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NCAC Weekly Release (12-4-17) - Women's Basketball

Kenyon junior Jessica Gerber has helped guide the Ladies to a 2-0 NCAC start with victories over Wittenberg & Denison last week
Kenyon junior Jessica Gerber has helped guide the Ladies to a 2-0 NCAC start with victories over Wittenberg & Denison last week

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DePauw (6-1, 2-0), Kenyon (6-1, 2-0) and Oberlin (4-2, 2-0) all jumped out to perfect starts in conference play and sit atop the NCAC standings. There are four league games scheduled each on Wednesday and Saturday this week.

ALLEGHENY split its opening NCAC series last weekend. On Friday, the Gators won their NCAC opener at Wittenberg. Junior Delaney Arbore (North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin) finished the game with 30 points. She converted 11-of-18 attempts, including 6-of-10 from three. Her performance marked the first 30-point game by a Gator since 2014. In addition to her 30 points, Arbore had six rebounds and three assists. On Saturday, the Gators fell at DePauw. Zoe Soilis (Sarver, PA/Freeport) led the Gators with eight points, while Madison Caufield (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) had 10 rebounds.

DENISON went 1-1 last week, defeating Mount Union, 63-61, at home on Wednesday, and then losing at Kenyon on Saturday, 48-46. The Big Red were led by sophomore Lauren Hofer (Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty) who combined for 25 points on 12-24 shooting from the field and four blocks.

DEPAUW, ranked 15th in the most recent WBCA coaches poll, picked up a sweep in the opening weekend of NCAC play. The Tigers held their two opponents to just 30.2 percent shooting from the field and 44.0 points per game. Sophomore Sydney Kopp (Burr Ridge, IL/Hinsdale South) led Tigers in scoring in both wins, including 27 in the victory over Allegheny.

HIRAM posted a 1-2 record last week. The Terriers first defeated Westminster, 52-50, in non-conference action on Monday. Hiram then dropped a pair of road conference contests, falling at both DePauw and Wittenberg. In the win over Westminster, senior Allison Vannoy (Mantua, OH/Crestwood) lifted the Terriers to victory, with 15 points. Freshman Alainna Conroy (Cleveland, OH/Padua Franciscan) paced Hiram in the two conference games, scoring 12 against DePauw, before adding a career-high 16 in the matchup with Wittenberg.

KENYON opened conference play with a pair of home wins. Wednesday, the Ladies got 17 points from junior guard Jessica Gerber (Newtown, PA/Council Rock North) and defeated Wittenberg, 64-50. Saturday, the Ladies held off Denison, 48-46. Gerber again led the team in scoring, this time with 12 points.

Junior Alex Stipano (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) poured in a career-high 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting to lift OBERLIN to a 72-51 road win at Wooster. In the Yeowomen’s lone game of the week, senior captain Tyler Parlor (Detroit, MI/Mercy) also added a season-high 13 points.

OHIO WESLEYAN fell to 0-5 on the season following a tough loss to Defiance last Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets converted on one-of-two free throws with four seconds left to secure a 59-58 victory. Sophomore guard Nicole Popovich (Rocky River, OH/Rocky River) shared the team lead with 13 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.

WITTENBERG went 1-2 last week, opening NCAC action on the road at Kenyon with a 64-50 loss. Returning to Pam Evans Smith Arena, Wittenberg split the home opener, falling to Allegheny on Friday night, 77-72, before overtaking Hiram on Saturday, 78-66. Junior Sydney Mayle (Columbus, OH/Watterson) led the Tigers last week, scoring 42 points and adding 13 rebounds in the three games.

WOOSTER has now dropped four-straight contests following a 2-0 start to the season. Wooster opened up NCAC play with a 72-51 loss to Oberlin and then dropped a non-conference contest to Case on Saturday. Sophomore Erica Roberts (Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) led the Scots with 11 points off the bench against Oberlin, while junior Anna Gibbs (Gahanna, OH/Westerville North) paced Wooster with 19 in the loss to Case.