The 2015-16 NCAC women’s basketball season came to a close on Friday night as both DePauw (22-7) and Denison (23-5) suffered losses in the opening round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Tournament.
DENISON saw its 2015-16 season come to a close on Friday night following a 62-53 loss to Ohio Northern in the opening round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament at the DeVos Fieldhouse on the campus of Hope College. The Big Red finished the year with a record of 23-5, including the program’s fourth NCAC regular season championship after posting a conference record of 15-1.
Leading by 43-41 with just over six minutes left in regulation, Gaby Mehringer (Chapel Hill, NC/Northwood) converted from short range to push the Big Red lead to four. Three possessions later, ONU’s Brooke Espenschied drained a triple with 5:17 on the clock. That 3-pointer sparked 16-4 run that turned a four-point Polar Bear deficit into an eight-point Ohio Northern advantage with less than a minute and a half to play. The Polar Bears were able to secure the win with a 5-for-8 showing at the foul line over the final 44 seconds of the game.
Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) posted her 24th double-double of the season with 11 points and 16 rebounds to go along with eight blocks in 37 minutes. Emily Krumpe (Hilliard, OH/Hilliard Darby) paced the Big Red offense with 12 points on 6-of-11 from the field. The junior also grabbed six rebounds. Taylor Lindquist (Erie, PA/McDowell) finished with nine points, while Mehringer had eight tallies.
DEPAUW saw its season run come to an end in the first-round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament with a 65-50 loss at UW-Stevens Point (20-7) on Friday night. The Tigers, who qualified for the national tournament after winning their fourth NCAC Tournament in program history last weekend, trailed by four at half, 26-22, and drew within one, 41-40, with 12 seconds left in the third quarter on a layup by junior Claire Ryan (Chicago, IL/Marist), but the Pointers regained control of the game after that and held on for the 15-point victory.
Ryan finished with 10 points and two rebounds for DPU, while freshman Maya Howard (St. Louis, MO/MICDS) led all scorers with 14 points and two assists. Defensively UW-Stevens Point held DePauw to 32.2% (19-for-59) from the field, forced 11 turnovers and blocked three shots. The Pointers held a 39-32 advantage on the boards and a 30-20 edge on points in the paint. Junior Lauren Anklam led UW-Stevens Point with 12 points after shooting 3-of-8 from the field to go along with five assists and four rebounds.