Carthage slips past DePauw
Ripkey scores 15 points to help Lady Reds advance
GREENCASTLE, Ind. -- Carthage (22-7) held off DePauw (27-2) 53-48 in a second-round game on Saturday.
Carthage knocked off No. 19 Wisconsin-Whitewater (22-7) 74-68 on Friday, in a first-round game, with DePauw defeating Westminster (Mo., 22-5) 66-46 in Friday's other first-round contest.
The Carthage win snapped a 26-game home winning streak for DePauw, who had also won 76 of its last 77 home contests and 88 of its last 90. The Tigers also entered the game with a 26-game overall winning streak this season.
Neither team struck much of an advantage in the first half. Carthage had an early, five-point lead, 7-2, and a four-point edge, 10-6 lead at 13:19. DePauw took its first lead, 12-10, at 11:01 and led by as four, 14-10, at 10:05. The Lady Reds went back up, 15-14, and the lead seesawed from there, with Carthage leading by one at halftime, 25-24. DePauw, ranked second in the nation in rebounding margin (12.6 per game), showed how good they were on the boards in the first period, out-rebounding Carthage, 23-7, including a 15-1 margin on the offensive boards. The Tigers, however, shot only 30 percent in the period (10-33), while the Lady Reds connected at a 56 percent clip (10-18).
The tight game continued in the second half, with the Lady Reds inching out to a five-point lead, 34-29, at 13:25. Carthage was still leading by five, 36-31, at 11:45 when DePauw took off on a 10-0 run to go up by five, 41-36. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Ali Ross and Alex Gassaway capped the 10-0 run. The Lady Reds pulled to within one, 45-44, at 4:09 on two free throws by Cailee Corcoran, but a 3-pointer by Kate Walker at 3:53 put the Tigers up by four, 48-44. A layup by Diana Jacklin at 2:12 made it two-point game, 48-46, and Stephanie Kuzmanic's 3-pointer at 1:25 gave Carthage a one-point lead, 49-48.
With 1:21 left, DePauw called a timeout, but Ali Ross missed a 3-point attempt with 43 seconds remaining. Carthage's Diana Jacklin rebounded, Carthage called timeout, and Dani Ripkey hit a 20 footer to put Carthage up by three, 51-48, with 20.6 seconds to go. Ross missed a 3-pointer at 11 seconds. DePauw rebounded, but Kuzmanic was called for a foul, and the Tigers inbounded under their own basket with 6.9 second left. Savannah Trees turned the ball over, and Kuzmanic was fouled by Ross. Kuzmanic drained both free throws at 4.5 seconds for the final, 53-48 margin.
Carthage shot 50 percent (20-40), including six-of-12 3-pointers, while DePauw shot just 30 percent (18-60), including five-of-16 from 3-point range. The Lady Reds converted seven-of-nine from the free-throw line, while the Tigers shot seven-of-eight. DePauw wound up with a whopping, 41-19 rebounding advantage. Dani Ripkey (Sr., Deerfield, Ill.) led the Lady Reds with 15 points on six-of-10 field goals, including three-of-five 3-pointers. Diana Jacklin (Sr., Berwyn, Ill./Morton West) and Allison Groessl (Sr., Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) had 10 points each, with Jackal adding seven rebounds and three blocked shots.