A few NCAC teams took the week off to focus on final exams, highlighted with just two league games as Denison (4-7, 3-1) knocked off Ohio Wesleyan (3-6, 1-2) on Wednesday and the Bishops fell to Kenyon (7-3, 3-1) on Saturday. With just six games scheduled this week, league squads will return to non-conference action after the holiday break with numerous teams either hosting or traveling to holiday tournaments, while a full schedule of conference action picks back up on January 4th.
ALLEGHENY picked up a non-conference road win at Alfred University, 75-65. Olivia Barkley (Elizabeth, PA/Elizabeth Forward) led the Gator offense on the night with 23 points, hitting nine-of-12 shots from the floor. In addition to her offensive prowess, Barkley grabbed six rebounds. Zoe Soilis (Sarver, PA/Freeport) had a big all-around game, finishing with 19 points on seven-of-14 shooting and a team-high nine rebounds. Maria DiDonato (Pittsburgh, PA/Taylor Allderdice) also finished in double figures, netting 12 points. Delaney Arbore (North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin) tallied seven points, while leading the team with seven assists and four steals.
DENISON picked up a home NCAC victory over Ohio Wesleyan, 49-46. Denison moves to 4-7 on the year and a 3-1 NCAC record. Another strong defensive effort for the Big Red highlighted the victory as they held the Battling Bishops to 30% shooting and under 50 points. Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) and Emily Krumpe (Hilliard, OH/Hilliard Darby) led the Big Red offensively as they scored 21 of the their 49 points. Holmes scored 11, while grabbing 17 boards and Krumpe pulled down seven rebounds and scored 10 points.
HIRAM pushed its winning streak to five games with non-conference victories over Grove City and Geneva last week. In the win over the Wolverines, the Terriers dominated the second half, outscoring their hosts, 45-29, over the final two quarters. Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) finished the game with 21 points, while Kayla Yost (Norwalk, OH/Perkins) totaled 17 points and seven rebounds. Against Geneva, 14 different Terriers scored a basket (a season high), led by Jones with 16. The Terrier bench was key in the win, outscoring the Golden Tornadoes’ reserves, 58-19. Hiram has now won seven of their last eight and currently has recorded their best start in program history at 10-2.
KENYON senior guard Sidney Cera (Brookville, OH/Brookville) racked up game-highs of five assists and 16 points, one shy of her career-best, while leading the Ladies to a 70-54 Saturday road win at Ohio Wesleyan. Cera was 7-of-11 from the field and also grabbed three rebounds.
OHIO WESLEYAN dropped a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling to Denison on Wednesday and Kenyon on Saturday. Senior guard Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) led the Bishops with 30 points on the week.
WOOSTER sophomore Anna Gibbs (Gahanna, OH/Westerville North) scored a career-high 26 points during the Scots’ 70-68 heartbreaking loss to Muskingum on Sunday. A buzzer-beating halfcourt heave from the Scots rimmed out in the loss to the Muskies.