December 29, 2012

Top-Ranked DePauw Moves to 10-0 with Win over Rose-Hulman

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Top-ranked DePauw advanced to the championship game of the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Tournament after topping Rose-Hulman, 79-36, in today's second game.

The Tigers (10-0) will face Rockford (2-9) in tomorrow's 5 p.m. title game after the Regents defeated Spalding, 66-62, in the opener. Rose-Hulman (3-7) and Spalding (2-5) battle for third place at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

DePauw jumped out to an early 14-5 lead after Ellie Pearson converted a three-point play with 14:30 left in the half, but the Engineers scored six straight to trim the lead to 14-11 with 12:09 left in the half.

The Tigers then knocked in nine of their next 13 field goal tries over a span of just under six minutes for a 20-0 run and a 34-11 lead. DePauw went to the break with a 40-21 cushion.

Continuing to take the ball inside, the Tigers scored the first nine points of the second half. Ali Ross started the run with a layup before Savannah Trees added a three-point play followed by Alex Gasaway's two free throws and another Trees layup with 15:47 left to extend the lead to 28.

"It's good to get that win as you're always worried about how the team performs after not playing for so long," DePauw head coach Kris Huffman said.

Gasaway paced DePauw with 16 points and three steals, while Kate Walker and Alison Stephens followed with 12 each and Kathleen Molloy added 10. The dozen markers for Stephens was a career best. Ellie Pearson snagged a game-high 10 rebounds as the Old Gold held a 40-27 edge on the boards and a 23-6 margin in second-chance points.

Sheree Williams and Addie Johnson each scored eight for the Engineers with Johnson grabbing five rebounds.

DePauw turned the ball over just eight times to the Engineers' 27 which resulted in the Tigers enjoying a 39-3 advantage in points off of turnovers. The victory was DePauw's 35th straight in regular season play.

In the day's opening game, Rockford took a 39-21 lead into the intermission, but Spalding turned the tables in the second half with a 30-7 run to take a 51-46 lead. The Regents regrouped, regained the lead and then nailed eight-of-eight free throws in the final 3:09 to seal the win.

Erin Ryczek paced Rockford with  16 points, while Nicole Lawler grabbed nine rebounds. and Cierra Johnson dished out five assists with six steals. Kelly Harrod paced Spalding with 18 points and 11 rebounds and shared team honors with Lindsey Roarx with four steals.

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