Nationally-ranked Tigers open season with win over Bears
November 17, 2006
November 17, 2006, Bloomington, Ill. - DePauw, ranked third by D3hoops.com and fifth in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll, opened the 2006-07 season with a 75-68 over Washington University in the first game of the Illinois Wesleyan Tipoff Tournament. The Bears entered the season ranked 10th in the coaches' poll and 12th by D3hoops.com. The win snapped DePauw's 13-game losing streak to the Bears which dated back to the beginning of the 1990-91 season.
Five Tigers scored in double figures led by Liz Bondi with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Caitlin McGonigal followed with 12, while Kalie Lowes added 11 and Cassie Pruzin and Jenna Fernandez each scored 10. Shanna-Lei Dacanay paced Washington with 24, while Zoe Unruh added 14 followed by Sarah Schell with 13 and Rebecca Parker with 12.
The Bears led by as many as five in the first half on the way to a 36-32 halftime advantage. They still held a 41-37 lead after Dacanay's bucket with 15:49 left in the game. The Tigers put together a 9-2 run over a two-minute stretch with back-to-back threes from McGonigal and Gretchen Haehl and a pair of Emily Marshall free throws to take a 48-43 lead. DePauw would never relinquish that lead, but Washington closed to within one with five minutes left before McGonigal scored the next five.
DePauw shot 46.4 percent from the floor to the Bears' 44.3 percent and the Tigers knocked down 9-of-15 three-pointers.
The Tigers face Illinois Wesleyan for the championship slated for 4 p.m. CST.