No. 9 DePauw drops Denison 58-45
11th-ranked Tigers improved to 5-1 on the season
GREENCASTLE, Ind. -- DePauw used a 30-5 run in an 18-minute stretch bridging the two halves and held on for a 58-45 North Coast Athletic Conference win against visiting Denison.
The 11th-ranked Tigers improved to 5-1 on the season, while the Big Red dropped to 4-3. The game was the first NCAC contest for each this season.
In a tight game early, DePauw closed the first half with a 13-0 run over the final 8:48 which expanded a one-point lead to a 14-point halftime margin at 31-17.
Denison's Nicole Coggins opened the second half with a 3-pointer, but buckets by the Tigers' Kathleen Molloy and Ellie Pearson pushed the margin to 15. The Big Red countered with a bucket before DePauw rattled off 13 consecutive to to take its biggest lead of the game at 48-22 with 10:43 remaining.
The Big Red scored nine in a row to close the gap to 48-31 with 6:05 left. DePauw's lead was still 16 before Jane Windler knocked down two free throws and Coggins hit a three to trim the margin to 11 at 50-39 with 3:25 left. That's as close as Denison would get the rest of the way.
Katie Aldrich led DePauw with 15 points, while Molloy chipped in a career-high 14 and Ali Ross added 12. Pearson grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds as DePauw held a 44-29 edge on the boards. Kate Walker dished out six assists in the win and added five steals.
Windler paced Denison with 12 points, nine rebounds and three assists, while Coggins added 10 points.
DePauw shot 41.1 percent for the game including 44 percent in the second half, while Denison shot just 31.0 percent from the floor.