DePauw, Kenyon and Hiram are off to 4-1 starts to open the season and posted a combined 5-1 record against non-conference opponents over the Thanksgiving Holiday. This week features a full slate of contests, including eight conference games starting on Wednesday when Wooster (1-3, 0-0) travels to Oberlin (1-3, 1-0) and Kenyon visits Wittenberg (2-3, 0-0).
ALLEGHENY dropped its lone contest last week against Wash. & Jeff., 82-56. Freshman Zoe Soilis (Sarver, PA/Freeport) led the Gators with a near double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
DENISON dropped three non-conference games in a tough stretch of their season. The Big Red faced two top-15 teams last week. They fell to No. 14 Maryville (TN), 65-53, and then followed with a loss to No. 5 Thomas More, 66-59. Freshman Alison Schafer (Columbia Station, OH/Columbia) led all Big Red scorers with 13.7 points per game while knocking down 10 three pointers in the three games. Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) averaged 11.7 points, 13.7 rebounds and 6.3 blocks per game during the week.
DEPAUW is 4-1 after winning two-of-three last week, including a third-place finish at the Illinois Wesleyan Midwest Challenge. The Tigers’ lone loss was to ninth-ranked Washington-St. Louis. Maya Howard (St. Louis, MO/MICDS) and Sydney Kopp (Burr Ridge, IL/Hinsdale South) each averaged 14.7 points for the week, while Melinda Franke (Warrenville, IL/Wheaton Warrenville South) led the team with 8.3 rebounds.
HIRAM ran its record to 4-1 with a convincing 64-31 win over Franciscan on Saturday. The 31 points given up by the Terriers were the least for an opponent since allowing 23 in a win over Lake Erie during the 2004-05 season. Hiram posted a season-best 21 steals, led by four by Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown, OH/Lake). Shockley also led the team with 10 points, as six different players scored at least six points.
KENYON played two games last week and chalked up a pair of wins by a combined 64 points. Tuesday, the Ladies got 18 points from Bailey Dominguez (Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor) and posted an 85-57 triumph at Bethany. Sunday, the Ladies returned home to get another 15 points from Dominguez during a 71-35 victory over Earlham.
OBERLIN dropped a pair of road contests last week, falling 57-41 at Trine and then coming up just short in a 74-73 overtime loss against crosstown rival Case. Junior Tyler Parlor (Detroit, MI/Mercy) had a double-double in both games with 11 points and 12 rebounds against the Thunder and she was one board shy of triple-double against the Spartans with 10 points and a career-high 10 assists to accompany her nine rebounds. Sophomore Olivia Canning (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln Sudbury) notched her third double-double of the season with 21 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks against Case.
OHIO WESLEYAN dropped its lone contest last week to Otterbein, 79-63. Senior guard Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) led the Bishops with 20 points. Junior wing Trischa Lacy (Urbana, OH/Urbana) finished with 16 points, and senior post Taylor Dickson (Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) scored 10 points and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds.
WITTENBERG split a pair of non-conference games over the Thanksgiving holiday, falling to Thomas More before bouncing back to defeat Maryville, 70-69. Freshman Alexis Perry (South Charleston,OH/Southeastern) led Wittenberg by averaging 16.5 points on 12-for-19 shooting during the week, including hitting the game-winning layup with just four seconds remaining to beat Maryville.
Junior Aki Shurelds (South San Francisco, CA/Lick-Wilmerding) scored a career-high 16 points off of the bench in WOOSTER'S 69-52 loss to Marietta last Tuesday. She knocked down four three-pointers, and also had two steals on the other end of the floor. As a team, Wooster had eight blocks, led by sophomore Christina Vukovich’s (Medina, OH/Medina) five.