Defending Champs Open with Win in Tipoff Tourney
November 16, 2007
November 16, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw shot 54.5 percent from the floor and hit 10-of-22 three-pointers on the way to a 96-63 win over Olivet in tonight's second game of the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Tipoff Tournament.
The Tigers, ranked second in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Preseason Poll and fifth by D3hoops.com, take on Illinois Wesleyan (16th coaches'/15th D3hoops.com) in Saturday's 4 p.m. title game as the Titans defeated Washington (1st coaches'/sixth D3hoops.com) by a 69-51 score in the evening's first game. Olivet and Washington battle for third place at 2 p.m. LIVE STATS (for both games) | LISTEN LIVE (DePauw-Illinois Wesleyan)
DePauw held an 18-17 lead midway through the first half before scoring 10 straight to start a 21-1 run on the way to a 47-28 halftime lead. The Comets got no closer than 16 the rest of the way.
Gretchen Haehl paced DePauw with 18 including 15 in the first half, while Kalei Lowes and Emily Marshall each added 12 and Katie Mathews followed with 10. Haehl knocked down 4-of-6 three-pointers and Brooke Osborne nailed 3-of-5 in the win. Emily Brown led Olivet with 13 points with Lauren Fishwick adding 12 and Nykole Pfaff 11.
The Tigers held a 41-27 edge on the boards as Cassie Pruzin and Jenna Fernandez each hauled down seven. Brown and Gabrielle Federau each had four for the Comets.
Haehl led DePauw with five assists and Mathews added four, while Olivet's Amy Brackenwagen had four.
In the opening game, Washington led early, 6-2, but Illinois Wesleyan scored the next seven points and never trailed again on the way to a 33-16 halftime lead. The Bears closed to within 11, but could get no closer.
Mallory Heydorn led Illinois Wesleyan with 16 points followed by Claire Sheehan with 14 and a team-high nine rebounds. Crystal Dye added 10 points in the win.
Jill Brandt paced Washington with 18 points, while Jaime McFarlin chipped in 14 points and a game-high 16 boards. Alex Hoover added 10 points.