Fifth-ranked Tigers first in Division III to win 20

Fifth-ranked Tigers first in Division III to win 20

February 3, 2006


February 3, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - The fifth-ranked DePauw women shot 62.5 percent in the second half and outscored Hendrix 60-42 over the final 20 minutes to earn a 103-85 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win.

DePauw improved to 20-1 overall and 10-0 in the SCAC with its 19th straight win, while the Warriors dropped to 15-6 overall and 5-5 in the conference. The Tigers became the first Division III women's team to reach the 20-win plateau this season as they extended their SCAC-record conference home game win streak to 24. DePauw's 20 wins marks the fifth straight 20-win campaign and ninth in the last 10 seasons.

Hendrix took an early 15-8 lead six minutes into the contest before DePauw scored 17 straight to take a 25-15 lead with 9:13 remaining in the first half. The Warriors put together a 12-2 run to tie the game and the teams went to the intermission knotted at 43-43.

The Warriors led 47-45 early in the second half, but DePauw put together an 11-2 run to take the lead for good. Hendrix was as close as six before the Tigers gradually built the lead to double digits.

Liz Bondi hit 12-of-16 from the field on the way to 29 points and added a game-high 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Cassie Pruzin equaled a career high with 18 points including four three-pointers. Gretchen Haehl added 15 and Bridget Bailey followed with 12 in the victory. Haehl paced the Tigers with five assists.

Hendrix's Tori Huggins led all scorers with 31, while Bonnie Hicks added 20 along with seven rebounds and four steals. Cacey Smith followed with 18 and a game-high seven assists and Kyra Schahmut finished with 11 points.

DePauw connected on 52.9 percent from the field and nailed 24-of-28 free throws and outrebounded the Warriors 36-32. The Tigers' 60 second-half points set a school record for points in a half.

The Warriors shot 50.8 percent from the floor including 58.1 percent in the first half, but committed 23 turnovers which the Tigers converted into 42 points.

The Tigers host Rhodes on Sunday at 3 p.m., while Hendrix is at Rose-Hulman on Sunday in a 3 p.m. contest.