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DePauw women stay perfect at Hiram

Monday, February 4, 2013

HIRAM, Ohio -- The top-ranked DePauw women's basketball team clinched its second straight outright North Coast Athletic Conference title and its fourth consecutive conference title overall following a 91-46 win at Hiram.

The Tigers improved to 22-0 overall and 13-0 in NCAC play, while Hiram dropped to 8-14 overall and 3-10 in conference play. DePauw and Hope College entered the season as the only Division III women's programs with at least 22 wins in 11 straight seasons and the Tigers now are the first to win 22 in each of the last 12.

It was another quick start for the Old Gold as they scored the game's first 10 points in the opening 2:11. Hiram, however, put together an 8-2 run to trim the DePauw advantage to 18-15 with 11:37 left in the half.

That would be as close as the Terriers would get as DePauw rattled off 14 straight points to extend the margin to 17 on the way to a 43-24 halftime lead.

Hiram opened the second half with a bucket, but the Tigers scored the next 10 to push the lead to 27 in the opening two minutes of the second half. DePauw later ran off 15 consecutive points to seal the victory.

Alex Gasaway led DePauw with 17 including 15 in the first half, while Ali Ross chipped in 16 points. Ellie Pearson grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds as DePauw held a 43-27 edge on the boards and a 23-3 advantage in second-chance points.

Kate Walker matched a season high with eight assists and didn't commit a turnover, while Gasaway registered a career-best seven steals. DePauw totaled just eight turnovers to the Terriers' 23 and outscored Hiram, 26-3, in points off of turnovers.

Christy Griffin paced Hiram with nine points and shared rebounding honors with Danielle Day as each grabbed six.

DePauw shot 49.3 percent from the floor and Hiram connected on 37.5 percent.

The victory also marked the 100th against just 10 losses for seniors Walker, Pearson and Kathleen Molloy. They are the eighth straight senior class to reach the century mark in victories.

The Tigers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 9, when they host Oberlin at 1 p.m.



At Hiram, Ohio -- Price Gymnasium
DePauw 43 48 -- 91
Hiram College 24 22 -- 46

DEPAUW UNIVERSITY (22-0, 13-0 NCAC): Alex Gasaway 6-10 5-5 17; Ali Ross 7-10 0-1 16; Kathleen Molloy 4-8 0-0 9; Ellie Pearson 3-8 2-3 8; Lauren Abendroth 3-4 0-0 8; Savannah Trees 2-11 2-2 7; Alison Stephens 1-4 4-4 6; Emma Ondik 2-2 0-0 5; Hannah Lukemeyer 1-1 2-2 4; Jenna Stoner 1-3 1-1 3; Colleen Frost 1-1 0-0 2; Kate Walker 1-3 0-0 2; Angela Hacker 1-2 0-0 2; Chelsea Francis 1-1 0-0 2; Abby Keller 0-0 0-0 0; Erin McGinnis 0-1 0-0 0; Morgan Skordos 0-0 0-0 0; Ann Sarkisian 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-69 16-18 91.
HIRAM COLLEGE (8-14, 3-10 NCAC): Christy Griffin 4-7 1-2 9; Marisa Thomas 3-5 0-0 8; Alexis Kemper 3-8 0-0 8; Kelsey Koskinen 3-7 0-0 7; Brenna Host 3-6 1-2 7; Danielle Day 1-6 2-4 4; Taylor Ratliff 1-3 0-0 3; Calysia Smyers 0-5 0-0 0; Chelsea Kovach 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-48 4-8 46.

3-point goals--DePauw University 7-18 (Lauren Abendroth 2-3; Ali Ross 2-3; Savannah Trees 1-5; Kathleen Molloy 1-3; Emma Ondik 1-1; Kate Walker 0-1; Jenna Stoner 0-1; Alison Stephens 0-1), Hiram College 6-19 (Marisa Thomas 2-4; Alexis Kemper 2-4; Taylor Ratliff 1-2; Kelsey Koskinen 1-4; Calysia Smyers 0-4; Chelsea Kovach 0-1). Fouled out--DePauw University-None, Hiram College-None. Rebounds--DePauw University 43 (Ellie Pearson 11), Hiram College 27 (Christy Griffin 6; Danielle Day 6). Assists--DePauw University 20 (Kate Walker 8), Hiram College 12 (Chelsea Kovach 3). Total fouls--DePauw University 10, Hiram College 17. Technical fouls--DePauw University-None, Hiram College-Alexis Kemper.



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