DePauw women keep rolling along; Tiger men get sweep
MEADVILLE, Pa. — DePauw’s women’s basketball team shot 53.7 percent from the floor and scored a season-high 90 points while capturing a 90-54 North Coast Athletic Conference win over host Allegheny.
The Tigers, ranked seventh in the latest coaches’ poll and eighth by D3hoops.com, improved to 21-1 overall and 13-0 in the NCAC with their 17th straight win. Allegheny dropped to 5-15 overall and 2-10 in the NCAC.
DePauw jumped out to a big, early lead after scoring the game’s first five points and later scoring 10 straight to grab a 17-3 advantage just 4:22 into the contest. The Tigers led by as many as 18 in the opening quarter before taking a 29-13 lead into the second after shooting 72 percent from the field in the period. Allegheny closed to within 11 in the second, but DePauw scored 14 consecutive to grab a 43-18 lead. The Tigers led 45-22 at the halftime intermission. DePauw’s lead reached as many as 41 points as the third quarter ended.
Four Tigers scored in double figures led by Maya Howard’s 20. Emily Budde and Claire Keefe each scored 14 and Sydney Kopp added 10. Delaney Arbore paced Allegheny with 13.
DePauw held a 44-30 edge on the boards as Keefe grabbed eight. Madison Caufield paced Allegheny with seven rebounds. Howard and Emma Lemasters each dished out three assists and Howard recorded three steals in the win. Rylee Donovan had seven assists for the Gators.
The Tigers topped the 50 percent plateau for the third time this season and held Allegheny to just 36.7 percent. DePauw committed a season-low six turnovers to the Gators’ 13.
DePauw returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Denison at 8 p.m.
• DePauw 79, Hiram 67 (men) — DePauw used a late run and finished off their back-to-back home stand with a 79-67 win over Hiram on Saturday.
With their second straight win DePauw moves to 9-12 overall and 5-9 in conference play. Hiram drops to 12-9 overall and 8-6 in NCAC games.
The final score may not reflect it, but this was a game that featured 14 lead changes and eight ties.
When Hiram took a 58-56 lead with 8:47 remaining, Luke Steinhart answered with a 3-pointer on the other end. When Hiram retook the lead at 60-59, Mason Hankins answered with a 3-pointer on the other end.
Including Hankins’ 3-pointer, which gave DePauw the lead for good, the Tigers closed the final eight minutes of the game on a 20-7 run. They went 12-of-12 from the foul line in that stretch and finished the game converting 23-of-25 attempts (92 percent).
Overall, DePauw shot 44 percent (24-of-55) from the floor and 38 percent (8-of-21) from 3-point range. Hiram shot 44 percent (27-of-62) from the floor as well, 20 percent (4-of-20) from range and 64 percent (9-of-14) from the charity stripe.
Hiram held the advantage in rebounds 34-32, points in the paint 40-28, points off turnovers 15-14 and second-chance points 16-7.
However, DePauw’s bench outscored the Terriers 43-25. DePauw held a 41-37 lead at intermission.
Three bench players reached double figures including Ken Decker who scored a team-high 13 points — all of which came in the first half. Andrew Kus scored 11 and Nolan Ginther added a career-high 10.
Hankins rounded out the bench scoring with nine crucial second-half points.
Josh Hall added 12 points, and Jack VandeMerkt scored nine points, but foul trouble limited him to just 11 minutes.
Sherman Dean III led Hiram and the game with 16 points.
DePauw will be in action Wednesday, hosting Denison in a men/women doubleheader starting at 6 p.m.