Ohio Wesleyan opened the season at 2-0 for the first-time since 2011-12 and earned the Notre Dame (MD) Tip-Off Tournament Championships with victories against Notre Dame and Chatham. The DePauw Tigers are also 2-0 following victories against Birmingham-Southern and Rose-Hulman to win its own Tip-Off Tournament in Greencastle. All nine North Coast squads will be in action this week as non-conference play continues over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
ALLEGHENY opened the 2016-17 season by going 1-2 in its first week. The Gators fell at Mount Union, 97-79, in their season debut. In their home opener against Adrian, the Gators fell, 88-79. The Gators collected their first win of the year at home against Oswego State in double overtime, 91-90. Olivia Barkley (Elizabeth, PA/Elizabeth Forward) hit a pair of free-throws with one second on the clock in the second overtime for the win.
DENISON went 1-2 last week to open up the 2016-17 season. In heartbreaking fashion, the Big Red fell in the season opener against Wilmington on a last second three pointer. In their first game at home, the Big Red took down Otterbein, 49-36. Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) flirted with a triple double as she finished with 20 points, 18 rebounds, and eight blocks. Looking to get revenge on the Ohio Northern Polar Bears after they ended their season last year, the Big Red were unable to match their opponents offense output as they fell, 44-56.
DEPAUW opened the season with a pair of wins in the DePauw Tipoff Tournament. Maya Howard (St. Louis, MO/MICDS) averaged 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. In the two games, the Tigers held the opponents to just 45.0 points per game and outrebounded them by 10 per game.
HIRAM played to three close decisions last week, going 2-1. Hiram ran their season-opening winning streak to three with wins over Thiel and Westminster, before opening NCAC play with a four-point loss to Oberlin. Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) led the Terriers to the win over Thiel, posting 20 points and nine rebounds. Hiram controlled the game against Westminster, forcing 28 Titan turnovers, including 20 steals. Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown, OH/Lake) finished the victory with 15 points and a career-high seven steals. In the loss to Oberlin, Kayla Yost (Norwalk, OH/Perkins) led the way in her first start of the season, finishing with 15 points and nine boards.
KENYON opened the season with a 68-57 win against Muskingum, before splitting two games at the Anderson University Tip-Off tourney. Kenyon’s offense struggled against Marietta in a 56-46 loss, but they came back to post a 92-41 win against Illinois Tech. That 51-point margin was its biggest since 1978.
OBERLIN turned in a 1-1 week, opening the season with a 70-41 loss to Baldwin Wallace, before bouncing back to top Hiram, 56-52, in the NCAC opener for both schools. Sophomore Olivia Canning (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln Sudbury) posted a double-double in both games, which included a 15-point, 14-rebound and eight block effort in the win against the Terriers.
OHIO WESLEYAN opened up the season 2-0 for the first time since the 2011-12 campaign, defeating Notre Dame (MD) and Chatham to earn the Notre Dame Tip-Off Tournament Title. Junior guard Trischa Lacy (Urbana, OH/Urbana) averaged 16.5 points on 50.0% shooting and added eight rebounds a game to lead the Bishops on the week. In the championship game against Chatham, Lacy scored 12 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double.
WITTENBERG opened the year with a 1-2 record. The Tigers lost to Capital and Middlebury before notching a 76-71 double-overtime victory against Drew. The win was the first under interim head coach Kelly Mahlum. Junior guard Bobbie Clayton (Greenwood, IN/Center Grove) led the Tigers on the week averaging 11.6 points and seven rebounds per game.
WOOSTER won its season lid-lifter for the fourth time in the last five years with Wednesday’s 75-67 triumph over Geneva. Aubri McKoy (New Brunswick, NJ/Piscataway) and Christina Vukovich (Medina, OH/Medina) each scored 14 points in the win, while combining to shoot 12-of-23 from the field.