DePauw (12-1, 4-0) posted a 4-0 record over the holiday break, extending its winning streak to nine. The Tigers sit atop the league standings as the only remaining squad with a perfect conference record. NCAC play continues this week with four tilts scheduled on both Wednesday and Saturday.
ALLEGHENY travelled to Tennessee over the holiday break to participate in the Music City Classic. The Gators went 0-2 with losses to Westfield State, 93-65, and Carthage, 76-45. Allegheny returns to action Saturday when the Gators face Denison on the road.
DENISON, winners of five of its last six games, posted a pair of victories in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. The Big Red opened the trip with an OT win over Wisconsin-Platteville, before upsetting 19th-ranked Albright 51-48, thanks to an Alison Schafer (Columbia Station, OH/Columbia) three-pointer with seven-tenths of a second left in regulation. In the win over Platteville, senior Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) posted her sixth-career triple-double, making her the Division III all-time leader. She is also one away from tying the all division’s record. Holmes finished the game with 21 points, 25 rebounds and 10 blocks. The senior post also had 14 points, 11 boards and four blocks in the win over Albright. Holmes’ 14 tallies moved her into sixth on DU’s all-time scoring list with 1,258 points.
DEPAUW improved to 12-1 overall and extended its win streak to nine with four wins, including a victory over ninth-ranked Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Sydney Kopp (Burr Ridge, IL/Hinsdale South) led DePauw during the period with 13.3 points per game. She hit 7-of-18 three-pointers, while shooting 55.3 percent from the field. Claire Ryan (Chicago, IL/Marist) led the way with 6.3 rebounds, and 2.0 steals. DePauw outrebounded its four opponents by 12.8 per game.
HIRAM split a pair of games in the Lycoming “Hoops for Hounds” Tournament over the holiday break. The Terriers first dropped an 82-70 decision to Lycoming, before defeating Rosemont, 83-71. In the loss to the Warriors, four Terriers finished in double figures, including 17 from Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center). Kayla Yost (Norwalk, OH/Perkins) tallied a double-double, finishing with 11 points and 11 rebounds. In the victory over the Ravens, Hiram tallied 44 first-half points to earn the double-digit victory. Four starters once again scored in double figures, led by Kaylee Shockley’s (Uniontown, OH/Lake) 19. Shockley was named to the All-Tournament team, averaging 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, four assists and three steals per game. The Terriers are now 11-3, one win away from tying a program high.
KENYON made a brief trip to Scottsdale Community College to participate in the two-day Arizona Shootout. The Ladies opened play Dec. 30 with a 63-50 victory over Lake Forest. In the win, junior Griffin Tullis (Columbus, OH/Dublin Coffman) grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds and helped the Ladies set a team, single-game record of 63 rebounds. The next day, the Ladies took Wisconsin Stevens Point into overtime, but ended up falling to the Pointers, 59-57. In the loss, sophomore Jessica Gerber (Newton, PA/Council Rock North) tied a career-high with 17 points.
OBERLIN returned to action at the WPI Holiday Tournament where it split a pair of games. The Yeowomen and host Engineers were tied at 23 at the half, but Oberlin scored just 14 in the second half as they fell, 51-37. However, Oberlin regrouped with a commanding 57-40 win over Bridgewater State on Saturday. Junior Abby Andrews (Ann Arbor, MI/Rudolf Steiner School), who was named to the all-tournament team, finished with 16 points and nine rebounds against the Bears.
OHIO WESLEYAN posted a 1-2 record over the holiday break, with a road loss to Baldwin Wallace, before advancing to the championship of its own Bishop Classic/”Hoops for Hope” tournament. The Bishops advanced to the finals with an impressive 82-56 victory against Goucher, led by senior post Taylor Dickson (Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) who scored 25 points. The 25 points raised her career total to 1010, making her the 14th Ohio Wesleyan woman to surpass the 1000-point mark. In Friday’s championship, OWU fell to Rochester, 71-60. Dickson was joined by Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) on the all-tournament team.
WITTENBERG finished the holiday break with a 2-2 record including a runner up finish at the Charles B. Zimmerman Memorial Tournament. The Tigers advanced to the championship after an impressive, 73-29, victory against Mount St. Joseph. Sophomore Alex Kiess (Edon, Ohio/Northwest) was named to the all-tournament team averaging 12 points per game.
WOOSTER dropped three contests over the holiday break, falling to Bluffton, Baldwin Wallace and La Roche. The Scots return to conference play on Jan. 4, as they prepare to host Denison at 6 p.m.