2007-08 NCAC Women's Basketball Players of the Week

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February 24, 2008

Earlham junior Tasha Merrill (Cedar Grove, IN/Franklin County) combined 
for 27 points as the Quakers went 1-1 last week. She led the way with 20 
points, 14 of which came in the second half, in a 64-55 victory over 
Wooster that helped lift Earlham into a three-way tie for seventh in the 
NCAC standings along with Hiram and Wooster. She added four rebounds, an 
assist and two blocks and was an almost perfect 8-for-9 (.889) from the 
free throw line. Merrill also contributed seven points in a 97-41 loss 
to Denison.
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February 16, 2008

Ohio Wesleyan senior post Kelli Lester (Pataskala, OH/Watkins Memorial) 
scored the tying basket with 49 seconds left in regulation and then 
sank the game-winning free throw to put the Battling Bishops ahead of 
Wittenberg, 63-62, with 20 seconds left. The score stood, giving OWU a 
sweep of the regular-season series over Wittenberg for the first time 
since the 1999-2000 season. Lester finished with 16 points, going 
4-for-5 from long range and leading the Bishops with seven rebounds. 
Lester then scored nine points in a 69-57 win over Allegheny, including 
a three-pointer that capped a 13-1 OWU run that put the Bishops ahead to 
stay.
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February 10, 2008

Sophomore guard Carrie Dyer (Copley, OH/Copley) helped Wittenberg to a 
2-1 week. She posted 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists in a 
73-60 loss to Kenyon and then dropped in 22 points, a career-best by 
eight points, and five rebounds and two steals in a 76-75 win over 
Allegheny. Dyer closed out her week with 18 points, eight boards and 
five assists in an 86-63 win over Hiram. She finished the week with 53 
points, 20 boards, eight assists and two steals in the three games. 
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February 3, 2008

Allegheny sophomore Brittany Bell (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield), a 5-6 
guard, lifted the Gators to a 65-48 win over Wooster to snap a four-game 
losing skid. She scored a game- and career-high 20 points, hitting 
7-of-10 shots from the field, including 6-of-8 (.750) from three-point 
range. Her six treys mark the third highest single-game total in school 
history. She also chipped in a rebound, an assist and a steal. 
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January 27, 2008

Wooster junior Meredith Wilson (Washington Court House, OH/Miami Trace), 
a 5-9 guard, scored the final five points in regulation, including a 
three-point shot from the left wing as the buzzer sounded to send a game 
with Earlham into overtime. She then buried the game-winning shot in 
the extra session, converting a three-pointer with 1.7 seconds remaining 
to hand the Fighting Scots a 57-54 victory. Wilson finished with 19 
points, all in the second half and overtime. For the week she hit 5-of-12 
three-point shots (.417). 
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January 20, 2008

Oberlin's Katie Thompson (Mt. Pleasant, MI/Mt. Pleasant), a 5-6, freshman 
guard, came off the bench to score a career-high 20 points and help lift 
Oberlin to its first NCAC win of the season - a 71-68 come-from-behind 
victory over Allegheny. Thompson was perfect in the game, finishing 6-of-6 
from the floor, including three three-pointers. She was also 5-for-5 from 
the free throw line in her 26 minutes of action. She then chipped in 
seven points in the Yeowomen's 82-55 loss to Denison, making 5-of-6 free 
throws. She averaged 13.5 points per game on the week and shot 63.6 
percent (7-of-11) from the floor, 75 percent (3-of-4) from long range 
and 90.9 percent (10-of-11) from the charity stripe. 
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January 13, 2008

Denison's Ellen O'Brien, a 5-5, junior point guard, averaged 12.0 points, 
3.5 rebounds, four assists and two steals in the Big Red's 2-0 week. 
Denison defeated Ohio Wesleyan (68-63) and Hiram (77-53), wresting third 
place from the Battling Bishops' grasp.
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January 6, 2008

Kenyon's Alisha Moreno (Mesa, AZ/Dobson), a 5-6, junior guard, led the 
Ladies to a pair of NCAC road wins last week with 24 points on 6-for-11 
(.545) shooting from three-point range. Moreno also totaled eight assists 
and four steals in the two games. In a 76-43 defeat of Oberlin, she made 
five of nine attempts (.556) from long range and led the Ladies to a 
school-record 16 successful three-pointers made. Kenyon also handed Ohio 
Wesleyan its first conference loss of the season, 55-48, last week. 
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December 30, 2007

Ohio Wesleyan's Steffi Graf (Poland, OH/Seminary), a 5-8, senior wing, 
earned tournament MVP honors as the Battling Bishops won twice in the 
South Padre Island Shootout. In a 74-67 defeat of Adrian, she scored 11 
points and added four rebounds and four assists. In a 59-38 defeat of 
Ripon, Graf added four points and led the team with five assists and four 
steals. The 38 points allowed were the fewest allowed by a Battling 
Bishop squad since January 2003. 
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December 10, 2007

Wittenberg's Victoria Leali (Jackson, OH/Jackson), a 5-5, sophomore guard, 
scored a career-high 19 points to lead the Tigers to an 81-73 win over 
preseason favorite Denison in the NCAC opener for both teams. Leali added 
two rebounds, two assists and a steal in her 31 minutes of action. She 
was a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point territory, and made her only free 
throw attempt. She was 7-of-12 (.583) from the field.
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December 3, 2007

Hiram's Ashley Drum (Parma, OH/Valley Forge), a 6-0, sophomore forward, 
helped the Terriers snap a three-game losing streak with a career-high 24 
points in a 73-63 win over Ursuline. For the week, she totalled 30 points, 
nine rebounds and was 12-of-18 (.667) from the field and a perfect 6-for-6
from the free throw line. The Terriers had opened their week with a 63-54 
loss to Thiel.
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November 26, 2007

Denison's Carolyn Simpson (Dublin, OH/Scioto), a 6-0, junior center, was 
named the Jim Meagle Turkey Shoot Tournament MVP after she averaged 17.5 
points and 7.5 rebounds, leading the Big Red to the tournament title. In 
the championship game against Thiel, which Denison won 76-58, Simpson 
scored 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds. She also led the Big Red 
to an 80-56 win over New Jersey City in the first round.
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November 19, 2007

Kenyon's Alisha Moreno (Mesa, AZ/Dobson), a 5-6, senior guard, was named 
the Brandeis Tip-Off Tournament MVP after she totaled 27 points, six 
rebounds, eight assists, and three steals in a pair of wins over Wesleyan 
(64-54) and nationally ranked Brandeis (67-62). Moreno connected on 8 of 
13 three pointers for a .615 shooting percentage from long range and 
was 9-of-16 (.563) from the floor.
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