|Tuesday, Feb. 19||Friday, Feb.
|Saturday, Feb. 23
|Stats||#1 DePauw 72, #8 Hiram 35||DePauw Championship Website||DePauw Championship Website|
|Tickets||#2 Kenyon 70, #7 Oberlin 61||Kenyon 80, Allegheny 50||
DePauw 63, Kenyon 49
|Directions||#3 Allegheny 67, #6 Ohio Wesleyan 64||DePauw 66, Wittenberg 43|
|History||#5 Wittenberg 69, #4 Denison 65|
Top-seeded DePauw (28-0) captured its second consecutive NCAC Women's Basketball Tournament on Saturday evening with a 63-49 triumph over second seed Kenyon (20-8) at Neal Fieldhouse in Greencastle, Indiana. As tournament champions, the Tigers have earned the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament, which will open with first and second round games next weekend on campus sites.
Led by junior Ali Ross' (Lexington, KY/Lafayette) first half 14-point performance, the Tigers jumped out to an early 15-4 lead at the 14:11 mark and kept the momentum going as they took a 34-16 advantage into halftime. KC senior Kayla Ernst (Batavia, OH/Batavia) chipped in 10 points and four rebounds for the Ladies in the first period.
The Tigers came out of the gates strong in the second half and built a 20 point lead, 42-22, at the 13:41 mark on a pair of free throws from senior Kathleen Molloy (Chicago, IL/Walter Peyton College Prep.). The Ladies did catch their stride following the free throws and reeled off 18 of the game's next 26 points to cut the lead to 10, 50-40, with 6:21 left to play on a three pointer from junior Maggie Boelter (Vienna, WV/Parkersburg Catholic).
Senior Kate Walker (Indianapolis, IN/Perry Meridian), who was named the Nan Nichols Award winner as the tournament's most outstanding player, helped seal the victory for the Tigers by scoring eight of her 13 points in the final five minutes of action. In 75 total minutes of tournament action, Walker led the Tigers in scoring with 36 points (12.0 ppg) after shooting 43 percent (12-of-28), 44 percent (4-of-9) from beyond the arc and a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
Ross finished the contest with a game-high 16 points after shooting 78 percent (7-of-9) from the field, while senior Ellie Pearson (Madison, WI/Madison West) led the Tigers on the glass with a game-high 15 rebounds. Ernst posted 15 points and five rebounds to lead the Ladies.
Daryl Ford, Allegheny
Enri Small, Wittenberg
Kayla Ernst, Kenyon
Maureen Hirt, Kenyon
Ali Ross, DePauw
Nichols Award (MVP)
Kate Walker, DePauw
Top-seed DePauw (27-0) withstood a strong first-half performance from fifth-seed Wittenberg (13-14) to come away with a 66-43 victory in the second semifinal contest of the night at Neal Fieldhouse in Greencastle, Indiana. Wittenberg hung with the nation's top squad in the first half as DPU took a narrow 26-24 lead into halftime; however, the DPU Tigers opened the second half with an 18-5 run and never looked back en route to the 23-point victory. DePauw will now host second seed Kenyon (19-7) in tomorrow's NCAC Women's Basketball Tournament championship game at 7:00 p.m.
In the first semifinal of the evening at DePauw University's Neal Fieldhouse, second-seeded Kenyon (19-7) topped third-seed Allegheny (15-12) by a margin of 80-50. With the victory, the Ladies advance to the tournament title game for the first time since making back-to-back appearances in 2005 and 2006. KC's last tournament championship came in the 2000 season with a 57-51 triumph over Ohio Wesleyan.
Top-seeded DePauw (26-0) opened the game on a 14-0 run and out rebounded eighth-seeded Hiram (9-17) 51-30 en route to earning a 72-35 victory in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 NCAC Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Tigers were paced by three players in double figures including junior Alex Gasaway (Crawfordsville, IN/Crawfordsville) who posted a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Sophomore Savannah Trees (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) of DPU led all scorers with 14 points. Defensively DePauw held Hiram to just 23.1% (12-for-52) from the field and scored 23 points off 22 Terrier turnovers. The leading scorers for the Terriers were junior guard Danielle Day (Newbury, OH/Newbury) and sophomore guard Taylor Ratliff (Berea, OH/Columbia) with seven points each. Day also grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
Second-seeded Kenyon (18-7) used a 27-6 run in the first half against No. 7 Oberlin (9-16) to earn a 70-61 triumph over the Yeowomen in Tuesday's quarterfinal matchup. The Ladies shot 47.2% (16-for-28) from the field and led by as many as 29 points after junior Maggie Boelter (Vienna, WV/Parkersburg Catholic) knocked down a three-pointer with 9:46 left in the contest. Kenyon senior Kayla Ernst (Batavia, OH/Batavia) led all scorers with 22 points and added a game-high eight rebounds and five assists as the Ladies advanced to its ninth-straight NCAC semifinal round. The Yeowomen continued to fight closing out the game on a 23-13 run led by junior Melisa Hoak (Toledo, OH/Whitmer) who led Oberlin with 14 points and seven rebounds. With the win, Kenyon advances to Friday’s semifinal round, where the Ladies will square off against Allegheny looking to get back to the NCAC Championship game for the first time since 2006.
Allegheny freshman guard Rachel Vigliotti (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) forced an Ohio Wesleyan turnover and converted on the fast-break layup with 13 seconds remaining, halting the sixth-seeded Battling Bishops (8-17) comeback, sending the third-seeded Gators (15-11) to its second semifinal game in the last three seasons with a 67-64 quarterfinal victory. Vigliotti finished with nine points, five rebound and five assists. An exciting contest that saw four ties and two lead changes, Gator senior Daryl Ford (Pittsburgh, PA/Sto-Rox) recorded her fourth double-double of the season, scoring a game and season-high 20 points while grabbing 11 rebounds. Ohio Wesleyan freshman Emily Julius (Avon, OH/Avon) closed out her rookie campaign with 15 points and seven rebounds. Allegheny, who faced Kenyon just three days ago and split a pair of regular season contests, will square off against the Ladies Friday night in Greencastle, Indian for the right to play in the NCAC Championship contest.
In the final quarterfinal matchup of the evening, fifth-seeded Wittenberg (13-13) upset No. 4 Denison (13-13), 69-65, in Granville. Tiger sophomore Enri Small (Columbus, OH/Columbus School for Girls) scored 22 of her career-best 31 points in the second half as Wittenberg clawed its was back from a 16 point halftime deficit. After intermission, the Tigers shot 57.1 percent from the field including 4-of-8 from three-point range, outrebounded the Big Red 24-13 and committed just six turnovers fueling a 14-2 run to open the second half. Small and sophomore Karen Daniel-Hamberg (Columbus, OH/Grandview) combined for 41 points off the bench to outscore the Denison bench 41-10. Denison senior Serafina Nuzzo (Western Springs, IL/Fenwick) closed out her college career with 23 points and five rebounds.
DePauw (16-0, 25-0) will be the top seed in the 29th 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, Hiram (4-12, 9-16). Second seed Kenyon (12-4, 18-7) hosts seventh seed Oberlin (4-12, 9-16); third-seeded Allegheny (9-7, 14-11) hosts sixth-seeded Ohio Wesleyan (7-9, 8-17) and fourth-seeded Denison (8-8, 13-12) hosts fifth-seeded Wittenberg (8-8, 12-13). Allegheny, Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg, Denison will tip at 7:30 p.m. while DePauw, Hiram and Kenyon, Oberlin will tip at 8:00 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 1-2.
TOURNEY TALK: DePauw is the defending NCAC tournament champion, defeating Denison 61-41 in the 2012 tournament final, the Tigers’ inaugural season of NCAC play. The Big Red (7), Wittenberg (7), Ohio Wesleyan (5) and Allegheny (5) have combined to win 24 of 28 women’s tournament titles. Kenyon has two tournament titles, while DePauw and Wooster each have one. Wittenberg leads all conference teams with 14 appearances in the championship game, while Ohio Wesleyan is close behind with 13. Allegheny and Denison have each been to the finals nine times, winning a championship in all but six trips between the two squads. Kenyon has five title game appearances, while Wooster has four. Oberlin, this year’s seventh seed, has advanced past the quarterfinal round three times, but has yet to earn a trip to the championship game. Hiram enters the 2013 tournament as the eighth seed and will be looking to advance past the quarterfinal round for the first time in school history. DePauw, entering its second NCAC Tournament, carries a perfect 3-0 record in tournament action, while Wittenberg has been the most consistent team in tournament play with a .719 overall winning percentage (41-16). Ohio Wesleyan has gone 41-23 in the tournament (.650), followed by Denison at 31-20 (.607) and Allegheny at 27-23 (.540). Kenyon (26-26, .500) is the next closest team.