Tigers Complete Weekend Sweep with Win over Titans
November 17, 2007
November 17, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - In a battle of nationally ranked teams, DePauw scored the game's first 11 points and led by as many as 23 in the second half, but had to hold off Illinois Wesleyan's late charge in order to take a 77-66 win in the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Tipoff Tournament championship game.
The Tigers, ranked second in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll and fifth by D3hoops.com, improved to 2-0 for the first time in five years, while the Titans, ranked 15th in D3hoops.com and 16th in the coaches' poll, dropped to 1-1.
DePauw took an 11-0 lead in the opening five minutes of the game as four different players scored. The Titans knotted the score late in the half before the Tigers went on a 9-0 run in the final 2:37 to take a 39-30 lead at the intermission.
A 10-0 DePauw run midway through the second half pushed the lead to 65-42, but Illinois Wesleyan scored 16 of the next 18 points to close to 67-58 with 4:43 remaining. Christina Solari's layup with 2:46 left trimmed the margin to 70-62, but DePauw's Cassie Pruzin converted a three-point play with 1:12 left and hit a pair of free throws with 57 seconds remaining to push the lead to 13.
Pruzin led the Tigers with 17 points and shared the team lead with eight rebounds and dished out seven assists in the win. Jenna Fernandez followed with 15 points and eight boards, while Gretchen Haehl and Brooke Osborne each added 10. Haehl dished out a game-high eight assists.
Mallory Heydorn and Crystal Dye each scored 12 for the Titans, while Claire Sheehan and Solari each added 10. Solari hauled down a game-high nine rebounds.
The Tigers shot 51 percent for the game and held Illinois Wesleyan to just under 38 percent from the floor and DePauw held a 42-21 edge on the boards.
DePauw competes at the Julie Costello Memorial Classic at Thomas More and open against Case Western Reserve on Saturday, November 24, at 5 p.m.
NOTES: An all-tournament team was named in honor of Amy Hasbrook with players selected who best exemplified Amy's qualities of rebounding, defense, attitude and team play. The captain of the team was DePauw's Cassie Pruzin, while the members included Washington's Stacey Niese, Illinois Wesleyan's Kerri Gravlin, DePauw's Jenna Fernandez and Olivet's Emily Brown.