DePauw Opens NCAA Women's Basketball Play Tomorrow
March 4, 2010
March 4, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — DePauw (25-3) makes its seventh straight NCAA Division III Championship appearance and 11th in 15 years when it travels to Hope College on Friday, March 6, for a first-round game against Lakeland College (22-6). Tipoff from DeVos Fieldhouse in Holland, Mich., is set for 5:30 p.m.
Friday's second game features fourth-ranked and host Hope (27-1) against Denison University (21-7). The winners meet on Saturday night at 7 p.m. for the right to advance to the round of 16.
The Tigers are ranked 11th in both the D3hoops.com Top 25 and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ polls and enter the tournament on a 21-game win streak after winning its ninth Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title in 12 years with Sunday’s 63-37 victory over Centre.
Emily Marshall leads the Tigers with 9.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, while Katie Aldrich and Jenna Fernandez follow with 9.7 points apiece. Kate Walker is the team leader with 2.9 assists, while Brooke Osborne paces the team with 57 three-pointers and Lauren Goff follows with 49.
This marks the ninth straight time and 12th in the last 14 seasons the Tigers have won at least 22 games. They’ve won at least 20 games in 13 of the last 14 seasons and at least 25 in six of the last nine. The 21-game win streak is the second longest in school history behind a 28-game streak in 2005-06.
The Tigers enter the tournament as the nation’s leader in rebound margin (+17.1), ranked sixth in fewest turnovers per game (14.0), sixth in scoring margin (+21.8), eighth in scoring defense (50.5), eighth in assist turnover ratio (1.02) and 11th in three-point percentage (36.5). The scoring defense is 3.4 points per game below the school record of 53.9 in 1996-97.
Lakeland also earned automatic qualification into the tournament by winning the the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament on Saturday with a 71-60 win over Benedictine. The Muskies are making their sixth appearance in the tournament with the last coming in 2006 and they’ve posted a 1-5 record in postseason play.
Senior forward KC Blahnik paces the team with 15.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game, while junior guard Mary Dennewitz follows with 9.6 points and a team-best 2.3 assists.
The Muskies enter the tournament on a six-game win streak and have collected victories in 12 of their last 13 games. Of their six losses, five have been by six or fewer points.