Fifth-ranked Tigers equal school and SCAC record with 20th straight win

Fifth-ranked Tigers equal school and SCAC record with 20th straight win

February 5, 2006


February 5, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - Freshman Cassie Pruzin hit four free throws in the final 25 seconds and fifth-ranked DePauw held on for a 69-64 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win over Rhodes.

DePauw improved to 21-1 overall and 11-0 in the SCAC, while Rhodes dropped to 14-7 overall and 6-5 in the conference. The win was the Tigers' 20th straight which equals the school and SCAC record set by the 2001-02 team and also the 1996-97 Hendrix squad.

The Tigers scored seven straight in the first half to extend their lead to 20-10 with 7:29 left, but Rhodes countered with three straight three-pointers from three different players to close the margin to 30-29. DePauw led at the half, 32-28, after Pruzin buried a three at the buzzer.

DePauw pushed the lead to 12 at 46-34 with 13:53 remaining, but Rhodes used a 9-2 run over the next four minutes to close to within five. The Tigers still had an 8-point lead at 59-51 with just under six minutes to play, but the Lynx quickly closed the gap to three with five straight points.

The DePauw lead was still five after Liz Bondi's layup with 3:39 made it 61-56. Taylor Cook and Ashley Farrell each hit a pair of free throws to cut the Rhodes deficit to 61-60 with just less than three minutes remaining.

Lindsay Houin hit two charity tosses with 2:34 left to make it 63-60 and Farrell closed the margin to one with a pair of free throws with 58 seconds remaining. Bondi's layup with 39 seconds left pushed the lead back to three. Rachel Hettinger nailed two free throws with 30 seconds remaining to make it 65-64 before Pruzin pushed the lead to three with two free throws with 25 seconds left.

The Lynx missed a shot from just inside the three-point arc on their next possession and turned the ball over after grabbing the offensive rebound. Pruzin knocked down the final two free throws with seven seconds left to seal the win.

DePauw shot just 36.4 percent from the floor and only 31.3 percent in the second half, while Rhodes hit 38.8 percent from the floor. Rhodes connected on 20 of its 22 free throws including each of its final 15.

Bondi led the Tigers with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Houin added 14. Bridget Bailey chipped in 12 and Pruzin finished with 11.

Cook paced the Lynx with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Jessee followed with 12 points and Farrell added 11. Farrell dished out six assists in the loss.

DePauw held the rebound advantage at 41-31 and hauled down 19 on the offensive glass which it converted into 16 second-chance points.

The Tigers travel to Centre on Friday, February 10, for a 6 p.m. contest at Centre, while Rhodes travels to Hendrix on Saturday.