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Carthage Athletics | March 8, 2014

No. 10 Carthage topples No. 1 Hope in second round

KENOSHA, Wis. -- Carthage (26-3, 13-1 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin) defeated Hope (28-1) 72-67 on Saturday in a second-round game of the NCAA Division III tournament at Tarble Arena.  

Carthage now advances to a third-round game against DePauw (29-1) on Friday at a sectional site to be named by the NCAA on Sunday.

Carthage led most of the first half but not by much. The Lady Reds took a seven-point lead, 22-15, at 7:22. The Flying Dutch closed the gap to two points, 27-25, at 4:55, but Carthage pulled away to another seven-point lead the break, 34-27. The Lady Reds were firing on all cylinders at the start of the second half and used a 15-7 run to go up by 15 points, 47-32, at 15:27. Stephanie Kuzmanic scored seven of those 15 points on two jumpers, a layup and a free throw.

The Flying Dutch whittled the lead down to seven points, 52-45, at 11:09, and a 3-pointer by Brittany Berry at 8:19 made it a three-point game, 54-51. The Lady Reds went back up by 10 points, 66-56, at 3:52 with Michelle Wenzel scoring five of those 12 points on three free throws and a layup. Carthage took an 11-point lead, 69-58, at 2:22 and still led by 11, 71-60, at 1:43. Hope scored on four free throws and Kelly Morgan 3-pointer in the final minute and a half, but the Lady Reds hung on for a five-point win, 72-67.

Carthage shot 49 percent (27-for-55), including 7 of 9 from 3-point range, while Hope shot just 37 percent (22-for-60), including 11 of 24 3-pointers. The Lady Reds got to free-throw line 17 times and made 11, while the Flying Dutch connected on 12 of 14. Hope out-rebounded Carthage by a 39-33 margin, with the Flying Dutch pulling down 17 offensive rebounds.

Three Carthage starters scored in double figures. Michelle Wenzel led the way with a game-high 18 points on 6 of 13 field goals and 6 of 9 free throws, along with 14 rebounds. Stephanie Kuzmanic scored 16 points on 7 of 16 shootings, along with five rebounds and four assists. Kristi Schmidt added 12 points and five boards. Brittany Berry led Hope with 16 points. Maura McAfee had 14 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, and Anna Kaufmann added 13 points and seven assists.

Hope wins the DIII women's basketball national championship

Hope College is the 2022 NCAA DIII women's basketball national champion after knocking off Wisconsin-Whitewater on March 19.

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