Tigers win SCAC with record 27th victory; headed back to NCAA Championship
February 26, 2006
February 26, 2006, Memphis, Tenn. - The fifth-ranked DePauw women's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship for the third straight year and seventh time in the last 11 years after a 67-65 victory over Trinity in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament title game.
The win was the Tigers' 26th consecutive as they improved to a school-record 27 wins against just one loss. Trinity dropped to 20-7 following the loss.
With the contest tied at 61-61, DePauw's Caitlin McGonigal knocked down at three-pointer with 2:58 left which gave the Tigers the lead for good. Trinity's Jennifer Farrar made two free throws with 59 seconds left, but Liz Bondi's layup with 41 seconds remaining pushed the margin back to three.
Trinity cut the lead to 66-65 when Meghan Scholbe scored on a layup with 24 seconds left. Gretchen Hahel hit the second of two free throws with 15 seconds left to make it 67-65. Farrar's shot on the other end was off the mark and the Tigers' Lindsay Houin hauled down the board and was fouled with 0.7 seconds remaining. She missed both free throws and Trinity called timeout on the rebound with 0.3 seconds left, but time expired on the inbounds play before they could get a shot off.
The game featured 10 ties and 12 lead changes between the two teams who have met for all four of the SCAC titles since the tournament began in 2003. Trinity led by as many as seven in the first half with the second time coming with just over three minutes to play. DePauw closed the half with an 8-2 run capped by Haehl's three with 21 seconds left to close the halftime gap to 36-35.
Trinity built as much as a five-point cushion in the second half, but Bridget Bailey's bucket with 7:17 left tied the score at 57-57 and the Tigers wouldn't trail the rest of the way.
Bondi, the tournament MVP, finished with 22 points and eight rebounds in the title game, while Bailey added 10 and earned a spot on the team as well. Farrar and Krista Prato-Matthews paced Trinity with 14 apiece, while Scholbe added 13 and Kate Dawson finished with 10.
McGonigal and Suzy Doughty each dished out five assists for the Tigers, while Leda McDaniel had eight for Trinity.