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DIII: Tufts hands No. 15 Williams its first loss in seven games

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Junior Hannah Foley scored a game-high 22 points and No. 6 Tufts put No. 15 Williams in the rearview mirror with a second-half run leading to a 64-45 NESCAC victory on Saturday afternoon.

The Jumbos are now one win away from clinching the No. 1 seed in the upcoming conference championship tournament. Tufts improved to 21-0 overall and 8-0 in the league. After a non-league game against Babson on Tuesday, the Jumbos finish their conference schedule against Colby and Bowdoin next weekend (Feb. 14-15) at Cousens Gym.

For 25 minutes of Saturday's contest, the teams played equally. However a 22-4 Tufts advantage stretching from 17:38 of the second half to 8:30 put the game in the Jumbos' pocket. Six Tufts players contributed to the run, paced by six points from Foley.

This was the Ephs' first loss in seven games, bringing their record to 19-3 overall and 5-3 in the league.

Foley led overall in scoring for both teams with her 22, shooting 3-for-4 from behind the 3-point line and 8 of 12 overall. Hayley Kanner was the only other Jumbo to score in double-digits with 12.

For the Ephs, Ellen Cook and Oge Uwanaka had 16 and 15 points respectively.  Uwanaka would also grab 14 rebounds this afternoon.

No. 1 DePauw 74, Hiram 50

GREENCASTLE, Ind. -- Behind a school record-tying 13 3-pointers, the top-ranked Tigers clinched their third North Coast Athletic Conference title in as many years since joining the league with a 74-50 win against visiting Hiram.

DePauw improved to 22-0 overall and 13-0 in the NCAC and Hiram slipped to 5-17 overall and 1-12 in the conference.

The teams battled back and forth over the opening stages of the first half with four ties and nine lead changes in the opening 12 minutes.

Emma Ondik's 3-pointer with 6:38 left gave DePauw a 23-20 lead and started a 12-0 run as Lauren Abendroth, Ondik and Hannah Douglas followed with treys to push the Tigers' lead to 32-20 at the 2:47 mark.

Hiram briefly stopped the Tigers' surge, but the hosts closed the half with an 11-2 stretch that pushed the advantage to 43-24 at the intermission. The Terriers closed the margin to 15 early in the second half, but DePauw gradually stretched the lead to as many as 27 late in the game.

Douglas paced DePauw with 16 points, while Alex Gasaway added 15. Ondik and Abendroth each hit four 3-pointers and scored 12. Alison Stephens led the Tigers with nine rebounds as DePauw held a 39-25 edge on the boards, while Douglas also handed out five assists.

No. 3 Whitman, Puget Sound

TACOMA, Wash. -- Heather Johns scored a game-high 23 points to Northwest Conference-leading Whitman to a 76-64 victory against Puget Sound in a on game Saturday night in the UPS Fieldhouse.

Tonight's win, No. 21 this season, broke the Whitman Basketball regular season win record set last season at 20-4.

In tonight's contest, Johns made 6-of-13 shots from the floor and sank 11 of her 13 free-throw attempts in the game as Whitman improved to 12-0 in the NWC and 21-0 overall.

Sarah Anderegg and Tiffani Traver provided added punch to the Missionary offense with 19 and 15 points, respectively. The two combined for 11-of-22 shooting from the floor and nine made free throws in 12 tries. Traver enhanced her game resume' with three 3-point field goals on six attempts.

As a team, Whitman shot a respectable 44 percent (25-of-57) from the field and 74 percent (23-for-31) on the charity stripe.

No. 4 Hope 83, Adrian 73

ADRIAN, Mich. --  Hope moved within one game of a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association title by winning at Adrian College 83-73 on Saturday.

The Flying Dutch improved to 21-0 overall and 13-0 in MIAA play. Hope can clinch at least a share of its 14th league championship on Wednesday when it hosts Saint Mary's on National Girls & Women In Sports Day.

Sophomore forward Maura McAfee led the Flying Dutch with her 10th double-double of the season. She matched her career-high with 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. She also collected four steals.

Senior guard Brittany Berry chipped in 16 points. She made all five of her 3-point attempts.

Senior guard Anna Kaufmann, added 15 points off the bench, including a 9-of-10 effort from the foul line.

Kaufmann stepped in after starting point guard Angelique Gaddy left the game after suffering an injury four minutes into the game.

Hope grabbed a 42-35 halftime lead by outscoring Adrian 12-3 over the final 5:05 of the first half.

No. 5 Thomas More, Washington & Jefferson

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- Sophomore guard/forward Sydney Moss crossed the 1,000 collegiate point plateau on Saturday as she led Thomas More  to a 65-52 win against Washington & Jefferson in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game at the Connor Convocation Center.

With the win, the Saints improve to 21-0 overall and 14-0 in the PAC. With the loss, the Presidents fall to 14-7 overall and 9-5 in the PAC.

With a lay-up at the 2:08 mark of the second half, Moss scored her 27th point of the game 1,001 collegiate point. She scored 438 points last season at Florida and has scored 563 points this season at Thomas More

No. 8 FDU-Florham 90, King's (Pa.) 44

MADISON, N.J. -- FDU-Florham cruised to a 90-44 victory against King's (Pa.) on Saturday afternoon at the Ferguson Recreation Center.

From the opening tip, the Devils (21-0, 10-0 Freedom) jumped on top of the Lady Monarchs with a 22-2 run. Ten minutes into the half, FDU-Florham had built a 29-8 advantage, thanks in part to their tenacious defense and aggressive offensive play. Shalette Brown paced the Devils attack with 10 points and six rebounds in the opening stanza. Brown rested for most of the second half and finished with 12 points and seven rebounds on the afternoon.

The Devils entered intermission with a 50-24 lead and caused 15 first-half turnovers by the Lady Monarchs. Randi Jo Farrell provided a spark for FDU-Florham by knocking down three first-half 3-pointers which brought the crowd at the Ferguson Center to its feet.

FDU-Florham continued their momentum and added to their comfortable lead by scoring the first 10 points of the second half. Alyssa McDonough's layup with 9:03 to play in regulation provided FDU-Florham with a 40 point advantage (75-35), its largest of the afternoon, and it maintained control for the remainder of the contest.

The Devils bench played an integral part in the win and was responsible for half of the team's points. In a relentless attack of the glass, Delisha Thompson hauled in 12 rebounds (five offensive) and totaled eight points. The freshman McDonough ran the offense for most of the second half and finished with 14 points and five assists in the win. Leigh-Ann Lively and Kara Dayon also tallied 14 points and combined to shoot 7-for-12 from 3-point range.

Tara Zdancewicz came off the bench to score a team-high 11 points for the Lady Monarchs while Jennifer Fabian chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds in defeat.

Eight different Devils tallied steals in the win, led by McDonough's three takeaways. The Devils held King's to 3-for-14 from downtown and 30.8 percent shooting overall on the afternoon.

No. 9 Carthage 80, Augustana (Ill.) 53

KENOSHA, Wis. -- Carthage (19-2, 10-0 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin) won its 12th game in a row on Saturday with an 80-53 decision against CCIW-opponent Augustana (Ill.) (Ill., 5-17, 1-10) at Tarble Arena. With the win, the Lady Reds matched a school-record 12-game win streak set in the 2012-13 season. Carthage has not lost since falling to Coe on Dec. 17.

Carthage remains in sole possession of first place in the CCIW. Second-place Illinois Wesleyan(15-6, 9-1) remains one game back after defeating Elmhurst 81-70 on Saturday.

No. 10 York (Pa.) 78, Marymount 62

YORK, Pa. -- York (Pa.) senior class became the most successful in school history as the foursome picked up their 80th career win with a 78-62 Capital Athletic Conference victory against Marymount on Saturday afternoon.

Seniors Brittany Hicks, Kristen Haley, Kelsey Murphy, and Aja Wallpher have combined to compile a record of 80-27 in their outstanding four year careers. York improves to 20-1 overall and 12-1 in the CAC. With the loss, Marymount drops to 13-8 overall and 8-4 in the conference.

Notes: The game between No. 7 George Fox and Lewis and Clark has been postponed due to snow; date to be determined.