Heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, the race for the NCAC title is tight as DePauw (21-1, 13-0) currently sits atop the league standings as the lone unbeaten, but Kenyon (18-3, 11-1) is just one game back in the loss column. The Tigers and Ladies are scheduled to meet this Saturday in Gambier.
ALLEGHENY went 0-2 last week, falling to Wittenberg and DePauw. Against Wittenberg, Rylee Donovan (Glenshaw, PA/Shaler Area) led the Gators with 12 points and seven assists, while Madison Caufield (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) had 12 rebounds. Delaney Arbore (North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin) had 13 points against DePauw.
DENISON posted a pair of victories over Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster to move to 5-8 in conference play. Alison Schafer (Columbia Station, OH/Columbia) scored 18 points in Denison’s 63-52 win over Wooster and added 12 points in the Big Red’s 22-point win over Ohio Wesleyan. Schafer shot 46 percent from the field and has averaged 16.8 ppg over her last three games. DU currently sits in sixth-place, one game behind Hiram and two games behind Wittenberg for fourth place.
DEPAUW, ranked seventh in the most recent WBCA coaches poll, extended its win streak to 17 with victories over Hiram and Allegheny. DePauw’s 90 points against Allegheny was a season high. Maya Howard (St. Louis, MO/MICDS) averaged 18.5 points, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game for the week. The Tigers shot 51.2 percent in the two games.
HIRAM saw its three game win streak come to an end last week with a pair of conference losses to DePauw and Wittenberg. Freshman guard Madison Branch (Avon Lake, OH/Avon Lake) led the Terriers on the week with 34 points, five steals, three assists and one rebound combined in the two games.
KENYON played just one game this past week and used a balanced offensive attack to rack up a 64-41 win at Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday. All but one Kenyon player logged at least one field goal. Sophomore Paige Matijasich (Pickerington, OH/Pickerington North) ended up with a team-high 11 points, while Jessica Gerber (Newtown, PA/Council Rock North) and Lane Davis (Darien, CT/St. George’s) each scored 10 in what was the Ladies’ sixth-straight win.
OBERLIN tied the single-season school record for wins (15) by extending its winning streak to seven with victories over Wooster and Alfred University last week. The Yeowomen outscored the Scots, 24-5, in the fourth quarter to earn the 77-55 victory and then followed with a commanding 72-46 wire-to-wire win over the Saxons that saw senior Abby Andrews (Ann Arbor, MI/Rudolf Steiner School) post her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 boards.
OHIO WESLEYAN lost a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling to Denison and Kenyon. Sophomore guard Claire Sterling (West Jefferson, OH/West Jefferson) recorded double figures in both games, scoring 12 in the loss to the Big Red and 10 in the loss against the Ladies.
WITTENBERG picked up a pair of huge NCAC wins last week to gain sole possession of the fourth spot in the league standings with victories against Allegheny and Hiram. Alex Kiess (Edon, OH/Northwest) sank a pair of free throws with six seconds left to secure the win over the Terriers and Delaney Williams (Lake Forest, IL/Lake Forest High School) scored a game-high 25 points in the win over the Gators.
WOOSTER suffered a pair of setbacks last week, falling to Oberlin on Wednesday and Hiram on Saturday. Sophomore Kylie Orr (Newport, KY/Newport) continued to provide a spark off the bench by pouring in 11 points against Oberlin and 13 in the loss to Hiram. Orr has now scored in double figures three consecutive games.