Denison (6-2, 1-0), DePauw (5-2, 1-0), Allegheny (5-3, 1-0) and Wittenberg (2-4, 1-0) all jumped out to perfect starts in conference play and sit atop the NCAC standings with a light league schedule coming up this week.
ALLEGHENY closed a program-record six-game home stand with a pair of victories last week. The Gators opened NCAC play with a 69-52 victory over Hiram on Wednesday and knocked off Houghton two days later, 75-52. Kaitlyn Fromknecht (Erie, PA/McDowell) posted the Gators' first triple-double since Feb. 8, 2012 in the victory over Hiram as she collected 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 blocks. Fromknecht's block total topped the previous program record of nine, which she set earlier in November against Westminster and tied the NCAC record.
DENISON opened NCAC play with an 18-point win over Oberlin. Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) became Denison's all-time leader in rebounds in the first half. She passed Kristen Sheffield who totaled 921 rebounds in four seasons. Holmes also passed Sheffield earlier this season in becoming the NCAC's career leader in blocked shots.
DEPAUW, ranked 24th in the most recent coaches poll, extended its NCAC win streak to 17 with last Saturday's 61-48 victory at Wooster. Emily Budde's (Cincinnati, OH/Mother of Mercy) 38 points against Millikin were the second-most in school history behind Jenny Bauer's 40-point effort in 1985. Budde tied the DePauw single-game record with eight three-pointers made.
HIRAM split its first two NCAC contests last week. Junior Kayla Yost (Norwalk, OH/Perkins) paced Hiram with 14 points and five rebounds in the Terriers 69-52 loss at Allegheny. The Terriers responded with a thrilling 62-61 win at Kenyon on Saturday, erasing a 15-point second half and 10-point fourth quarter deficit. Sophomore Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown, OH/Lake) scored the game-winning layup with two seconds left to give Hiram the win. Shockley finished with 17 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the win.
KENYON lost in heartbreaking fashion over the weekend to Hiram. The Ladies controlled nearly all of the game and built a 15-point lead midway through the third quarter before the Terriers chipped away and scored a layup with two seconds left to stun Kenyon. Freshman Jessica Gerber (Newton, PA/Council Rock North) led the Ladies with 17 points and a team-high five assists with no turnovers.
OBERLIN senior Lindsey Bernhardt (Miami, FL/Ransom Everglades School) became the eighth women's player in school history to score over 1,000 career points, netting 22 points in a 73-64 loss at Carnegie Mellon. The Yeowomen also dropped their conference opener at Denison, 64-46.
OHIO WESLEYAN opened up NCAC play with a tough 57-54 loss to Wittenberg last week. Junior post Taylor Dickson (Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) finished with a team-high 15 points, while Kayla Richard (Minster, OH/Minster) and junior guard Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) scored 11 points apiece.
WITTENBERG split a pair of contests last week, including opening up NCAC play with a 57-54 victory against Ohio Wesleyan, before falling to Case. Junior Michelle Brunswick (Middletown, OH/Madison) posted a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds in the win against the Bishops.
WOOSTER had two strong first-halves on the week, trailing Case, 36-34, at the break, and No. 24 DePauw, 24-20, before ultimately falling in both games. Senior Lauren Hancher (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) had eight first-period points in both contests on the week. Wooster held an 11-9 lead over DePauw after one period of play on Saturday.