Tigers fall to Lions in overtime in Hasbrook title game; Men's basketball games postponed
DePauw’s women’s basketball team battled back from a 9-point deficit in the third period to take a 4-point lead late in the fourth, but Piedmont forced overtime with a pair of free throws with 1.4 seconds left in regulation and hit the game-winning basket with 5.6 seconds remaining in overtime to claim a 75-74 win over the Tigers in the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Tournament championship game.
DePauw, ranked ninth by D3hoops.com and 10th in the latest coaches’ poll, dropped to 11-2, while the Lions improved to 8-3.
Piedmont led, 15-8, at the end of the first quarter and extended the advantage to as many as eight points in the second before the Tigers ended the opening half on a 7-2 run to even the count at 30-30 at the intermission.
The Tigers gained their first lead of the game early in the third, but a 10-0 Piedmont run gave the guests a 42-33 lead with 5:33 left in the third. DePauw chipped away at its largest deficit of the contest with a 9-2 stretch to close the third and trail 44-43. Isabella Ogliore’s putback bucket and Maura Fitzgerald’s 3-pointer gave the Tigers a 48-44 lead with 7:31 remaining in regulation.
Piedmont responded with a 10-2 run to grab a 54-50 advantage, but Campbell Montgomery hit a free throw and Ainsley Boras knocked in a three to even the count at 54-54. Maeve Summerville’s 3-pointer with 2:03 remaining put the Tigers ahead, 62-58 before Nakiyah Washington’s bucket at the 1:37 mark cut the DePauw lead to two. Neither team scored over their next two possessions and a DePauw turnover with seven seconds left gave the ball back to the Lions. Washington was fouled with 1.4 seconds left and drained both free throws. Summerville’s layup at the horn was off the mark and the teams headed to overtime.
The extra session went back-and-forth with four ties and nine lead changes. Summerville’s basket with 29 seconds left gave DePauw a 72-71 lead before Livia Skinner countered with a layup just two seconds later following a Piedmont timeout.
Kinsey’s layup with 10.2 seconds left put the Tigers back in front, 74-73, before Karla Cantrell scored the game-winner with 5.6 seconds remaining. Summerville’s jumper at the horn was off the mark.
Kinsey posted her first collegiate double-double with career highs of 18 points and 10 assists and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Boras recorded career bests of 12 points and eight rebounds with Maddie Howe adding 11 points and Montgomery 10.
Skinner, the tournament’s most valuable player, led all scorers with 20 including nine in overtime. She added seven assists in the win, while Washington scored 18 and Varney contributed 13 points and five steals. Varney and Avery McAllister each grabbed five rebounds.
DePauw shot 46.4 percent from the floor to Piedmont’s 40.0 and DePauw held a 44-26 edge on the boards. The Lions committed just nine turnovers, while the Tigers had a season-high 21. Piedmont held a 27-4 advantage in points off of turnovers.
Milwaukee School of Engineering finished third in the tournament following a 74-71 overtime win over Franklin in the day’s first game. Emily Runey led MSOE with 15 points, while Cici Bailey paced the Grizzlies with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Each earned spots on the all-tournament team.
In the previous day’s game, the Tigers defeated Milwaukee School of Engineering 68-31.
DePauw scored the game’s first eight points and the Raiders matched that to tie the contest at 8-8. The Tigers led, 13-10, at the quarter break and scored the first seven points in the second for a double-digit lead. The Tigers took a 29-16 lead into the halftime intermission and put the game away after opening the third period with 12 straight for a 41-16 advantage.
Maeve Summerville led DePauw with 14 points and a career-high six steals, while Jaida Smith grabbed a career-best seven rebounds and Grace Kinsey dished out seven assists.
Grace Ellington paced the Raiders with eight points with Chloe Kurkjain and Skylar Flanagan each hauling down five boards.
DePauw shot 36.5 percent from the floor to MSOE’s 23.4 percent and the Tigers held a 52-26 edge on the glass.
DePauw returns to action on Saturday, January 8, when it travels to Allegheny for a 1 p.m. contest.
Tiger men's basketball NCAC games postponed
The DePauw men’s basketball North Coast Athletic Conference games at Hiram (Jan. 8) and Allegheny (Jan. 9) are postponed due to COVID protocols. Additional information about the reschedule dates will be posted when available.
This comes after DePauw’s home game Saturday against the University of Rochester was canceled due to COVID issues.
The Tigers’ next game is scheduled for Saturday, January 15, when they host Ohio Wesleyan at 3 p.m.