Wooster is off to its second 4-0 start in the last three years and joins Kenyon (3-0, 0-0) as the only teams still undefeated on the year. All nine North Coast squads will be in action this week as non-conference play continues over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
ALLEGHENY went 2-1 last week with convincing victories over Chatham and Westminster. Senior forward Kaitlyn Fromknecht (Erie, PA/McDowell) had a night to remember against the Titans as she established a new single-game program record for blocks with nine. The performance surpassed the previous mark of eight, set by Jennifer Latronica against Hiram on Feb. 5, 2006.
DENISON went 1-2 on the week following a win over Lynchburg and losses to top-ranked Thomas More and Guilford. Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) averaged 12.7 ppg and 17.7 rpg last week. She needs only three blocked shots to become the Denison and NCAC career leader.
DEPAUW split its two games at Wilmington College’s Danon’s/Hampton Inn Tip-Off Classic. Maya Howard (St. Louis, MO/MICDS) was named to the all-tournament team after totaling 31 points (9-17 FG, 3-4 3FG and 3-4 FT).
HIRAM went 2-1 last week, which included splitting a pair of overtime contests. On Tuesday, the Terrier cruised past Thiel, 71-42, to win their home opener. Junior Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) led Hiram with 14 points. Hiram then competed at the PSU-Behrend Tipoff, defeating the host Lions in the semifinals, 62-55, in overtime. Jones tied her season and career-best output with 27 points, while sophomore Allison Vannoy (Mantua, OH/Crestwood) added a career-high 11 points. Hiram fell in the finals of the tournament in another overtime thriller, 70-68 against Fredonia State. Jones posted her second double-double of the season with 20 points and a career-best 17 rebounds.
KENYON won its first three games of the season last week. Tuesday, the Ladies traveled to Muskingum and scored a 66-62 win over the Muskies. Over the weekend, the Ladies participated in Earlham College’s Quaker Tournament. They opened with a 69-56 win over Olivet and then used a three-point buzzer beater from Bailey Dominguez (Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor) to upend host Earlham, 65-64, in the tournament’s title bout. Dominguez ended up with 19 points and eight rebounds in the tournament, while sophomore Ifeoma Archimalo (Dayton, OH/Centerville) racked up a combined 24 points and 19 rebounds. Both were selected to the All-Tournament team.
OBERLIN started the week with an 85-57 win at Thiel, but didn’t fare as well at the Albion College Tip-Off Classic, falling 86-57 to Illinois Wesleyan and 57-54 to Rose-Hulman. Senior guard Lindsey Bernhardt (Miami, FL/Ransom Everglades School) averaged 22.3 points per game over the three games, scoring a career-high 29 points in the loss to the Engineers.
OHIO WESLEYAN opened up the 2015-16 campaign with a trio of losses to Otterbein, Bethany and Monmouth. Junior guard Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) averaged 23.3 points on 45.7% shooting and added four rebounds a game to lead the Bishops on the week. Kuether was named to the all-tournament team at the Hope Tip-Off Tournament.
WITTENBERG made great strides in just one week, improving its results in each of their first three games of the 2015-16, culminating in their first win against Pitt-Greensburg in the consolation game of the Hyatt Place Pittsburgh South Tournament at Washington & Jefferson. Becca Ziska (Brook Park, OH/Berea-Midpark) earned a spot on the all-tournament team to lead the Tigers.
WOOSTER improved to 4-0 on the season with three wins last week, including back-to-back one-point thrillers that came down to the wire at the 20th annual Nan Nichols Classic. Senior Lauren Hancher (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) scored her 1,000th career point during Wednesday’s win over Geneva, becoming just the eighth player in program history to reach the milestone. First-year Anna Gibbs (Gahanna, OH/Westerville North) earned MVP honors at the Nan Nichols Classic with 36 points and 14 assists over two games. Gibbs came up with the game-clinching steal during Sunday’s win. Hancher also earned all-tournament honors at the Nan Nichols Classic. Wooster had 21 steals against Geneva - the first 20-steal game by them since recording 20 at Lake Erie College on Jan. 19, 2005.