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DIII: Strong defense leads York (Pa.) to win against Penn State-Harrisburg

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. -- York (Pa.) team took to the road on Wednesday for a Capital Athletic Conference contest at Penn State-Harrisburg. After a sluggish first half, the Spartans rolled to a 63-30 conference win.

The Spartans improve to 18-0 overall and 10-0 in the conference. The Lions, losers of six in a row, fall to 5-13 overall and 1-9 in their first year in the CAC. York is ranked eighth in the nation in both the USA Today/WBCA Coaches' Poll and the national poll.

The Spartans were again paced by the duo of Brittany Hicks and Kristen Haley. Hicks poured in a game-high 18 points with six rebounds in her 28 minutes of action. Hicks was 6-for-10 from the floor, 2-for-5 from three and a perfect 4-for-4 from the stripe. Haley added a double-double with 14 points and a 10 rebounds while she also had a pair of blocked shots. Haley was 3-for-9 from the floor but was a blistering 8-for-9 from the line. Jess Selby added 12 points on four three-point field goals while she also had four rebounds. Murphy contributed seven points, four assists, and a season-high six assists.

No. 1 DePauw 61, Denison 52

GRANVILLE, Ohio -- DePauw survived another tough road test as it moved to 19-0 overall and 10-0 in North Coast Athletic Conference play with a 61-51 win at Denison. The Big Red dropped to 14-5 overall and 6-4 in conference play.

Alex Gasaway paced DePauw with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Savannah Trees added 15 points. Ali Ross and Emma Ondik followed with 10 apiece.

No. 2 Hope 70, Olivet 58

OLIVET, Mich. -- Guard Brittany Berry scored a season-high 20 points to help Hope defeat Olivet  70-58 Wednesday in a matchup of nationally ranked Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association's teams.

Coach Brian Morehouse's Flying Dutch improved to 17-0 overall and 9-0 in MIAA play while moving two games up in the loss column on both Olivet and Calvin.

Berry topped her previous season high by eight points against Olivet. She shot 50 percent from the field (8-of-16) and 3-point range (4-of-8).

The Flying Dutch outscored Olivet 12-6 in the final minutes to secure the win in front of a DeVos Fieldhouse crowd of 1,642.

Sophomore forward Maura McAfee chipped in for Hope her eighth double-double of the season.

No. 6 Thomas More 100, Chatham 37

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- Thomas More reached the century mark for the third consecutive game and for the sixth time in seven games on Wednesday as it defeated Chatham 100-37 in a Presidents' Athletic Conference game at the Connor Convocation Center.

With the win, the Saints improve to 18-0 overall and 11-0 in the PAC. With the loss, the Cougars fall to 3-15 overall and 2-9 in the PAC.

Thomas More built a 49-15 at halftime as it shot 57.9 percent from the field, including 50 percent from behind the three-point arc and 100 percent from the free-throw line. In the half, the Saints forced 18 Cougar turnovers and out-scored Chatham 36-4 in the pant and 25-1 on points off turnovers.

In the second half, Thomas More shot 56.8 percent from the field to lead by as many as 65 points as it out-scored Chatham 51-22 and went on to the 100-37 victory.

For the game, the Saints out-scored Chatham 66-12 in the paint, 47-3 on points off turnovers and 28-0 on fast break points.

No. 7 FDU-Florham 72, Delaware Valley 54

MADISON, N.J. -- Seventh-ranked FDU-Florham faced its toughest test of the season against Delaware Valley and overcame a halftime deficit for the first time this season to improve to 18-0 with a 72-54 victory on Wednesday night.

With 10:26 remaining in regulation, the Devils (18-0, 7-0 Freedom) trailed the Aggies (11-7, 4-3 Freedom) 52-50, which is the latest a team has held a lead against FDU this season. However, the Devils rallied with an explosive 22-2 run to close the game and secure the comfortable win. Senior point guard Jalessa Lewis was the catalyst for the Devils and finished with 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Kyra Dayon earned her fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds along with five assists, while Kara Dayon added 16 points on 50 percent shooting and seven rebounds for the Devils. FDU outrebounded Delaware Valley 51-38 in the game, including 20 offensive boards.

Brenna Coll finished with a team-high 16 points for Delaware Valley.