2012 NCAC Women's Basketball Tournament

   

    Quarterfinals:   Semifinals:   Championship:

Bracket
  Tuesday, Feb. 21   Friday, Feb. 24
(at DePauw)
  Saturday, Feb. 25
(at DePauw)
Stats   #1DePauw 76, #8Oberlin 38 {Box}   DePauw Tournament Website   DePauw Tournament Website
Tickets   #2Denison 58, #7Ohio Wesleyan 43 {Box}   DePauw 69, Wittenberg 52 {Box}  

DePauw 61, Denison 41 {Box}

Directions   #3Kenyon 69, #6Hiram 52 {Box}   Denison 64, Kenyon 49 {Box}    
History   #5Wittenberg 82, #4Allegheny 66 {Box}        

 

 

North Coast Athletic Conference champion DePauw (26-1) topped second-seeded Denison (20-8), 61-41 at the Neal Fieldhouse in Greencastle, Indiana, to claim its first NCAC Women's Basketball Tournament championship. With the victory, the Tigers also earn the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament. The NCAA will announce the field Monday afternoon on ncaa.com.

Denison opened the scoring in the tightly contested game, building to a 10-5 lead at the 15:06 mark of the first half. DePauw battled back, evening the score at 10 apiece just short of three minutes later. A layup by Tiger senior Katie
Aldrich (Lexington, KY/Lafayette)
gave the Tigers their first lead, 12-10, with 11:41 left and DPU never trailed again. The Tigers were led by
Aldrich's 12 points in the final game, coming off a 4-for-7 performance from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 showing at the free throw line. She also chipped in 11 rebounds. Aldrich, who posted a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds in DPU's semifinal victory over Wittenberg, received the Nan Nichols Award as the most outstanding performer of the tournament. She was joined on the squad by sophomore Ali Ross (Lexington, KY/Lafayette), who had 10 points in the championship and who led all scorers with 16 points in the victory over Wittenberg.

The Big Red did not go quietly. After their hot start, they repeatedly chipped away at the score deficit. Junior Serafina Nuzzo (Western Springs, IL/Fenwick) sparked most of the Big Red offense, finishing with a team-best 12 points in 28 minutes of action. She earned a spot on the all-tournament team for her efforts. She was joined on the squad by junior Nicole Coggins (Mesa, AZ/Corona Del Sol). Coggins posted five points in the championship game and led all scorers in the Big Red's semifinal win over Kenyon with 21.

2012 All-Tournament Team
Kayla Ernst, Kenyon
Katelyn Haralamos, Wittenberg
Serafina Nuzzo, Denison
Nicole Coggins, Denison
Ali Ross, DePauw

Nan Nichols Award (Tournament MVP): Katie Aldrich, DePauw


Semifinal Recaps:

Top-seeded DePauw (25-1) advanced to the NCAC Tournament championship game in its inaugural season in the league after defeating Wittenberg (14-12) 69-52 on Friday night at the Neal Fieldhouse in Greencastle, Indiana. DePauw built an early 19-7 advantage, but Wittenberg went on a 13-1 run to even the score up at 20-20 with 4:14 left in the first half, but DePauw answered with a 10-2 run of its own to take a 30-22 advantage into intermission. DPU continued to extend its lead in the second half and maintained a double-digit advantage for the majority of the period en route to collecting the 17-point victory. DePauw sophomore Ali Ross (Lexington, KY/Lafayette) led all scorers with 16 points, while DPU senior Katie Aldrich (Lexington, KY/Lafayette) tallied a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Wittenberg was led by freshman Katelyn Haralamos (Maineville, OH/Kings) with 13 points, while senior Lyndsey Clark (New Carlisle, OH/Tecumseh) led WIT with eight rebounds.

 

Second-seeded Denison (20-7) advanced to its third-straight NCAC Tournament championship game with a 64-49 victory Kenyon (19-8) on Friday night in Greencastle, Indiana. The three-point shot proved to be the deciding factor in the semifinal matchup as Denison sunk 9-of-21 three-point attempts, while Kenyon connected on just one three-point bucket on the evening. The Ladies kept the game close after one period of play as Denison held a narrow 28-22 advantage at halftime, but the Big Red outscored KC, 36-27, in the second half en route to the 15-point victory. DU junior Nicole Coggins (Mesa, AZ/Corona Del Sol) led all scorers in the game with 21 points, while senior Morgan Korinek (Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Woodridge) posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

 

Quarterfinal Recaps:

Top-seeded DePauw (24-1) scored the final five points of the first half and then came out strong in the second half and scored the first 10 points to pull away from eighth-seeded Oberlin (6-20) en route to earning a 76-38 victory in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 NCAC Women's Basketball Tournament. The game was tight early on as the lead changed hands five different times, but the Tigers used a 10-0 run that was sparked by back-to-back three-pointers from sophomore Alex Gasaway (Crawfordsville, IN/Crawfordsville) and freshman Emma Ondik (Naperville, IL/Central) to take a 26-14 lead with 2:54 left in the first half. Oberlin scored the next five points and cut the lead to seven, 26-19, but DePauw answered with a 5-0 spurt to take a 31-19 advantage into halftime. The Tigers outscored the Yeowomen, 45-19, in the second half to earn their first-ever NCAC Women's Basketball Tournament victory. Freshman Savannah Trees (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) led DPU with 14 points, while senior Katie Aldrich (Lexington, KY/Lafayette) and junior Ellie Pearson (Madison, WI/West) each corralled seven rebounds. Oberlin sophomore Allison Gannon (Shelburne, VT/Champlain Valley Union) led the Yeowomen with 12 points, while sophomore Ashley Young (Columbus, OH/Africentric) pulled down a team-high six rebounds.

Second-seeded Denison (19-7) used a 17-6 run in the second half against No. 7 Ohio Wesleyan (9-17) to earn a 58-43 triumph over the Battling Bishops in Tuesday's quarterfinal matchup. The Big Red held a three-point lead, 26-23, at halftime, but OWU came out strong in the second half and tied the game at 28-28 on a three-pointer by sophomore Julia Grimsley (Alliance, OH/Alliance) at the 17:36 mark of the second half. Denison answered Grimsley's trey with a 16-3 run which was capped of by back-to-back jumpers by sophomore Jane Windler (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) that put the Big Red up, 44-31, with just under 13 minutes to play in the game. DU maintained control of the contest down the stretch to advance to the NCAC semifinals for the 10th consecutive season. Windler led the Big Red in both points (18) and rebounds (9), while sophomore Tamra Londot (Utica, OH/Utica) posted a double double in her final game of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Third-seeded Kenyon (19-7) reached the semifinal round of the NCAC Women's Basketball Tournament for the eighth-straight season after defeating No. 6 Hiram (9-17), 69-52, on Tuesday night in Gambier. The Terriers scored the first two points of the contest, but Kenyon would maintain the lead the rest of the way en route to the 17-point victory. Hiram pulled to within three, 32-29, with 2:42 remaining in the first half, but Kenyon sophomore Maureen Hirt (Bloomington, IN/North) scored four points in the final two minutes of the half to send the Ladies into the locker room with a 38-31 advantage. The Ladies continued to pull away from the Terriers in the second half and built their biggest lead of the game, 66-47, with 2:54 remaining in the contest. Hirt led the Ladies with 23 points after shooting 7-of-13 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line, while senior Morgan Korinek (Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Woodridge) finished the game with a team-high 13 rebounds to go along with nine points and three steals in her final game at Tomsich Arena. Hiram senior Tiffany Shields (Bedford Hts., OH/Bedford) closed out her collegiate career with 13 points and nine rebounds.

In the final quarterfinal matchup of the evening, fifth-seeded Wittenberg (14-11) upset No. 4 Allegheny (15-11), 82-66, in Meadville. The Tigers never trailed in the contest, taking a 41-30 lead into halftime, before stretching their lead out to 22 points, 74-52, with 5:38 remaining in the game. The Tigers overwhelmed the Gators on the glass throughout the contest as they finished the game with 45 boards compared to just 25 for Allegheny. Wittenberg used a balanced scoring attack as four different players reached double figures, led by junior Kim Replogle (Houston, OH/Houston) who scored 19 points and hauled in nine rebounds in 23 minutes of action off the bench. Allegheny junior Heidi Goeller (Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel) scored a game-high 23 points and hit a career milestone as she scored her 1,000th career point on a free throw with 4:48 left in the contest. Goller added another late basket for the Gators and now sits at 1,002 career points.

Tournament Preview:

DePauw completed a perfect run through its inaugural season of NCAC play after defeating Wooster, 51-31, on Saturday for its 23rd victory of the season, securing the top seed in tournament play. Wittenberg leads all league teams with 12 NCAC championships, sharing the crown with Ohio Wesleyan in 1999 and ‘92. Allegheny is next with six titles, including five-straight from 1985-89.  No other team in conference history has won more then three consecutive championships. The Gators shared the NCAC’s first championship in 1985 with Wooster.  Additionally, Allegheny and Ohio Wesleyan tied for first in 2001.  The Battling Bishops own five overall titles, while Kenyon and Denison boast three and Wooster two.

DePauw (16-0, 23-1) will be the top seed in the 28th annual NCAC Women’s basketball tournament. Tournament play begins with quarterfinal games at campus sites on Tuesday. Tournament seeding follows the final regular-season standings with the top four seeds hosting the quarterfinals.  The Tigers host the No. 8 seed Oberlin (3-13, 6-19). Second seed Denison (11-5, 18-7) hosts seventh seed Ohio Wesleyan (5-11, 9-16); third-seeded Kenyon (11-5, 18-7) hosts sixth-seeded Hiram (5-11, 9-16) and fourth-seeded Allegheny (10-6, 15-10) hosts fifth-seeded Wittenberg (9-7, 13-11). All games tipoff at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday’s winners will advance to the semifinals and championship on Friday and Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed after the quarterfinals. Semifinal games will be held at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. with the high seed playing in the later time slot. The championship game is set for 7:00 p.m. This year’s champion will again receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, which begins with first-round play on March 2-3.

Denison is the defending NCAC tournament champion. The Big Red (7), Wittenberg (7), Ohio Wesleyan (5) and Allegheny (5) have combined to win 24 of 27 women’s tournament titles. Kenyon has two tournament titles, while Wooster has one. Wittenberg leads all conference teams with 14 appearances in the championship game, while Ohio Wesleyan is close behind with 13.  Allegheny has been to the finals nine times, winning a championship in all but four trips. Denison has advanced to the final game eight times, winning the championship all but one time. Kenyon has five title game appearances, while Wooster has four. Hiram enters the 2012 tournament as the sixth seed and will be looking to advance past the quarterfinal round for the first time in school history. Oberlin, this year’s eighth seed, has advanced past the quarterfinal round three times, but has yet to earn a trip to the championship game. Wittenberg has been the most consistent team in tournament play with a .727 overall winning percentage (40-15). Ohio Wesleyan has gone 41-22 in the tournament (.651), followed by Denison at 29-19 (.604) and Allegheny at 27-22 (.551). Kenyon (25-25, .500) is the next closest team.