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Turnovers a Big Key to DePauw's 13th Win

Turnovers a Big Key to DePauw's 13th Win

January 8, 2014

Box Score

Greencastle, Ind.Top-ranked DePauw's ability to take care of the basketball and force turnovers played a major factor in the Tigers' 63-38 North Coast Athletic Conference win over visiting Denison.

With the victory, DePauw improved to 13-0 overall and 4-0 in the NCAC, while the Big Red dropped to 11-3 overall and 3-2 in the conference.

The Tigers entered the week ranked first in NCAA Division III play for fewest turnovers per game and they committed just 11 tonight while Denison turned it over 24 times, giving the hosts a 21-2 advantage in points off of those turnovers.

DePauw held an 18-10 lead with 8:28 left in the first half before Savannah Trees scored on a layup and Ali Ross stole the inbound pass and scored to expand the margin to 12. Another Ross steal and layup just seconds later made it 24-10. Trees hit a three before Erin McGinnis and Ross each added buckets to cap a 13-0 run and push the Tigers' lead to 31-10 with 4:45 remaining. DePauw headed to the break with a 33-14 lead.

That lead expanded to as many as 24 points in the early stages of the second half, but the Big Red closed the gap to 49-34 at the 7:18 mark. Over the next five minutes, Denison managed just two field goal tries and committed three turnovers. The Tigers scored seven during the stretch to put the game away.

Trees led DePauw with 18, while Ross added 12 points, grabbed a game-high six rebounds and equaled a career high with five steals.

Candise Love and Alyssa Wagner each scored eight for the Big Red, while Wagner grabbed four rebounds.

DePauw shot 42.6 percent from the floor to Denison's 40 percent and the Tigers held a 33-29 rebounding edge.

The 38 points allowed was the best defensive performance for the Tigers this year and marked Denison's lowest offensive output of the season. DePauw held Denison's Jordan Holmes, the nation's second-leading rebounder with 14.5 per game, to just three boards.

The win was DePauw's 47th straight and 66th consecutive in the regular season. The Tigers travel to Kenyon on Saturday, January 11, in a rematch of last year's NCAC Tournament title game.