DePauw (6-1, 2-0), Oberlin (2-4, 2-0) and Denison (2-6, 1-0) all jumped out to perfect starts in conference play and sit atop the NCAC standings with four league games scheduled each on Wednesday and Saturday this week.
ALLEGHENY went 0-3 on the week. After dropping a non-conference game at RIT, the Gators lost a back-and-forth NCAC opener against Wittenberg on Friday. On Saturday, a big offensive first half for DePauw led them to victory over the Gators.
DENISON went 1-1 last week and picked up its first conference win of the season after taking down the Kenyon Ladies, 42-35. Denison began the week with a non-conference loss to Case, 63-48, at home. Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) was one block away from a triple double against Case as she finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds, and nine blocks. DU rebounded against conference-rival Kenyon as the defense held the Ladies to 35 points and 21.7% shooting percentage from the field. Senior Post Emily Krumpe (Hilliard, OH/Hilliard Darby) led the Big Red with 11 points and grabbed six boards. The win snapped a five game losing streak for the Big Red and snapped the Ladies four game winning streak.
DEPAUW opened NCAC play with a pair of road wins as the Tigers held Hiram and Allegheny to a combined 29.1 percent shooting from the field. Claire Ryan (Chicago, IL/Marist) paced the Tigers with 14.5 points, 4.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 2.5 steals per game. Taylor Howard (Peoria, IL/Peoria Christian) posted her first two career double-doubles with a career-high 11 rebounds at Hiram and then matching that the next game.
HIRAM ran its record to 6-2 after a 2-1 week. The Terriers earned an eight-point win in non-conference action against Muskingum, 71-63, before falling to DePauw in conference action. The Terriers then capped the week with a four-point victory over Wittenberg. Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) led Hiram to the win over Muskingum, tallying a season-high 25 points. Dana Perrotta (New Castle, PA/New Castle) paced the Terriers with a career-best 18 in the loss to DePauw. Hiram held Wittenberg to 30% shooting, including 5-of-27 in the first half, in the victory over the Tigers. Jones was the lone Terrier in double figures, finishing with 20.
KENYON opened its conference season with two road games last week. Kenyon’s defense was superb at Wittenberg, but its offense struggled at Denison as they hit just 21 percent from the field in the loss.
OBERLIN dropped its home opener to Mount Union, 67-42, but bounced back with an impressive 68-47 win over Wooster. Against the Scots, senior Briana Santiago (White Plains, NY/Kent) posted career-highs in points (9), rebounds (9) and assists (5). As a team the Yeowomen shot 57 percent from three-point range with eight makes on 14 attempts.
OHIO WESLEYAN has now dropped four-straight games after opening up the season 2-0 with losses to Ohio Christian, Ohio Northern and Chicago last week. The Bishops open up conference play this week when they host Oberlin on Saturday.
WITTENBERG opened up confernece play last week with losses against Kenyon and Hiram, before defeating Allegheny on the road. In the win over the Gators, sophomore Liz Tolliver (Eaton, OH/Eaton) recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
WOOSTER junior Aki Shurelds (South San Francisco, CA/Lick-Wilmerding) tied the Fighting Scots single-game program record with seven three-pointers en route to a career-high 23 points during Saturday’s loss versus Case. She became just the second in program history to hit seven trifectas in a game and the first since Meredith Wilson did so against Kalamazoo in 2007.