DePauw women win tourney

Monday, November 20, 2017

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Maya Howard poured in a career-high 25 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists to lead 15th-ranked DePauw to a 78-67 win over Luther in the Paul Knueppel Classic at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The Tigers moved to 2-0, while the Norse dropped to 1-2.

Luther scored the game’s first bucket, but that was its only lead of the game as the Tigers followed with a 9-1 run and took a 19-12 advantage at the quarter break. DePauw expanded that lead to 41-28 at the half as it led by as many as 16 in the second quarter.

The Norse closed the gap to six in the third, but DePauw responded with a 9-2 stretch to grab a 59-46 lead after three.

In addition to Howard’s 25, Sydney Kopp added 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while Claire Keefe scored 14. Howard was named to the all-Classic Team.

Claire Marburger paced the Norse with 20 points followed by Sarah Holtz with 14, Erin Saemrow with 11 and Katie Waller 10.

DePauw connected on 41.2 percent from the floor to Luther’s 42.9 percent and the Tigers knocked in 8 of 15 from three-point range as Kopp hit 5 of 7. A big difference in the game was on the boards as the Tigers held a 48-29 advantage and grabbed 20 offensive rebounds for a 17-6 edge in second-chance points.

The Tigers return to action today when they travel to Franklin for a 6 p.m. contest.

UW-River Falls 72, DePauw men 69 (OT) – Despite leading the majority of the way, DePauw could not close out a win and fell to No. 10-ranked UW-River Falls on Saturday at Wheaton, Ill..

DePauw looked on track for its second win of the season when UW-River Falls missed a contested layup with 30 seconds remaining. One of the smallest guys on the floor in senior Mason Hankins grabbed the rebound and hit two crucial free throws on the other end to give the Tigers a four-point lead.

However, the Falcons’ Austin Heidecker connected on a 3-pointer from atop the key with 13 seconds remaining. It was second chance points for the Falcons as they missed a quick 3-pointer earlier in their possession and rebounded the miss.

After Andrew Kus hit two free throws for the Tigers, UW-River Falls’ Austin Moldenhauer got an open look from beyond the arc to tie it up with three seconds remaining.

Entering overtime tied at 64, the Falcons opened with a 3-pointer and never relinquished the lead after that.

DePauw did not record a field goal in the final five minutes and went 5-for-8 from the charity stripe in overtime.

It was a disappointing end following a promising start as the Tigers jumped to a 14-2 lead to begin the game.

By halftime, they only led by two at 29-27.

David Vogel led the team with 17 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals. He made the All-Tournament team after averaging 15 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals.

Jack VandeMerkt scored 14 as the only other Tiger in double figures.

DePauw (1-2) will be back in action Nov. 29 when the Tigers host Rose-Hulman.

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