Denison (19-3, 12-1) is just one win shy of clinching at least a share of the NCAC regular season title for the first time since the 2010-11 season when the Big Red posted a perfect 14-0 mark in league play. Heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, eight teams mathematically remain alive to host a quarterfinal round of the NCAC Tournament. NCAC play continues this week with four tilts scheduled on both Wednesday and Saturday, highlighted by Kenyon (15-6, 9-3) visiting DePauw (16-6, 10-3) on Saturday.
ALLEGHENY maintained its position in the NCAC standings after splitting a pair of road contests last weekend. The Gators’ fourth quarter comeback attempt fell short at DePauw in a 63-53 loss, but they rebounded with a dominant 79-53 victory over Wittenberg the next day. Rachel Vigliotti (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) scored a game-high 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting against the Tigers from the Buckeye State, while freshman guard Candaisy Crawford (Webster, NY/Webster Thomas) added 11 points off the bench.
DENISON, winners of 12 straight and 17 of their last 18, are one win away from securing at least a share of the NCAC regular season title following victories over Oberlin, 45-44, and Wooster, 56-42. Junior Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) recorded over 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game for the second time this season in DU’s Senior Day win over Wooster. Holmes now needs just six points to become the 12th Denison player to join the 1,000-point club. On the week, the 6-foot-1 post averaged 17 points, 18 rebounds, six blocks and four steals per game.
DEPAUW freshman Maya Howard (St. Louis, MO/MICDS) scored a career-high 24 points in the win over Hiram, while junior Taylor Howard (Peoria, IL/Peoria Christian) established a career-high with 19 points in the win over Allegheny. DePauw has held 12 opponents below 50 points this season.
HIRAM dropped a pair of games on the road last week. On Friday, sophomore Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown, OH/Lake) had 13 points as Hiram fell to Wittenberg, 65-39. Sophomore Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) had 14 points and seven rebounds, with Shockley adding 10 in the Terriers 75-47 loss to DePauw on Saturday.
KENYON played just one game last week and came away with a 62-59 Saturday home win over Ohio Wesleyan. Junior Bailey Dominguez (Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor) scored 17 points in the win, while freshman Lane Davis (Darien, CT/St. George’s) recorded her first collegiate double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
OBERLIN'S losing streak increased to four games, dropping home league games to DePauw and Denison last week. The Yeowomen stumbled in a 69-40 loss to the Tigers, but nearly upset the NCAC-leading Big Red before falling just short, 45-44.
OHIO WESLEYAN split a pair of league games last week, edging Wooster by five points on Wednesday, before falling to Kenyon, 62-59, on Saturday. In the win over Wooster, junior post Taylor Dickson (Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) led the Bishops with 29 points and six rebounds. For the week, Dickson averaged 27 points on and six rebounds.
WITTENBERG went 1-1 last week, defeating Hiram, 65-39, on Friday, before dropping a contest to Allegheny the following day. In the win over Hiram, the Tigers hit 27 field goals on 20 assists and established a season-high 46 rebounds. Becca Ziska (Brook Park, OH/Berea-Midpark) led the Tigers with 12 points and five rebounds.
WOOSTER senior Lauren Hancher (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) recorded her 20th career 20-point game during Wednesday’s loss against OWU. In that contest, she surpassed Carly Loehrke for third on the College’s all-time field goal list. On Saturday, the Fighting Scots dropped a 56-42 decision to Denison. Wooster closes the regular-season with three straight home games, starting with this Saturday’s 2 p.m. tilt against Wittenberg.