DePauw (8-1, 4-0), Oberlin (6-2, 4-0) and Kenyon (8-1, 3-0) remain unblemished in league play going into the Holiday Break. This week features a light schedule with just two conference contests on Saturday as Ohio Wesleyan (0-6, 0-1) visits Kenyon and Denison (4-6, 0-3) travels to Wooster (2-6, 0-3).
ALLEGHENY fell in a pair of NCAC games last week. In a 65-42 loss against Kenyon, Delaney Arbore (North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin) led the Gators with 11 points, while Madison Caufield (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) had 15 rebounds. In a 78-45 loss at Hiram, Arbore led the Gators once more with 12 points while Julianna Skowron (Sewickley, PA/Oakland Catholic) had seven rebounds.
DENISON went 0-2 last week, losing at Oberlin, 62-56, on Wednesday and then losing to Wittenberg, 75-69, at home on Saturday. Sophomores Addie Buzas (Scottsdale, AZ/Chaparral) and Lauren Hofer (Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty) paced the Big Red, scoring in double-digits in both games. Buzas led the Big Red with 28 combined points and three steals, while Hofer contributed a combined 16 rebounds and seven assists.
DEPAUW, ranked 15th in the most recent WBCA coaches poll, moved its win streak to four with a pair of road wins last week. The Tigers shot 49.2 percent for the week, including a season-high 54.7 percent in the win at Wooster. DePauw also held its opponents to 45.0 points per game, while scoring 72.0. Claire Keefe (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) averaged 16.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 57.1 percent (12-21) from the floor.
HIRAM captured a pair of conference victories last week, upending both Wooster and Allegheny. The Terrier reserves played a big key in the wins, outscoring their opponents by a combined tally of 74-31. In the win over the Scots, two of the top scoring threats came off the bench, with freshman Tashauna Wright Shaker Heights, OH/Shakers Heights) scoring a career-high 20, and senior Jazmine Scott (Toledo, OH/Toledo Central Catholic) adding 13. The win over Allegheny marked the largest margin of victory in the history of the series between the two programs (33 points). Junior Erica Johnson (Salem, OH/West Branch) paced Hiram, posting her first-career double-double with a career high 15 points and 14 rebounds.
KENYON is currently riding a seven-game winning streak after winning twice in three days in road affairs against Allegheny and Case. Sophomore Paige Matijasich (Pickerington, OH/Pickerington North) tallied a game-high 16 points against Allegheny and followed that up with 13 points versus Case. She assisted on the Ladies’ game-winning bucket with 2.1 seconds left at Case. Kenyon’s 8-1 start is its first since 2012-13.
OBERLIN earned a pair of hard-fought league wins to remain unblemished in NCAC play last week. The Yeowomen rallied in the fourth quarter for a 62-56 win over Denison and did the same against OWU to earn a 66-62 triumph. Junior center Olivia Canning (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln Sudbury) led the Yeowomen in both games as she posted 35 points and 19 rebounds over the two games.
OHIO WESLEYAN opened up NCAC play on the road with a tough 66-62 loss against Oberlin last Saturday. OWU led by three with just over a minute left but the Yeowomen rattled off the final seven points to earn the four-point victory. Freshman guard Tia Karras (Bellbrook, OH/Miami Valley) led the Bishops with 18 points, while sophomore post Elea Karras (Bellbrook, OH/Miami Valley) followed with 13 points.
WITTENBERG went 1-1 last week, falling to DePauw at home, 61-47, before bouncing back to pick up its second NCAC win of the season at Denison, 75-69, on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers had their best shooting day from the field against Denison, knocking down 29-of-58 attempts from the floor. Kristie Kalis (Winnetka, IL/New Trier Township High School) led the Tigers off the bench with 12 points and five rebounds in the win over the Big Red.
WOOSTER lost of a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling to Hiram and DePauw. Wooster was limited to just 36.7 percent from the field in the loss against DePauw. The Scots have now lost six-straight after starting the season, 2-0.