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NCAC Weekly Release (1-30-17) - Women's Basketball

NCAC Weekly Release (1-30-17) - Women's Basketball

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Denison’s Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) broke the NCAA Division III record for career rebounds, passing Ronda Joe Miller of Gallaudet in a loss against Kenyon. Holmes currently has 1,577 career rebounds. NCAC play continues this week with two tilts scheduled on both Wednesday and Friday and four contests scheduled on Saturday.

ALLEGHENY fell in its lone game of the week at Hiram 76-55. Olivia Barkley (Elizabeth, PA/Elizabeth Forward) led the Gators with 13 points. Madison Caufield (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) and Maria Didonato (Pittsburgh, PA/Taylor Allderdice) had five boards apiece.

DENISON went 1-1 last week against conference opponents. In their 41-38 loss to Kenyon, Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) broke the NCAA Division III record for career rebounds, passing Ronda Joe Miller of Gallaudet (1,545). Holmes currently has 1,577 career rebounds. Denison would bounce back against Wittenberg with a 65-42 victory over the Tigers. Denison shot a season high 57 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range. Senior Emily Krumpe (Hilliard, OH/Hilliard Darby) led all scorers with 16 points and Gabrielle Nottage (Evanston, IL/Evanston Township) dished out a career-high 12 assists. Nottage’s 12 helpers are tied for the third-most in a single game in program history.

DEPAUWranked 13th in the most recent Top-25, extended its win streak to 16 with two wins. In the two wins, the Tigers limited the opponents to 31.7 percent shooting from the field and 43.5 points, while also holding a +16.5 rebound margin. All 15 players who dressed against Wooster scored. Taylor Howard (Peoria, IL/Peoria Christian) led DePauw with 10.0 points-per-game.

HIRAM improved its record to 15-5 with wins over Wooster and Allegheny last week. With seven wins in conference play, Hiram has set a new program record for NCAC victories in a season, and is currently tied for third in the standings. Hiram averaged 16.5 steals per game last week, including 19 in the win over Allegheny. All five starters scored in double figures in the win over Wooster, led by Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) with 16. Jones posted 20 in the win over Allegheny, while Allison Vannoy (Mantua, OH/Crestwood) added 18.

KENYON has won six in a row after beating Denison, 41-38, last week. During the current winning streak, the Ladies have allowed no more than 33 percent shooting by their opponents. They also rank fourth in the country in field goal percentage defense (30.4).

OBERLIN turned in a 2-1 week, winning two non-conference games, before having its four-game winning-streak halted in a 59-57 loss to Ohio Wesleyan. Sophomore Olivia Canning (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln Sudbury) scored in double figures in all three games, notching 10 points in a 68-56 win over Thiel, before following with her fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 boards in a 67-50 win at Kalamzoo. Against the Bishops she posted 11 points and nine rebounds.

Freshman wing Nicole Popovich (Rocky River, OH/Rocky River) scored with 1:03 left in regulation time to break a 57-57 tie, and OHIO WESLEYAN withstood a pair of potential go-ahead possessions to secure a two point conference victory against Oberlin. Senior guard Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) led the Bishops with 17 points, while freshman post Elea Karras (Bellbrook, OH/Miami Valley) finished with 14 and Popovich added 10. Freshman wing Claire Sterling (West Jefferson, OH/West Jefferson) led the Bishops with eight rebounds and Taylor Dickson (Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) had a team-high three assists.

WITTENBERG dropped a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling to DePauw and Denison. The Tigers are now 4-7 in league play. Alex Kiess (Edon, OH/Northwest) led Wittenberg on the week with 20 total points.

WOOSTER sophomore Anna Gibbs (Gahanna, OH/Westerville North) averaged nearly 15 points per game last week for the Scots. On Saturday, she scored a game-high 19 points in Wooster’s loss at DePauw while adding four assists and three steals. She was also one of two Scots in double figures during Wooster’s midweek loss to Hiram.