Cold Shooting Performance Results in Season-Ending Loss to Carthage

Cold Shooting Performance Results in Season-Ending Loss to Carthage

March 3, 2012


Greencastle, Ind. - It was a matchup of one of Division III's top rebounding teams in DePauw and one of the nation's best shooting teams in Carthage and the visiting Lady Reds outshot the Tigers on the way to a 53-48 win in the NCAA Division III Second Round.

With the win, Carthage advanced to the sectional semifinals where it will face Centre next Friday. DePauw finished its season at 27-2 and had both its 26-game win streak and its 26-game home win string snapped.

Carthage took a 5-0 lead before DePauw later scored eight straight to grab a 14-10 advantage. The Lady Reds went to the intermission with a 25-24 lead after neither team scored for the final 2:30 of the first half. In the opening 20 minutes, the Tigers held a 23-7 advantage on the boards, but Carthage hit 10-of-18 field goals.

The Lady Reds stretched the lead to five at 36-31 after Diana Jacklin hit a couple of free throws with 12:17 remaining. Carthage went 0-for-4 from the floor on its next four possessions and the Tigers capitalized. Kate Walker made a couple of free throws as did Katie Aldrich before Ali Ross and Alex Gasaway hit back-to-back threes to cap a 10-0 run which gave the Tigers a 41-36 lead with 9:15 left.

DePauw still led 45-40 after Aldrich's bucket at the 5:55 mark. Jacklin's layup and Cailee Corcoran's two free throws trimmed the Tigers' lead to 45-44 with just over four minutes left. Walker answered with a three to push the margin back to 48-44 with 3:53 left, but those would be the last points the Tigers would score.

Jacklin's layup with 2:14 remaining made it 48-46 before Stephanie Kuzmanic's three at the 1:29 mark gave Carthage a 49-48 advantage. Ross missed a three on the other end and Dani Ripkey knocked in a bucket from the wing to expand the Lady Reds' lead to 51-48 with 20.6 seconds left.

Ross was unable to connect on a three with 11 seconds left, but the Tigers got the rebound and Carthage was whistled for a foul. It was just their sixth of the half, giving the Tigers the ball underneath their own basket. Savannah Trees received the inbounds pass but her back foot crossed the sideline and the Lady Reds were awarded the ball.

Kuzmanic nailed a couple of free throws with five seconds left to seal the win.

"We ran into a very good Carthage team tonight," DePauw head coach Kris Huffman said. "They're a hard team to defend. If we shoot a decent percentage the game could have gone the other way."

Walker paced DePauw with 13 points and four assists, while Ellie Pearson grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Ripkey led all scorers with 15 points with Allison Groessl and Jacklin each scoring 10. Jacklin blocked three shots as the Lady Reds swatted away seven.

DePauw shot a season-low 30 percent from the floor, while Carthage shot 50 percent. The Tigers attempted 20 more field goals and held a 41-19 edge on the boards including 21 on the offensive glass for a 10-0 advantage in second-chance points.

"It doesn't make sense looking at the stats does it?" Carthage head coach Tim Bernero asked. "It's old fashioned half court basketball. We made shots and we made it hard for them to score."