DePauw (10-3, 4-0) posted a 3-1 record over the holiday break, including a pair of conference victories over Allegheny (8-5, 3-1) and Hiram (8-5, 2-2) to extend its regular season conference win streak to 20. The Tigers sit atop the league standings as the only remaining squad with a perfect conference record. NCAC play continues this week with four tilts scheduled on both Wednesday and Saturday.
ALLEGHENY split four games last week, finishing 1-1 at the Capital Holiday Tournament and 1-1 in a pair of NCAC home games. Kaitlyn Fromknecht (Erie, PA/McDowell) blocked five shots in the Gators’ win over Wittenberg on Sunday, pushing her season total to 57. Fromknecht now sits eight rejections shy of tying the single-season program record set in 2006-07 by Jennifer Latronica.
DENISON posted a perfect 3-0 record last week, including a 67-48 victory at Wooster. The Big Red also won the 2015 Smokey Ballenger Classic, defeating North Central, 97-81, and host Otterbein, 69-58. In the victory over North Central, junior Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) posted her fifth-career triple double with 19 points, 21 rebounds and a school-record 14 blocks. The following day against Otterbein, she became the fifth player in NCAC history to eclipse 1,000 career rebounds. On the week, Holmes averaged a double-double (17.3 ppg/16.3 rpg) and had 26 blocks. She is currently seventh place on the Division III career blocks list and four rejections away from 400 for her career.
After four conference games, DEPAUW is in sole possession of first in the NCAC standings with victories over Hiram and Allegheny during the break. With a pair of NCAC wins, the Tigers extended their NCAC regular season win streak to 20. Sophomore Emily Budde (Cincinnati, OH/Mother of Mercy) was named to the All-Amy Hasbrook Classic Team as the Tigers split a pair of non-conference contests in their home holiday tournament.
HIRAM dropped contests to Muskingum and No. 24 DePauw, but topped Wittenberg for only the second time in program history over the Holiday Break. In the win against Wittenberg, sophomore Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) scored 17 points and pulled down six rebounds, while sophomore Allison Vannoy (Mantua, OH/Crestwood) posted an all-around solid game, finishing with eight points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Sophomore Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown, OH/Lake) averaged 16.3 ppg in the three games, which included a 19-point effort in the loss to Muskingum.
KENYON got three games in over the two weeks of winter break. The Ladies started with a 72-64 conference win at Ohio Wesleyan on Dec. 22. Then, to start the New Year, the Ladies participated in Wilmington College’s Fred Raizk Classic. The Ladies dropped the opener to the host Quakers, 65-61, but bounced back in a big way with a 91-74 triumph in the consolation game. During the span of those three games, freshman Lane Davis (Darien, CT/St. George’s) averaged 9.3 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Ladies.
All five OBERLIN starters scored in double figures as the Yeowomen returned from a three-week layoff to defeat Kalamazoo 76-47. Sophomore forward Abby Andrews (Ann Arbor, MI/Rudolf Steiner School) recorded her first-career double-double with a season-high 13 points and a career-best 12 rebounds. Senior guard Lindsey Bernhardt (Miami, FL/Ransom Everglades School) hit 5-of-9 three-pointers to lead all scorers with 19 points.
OHIO WESLEYAN earned its first victory of the season with a four-point triumph against Brescia to open its own Bishop Classic/Hoops for Hope tournament. Junior guard Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) led the Bishops with 31 points to break the tournament single-game record of 29 in the win. Kuether would score 52 points during the two games, breaking the tournament scoring record of 50 points set by Krissy Haines of Ohio Dominican during the 2006-07 season. OWU returns to the hardwood on Monday to host Baldwin Wallace.
WITTENBERG dropped four games over the holiday break including a pair of NCAC contests to Allegheny and Hiram. Senior forward Taylore Bundy (Lewis Center, OH/ Olentangy Orange) led the Tigers averaging 12.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and was named to the Charles B. Zimmerman Memorial Tournament All-Tournament Team.
In its most recent outing, WOOSTER matched its season-low with 12 turnovers against Denison. The Scots had a good look at the end in the loss at Mount St. Joseph with Rachel Collins’ (Westlake, OH/Westlake) 8-foot floater hitting the back of the rim and falling off. Lauren Hancher (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) recorded her first-ever double-double in the Mount St. Joseph game with a game-high 18 points and a career-best 11 rebounds.