Trees, Pearson score 21 points each to lead DePauw past Christopher Newport
GREENCASTLE, Ind. -- Savannah Trees and Ellie Pearson each scored 21 points and DePauw shot 52 percent from the floor on the way to a 76-55 win against Christopher Newport to advance to the NCAA Division III semifinals for the third time in school history.
DePauw will face Williams College on Friday, March 15, in Holland, Mich. The Ephs topped Whitman 63-53.
"This was a day we hoped we'd get to," DePauw head coach Kris Huffman said. "I wanted this so badly for [the senior class] because they have tremendous leadership. They made an impact and I'm so happy they get to go and extend their season as long as it can go."
The Tigers didn't seem to be on their way to their best postseason shooting night after missing their first six shots and falling behind 4-0, but they quickly turned it around with a 9-2 run capped by Ellie Pearson's layup.
Later in the half, Trees scored six in a row and Pearson added another inside bucket to push the lead to 21-10. Alex Gasaway's 3-pointer and bucket in the final 1:30 of the first half sent the Tigers to the intermission with a 38-25 lead. DePauw shot an impressive 55.6 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
The Captains cut into the DePauw lead and got as close as eight after Tia Perry hit a pair of free throws. Gasaway scored on a jumper in the paint and Trees added two more buckets to push the margin back to 14.
Christopher Newport made another run at the Tigers midway through the half as it closed to within 10, but Gasaway hit a free throw and Trees knocked down a 3-pointer after Pearson snagged the miss of Gasaway's second charity toss. Ali Ross added two free throws and DePauw had a 59-43 lead with 7:50 remaining.
The Captains were as close as 13 before the Tigers closed out the game with a 9-2 run and the win.
Pearson's 21 points were a career high and came on 7 of 9 shooting from both the field and line. The 21-point effort by Trees marked her second 20-point effort in the last three games. Alison Stephens paced the Tigers with 11 rebounds and Walker dished out six assists.
Nicole Mitchell paced four Captains in double figures with 16 points, while Camry Green scored 12 and Perry and Brandi Holland each added 10.
DePauw hit 52.0 percent from the floor to Christopher Newport's 43.6 percent, but the Tigers knocked in 21-25 free throws and held a 33-24 edge on the boards.
The 32nd win broke the school record of 31 set by the 2007 national championship team and the Tigers finished with an 18-0 mark at the Neal Fieldhouse.