points, the 18th time in her career she’s hit the 20-point mark. The Scots took exceptional care of the basketball last week, only turning it over 21 times between the two contests.