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DIII Roundup: Ohio Wesleyan shocks No. 1 DePauw

DELAWARE, Ohio -- For the second time this season, top-ranked DePauw found itself down by 15 to Ohio Wesleyan, but this time the Tigers' comeback was thwarted by the Battling Bishops as Ohio Wesleyan took a 65-64 North Coast Athletic Conference victory in the Branch Rickey Arena.

With the loss, DePauw's 58-game win streak came to an end as did its NCAA Division III-record 30-game road streak. It also marked the end of the Tigers' 77-game regular-season string and its 55-game conference streak.

LaNiece McRae paced Ohio Wesleyan with 18 points with Emily Julius following with 12. Julia Grimsley and Kristin Henning each scored 10 and McRae led with eight rebounds. Sarah McQuade and Henning each handed out four assists.

Savannah Trees led DePauw with 20 points and three assists, while Alex Gasaway followed with 11 and Hannah Douglas had 10. Stephens paced DePauw with 11 rebounds and Gasaway had six steals.

DePauw shot 38.2 percent for the game and hit just 4 of 20 3-point attempts. Ohio Wesleyan was the second team to shoot more than 50 percent against the Tigers this season as it connected on 54 percent from the floor.

Ohio Wesleyan held a 36-34 edge on the boards with DePauw grabbing 20 on the offensive end and converting them into only 14 second-chance points.

DePauw, the Division III leader in fewest turnovers per game, committed just 12 turnovers to the Bishops' 24.

No. 2 Whitman 77, Lewis & Clark 70

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Heather Johns scored a game-high 28 points and made 12 of 20 shots from the field as the Missionaries completed an undefeated run through their conference schedule with a 77-70 victory against Lewis & Clark at the Pamplin Sports Center.

Whitman became the first NWC squad since George Fox (in both the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons) to get through league play with a perfect 16-0 mark. It will take a 25-0 overall record into next week's Northwest Conference tournament. The Missionaries will host Puget Sound in Thursday's opening round at a time yet to be determined.

Three other Missionary starters hit double figures on Saturday. Meghan White and Hailey Mcdonald scored 13 points apiece and Sarah Anderegg added 10.

Lewis & Clark, which upset No. 25 Whitworth 82-78 on Friday night, ended its season 8-8 and 13-12.

No. 3 Hope 88, Rochester College 47

HOLLAND, Mich. -- Hope completed the third undefeated regular season in team history on Saturday by defeating visiting Rochester College 88-47.

The nationally ranked Flying Dutch improved to 25-0 overall with the non-league win in front of a DeVos Fieldhouse crowd of 1,144.

Hope finished as one of four teams in the country to go undefeated this season. The others were Thomas More, Whitman and FDU-Florham.

The Flying Dutch also joined the 2007-08 and 2002-13 Hope teams who went unbeaten in the regular season.

Junior forward Emily Klauka topped Hope by scoring a game-high 12 points. She made all six of her field-goal attempts.

Senior guard Anna Kaufmann and sophomore forward Maura McAfee each scored 11 points.

No. 4 Thomas More 87, Saint Vincent 69

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- Thomas More sophomore guard/forward Sydney Moss recorded her 11th double-double of the season as the fourth-ranked Saints rolled to an 87-69 victory against Saint Vincent in a Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC) game at the Connor Convocation Center.

With the win, the Saints completed the season with a perfect 25-0 record and 18-0 in the PAC. It is just the third time in school history the program has gone undefeated in regular-season play. With the loss the Bearcats fall to 18-8 overall and 14-4 in the PAC.

Thomas More shot 58 percent from the field (21 of 36) and forced 12 Bearcat turnovers in the first half after surging back from an early deficit to finish the first half with a 46-35 lead. In the first half, the Saints outscored the Bearcats 42-30 from the paint, and each team drained two baskets from behind the 3-point arc. Moss and junior forward Jenny Burgoyne combined for 32 first-half points as Moss also added six rebounds.

In the second half, the Saints outscored Saint Vincent 41-34 and controlled the lead the entire way as they strolled to an 87-69 victory. Thomas More forced 21 total turnovers while sophomore guard Olivia Huber led the team with four of the Saints' 13 steals.

In recording her 11th double-double, Moss shot 15 of 28 from the field and was 4 of 8 from the free-throw line while pulling down 10 boards. Joining her in double-digit scoring was junior guard Sydni Wainscott with 11 points, Jenny Burgoyne with 19 points, and Olivia Huber with 10 points. Moss and Burgoyne combined for 18 total rebounds.

No. 6 Tufts 74, Wesleyan (Conn.) 46 (NESCAC quarterfinals)

MEDFORD, Mass. -- Tufts earned a 74-46 victory against Wesleyan (Conn.) in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC Championship Saturday at Cousens Gym. Junior Hannah Foley led the way for the Jumbos with a 24-point, seven-rebound effort.

Tufts will host the conference semifinals and final next weekend. The No. 1-seeded Jumbos (24-1) advance to the semifinals and will host No. 4 Trinity (Conn.) next Saturday. Second-seed Amherst and No. 3 Bowdoin will play in the other semi on Saturday. The final is slated for Sunday at noon.

Eighth-seeded Wesleyan, led by 12 points from Jenna Klaes, finishes its season at 12-12.

Junior Hayley Kanner scored 11 points with four rebounds and three blocks for Tufts. Junior point guard Kelsey Morehead played a solid game with eight points, six assists and two rebounds. First-year Michaela North and senior Liz Moynihan each added seven points off the bench.

The Jumbo defense never allowed the Cardinals to make a run as they were held to 36-percent shooting compared to 45.6 percent for the home team, including 42.1 percent from long distance. Tufts outrebounded Wesleyan 38-26.

Jackie Browne chipped in with seven points for the visitors and Kaylie Williams added seven points to go along with a team-high five rebounds.

No. 7 FDU-Florham 87, Delaware Valley 73

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -- FDU-Florham completed an unblemished season by defeating Delaware Valley 87-73 on Saturday afternoon.

The unbeaten Devils (25-0, 14-0 Freedom) will take on the Aggies (15-10, 8-6 Freedom) again on Wednesday in the opening round of the Freedom Conference tournament. With the win, FDU-Florham head coach Marc Mitchell now has 82 career victories and is the winningest coach in Devils women's basketball history.

Devils junior forward Kyra Dayon filled the stat sheet with 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals and FDU-Florham shot 42.2 percent overall from the floor in the win. Sophomore guard Kelsey Kilpatrick paced the Aggies in defeat with 15 points and was a perfect 5-for-5 from downtown.

No. 9 Amherst 78, Hamilton 33 (NESCAC quarterfinals)

AMHERST, Mass. -- Behind a strong second-half performance, second-seeded Amherst cruised to a 78-33 win against seventh-seeded Hamilton in NESCAC quarterfinal action at LeFrak Gymnasium.

With the win, Amherst improved to 23-2 overall on the season and extended its home winning streak to 98 games. They advanced to the NESCAC semifinals and will face Bowdoin next Saturday. Falling to 0-4 against the Jeffs since joining the NESCAC in 2011-12, Hamilton dropped to 11-13 on the season.

The Jeffs potent defense held Hamilton to 11-for-48 (22.9 percent) shooting and 2-for-16 (12.5 percent) from 3-point range while Amherst connected on 28 of 49 (57.1 percent) shots and went 15-for-24 (62.5 percent) from downtown. The 15 3-pointers were the most by Amherst this season. 

Four different Jeffs scored in double figures. Leading the way was Ali Doswell with 15 points, going 5 of 8 from downtown, and Hannah Peterson with 14 on 5-for-6 shooting from the floor and 4 of 5 from behind the arc. Jaime Renner and Meredith Doswell tallied 13 and 12, respectively. Hamilton was led by Dani Feigin with nine points and Olivia Primm pulled in a game-high eight rebounds.

No. 10 Carthage 77, Millikin 64

KENOSHA, Wis. -- Carthage (22-3, 13-1 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin) closed out its regular-season schedule on Saturday with a 77-64 win against CCIW opponent Millikin (11-14, 5-9 CCIW) at Tarble Arena.

With the win, the Lady Reds clinched their third CCIW championship and second in a row and will play host to the CCIW tournament next Friday-Saturday, also at Tarble Arena.

Carthage shot 44 percent (24-55), including 5 of 17 from 3-point range, while Millikin shot 38 percent (25-66), including just 2 of 12 3-pointers.  The Lady Reds got to free-throw line 30 times and made 24, while the Bib Blue connected on 12 of 23. Carthage out-rebounded Millikin 41-35.

Three Carthage starters scored in double figures.  Stephanie Kuzmanic led the way with a game-high 21 points on 5 of 17, along with 10 of 11 free throws and 10 assists. Michelle Wenzel scored 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting and 5 of 6 free throws, along with a game-high 13 rebounds. Kristi Schmidt had 13 points and four boards.