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NCAC Weekly Release (1-8-18) - Women's Basketball

Wooster sophomore guard Akwia Tilton
Wooster sophomore guard Akwia Tilton

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DePauw (12-1, 4-0) handed Kenyon (8-4, 5-1) its first NCAC loss of the season to remain undefeated in conference play along with Oberlin (8-4, 6-0) which knocked off Hiram (6-9, 2-4) and Wittenberg (7-9, 2-5) last week. A big week of NCAC play lies ahead as Oberlin hosts Kenyon on Wednesday and DePauw Saturday.

ALLEGHENY'S fourth quarter comeback bid fell short against Denison in its lone game of the week. Rylee Donovan (Glenshaw, PA/Shaler Area) led the Gators with 19 points. Zoe Soilis (Sarver, PA/Freeport), Julianna Skowron (Sewickley, PA/Oakland Catholic) and Delaney Arbore (North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin) all had a dozen points.

DENISON went 2-0 to open the New Year with both wins coming on the road. The Big Red defeated Ohio Wesleyan, 63-55, on Wednesday and then traveled to Allegheny on Saturday and secured the win, 73-67. Denison was led by Lauren Hofer (Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty) who combined for 30 points and 10 rebounds in the two victories. Her 17 points against Ohio Wesleyan was a career-high.

DEPAUW, ranked 12th in the most recent WBCA coaches poll, extended its win streak to 10 with a pair of NCAC win last week against Ohio Wesleyan and then previously unbeaten in league play Kenyon. For the week, the Tigers shot 50.9 percent from the field, including 45.5 percent (10-22) from 3-point range. Sophomore Sydney Kopp (Burr Ridge, IL/Hinsdale South) led the way with 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while hitting 12-21 (57.1%) from the field and 5-9 (55.6%) from 3-point range.

HIRAM held a 10-point lead at half against Oberlin in the Terriers lone contest of the week, but the Yeowomen battled back in the second half to secure a four-point victory. Offensively, Jazmine Scott (Toledo, OH/Toledo Central Catholic) paced the Terriers with 12 points, while Bri Burgos (Chippewa Lake, OH/Cloverleaf) added 10 points. Junior Erica Johnson (Salem, OH/West Branch Erica Johnson (Salem, OH/West Branch) came one point shy of a double-double, posting nine points and 11 boards. She also added four steals. Senior Allison Vannoy (Mantua, OH/Crestwood) posted her best-career game in the assist department, totaling eight helpers on the night.

KENYON rallied for an overtime win at Wittenberg, 61-52, but came up just short against DePauw over the weekend. The Ladies’ 5-1 start in NCAC play is their best since a 6-0 mark during the 2007-08 season. Sophomore Paige Matijasich (Pickerington, OH/Pickerington North) continued doing well on the offensive end, leading the Ladies in two games last week. She scored 23 at Wittenberg and added seven rebounds. Matijasich also tallied 12 against DePauw, her eighth straight game in double figures.

OBERLIN picked up a 56-52 come-from-behind win over Hiram and a 60-48 victory at Wittenberg last week to remain perfect in NCAC play. The Yeowomen shot 41.7% (50-of-120) from the floor, made 6-of-20 (30.0%) attempts from three-point range and blocked 14 shots in the two games. Junior center Olivia Canning (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln Sudbury) highlighted the week as she averaged nine points and seven rebounds per game.

OHIO WESLEYAN fell in three home NCAC contests last week to DePauw, Denison and Wooster. Sophomore guard Claire Sterling (West Jefferson, OH/West Jefferson) led the Bishops with 33 points and 33 rebounds on the week, including a pair of double-doubles in losses to the Big Red and the Scots.

WITTENBERG suffered two losses to start 2018 last week. The Tigers went down in overtime 61-52 to the ladies of Kenyon on Wednesday. The Tigers then fell to the NCAC unbeaten Yeowomen of Oberlin 60-48 on Saturday.

WOOSTER earned its first NCAC win of the season, defeating Ohio Wesleyan at Branch Rickey Arena for first time since the 1988-89 season conference tournament semifinal. The six point win is the first at OWU during the regular season since 1985-86. Junior Anna Gibbs (Gahanna, OH/Westerville North) poured in a season-high 21 points and helped limit the Bishops to an opponent season-low 53 points.