Seventh-ranked Tigers Drop Five-point Decision to Top-rated Bears
November 20, 2009
November 20, 2009, Bloomington, Ill. — DePauw, held a three-point lead over top-ranked Washington University with just over a minute left, but the Bears scored the game's final eight points and took a 57-52 win over the Tigers in the opening game of the Illinois Wesleyan Tipoff Tournament.
DePauw, ranked seventh in the preseason coaches' poll and 12th by D3hoops.com, dropped to 0-1 and the Bears improved to 2-0. The Tigers face Central in Saturday's 2 p.m. CST third-place game. Central lost to Illinois Wesleyan by an 85-60 score in tonight's second game.
The Tigers took a 52-49 lead on Katie Mathews' jumper with 1:22 left, but Alex Hoover's layup cut the margin to 52-51. Following a DePauw turnover, the Bears missed two field goal tries, but grabbed the offensive rebound each time and eventually Hoover hit two free throws with 28 seconds remaining to take a 53-52 advantage.
DePauw's Brooke Osborne missed on a three-point attempt, but Hoover knocked in two more charity tosses and Janice Evans hit a pair after Lauren Goff's three-pointer was off the mark.
The Tigers jumped out to a 17-8 lead in the opening 6:22 as Osborne nailed three three-pointers in a three-minute stretch. DePauw still led by eight with just under eight minutes left in the first half after Kate Walker hit a three, but the Bears outscored the Tigers 7-1 to close the halftime lead to 26-24.
The second half was a tight one as well with five ties and 11 lead changes. Washington had a three-point lead with just over five minutes left, but the Tigers regained the lead with an 8-2 run.
Osborne was DePauw's lone double-digit scorer with 11 points, while Emily Marshall grabbed 13 rebounds. Evans paced Washington with 14 points, followed by Jaimie McFarlin with 12 and Hoover with 10. Evans hauled down seven boards.
DePauw held a 43-36 advantage on the boards, but committed 23 turnovers to the Bears' 13. The Tigers shot 38.2 percent from the floor, while the Bears hit 35.5 percent.