After opening the season with a 1-6 record, Denison (8-7, 5-1) has won seven of its last eight contests including six-straight to get above .500 for the first time this year. NCAC play continues this week with four tilts scheduled on both Wednesday and Saturday highlighted by the Big Red hosting DePauw (14-1, 6-0) on Wednesday.
ALLEGHENY fell in its lone game of the week at Denison, 63-52. Through the first 20 minutes of play, the Gators led, 25-24, however, a strong third by Denison proved to be too much for Allegheny. Delaney Arbore (North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin), Olivia Barkley (Elizabeth, PA/Elizabeth Forward) and Emily Smith (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville South) all scored in double digits.
DENISON earned two NCAC victories last week after taking down Wooster, 63-62, and Allegheny, 63-52, at home. This is the first time that the Big Red are over .500 for the season they and are currently enjoying a six-game winning streak. The Big Red used a 21-12 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter to escape Wooster with a victory. Senior guard Garbielle Nottage (Evanston, IL/Evanstown Townshipp) led all Big Red scorers with 13 points off the bench, while Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) grabbed 18 boards and scored 12 points. In their home game against Allegheny, the Big Red had two players who picked up double-doubles. Senior Emily Krumpe (Hilliard, OH/Hilliard) had a season-best 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Holmes contributed 13 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to go along with five blocks. Holmes surpassed 1,500 career rebounds and currently sits 5th all time in Division III history. Nottage also continued her offensive surge as she dropped a team-high 19 points off the bench.
DEPAUW, ranked 19th in the most recent D3hoops.com Top-25, extended its win streak to 11 with a pair of wins over Ohio Wesleyan and Kenyon. For the week, DePauw out rebounded its two opponents by an average margin of 11.0 with 33 of its 76 rebounds coming on the offensive glass. The Tigers committed just 25 turnovers in the two wins. Maya Howard (St. Louis, MO/MICDS) averaged 18.5 points after scoring 18 against Ohio Wesleyan and 19 versus Kenyon.
HIRAM defeated Oberlin by a final score of 64-61 in its only game last week. Junior Allison Vannoy (Mantua, OH/Crestwood) led the Terrier offense with 16 points, while junior Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown, OH/Lake) and senior Kayla Yost (Norwalk, OH/Perkins) followed with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Vannoy also led the Terriers in steals (4) and shot 50 percent (3-of-6) from beyond the arc.
KENYON got back into the NCAC swing and split a pair of contests last week. Wednesday, the Ladies claimed a 55-40 home win over Wittenberg. Saturday, they hit the road, only to drop a 68-55 decision to nationally-ranked DePauw. In those two games combined, senior guard Bailey Dominguez (Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor) sank 40 percent of her three-pointers (6-of-15) and led the Ladies with 26 points. She also grabbed a combined eight rebounds and served up a couple of assists.
OBERLIN sophomore Alex Stipano (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) poured in a career-high 24 points, but it wasn’t enough as Hiram erased an eight-point halftime deficit to knockoff the Yeowomen, 64-61. Sarah Thompson (Manchester, MI/Manchester) scored a career-high 10 points in the Yeowomen’s 57-51 loss to Wittenberg.
OHIO WESLEYAN dropped a midweek contest against DePauw last week but knocked off Wooster, 83-72, on Saturday to improve to 2-3 in NCAC play on the year. In the win over Wooster, senior guard Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) led the Bishops with 22 points and six assists. For the week, Kuether averaged 25.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
WITTENBERG split a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling to Kenyon on Wednesday, before bouncing back to defeat Oberlin on Saturday. Freshman Alex Kiess (Edon, OH/Northwest) led the Tigers on the week, averaging 10.5 points on 6-for-18 shooting.
WOOSTER dropped a tight contest to Denison, 63-62, on Wednesday in a game that saw the Fighting Scots lead by as many as 12. Wooster had well-balanced contributions against Denison as all 10 student-athletes who logged game action scored at least one bucket. On Saturday, sophomore Anna Gibbs (Gahanna, OH/Westerville North) paced Wooster with 16 points and five assists against Ohio Wesleyan.