The NCAC portion of the schedule opened up last week with Oberlin (3-2, 1-0) defeating Hiram (1-5, 0-1), 57-52, on Tuesday. DePauw and Kenyon are off to 4-1 starts to open the year and posted a combined 4-1 record against non-conference opponents over the Thanksgiving Holiday. This week features a full slate of contests, including seven conference games starting on Wednesday when Oberlin travels to Wooster (2-2, 0-0) and Wittenberg (2-3, 0-0) visits Kenyon.
ALLEGHENY split a pair of games at home last week. In their first game, the Gators overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Mount Union, 76-70. Delaney Arbore (North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin) finished the game with 21 points, four rebounds and two assists. She hit four-of-seven three pointers. Rylee Donovan (Glenshaw, PA/Shaler Area) tallied 18 points with four rebounds and a pair of assists, going four-of-eight from three. In their second game, they fell against Wash. and Jeff., 78-61. Arbore led the Gators with 15 points, while Madison Caufield (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) had 13.
DENISON went 1-2 last week, defeating Mount St. Joseph, 73-51, and then losing both games at Marietta College’s Jim Meagle Turkey Shoot. The Big Red lost to Marietta, 92-87, on Saturday, and then 76-57 to Carnegie Mellon on Sunday. Junior Valesha Province (Tiffin, Ohio / Tiffin Columbian) was named to the Jim Meagle Turkey Shoot All-Tournament team after recording 12.5 ppg and 4.0 rpg for the weekend.
DEPAUW, ranked sixth in the most recent WBCA coaches poll, suffered its first loss of the season after dropping a 77-75 decision to No. 19 Washington University. The Bears hit a game-winning three-pointer with 1.5 seconds left to win the Midwest Challenge championship. The Tigers are now 4-1 on the year after earning an opening round victory over Rose-Hulman to kick-off the Midwest Challenge.
HIRAM dropped a pair of games last week, including the conference opener to Oberlin, 57-52. In the matchup with the Yeowomen, senior Allison Vannoy (Mantua, OH/Crestwood) posted 16 points, marking her fifth-straight game with double-digit scoring. In the loss to Waynesburg, four Terriers finished in double figures including freshman Alainna Conroy (Cleveland, OH/Padua Franciscan) (13) and senior Jazmine Scott (Toledo, OH/Toledo Central Catholic) (13).
KENYON won a couple of non-conference contests to run its early-season record to 4-1. Tuesday, the Ladies got 11 points and nine rebounds from sophomore Paige Matijasich (Pickerington, OH/Pickerington North) during a 55-48 win against John Carroll. Sunday, Matijasich scored a career-high 27 points as the Ladies posted a 73-59 win over Bethany.
OBERLIN went 2-1 last week, picking up wins against Hiram, 57-52, and Baldwin Wallace, 46-45, but fell to nationally-ranked Trine, 80-32. Oberlin trailed by 14 points with 9:14 left in the game, but came back and defeated Baldwin Wallace off the game-winning 10-foot jumper by senior Tyler Parlor (Detroit, MI/Mercy High School) as time expired. Junior center Olivia Canning (Sudbury, MA/ Lincoln Sudbury) registered a pair of double-doubles last week as she averaged 12 points and 12.5 rebounds in the victories over Hiram and Baldwin Wallace.
OHIO WESLEYAN dropped a pair of contests last week to fall to 0-4 to open the year. The Bishops fell to Otterbein, 68-49, on Wednesday despite 16 points and two assists from junior Erin Delaney (Toledo, OH/Notre Dame Academy). On Saturday, OWU cut a 17-point deficit down to three in the second half but ultimately lost to Ohio Northern, 54-36. Delaney once again led the Bishops with 12 points, while sophomore guard Nicole Popovich (Rocky River, OH/Rocky River) grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.
WITTENBERG went 1-2 last week, starting with a 56-52 road win over Capital. The Tigers went 0-2 at the Marietta College Turkey Shoot, falling to Carnegie Mellon 73-53 on Saturday and host Marietta, 88-76, Sunday. Junior Sydney Mayle (Columbus, OH/Watterson) posted her first-career double-double in the loss to the Pioneers with 18 points and 13 rebounds. The Tigers are getting great help off their bench, as they have combined for 88 points in Wittenberg’s last three games.
WOOSTER dropped its lone contest last week to PSU-Behrend, 88-71. Freshman Maria Janasko (Sheffield Lake, OH/Lake Ridge Academy) led all Fighting Scots with 16 points on 13 shots, while Sarah Rapacz (Strongsville, OH/Padua Franciscan) pulled down a co-game-high nine rebounds, five of them offensive.