Denison (17-3, 10-1) extended its lead atop the conference standings after a pair of league wins over DePauw (14-6, 8-3) and Wittenberg (5-12, 4-6) last week. The Big Red have now won 10-straight contests and are holding conference opponents to a league low 47.2 points per game. NCAC action continues this week with a pair of games on Wednesday and Friday and then four games on Saturday.
Senior forward Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) moved into third all-time at ALLEGHENY senior forwardKaitlyn 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 current winning streak to 10 games and avenged its only NCAC loss this season en route to extending its conference lead to two games. The Big Red opened the week by completing the season sweep of DePauw, 61-49. Denison closed out the week with a 60-47 win over Wittenberg, the last team to hand them a loss. Junior Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) moved into second on the NCAC’s career rebounds list after grabbing 33 boards last week. She also averaged 15 points and blocked eight shots. Senior Kellie Arter (Lancaster, OH/Lancaster) also knocked down five three-pointers last week, including four in the come-from-behind win over Wittenberg.
Claire Ryan (Chicago, IL/Marist) scored a career-high 17 points and recorded four steals in leading DEPAUW to a 69-40 win at Oberlin. The Tigers shot 59 percent from the floor in the opening half. DePauw hosts a pair of NCAC contests this week as Alllegheny and Hiram visit Greencastle on Friday and Saturday.
HIRAM split two games last week. On Wednesday, junior Dana Perrotta (New Castle, PA/New Castle) hit a game tying three-pointer with five seconds left to force overtime at Wooster. Hiram would outscore the Fighting Scots 13-5 in the extra session en route to a 61-53 win. On Saturday, the Terriers were presented with a Musial Award in Sportsmanship from the parents of Lauren Hill. The Terriers would fall to Ohio Wesleyan however, 70-64. Sophomore Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) recorded a career-high 28 points in the loss.
KENYON has won five in a row after victories against Oberlin and Allegheny last week. The Ladies’ defense continues to shine as it held the aforementioned opponents to 34% shooting including a 26% clip from three-point range.
OBERLIN suffered a pair of setbacks last week, dropping a tight 55-51 decision at Kenyon before falling to DePauw, 69-40. In the loss to the Ladies, sophomore Abby Andrews (Ann Arbor, MI/Rudolf Steiner School) led the Yeowomen with 16 points, marking her seventh game of the year in double figures. Classmate Anna Moore (Northampton, MA/Northampton) netted a season-high 10 points off the bench against the Tigers.
OHIO WESLEYAN split a pair of league games last week, falling by four points to Wittenberg on Wednesday before knocking off Hiram, 70-64, on Saturday. In the win over Hiram, junior post Taylor Dickson (Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) led the Bishops with 23 points and eight rebounds. For the week, Dickson averaged 17.5 points and six rebounds.
WITTENBERG went 1-1 last week, defeating Ohio Wesleyan, 66-62, on Wednesday, before dropping a weekend contest to Denison. Senior forward Taylore Bundy (Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy Orange) averaged 12.5 point per game, including eight in the win against OWU.
WOOSTER dropped its lone contest of the week, 61-53, in overtime to Hiram on Wesnesday. Junior Danielle Besancon (Wooster, OH/Smithville) finished a coast-to-coast fast break layup with nine seconds remaining in regulation to give Wooster a three-point lead prior to Dana Perrotta’s game-tying 30-foot three-pointer. Wooster led by seven or more four times in the contest, but Hiram had an answer for each Scot run. First-year Anna Gibbs (Gahanna, OH/Westerville North) had a season-high seven rebounds, while scoring 14 points.