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DIII: No. 1 DePauw remains perfect

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Paced by four double-figure scorers, No. 1 DePauw remained perfect on the season with a 73-48 North Coast Athletic Conference win at Wittenberg.

DePauw improved to 23-0 overall and 14-0 in NCAC play, while Wittenberg dropped to 12-9 overall and 7-6 in conference play.

The visiting Tigers hit just one of their first eight shots and eventually fell behind by as many as five points at 9-4 after Ali Miller's layup with 13:01 left in the half. Following a DePauw timeout, Savannah Trees knocked in a three-pointer before Hannah Douglas converted a Wittenberg turnover into a bucket to tie the score at 9-9.

The hosts regained the lead, but DePauw heated up with a 22-2 run that included 10 points from Trees and made it 34-15 with 3:55 remaining. DePauw headed to the half with a 38-20 lead.

DePauw blew the game open early in the second half as it scored the first nine points. Ali Ross started the run with a pair of buckets before Alison Stephens added a layup and Douglas nailed a trey to extend the Tigers' lead to 47-20. Wittenberg got as close as 14 before DePauw finished the game with a 14-3 run.

Trees led the Tigers with 22 points including 16 in the first half and hit all four three-pointers she attempted, while Douglas followed with a season-high 18. Alex Gasaway posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Ross added 10 points. 

No. 3 Hope 89, St. Mary's (Ind.) 59

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Hope beat St. Mary's (Ind.) 89-59 on Wednesday to clinch at least a share of its 14th conference championship.

The nationally ranked Flying Dutch will go for an outright Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association title at 3 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Trine (Ind.),

Hope improved to 22-0 overall and 14-0 in MIAA play behind 17 points from senior guard Megan Kelley of Rockford (Rockford HS) and 10 from senior guard Anna Kaufmann.

Kaufmann made her first start of the season after taking the spot of injured freshman Angelique Gaddy.

Kelley scored all of her points during the first half to help coach Brian Morehouse's Flying Dutch grab a 53-25 halftime lead in front of a DeVos Fieldhouse crowd of 856.

Kelley shot 75 percent from the field (6-of-8) during the opening 20 minutes, including 100 percent from 3-point range (3-of-3).

Kaufmann also did not miss a shot before halftime, netting seven points on one 3-pointer, one 2-point field goal and two free throws.

No. 4 Thomas More 96, Westminster 32

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- Sophomore guard/forward Sydney Moss recorded her ninth double-double of the season and Thomas More defeated Westminster 96-32 in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game at the Connor Convocation Center.

With the win, the Saints remain undefeated at 22-0 overall and 15-0 in the PAC. With the loss, the Titans fall to 12-10 overall and 9-6 in the PAC.

Thomas More shot 50 percent from the field (22-of-44) from the field and forced 22 Titan turnovers in the first half to build a 52-13 lead at halftime. In the first half, the Saints out-scored the Titans 28-6 in the paint, 29-4 off turnovers and 18-4 on second chances. Junior forward Jenny Burgoyne led the team in scoring at the half as she had 17 points, while Moss added 16 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.

No. 6 FDU-Florham 66, Wilkes 49

MADISON, N.J. -- Sixth-ranked FDU-Florhamovercame a slow first half to remain unbeaten, defeating Wilkes 66-49 on Wednesday night at the Ferguson Recreation Center.

The Devils (22-0, 11-0 Freedom) trailed at the half for only the second time this season, however, they regrouped at intermission and outscored the Lady Colonels 46-27 in the second stanza to remain unblemished on the season.

Five Devils scored in double-figures, led by 12 points off the bench from Leigh-Ann Lively. Lively shot 4-for-8 from the floor and knocked down two 3-pointers on the night.

Freshman guard Alyssa McDonough tallied 11 points, while Shalette Brown, Kyra Dayon and Rachel Groom all totaled 10 points in the win. In addition, Brown and Groom each hauled in seven rebounds..

The Devils forced 27 turnovers, which resulted in 19 points.

Haley Mesaros paced the Lady Colonels (5-17, 2-9 Freedom) with 14 points. Wilkes' leading-scorer Elena Stambone chipped in with 12 points.

No. 10 York (Pa.) 64, St. Mary's (Md.) 43

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. -- York (Pa.) opened its three-game road trip with a 64-43 Capital Athletic Conference win at St. Mary's on Wednesday night.

The Spartans improve to 21-1 overall and 13-1 in the CAC. The Seahawks fall to 8-13 overall and 5-9 in the CAC. The win clinches a top two seed and a first round bye in the upcoming CAC Tournament.

Kelsey Murphy led the Spartans as the senior guard tallied 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor including 3-for-6 from three and 2-for-5 from the free throw line. Kristen Haley added 13 points and nine rebounds as she narrowly missed a double-double. Haley was 5-for-9 from the floor, 1-for-2 from three and 2-for-2 from the stripe. Haley played just 18 minutes due to foul trouble in the game.

York had 11 players reach the scoring column in the win. Junior Kailee Knight played a very good game with six points and five rebounds in her 17 minutes of work.

Shana Lewis led the Seahawks with 10 points and eight rebounds. Lewis was 3-for-10 from the floor and 4-for-10 from the free throw line. Sophie Pruden added nine points and eight boards for SMC.