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23rd-ranked Tigers Extend Streak to 14 with Win over Southwestern

23rd-ranked Tigers Extend Streak to 14 with Win over Southwestern

February 1, 2009


Mathews_Katie_200809wbb.jpgFebruary 1, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. —  After trailing by as many as six in the first half, 23rd-ranked DePauw battled back to take a five-point halftime lead on the way to a 69-46 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win over visiting Southwestern.

DePauw improved to 17-3 overall and 9-1 in the SCAC with its 14th straight win of the season. The Tigers extended their home win streak to 37 straight as well as their SCAC home win string to 45. The victory was also the Tigers' 54th consecutive regular season home win.

Southwestern held a 12-6 lead with 12 minutes left in the first half before DePauw came back to take a 17-16 advantage on Brooke Osborne's three-pointer with 6:18 remaining in the half.  The lead was still one at 24-23, but the Tigers closed the half with four straight points capped by Cassie Pruzin's three at the buzzer which extended the lead to 28-23.

DePauw quickly pushed the margin into double digits with seven straight points to start the second half. Southwestern closed it back to seven at 42-35 on Jennifer Tindle's three with 13:30 left, but Danielle Boraz responded with a three on the next possession and Andrea Travelstead added a layup following a Pirate turnover to push the lead back to 47-35.

Narisa Trammell's three temporarily stopped the DePauw run, but Pruzin knocked in a three to start a 6-0 run which made it 53-38 with just over nine minutes remaining. Later the Tigers scored nine straight to extend the margin to 64-41 and seal the victory.

Katie Mathews (pictured) led DePauw with 16 points including 12 in the second half, while Pruzin added 15 on five three-pointers. Mathews and Travelstead each grabbed eight boards as DePauw held a 39-28 edge on the boards. Pruzin and Mathews each dished out four assists and Pruzin finished with four steals.

Natasha Azizi led Southwestern with 15 points, while Tindle added 11. Azizi, Katie Kern and Jessica Herbst each grabbed six rebounds with Trammell and Staley Mullins dishing out four assists apiece.

DePauw shot 40.7 percent for the game including 55.6 percent in the second half, while Southwestern hit 43.6 percent for the game. The Tigers converted Southwestern's 30 turnovers into 28 points and held a 15-6 edge in second-chance points with 19 offensive rebounds.

The Tigers travel to Birmingham-Southern on Friday, February 6, with tipoff scheduled for 8 p.m. CST.