Denison (20-3, 13-1) clinched at least a share of the NCAC Championship and the No. 1 seed for the 2016 Tournament last week after defeating Kenyon (15-8, 9-5), 39-25. The Big Red clinched the top seed via the head-to-head tiebreaker against DePauw. The final seven seeds for the conference tournament will be determined this week as the NCAC regular season schedule officially comes to a close on Saturday. The complete tournament bracket will be available following the conclusion of Saturday’s contests.
ALLEGHENY senior Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) moved into second place in the program record books for career points with a 15-point performance at Ohio Wesleyan last Saturday. Pellicano has now scored 1,232 points in her career, surpassing three-time All-NCAC honoree Erin McQuillan on the all-time list. Allegheny can clinch a home playoff game in the NCAC Tournament with a victory in its next two contests. The Gators last hosted a postseason game in 2012-13 after finishing third in the league with a 9-7 record.
DENISON went 1-0 on the week, running its winning streak to 13 following a 39-25 win over Kenyon. Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) became the 12th player in program history to score 1,000 career points in the first half. The win over Kenyon also clinched at least a share of the NCAC Championship. A win over Hiram or Allegheny this week will clinch the outright championship.
DEPAUW clinched no worse than second place in the NCAC standings with two wins last week against Wittenberg and Kenyon. The Tigers have held 14 opponents to fewer than 50 points and four to 40 or fewer, including both opponents last week.
HIRAM fell to Wooster, but rebounded with a 53-50 win over Oberlin on Senior Day. The Terriers forced Oberlin into 34 turnovers and held the Yeowomen scoreless for a 9:41 stretch that saw Hiram score 17-straight points and turn a 41-32 deficit into a 49-41 lead. Sophomore Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown, OH/Lake) had 20 points in the win and sophomore Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) had 12. The six NCAC wins are the most for Hiram since they joined the conference in the 1999-00 season and the 12 overall wins tied a program record.
KENYON suffered its first two-game losing skid since mid-December after struggling offensively against Denison and DePauw. The Ladies’ two-game total of 64 points were the fewest this season, plus they shot just 23.7 percent from the field.
OBERLIN'S skid extended to six games as the Yeowomen fell on the road to Allegheny, 61-49, and later surrendered a six-point fourth-quarter lead in a 53-50 loss at Hiram. Turnovers played a large role in both games as the Yeowomen combined to make 69 miscues in the losses. Sophomore Tyler Parlor (Detroit, MI/Mercy) had double-digit rebounds in both games as she totaled 21 for the week. Senior Lindsey Bernhardt (Miami, FL/Ransom Everglades School) also netted double-digit points in both games, including 16 versus the Terriers.
Senior guard Hanna Fedorka (North Canton, OH/Massillon Jackson) converted a three-point play and junior guard Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) and junior post Taylor Dickson (Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) each sank a pair of free throws as OHIO WESLEYAN scored the final seven points of the game to take an NCAC victory over Allegheny on Saturday. Kuether was fouled with six seconds to play and converted both free throws to give the Bishops a 74-73 lead. Dickson sank two more free throws with two seconds remaining to help the Bishops secure their third win in the last four contests. Kuether led the Bishops with a game-high 23 points, followed by Dickson with 22 and Fedorka with 15. Junior post Mercedez Wood (Alliance, OH/Marlington) had a game-high 11 rebounds.
WITTENBERG went 1-1 last week, falling to DePauw by 10 mid-week, before bouncing back to defeat Wooster, 52-47, on Saturday. In the win over Wooster, the Tigers out rebounded Wooster, 45-31, one board shy of their season high of 46. Senior post Taylore Bundy (Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy Orange) led the Tigers with 10 points, three assists and three rebounds.
WOOSTER got back into the win column behind a stellar shooting night last Wednesday at Hiram. The Scots shot .455 (25-of-55) from the floor against the Terriers, the second-highest shooting percentage in a game this year for Wooster. Senior Lauren Hancher (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) had a banner week moving into second on the all-time field goal list, and third on the College’s all-time scoring list. First-year Christina Vukovich (Medina, OH/Medina) had a stellar week as well off of the bench with eight points in both contests. Additionally, she blocked a career-best five shots in Saturday’s contest versus archrival Wittenberg, while also collecting 12 rebounds.