DePauw (14-1, 22-2) captured the NCAC championship and the No. 1 seed for the 2017 NCAC Women’s Basketball Tournament last week. It marks the fifth time in the last six year the Tigers have earned the top spot in the conference tournament. The final seven seeds for the conference tournament will be determined this week as the NCAC regular season schedule officially comes to a close on Saturday.
ALLEGHENY fell in a pair of NCAC games to Wooster and Denison last week. At Wooster, Delaney Arbore (North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin) netted 13 points, while Olivia Barkley (Elizabeth, PA/Elizabeth Forward) grabbed 15 rebounds. Against Denison, Madison Caufield (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) and Kaylah Pinkney (Monroe, NY/Northfield Mount Hermon) scored eight points apiece.
DENISON split its two conference games last week. The Big Red fell to DePauw to begin the week, 60-46, despite Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) flirting with a triple double. The senior post had 18 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks. Denison would bounce back against Allegheny, 59-43, behind another big game from Holmes. She scored a team-high 28 points and grabbed a team-high 25 boards as she surpassed 1,400 career points in the win. Emily Krumpe (Hilliard, OH/Hilliard Darby) picked up a double-double as she went for 10 points and 10 rebounds.
DEPAUW, ranked 10th in the most recent D3hoops.com Top-25, clinched the top seed in the NCAC Tournament and its fifth NCAC title in six seasons after defeating Denison on Wednesday. For the week, Maya Howard (St. Louis, MO/MICDS) led the Tigers with 18.0 points and 2.0 steals per game.
HIRAM dropped a 69-63 decision to Ohio Wesleyan in its only conference matchup last week. Junior Mercedes Jones (Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) became the seventh Terrier in school history to eclipse 1,000 points. Jones finished the game 9-of-11 for 21 points, while adding seven rebounds. Senior Dana Perrotta (New Castle, PA/New Castle) totaled 17 points, including knocking down a career-high five three pointers.
KENYON split a pair of NCAC contests last week. The Ladies were upended at Oberlin, 52-41, Wednesday and then returned home Saturday to knock off 10th-ranked DePauw, 70-64. At Oberlin, junior Griffin Tullis (Columbus, OH/Dublin Coffman) had seven points and seven rebounds. At home against DePauw, senior Bailey Dominguez (Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor) went 4-for-9 from three-point range and rang up a game-high 16 points.
OBERLIN earned a pair of key NCAC wins, knocking off Kenyon, 52-41, before getting some late heroics from sophomore Alex Stipano (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) as she banked-in a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Yeowomen over Wittenberg, 53-50. Stipano, who has now scored in double figures in three-straight games, connected on 7-of-12 from beyond the arc over the two wins.
OHIO WESLEYAN won a pair of NCAC contests last week to get to .500 in league play heading into the final week of the regular season. On Wednesday, the Bishops defeated Hiram, 69-63, as senior guard Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) scored 16 of her game-high 23 points in the second-half. Kuether then poured in 18 points to led OWU to a convincing win against Wooster on Saturday.
WITTENBERG dropped its lone contest of the week to Oberlin when the Yeowomen knocked down a three-pointer at the buzzer for a 53-50 victory. Senior forward Michelle Brunswick (Middletown, OHMadison) led the Tigers in the loss with 14 points, eight steals and seven rebounds.
WOOSTER picked up its second win of the season with an impressive 70-61 triumph over Allegheny on Wednesday, marking Wooster’s first NCAC home win since Jan. 15, 2014. Freshman Cat Fiorito (Goshen, KY/North Oldham) became the fourth Scot to log a 20-point game this year with a game-high 22 points against the Gators. Fiorito went 8-for-9 from the floor and finished one rebound shy of a double-double.