CONWAY, ARK. -- Seventh-ranked DePauw improved to 23-3 and advanced to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Championship semifinals for the sixth time in as many years with a 80-50 quarterfinal victory over Southwestern. The Pirates finished the season at 12-14.
The Tigers picked up their 12th straight win in the process and face the winner of today's second quarterfinal game between Centre and Colorado College in Saturday's 5 p.m. CST semifinal contest.
Southwestern's Kelli Hill opened the second half with a pair of threes, but DePauw put together a 16-5 run and put the game away.
Jenna Fernandez led DePauw with 16 points, while Gwen Haehl added a career-high 14 and Cassie Pruzin finished with 13. Hill totaled 14 for the Pirates.
DePauw held a 38-22 edge on the boards as Fernandez hauled down six for the Tigers. Southwestern's Beth Thomas, Hill and Jessica Herbst each grabbed three.
The Tigers shot 53.7 percent for the game including 66.7 percent in the second half, while the Pirates hit 32.7 percent for the game.