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NCAC Weekly Release (1-22-18) - Women's Basketball

Oberlin junior guard Alix Stipano averaged 20 points a game in two Yeowomen victories last week.
Oberlin junior guard Alix Stipano averaged 20 points a game in two Yeowomen victories last week.

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DePauw (9-0, 17-1) extended its winning streak to 13 last week with a league victory over Ohio Wesleyan (0-9, 1-17) to maintain its lead atop the conference standings. 2017-18 marks the second-straight season the Tigers have strung together a winning streak of 10 or more contests and the 12th time in the last 13 years the program has accomplished that feat. There are seven league games on the schedule this week, highlighted by Wittenberg (4-5, 9-9) traveling to DePauw on Wednesday.

ALLEGHENY went 0-2 in a pair of NCAC road games last week. In a loss at Oberlin, Rylee Donovan (Glenshaw, PA/Shaler Area) led the Gators with eight points. At Kenyon, the Gators fourth quarter comeback fell short. Delaney Arbore (North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin) led the team with 17 points.

DENISON went 0-2 last week, falling at Hiram, 59-46, and then at home to Oberlin, 62-53. Sophomore Lauren Hofer (Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty) led the Big Red with a combined 24 points and added 11 rebounds over the two games.

DEPAUW, ranked ninth in the most recent WBCA coaches poll, extended its win streak to 13 with a win over Ohio Wesleyan. The 31 points allowed was the fewest DePauw has allowed in a game since 2016. Maya Howard (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) led all scorers with 18 points, while Claire Keefe (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) and Sydney Kopp (Burr Ridge, IL/Hinsdale South) each scored 12. Kopp just missed a second straight double-double with nine rebounds and Howard finished with three assists.

HIRAM nabbed its eighth win of the season, a 59-46 victory over Denison on Wednesday evening. The 46 points surrendered by the Terriers are the fewest allowed by Hiram against a conference opponent since holding Wittenberg to 44 during the 2015-16 season. Freshman guard Tashauna Wright (Shaker Heights, OH/Shakers Heights) scored a game-high 15 points and Erica Johnson (Salem, OH/West Branch) tallied 10 to go along with 14 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.

KENYON won two more home conference games last week, running its overall record to 16-3 and its conference mark to 9-1. Wednesday, the Ladies defeated Wooster, 62-55. Saturday, they finished off Allegheny, 64-54. In the two games combined, sophomore guard Paige Matijasich (Pickerington, OH/Pickerington North) put up totals that included 36 points and 19 rebounds. Against Allegheny, she notched her first collegiate double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

OBERLIN senior Abby Andrews (Ann Arbor, MI/Rudolf Steiner School) recorded her first double-double of the season, and junior Alex Stipano (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) cashed in 23 points in the Yeowomen’s 76-32 win over Allegheny. Oberlin went into the fourth quarter trailing by one point at Denison, but outscored the Big Red 18-8 in the period to earn a 62-53 road win that saw four players in double figures and Oberlin post a season-high 13 blocks.

OHIO WESLEYAN has now lost 10 contests in a row following two NCAC losses last week to Wittenberg and DePauw. Sophomore guard Claire Sterling (West Jefferson, OH/West Jefferson) continues to led the Bishops by scoring 27 points and collecting 15 rebounds in the two games combined.

WITTENBERG got back to .500 (9-9) on the season after winning its second straight road NCAC contest last week, defeating Ohio Wesleyan, 73-57. Junior guard Sydney Mayle (Columbus, OH/Watterson) led the way for the Tigers with 15 points, six rebounds and two assists.

WOOSTER dropped its lone contest last week, falling to Kenyon on the road, 62-55. The Scots only trailed by two at the half and outscored the Kenyon bench, 29-13, but where unable to earn their third conference win of the season. Sophomore Akwia Tilton (Southfield, MI/Roeper School) led the Scots in the loss with 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals.