DePauw men, women split pair of games with Wooster
WOOSTER, Ohio — DePauw, ranked 15th in the latest coaches’ poll and 16th by D3hoops.com, shot 69 percent in the first half in building a 42-point halftime margin on the way to an 83-43 North Coast Athletic Conference win at Wooster. The Tigers improved to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the NCAC, while the Fighting Scots dropped to 2-6 overall and 0-3 in the conference.
The Tigers never trailed in the contest and during a stretch of the opening period made nine consecutive field goal tries to move a 1-point lead to 18 with a 19-2 run that made it 23-5. DePauw held its largest lead of the quarter at 26-7 and that’s how it stayed as the teams headed to the second.
A 15-0 stretch in the second pushed DePauw’s lead to 46-9 with 4:04 left in the half and the margin reached as much as 44 before DePauw took a 57-15 lead into the intermission.
Wooster outscored the Tigers in the third after starting on an 8-0 run and holding the Tigers without a field goal for the opening 3:14 of the period. DePauw led 68-33 after three and the hosts got no closer as DePauw scored the first seven points of the final quarter.
Sydney Kopp paced DePauw with 18 points, while Emily Budde added 15 and Claire Keefe 14. Kylie Morris grabbed 11 rebounds including five on the offensive glass as the Tigers held a 37-24 edge on the boards. Maya Howard notched career highs with eight assists and five steals.
DePauw shot a season-best 54.7 percent from the floor and hit 8 of 14 from three-point range, while Wooster shot 36.7 percent.
The Tigers return to action on Dec. 20 against Williams College in the D3 St. Pete Classic in St. Petersburg, Fla.
• Wooster 83, DePauw 63 (men) — Wooster turned in a solid second half after leading 37-36 at intermission and defeated DePauw 83-63 in North Coast Athletic Conference play on Saturday.
Wooster held a one-point lead at halftime after Riley Doody connected on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to close the first 20 minutes. DePauw retook the lead 41-40 on a Nick Felke 3-pointer early in the second half, but the game swayed in Wooster’s favor after that.
The Fighting Scots reclaimed the lead and grew it to 14 with 8:29 remaining at 62-48. The Tigers started to heat up from there as they took a 10-0 run in the next two minutes to bring their deficit to within four at 62-58.
However, Wooster started a run of its own from that point on, ending the game on a 21-5 spree with DePauw connecting on just two field goals in the final 6:21.
Jack VandeMerkt led DePauw with 17 points and eight rebounds. Doody finished with 11 points and two assists.
Felke, David Vogel and Mason Hankins all scored eight, while Josh Hall added seven.
DePauw shot 49 percent from the floor (24-of-49), 35 percent from 3-point range (7-of-20) and 44 percent from the free throw line (8-of-18).
Wooster went 50 percent overall (30-of-60), 35 percent from beyond the arc (7-of-20) and 84 percent from the line (16-of-19).
Wooster held the advantage in rebounds 36-25, points in the paint 36-28, points off turnovers 23-16, second chance points 13-2, fast break points 10-0 and bench points 38-17.
DePauw falls to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the NCAC, while Wooster improves to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
DePauw returns to the court court this weekend traveling to Allegheny and Hiram.