The NCAC posted an 11-7 record against non-conference competition over the Thanksgiving Holiday. This week features a full slate of contests, including the opening of conference play on Wednesday as Hiram (5-2, 0-0) travels to Allegheny (3-3, 0-0), Ohio Wesleyan (0-4, 0-0) takes on Wittenberg (1-3, 0-0) and Denison (5-2, 0-0) hosts Oberlin (5-2, 0-0).
ALLEGHENY is in the midst of a six-game homestand. The Gators were victorious in game four of the homestand, defeating Waynesburg in overtime, 85-82. Ifeyinwa Uwazie (Monroeville, PA/Oakland Catholic) registered the first double-double of her career with 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds . Allegheny has gotten great contributions from its bench in the early season, owning a 201-94 edge in points from its reserves.
DENISON captured the North Park University Thanksgiving Tournament championship with a perfect 2-0 record following victories over the host Vikings, 63-58, in OT and Elmhurst, 48-44. Junior post Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) earned Tournament MVP honors after averaging 19.5 rebounds, posting 21 blocked shots and breaking two conference and school records. Against North Park, Holmes became the NCAC’s all-time leader in career blocks, surpassing the mark set by former Denison standout Kristen Sheffield (336) set in 2007. The junior followed that up with her fourth-career triple-double (15 points, 19 rebounds, 13 blocks) against Elmhurst. Her 13 blocks broke her own school and NCAC records for blocks in a game, which was 11, set in the 2013-14 season. Holmes now has 355 rejections in 61 career games. Joining Holmes on the all-tournament team was freshman Valesha Province (Tiffin, OH/Tiffan Columbian).
DEPAUW split a pair of non-conference contest last week, defeating Ill. Wesleyan, 70-54, before falling in the Midwest Challenge championship game, 47-41, to host Wash. U. Abby Keller (Glenview, IL/Glenbrook South) notched a career-high 20 points and added a game-high 11 rebounds for a double-double in the win.
HIRAM went 2-1 last week. On Tuesday, junior Kayla Yost (Norwalk, OH/Pekins) scored 15 points as the Terriers rolled past Westminster, 57-46. Hiram also split a pair of contests at the Jim Meadle Turkey Shoot hosted by Marietta. Hiram fell to the host Pioneers, 75-62, on Saturday, but defeated Case, 77-75, on Sunday. Sophomore Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) and sophomore Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown, OH/Lake) each finished with 23 points in the win. Jones was also named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging 22 points in the two games.
KENYON went 1-1 at the Transylvania University Pat Deacon Classic. The Ladies opened the two-day tournament Saturday with a 78-59 loss to host and No. 25 Transylvania. Charlotte Bussema (Wellesley, MA/Wellesley), Sidney Cera (Brookville, OH/Brookville) and Lane Davis (Darien, CT/St. George’s) each had eight points in that game. Sunday, the Ladies bounced back with a 61-52 consolation victory over Greensboro. Senior Molly Rubin (Pennington, NJ/Princeton Day School) had ten points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists in the win.
OBERLIN finished 3-0 last week to move to 5-2 overall entering its first NCAC showdown with Denison on Wednesday night. A late layup from Lindsey Bernhardt (Miami, FL/Ransom Everglades School) with 1.2 second left propelled the Yeowomen to an upset over No. 25 Baldwin Wallace. Sophomore Tyler Parlor (Detroit, MI/Mercy High School) ripped off a career-high 17 points to help lift the Yeowomen over the Yellow Jackets for the first time in 30 years. In their first of two matches in Washington D.C. over the holiday weekend, the Oberlin women took down Gallaudet with a 25-point second quarter. Parlor finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds to notch her first double-double of the season. Senior Caroline Hamilton (North Yarmouth, ME/Greely High School) led Oberlin in scoring with 23 points on 8-of-15 (53 %) shooting. In the final triumph of the weekend against Hood College, freshman Olivia Canning (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln Sudbury) finished in double-figure scoring for the second consecutive time, while composing her first collegiate double-double performance.
OHIO WESLEYAN dropped its lone contest over the Thanksgiving Holiday, 73-51, to Capital last week. Junior post Taylor Dickson (Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) led the Bishops with 18 points, while junior guard Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) finished with 16 points.
WITTENBERG fell to Capital, 70-50, last Saturday in the Tigers only contest of the week. Taylore Bundy (Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy Orange) led Wittenberg with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists in the loss.
WOOSTER had a strong night from behind the arc in its loss to Marietta, draining 13 three-pointers, tied for the second-most in a single game in program history. First-year Anna Gibbs (Gahanna, OH/Westerville North) scored a game-high 23 points, her second 20-point game in the last three contests. Wooster entered last week 21st in Div. III in three-point shooting percentage before Tuesday’s 59.1 percent outing from deep.