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NCAC Weekly Release (1-3-18) - Women's Basketball

Hiram Junior Erica Johnson
Hiram Junior Erica Johnson

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DePauw (12-1, 4-0) posted a 4-0 record over the holiday break, extending its winning streak to eight. The Tigers are tied atop the league standings with Kenyon (11-2, 4-0) and Oberlin (6-4, 4-0). NCAC play continues this week with three tilts scheduled on Wednesday and four on Saturday.

ALLEGHENY dropped its first two contests over the break before bouncing back to defeat Penn St. Leghigh Valley, 66-54, on New Year’s Eve. In the win, Delaney Arbore (North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin) led the Gators with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists as she was named to the All-Tournament team of the Moravian College Greyhound Classic.

DENISON competed in the 2017 Capital University/Marriott Columbus Airport Holiday Tournament this past weekend, losing to host Capital, 69-62, on Friday night, and defeating Franklin, 71-63, on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Alison Schafer (Columbia Station, OH/Columbia) led the Big Red with 21 points in the win over Franklin, while sophomore Lauren Longbrake (Groveport, OH/Hamilton Twp.) combined for 25 points and 19 rebounds during the two-day tournament. Schafer was also selected to the All-Tournament team for her 21-point effort, which also matched a career-high.

DEPAUW, ranked 12th in the most recent WBCA coaches poll, extended its win streak to eight with wins over Williams and Oneonta in the D3 St. Pete Classic. The Tigers followed up their performance in Florida with a pair of win against Wis.-Stevens Point and John Carroll to win the Amy Hasbrook Classic. For the break, Maya Howard (St. Louis, MO/MICDS) led with 16.3 points per game, while Emily Buddee (Cincinnati, OH/Mother of Mercy) followed with 15.8 points per contest. Howard was named the MVP of the Amy Hasbrook Classic.

HIRAM split a pair of games on a west-coast road trip over the holiday break. Hiram first took down host Chapman, coming back from a 13-point first-half deficit with a 27-point third quarter to earn a four-point win. Freshman Madison Branch (Avon Lake, OH/Avon Lake) dropped a career-high 18 points, including three triples, in the win. Hiram then fell to Whittier (60-57) in their first overtime tilt of the season. Branch once again led the way with 12 points while Erica Johnson (Salem, OH/West Branch) secured 11 rebounds.

KENYON won both of its games over the break, claiming the crown in the two-day Marriott Columbus Airport Holiday Tournament at Capital. Senior Griffin Tullis (Columbus, OH/Dublin Coffman) and sophomore Paige Matijasich (Pickerington, OH/Pickerington North) were named to the All-Tournament team. Matijasich was named MVP after scoring 19 points in a 70-65 overtime win against Franklin in the tournament’s first round. She then dropped in 18 more points in the Ladies 65-47 win over host Capital in the tournament’s championship game. The win over Capital was also head coach Suzanne Helfant’s 400th career win.

OBERLIN came back from the holiday break and dropped a pair of non-conference games at the Pikes Peak Holiday Classic hosted by Colorado College. On Friday, the Yeowomen fell to Illinois Wesleyan by a score of 79-52 and dropped the game versus host on Saturday by a final of 67-58. Junior guard Alex Stipano (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) highlighted the weekend as she averaged 21 points per game and made 13-of-17 attempts from free throw line.

OHIO WESLEYAN posted a 1-3 record over the break, earning its first win over the season against Alverno. Sophomore guard Claire Sterling (West Jefferson, OH/West Jefferson) led the Bishops in the win with a career-high 22 points and 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Sterling followed that performance up with 28 points in the loss to Carnegie Mellon.

WITTENBERG improved to 7-7 on the season after posting a 3-1 record over the holiday break with victories against Franklin, Heidelberg and Susquehanna. Junior Alex Kiess (Edon, OH/Northwest) led the way for the Tigers averaging 11.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Kiess along with clasmmate Sydney Mayle (Columbus, OH/Watterson) earned All-Tournament team honors at the Charles B. Zimmerman Memorial Tournament. Wittenberg has now won five of its last seven games and posted a four game win streak for the first time since the 2014-15 season.

WOOSTER dropped all four contests over the Holiday Break, falling to Muskingum, Eureka, Sewanee and Centre. Junior Anna Gibbs (Gahanna, OH/Westerville North) led the Scots by scoring in double-figures in all four contests, including 16 in the loss to Muskingum.