Four North Coast squads sit at .500 or better in the conference standings at the midway portion of the league schedule. Denison (15-3, 8-1) continues to lead the NCAC in large part due to balanced scoring and a defense that has held conference opponents to just 47.0 points per game. DePauw (13-5, 7-2) currently sits in second, while Kenyon (12-6, 6-3) and Allegheny (10-8, 5-4) round out the top-four in the conference standings. NCAC play continues this week with four tilts scheduled on both Wednesday and Saturday.
With eight blocks against Wooster this past Wednesday, ALLEGHENY senior forward Kaitlyn Fromknecht (Erie, PA/McDowell) toppled both the single-season and career program records. Fromknecht needed just one rejection to claim the top career spot, while three blocks would be enough to establish a new single-season standard. She now has 72 for the season and 164 over her four-year career. Delaney Arbore (North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin) scored a career-high 21 points in the victory over the Fighting Scots. Arbore went 6-for-10 from the field, made 3-of-4 attempts from international waters and sank all six of her foul shots en route to her second 20-point performance in three games.
DENISON extended its winning streak to eight after a pair of road wins at Hiram and Ohio Wesleyan. The Big Red leads the NCAC with an 8-1 record and have won 13 of their last 14 games. Junior Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) enjoyed the best two-game shooting stretch in her career as she went a combined 18-for-21 in the wins. Holmes scored 22 points in each contest while averaging 16.0 rpg and 6.5 bpg. Against Ohio Wesleyan, Holmes set a Denison single-game record for field-goal percentage by going a perfect 10-for-10 from the field.
DEPAUW extended its win streak to three with the 75-46 win at Wooster. The Tigers hit 11-of-14 first-quarter field goals in the win. The Tigers have held 10 opponents to fewer than 50 points this season. Sophomore Emily Budde (Cincinnati, OH/Mother of Mercy) led the Tigers with 18 points and five rebounds in the victory.
HIRAM struggled shooting in two losses to Denison and Kenyon. Sophomore Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) led Hiram with 17 points in a 54-45 loss to Denison. Sophomore Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown, OH/Lake) had a team-high nine points in a 49-35 loss to Kenyon on Saturday.
Defense was the name of the game for KENYON this past week. The Ladies yielded a total of just 24 field goals in road wins at Wittenberg and Hiram. The Ladies dropped the Tigers, 48-45, on Wednesday and then deflated the Terriers, 49-35, Saturday. Combined, Kenyon’s two opponents shot just 22.6 percent (24-of-106). In those same two games, junior Bailey Dominguez (Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor) recorded 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds for the Ladies.
OBERLIN turned in a 1-1 week, coming from behind to defeat Ohio Wesleyan, 63-58, on the road last Wednesday. However, the Yeowomen returned home and were plagued by 24 turnovers in a 62-58 loss to Allegheny. Sophomore forward Abby Andrews (Ann Arbor, MI/Rudolf Steiner School) continued to impress, notching a career-high 18 points to go along with 12 rebounds in the win over the Bishops for her third double-double of the season. She also had a game-high 14 points against the Gators.
OHIO WESLEYAN suffered a pair of conference setbacks last week, falling to Oberlin on Wednesday and Denison Saturday. Junior Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) led the Bishops with 34 total points on the week. OWU will return to the hardwood on Wednesday when they host Wittenberg.
WITTENBERG dropped its league record to 3-5 after falling to Kenyon, 48-45, in the Tigers lone game last week. Sophomore Becca Ziska (Brook Park, OH/Berea-Midpark) led the Tigers in the loss with 11 points, two rebounds and two steals.
WOOSTER dropped a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling to Allegheny on Wednesday and DePauw on Saturday. Sophomore Kyle Croxton (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) buried six three-pointers in the loss at Allegheny, one shy of matching the single-game program record. It was the most three-pointers by a Scot since Kym Wenz hit six against Ursuline (Dec. 12, 2009). Wooster has had exceptional ball handling of late, recording 12 or fewer turnovers in three of the last four contests. Wooster returns home Wednesday to face Hiram after having five of its last six games on the road.