13th-ranked DePauw Remains Atop SCAC East after Win at Austin

13th-ranked DePauw Remains Atop SCAC East after Win at Austin

January 20, 2008


January 20, 2008, Sherman, Texas - Jenna Fernandez scored 23 and Cassie Pruzin added 20 as 13th-ranked DePauw completed a weekend Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference sweep with a 69-64 win at Austin.

DePauw improved to 13-3 overall and 6-0 in the SCAC, while the Kangaroos dropped to 4-12 overall and 3-4 in the conference.

The Tigers used` a 15-0 run midway through the first half to take a 23-10 lead, but the hosts rallied with 11 straight at the start of an 18-2 stretch which gave them a 28-25 advantage with just over two minutes left in the half. Maegan Fitzgerald's two free throws with 1.1 seconds left gave the Kangaroos a 30-28 halftime lead.

Fernandez opened the second half with a pair of layups in the opening minute and Cassie Pruzin followed with a three-point play to make it 35-30 with 16:16 remaining.

The lead was still three before DePauw scored eight straight to extend the margin to 45-34 with 12:46 left. The Tigers pushed the margin to as many as 13 before Austin closed it back down to four in the closing seconds.

DePauw shot 60 percent in the second half on the way to a 47.4 percent performance for the game, while Austin shot 40.9 percent for the contest.

Pruzin led the Tigers with six rebounds and four assists. Katy Williams paced Austin with 30 points and nine rebounds,while Amber Stafford added 15 points. Austin held a 36-29 edge on the boards.

DePauw returns home on Friday, January 25 for a 6 p.m. SCAC contest against Hendrix.